The Democrats’ ‘Green Collar’ Code

In response to the regressive Left, let’s take a timely trek down the memory hole to note a rather important missing piece of their public policy puzzle which, as is their wont, they’ve proven unable to find. (Of course, I am in no way implying they’re trying.)

Back in the summer of 2008, I took to the House floor to give a short speech on “How to Speak Democrat.” In my remarks, referring to the nebulous and bogus economic claims of environmental radicals, I made a simple and patently true point:

Green collar jobs translates into unemployment. “Democrats will replace your blue collar jobs with green collar jobs.” [This] translates into “Democrats will replace your blue collar jobs with unemployment.”

The Left’s vehement reaction to my speech was not matched by an equivalent effort to refute my argument, but instead by an effort to try and make me rue my existence. After all, given the elitist media’s aiding and abetting of their narrative, why bother to actually address the issue of blue collar jobs? If the media could not address that question for my sake, then how about for the sakes of the blue collar voters the Democrats allege to champion?

As the Epoch Times’ Zachary Stieber reports, the recent Democratic presidential primary debate held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles proves the Democrats remain blithely content not to champion, but to sacrifice blue-collar workers to slake the apocalyptic whims of the climate cult.

Thankfully, moderator Tim Alberta, Politico’s chief political correspondent who also grew up in Michigan, didn’t get the long-standing elitist media memo informing them that inquiring about the fate of blue collar workers is passé:

Alberta: As president, would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth even though it could potentially displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transitioning to that greener economy?

Biden: The answer’s yes. Because the opportunity, the opportunity for those workers is to transition to high-paying jobs, as Tom [Steyer] said, is real.

Gee, if that doesn’t alleviate blue-collar workers’ angst about Democrats and the climate cult coming for their jobs, they can go ask billionaire ex-hedge fund manager Steyer about the fate of their humble, hardworking, heartfelt American dreams. So, what does Steyer have to say to them?

A chimeric tissue of talking points that will serve as their futures’ epitaph: “Not only can we clean up the air and water in our black and brown communities where our pollution is concentrated, this is also the opportunity to create literally millions of middle-class, union jobs—well paid—across the United States of America. Our biggest crisis is our biggest opportunity.”

Hey, and the hits keep on comin’. On his first day in office, Steyer vows to declare a state of emergency due to climate change. (His second emergency declaration will address the economic depression he caused with his first.)

How reassuring for blue collar workers to know Steyer from Day One will start putting them into the unemployment line. One must wonder if Biden, Steyer and their Democratic cohorts realize how being forced into unemployment is the biggest crisis blue collar workers—hell, any person—faces; and that Democratic promises and talking points don’t put food on the table. Or maybe the Democrats do realize it, but just don’t give a damn. If little else, the 2016 presidential election told them that blue collar voters who love their country, work their asses off, and get called deplorable, polluters, and worse have already exited the Democratic Party in droves and will continue to do so long as the Left continues to sacrifice them upon the pyre of the climate cult’s approval.

But wait, for blue collar workers there’s more of this less. Feel the Bern!

Once more, per the Epoch Times:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), speaking right after Biden, said that the issue wasn’t relocating people in towns. “The issue now is whether we save the planet for our children and our grandchildren.” He said that the United States should declare a national emergency for climate change and “lead the world” in the arena, taking funds from the military and using that money to “fight climate change.”

Yes, why wouldn’t blue-collar workers—many of whom actually make armaments to defend American’s liberty (“Arsenal of Democracy,” Bernie)—want to lose their jobs and, ultimately, their liberty, so a doddering socialist can indulge his cosmopolitan fetish for foreign laurels? The only practical-minded people who would buy into this insanity are all the wrong people—the People’s Liberation Army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, et al.

Contrarily, America’s practical-minded blue-collar workers can smell this leftist B.S. a mile away when it wafts in from the coasts. They know that today, when the Democrats talk about “green-collar jobs,” they’re telling blue-collar workers to “learn to code.”

America’s blue-collar workers’ response needs no translation.

About Thaddeus G. McCotter

The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show."

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