SLO County’s tax dollars supported Earth Day charlatans

April 29, 2017

Mike Brown

OPINION by MIKE BROWN

During this past weekend in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Davis, Berkeley, and elsewhere across California’s leftist archipelago we were again subjected to the annual day of indoctrination or ersatz pagan right of spring known has Earth Day.

The event content, usually billed as a festival, provides exhibits by government agencies, not-for-profit environmental groups, and vendors of “green” products and services. The usual fare includes entertainment in the form of some local bands and rituals conducted by self-appointed shamans claiming sacred status on the basis of their alleged ethnicity and superior mystical insights.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive by bike, mass transit, or other non-polluting conveyance.

The festivals are partially sponsored by government agencies, vendors, and businesses attempting to project an “environmental” corporate ethos. These supporters’ logos and government seals are prominently displayed on promotional materials and during the actual events. Government agencies donate the use of parks and other facilities as the venues.

Occasionally, a mayor or county supervisor will drop by for a few minutes during the busiest time to pay homage and pledge support for a green future without fossil fuels and industrial facilities.

It is doubtful that individuals and organizations which question the prevalent revealed green enviro-socialist doctrine would be invited or granted equal time and space, even though the events are being conducted on public facilities supported by all taxpayers. This lapse, at a minimum, would seem to require that the donating/supporting public agencies clearly stipulate publicly in advance that the festivals are open and that the sponsors must provide opportunity for contrary opinion and representation.

The SLO Earth Day Alliance, a not-for-profit which runs the local version, states on its website that it will reject any applicant for a booth or display for any reason. Mind you, this event was conducted on El Chorro Regional Park, a tax supported San Luis Obispo County-owned and operated facility. What if the North County Tea Party applied for a booth, paid the fee, and was rejected?

Tax funded government sponsors listed on the Alliance website include the City of San Luis Obispo, the Regional Transit Authority, the County Parks Department, SLO Transit, and the City of Paso Robles.

Government exhibitors  included: EmPower SLO (a County run energy loan program); First Five San Luis Obispo County, ( a county run children’s program); County of SLO Public Libraries; City of SLO Public Utilities, the SLO County Integrated Waste Management Authority, and the Questa Sustainable Resource Center. Were the government staff people who manned these exhibits paid on the clock (by the tax payers) or did they volunteer?

If they volunteered were they management employees exempt from overtime? After all, the event was on Saturday. Or were they rank and file employees who worked on the clock and received overtime pay?

Other featured exhibitors, whose key missions are not exactly environmental education, included the Atheists United SLO, The SLO County Cannabis Business Association, SLO Mothers for Peace, and the SLO Democratic Party. Also listed were the usual suspects, including the Sierra Club, Surf Rider Foundation, ECOSLO, and the SLO County Botanical Garden, as well as a number of commercial vendors.

The SLO Earth Day Alliance, in outlining the theme of the event (People, Planet, and Peace), states:

“People –  There is only one race, the human race. it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across the human spectrum.  We all should be helpful to those around us. Especially the strongest need to help those in greatest need. People are symbolized with the Earth in our hands; we must encourage respect for all life forms, and increase attention to the preservation of biodiversity.

The scammers’ logo

“Planet –  People are the stewards of the planet and our responsibility is not only for creation care, but also to protect and celebrate earth’s environment. We need to teach our children to have an understanding of the earth based on science, that all living things are interconnected and anything we do to that web of life we ultimately do to ourselves. Planet is symbolized as the Earth which everything revolves around; we need to give and live with love, respect and gratitude for all Earth’s creations.”

Obviously, many of the sentiments stated here have been components of religious, philosophical, scientific, and ethical thinking throughout the world and in many cultures for millennia. But disturbingly, part three of the theme statement attacks our national defense in the most pejorative terms ( especially the highlighted sentence below):

“Peace – Our country’s long wars and worldwide military presence are immoral and unsustainable (our emphasis). World Peace doesn’t just mean for all to be in a place where there is no violence or war, it means for all creation to have the ability to be calm in heart and mind. It’s mutually beneficial to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors. Peace is symbolized as the Earth’s water; we must strive to thrive with peace and clean water for all.”

Just why are “our country’s long wars and worldwide presence immoral and unsustainable?” Hogwash!

Were it not for our successful and bloody sacrifices in these wars, we would not have the freedom to conduct Earth Day. In all likelihood, and in most of the regimes that have fought wars against the United States, the Earth Day Alliance people would be taken out and shot.

Was the American Civil War to free the slaves immoral and unsustainable?

The Confederacy never would have given up if Union General Sherman hadn’t burned half of Georgia and South Carolina to the ground.

How about War I to stop the German Kaiser and Austro-Hungarian Empire from conquering Europe? Or what about the Korean War in 1950’s to stop the current North Korean dictator/warlord’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, from enslaving the democratic and capitalistic South Koreans?

Was it OK that, in the vacuum created by the United States abandonment of South Viet Nam, that the Cambodian dictator Pol Pot committed genocide against 3 million of his own people? Was it OK for the trained soldiers of Al-Qaeda to seize commercial airliners and fly them into office buildings in New York City, killing thousands of innocent civilians and responding public safety officers? And what if Korea’s current dictator Kim Jong-un is successful in mating nuclear bombs with long range ICBMs? Are the Earth Day Alliance and its supporters suggesting that we ignore them? Or that we not counter these acts of aggression? Or that we not be prepared to defend ourselves?

Was the long war to destroy Nazi Germany immoral and unsustainable?

Or what about the long cold war, which ended in the collapse of the murderous and genocidal Soviet dictatorship? Was Hitler, backed by tens of millions of compliant and supporting Germans, practicing tolerance and peace?

Could millions of Jews and other captive peoples been saved if England and the United States were not isolationist and pacifist in the 1930’s and, as a result, on their military heels in the early years of the war? Had they been better armed and prepared, they could have surgically bombed the sections of the death camps which included rail junctions, gas chambers, and crematoria at Auschwitz, Treblinka, and the others , thus saving the lives of millions of innocent victims.

What exactly is “immoral and unsustainable” about defending our families and homes or rescuing victims from genocidal dictators?

The Earth Day charlatans’ political science is even worse than their so-called natural science. Taxpayer-supported public agencies shouldn’t be supporting them.

Mike Brown is the Government Affairs Director of the Coalition of Labor Agriculture and Business (COLAB) of San Luis Obispo County. He had a 42-year career as a city manager and county executive officer in 4 states including California. He can be reached at mike@colabslo.org. 


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rukidding

Sad that Mr. Brown could have made some interesting points to consider regarding the abuses of government. But like most of his recent commentaries the ramblings just go on and on and the message is lost. Maybe he should look into a mirror and talk to himself for awhile prior to writing his columns.


rjakelian

What a stretch that was…

Don’t know how you get from it being ok to fight nazi’s to fighing in Viet Nam, yes, some wars have been legitimate and others a pointless waste of human lives ( wont say just American lives) and those people you justify fighting against, are not exactly the ones who would support Earth Day or the three P’s (People, Planet, and Peace).


nunsense

Mr Brown may have gone off the rails a bit but here is his query in a nutshell – do you think it’s acceptable to use public land to host an event that can openly discriminate about who can attend?


Gordo

I don’t care if a bunch of like minded people want to get together for an event that was first organized by a bunch of counter culture anti-establishment hippies in 1970.


I do mind if public money was spent sponsoring the event. Using public facilities is fine, but using public money to print materials, create SWAG bags or have government employees helping to organize this is wrong unless they do the same for everyone else. It must be “fair and equal”, as my snowflake friends like to say.


I would like some government help setting up a Friends of the NRA event. Think Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill will pull some strings downtown and get some funding headed my way?

How about a fundraiser for the local council of the Boy Scouts of America so that we can send economically deprived youth to summer camp?


Maybe we should have “Energy Independence Day” we can have booths in Chorro Park handing out information on oil and natural gas deposits and extraction methods in North America. We can have other booths promoting the many applications for petroleum. Everything from the high octane fuel in your Challenger Hellcat to the plastic in your Tesla.


County funded SWAG bags with useful goodies, like cigarette/medical marijuana lights fueled with butane, small flashlights with clever catchphrases like “these batteries brought to you by strip mining” or tool kits for working on your car that say, “drill baby drill!” on the front of the tool bag. Free monster truck rides up to the tops of the surrounding hills to demonstrate the miracle that is the internal combustion engine.


If we organize this event will Bruce and Adam drive up in their little Prius to help roast hot dogs and hamburgers for the kiddies; after they get Larry Allen at the Air Pollution Control District to issue us a permit for our fire.


r0y

Hellcat!? Don’t you mean: DEMON!?! Hellyeah!


copperhead

Climate change is a religion for people that don’t believe in god. It is time the government treated it as such.


The Identarian

Was at a beach yesterday in Los Angeles County. Witnessed a pod of whales about 30 yards off the coast frolicking in the sea. I must say it was awesome to see.

Think about that, Los Angeles County. Countless people, countless cars, countless boats, constant air pollution. Yet Mother Nature persevered.

Did a nutty progressive dancing around on Earth Day help? No. We want our money back.


bobfromsanluis

Mike: County tax dollars also support all sorts of business interests, like the wine industry, the rest of agriculture, our tourism is touted by tax dollars, some ranchers and farmers get tax breaks by the county, tax dollars pay for law enforcement, like the Sheriff’s Department and the County Jail. I don’t think it is necessary for our county to spend money promoting tourism, or the wine industry, but I’m not going to submit a epitaph laden tirade here to CCN because I disagree with how some of our tax dollars are spent. Grow up.


Ricky2

Wow! Didn’t know much about Colab before now, but if this guy is one of its honchos, it must be a really mean bunch. What a nonsensical screed strung togethere of made up “historical facts.” CCN, why do you print his stuff week after week? Not even good conservative thought. Can’t you do better on the conservative side? I’d like to read some intelligent conservative stuff.


SLOBIRD

Obviously, you still don’t know much about Colab and you definitely know less about the major corruption in our government. I think the swamp is too deep to clean but some members of our community keep trying to educate and awaken us while others just don’t care, they are like the welfare queens, just keep giving me more! Thank you Mr. Brown!


Rich in MB

The Church of Gia never disappoints.

It does beg the question on Separation of Church and State, the way the leftists worship mother Gia using tax dollars.


copperhead

Another Greek mythology fan. Love it.


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