Wow. I didn’t think I could be shocked by anything in politics anymore, especially when it comes from the right wing. I thought they’d hit bottom. I was wrong. This is the most appalling bit of demagoguery I have ever witnessed in two decades of writing about politics:
And here’s what the Heartland Institute, which put out this and other billboards, has to say about it:
The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010).
These rogues and villains were chosen because they made public statements about how man-made global warming is a crisis and how mankind must take immediate and drastic actions to stop it…
Because what these murderers and madmen have said differs very little from what spokespersons for the United Nations, journalists for the “mainstream” media, and liberal politicians say about global warming…
The point is that believing in global warming is not “mainstream,” smart, or sophisticated. In fact, it is just the opposite of those things. Still believing in man-made global warming – after all the scientific discoveries and revelations that point against this theory – is more than a little nutty. In fact, some really crazy people use it to justify immoral and frightening behavior…Scientific, political, and public support for the theory of man-made global warming is collapsing. Most scientists and 60 percent of the general public (in the U.S.) do not believe man-made global warming is a problem. (Keep reading for proof of these statements.) The people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society. This is why the most prominent advocates of global warming aren’t scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.
There is no low that is too low. There is nothing so crazy and vile that they won’t say it. I’m sure it will shock no one to find out that the Heartland Institute is funded, at least in part, by the Charles Koch Foundation. And Exxon. And that they are prominent members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Oh, and they’ve given more than $600,000 to support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and others facing recall in that state. Every corporation and foundation that funds them should be pressured to drop their support of this disgusting organization.
There is no bottom to this barrel. It’s demagogues and liars all the way down.