Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Beto Thinks We Allow People To Farm

Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke, a man-child that flails around when he is talking like a 7 year old girl on a Mountain Dew rush, has decreed that farmers should grow cover crops to do their "fair share" to combat "climate change" (words in red my modification). 

If we allow farmers to earn a profit in what they grow, if we allow them to contribute their fair share in combatting Climate Change by growing cover crops, allowing the technologies that invest in precision tilling and farming, capturing more of that carbon out of the air is another way in which they can make a profit. Keep those farms together, pass them on to the next generation, and allow them to provide us our food and national security, our independence from the rest of the world, our ability to provide for the rest of the world.

This is pretty obviously a set of talking points written for him because he has no idea what he is talking about. He sounds like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talking about like our crops and stuff and like the grains, you know, um, like cow grains that the, um, like cows eat from those, like you know, troughs and stuff. When she says big words like "regenerative agriculture", it is clear she has no idea what that means and has never seen an actual working farm. Likewise Beto couldn't name a single cover crop or explain what a cover crop is without cheatsheets from his handlers.

The thing is, farmers already plant tons of cover crops right now. Not because they are "allowed" to but because it is good stewardship. Cover crops help with soil erosion and keeping the topsoil in place means better yields. They also help with run-off of fertilizer and manure. We live in farm country and we also live in the Maumee River watershed, on the opposite end from where my wife and I grew up at the terminus of the Maumee into Lake Erie. What goes in the drainage ditches around here ends up in the Maumee and in Lake Erie. We know this and that is why many farmers around here already engage in sound soil and water conservation practices. Farmers have been talking about this stuff for decades, back when "Beto" was frying his brain with drugs. The last thing farmers need are people like "Beto" and AOC that don't know anything about agriculture or soil conservation (or really any topic) telling them what they should or shouldn't do.

What I thought was more interesting, other than his obvious ignorance and frenetic flailing around, was the word he kept using: allow. It certainly sounds like "Beto" thinks that having a business and making a profit from that business is a privilege that the government allows you to engage in. It gets back to what I think was one of the central differences between liberals and conservative, back when there actually were differences between liberals and conservatives. Liberals see everything you produce and earn as belonging to the state and what is left over after taxes is what they decided you can have. Conservatives see everything you earn and produce as belonging to you minus whatever you pay in taxes. For "Beto", it certainly sounds like he thinks the Soviet farm collectives are the way to go.
Commissar Beto says grow glorious socialist cover crops to
 thwart the imperialist capitalist running dogs.
The government doesn't "allow" people to make a living, invest in their businesses, make decisions for their families. In general the government is a huge impediment to those things. American farmers feed this country and a big chunk of the rest of the world. We don't "allow" them to farm, we depend on them to farm because otherwise we all starve.

In the early 90s when the Soviet Union collapsed, it seemed for a short time that global Marxism would die with it. As the Iron Curtain fell and we saw what a humanitarian disaster Communism turned out to be, you could be forgiven for thinking that we would never make that mistake again. But here we are in 2019 and the wannabe Politburo members are still trying to push for the same disastrous policies that set Russia and Eastern Europe back half a century (which is why Eastern Europe is disinterested in being flooded with "migrants"). Their rhetoric has shifted a little, away from class warfare to identity politics, from economic Marxism to cultural Marxism, but the totalitarian goals are still the same and they still use the same useful idiots like "Beto" and AOC to push their agenda. 

We will never defeat Marxism by winning the argument of ideas because this is a religion to them and they are violent fundamentalists. You cannot defeat jihadi by reason and logic. You can only defeat them the old fashioned way.

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