In the upside down and flat earth (sorry Barack – we saw the real you first!) of the “progressive,” the environment is almost as important as pleasing the next despot. EPA has usurped the task of defining responsible living and production to leave no stone unturned as they seek out polluters and warmers of the earth. They are determined to eliminate carbon from a carbonaceous life structure.
No non-public employee union person or necessary process from growing food to supplying energy is exempt from their watchful eye. To make sure there is total compliance, they’ve taken thousands of pages of pretended asinine legislation from an ignorant and arrogant Congress and turned it into at least 75,000 new pages of clean air, water, energy and other environmental regulations. Many make sense, but the methods of achievement violate every standard of human decency and responsibility, leading to disaster.
Do they know what’s in those mighty tomes? Not a chance! They were drafted far from the halls of government and foisted on unsuspecting legislators and their staffs. Rest assured, if there is an offender out there, they’ll throw enough darts at that pile of paper to extract regulations to fine imprison or confiscate to make a Soviet commissar pee in his or her pants.
Lawsuits, fines and imprisonment are some of the tools despots use as they allegedly seek environmental purity from the top of the ruling dung pile. The common man or woman citizen of any age, wealth, position or intelligence must lack the “progressive’s” intensity of dedication to the beauty of creation. The dialectical troglodyte is deeply troubled by his inoperative corpus collosum – that nerve bundle connecting the left and right brain hemispheres that make him human. It is all about power, isn’t it? Few ever consider that when they destroy that which they would hold sway over, all they have left to luxuriate is a rotting corpse and lost hope.
So, what is the missing word? STEWARDSHIP! Not unlike the “progressive” attitude toward Health, Education and Welfare, the EPA believes that only big government can accomplish what the individual, the community and a unified nation could not. They’ve even arranged it so anyone who disagrees with their draconian tactics has no standing in Court. This is what the Supreme Court used to defeat California’s Proposition 8 – no standing, because the state’s elected officials refused to represent the will of the people who elected them. Treason blessed by a corrupt judiciary?
Stewardship has as many implications and applications as there are people with a love for beauty and the awesomeness of creation. Even the natural resources this earth is blessed with can and are being exploited and put to use in ever more responsible and profitable ways.
I don’t have to go far from home to see EPA’s sins in my own community.
1. A friend of mine 20+ years ago invented the oilfield horizontal boring tool that allows highly efficient and neat extraction of oil and natural gas. The troglodytes with George Soros money are campaigning to get that tool’s fractionating application outlawed.
2. Another friend’s local refinery manufactures lubricants, road sealing tars, plastic and ink additives from our local heavy crude oil. The processes create enough waste heat to power a co-generation plant to make inexpensive electricity. Coupled with that would be a proven and patented technology I’m trying to introduce that cuts the water consumption 50% and sewer discharge volumes 98% from the plant’s vital cooling towers while eliminating the need for hazardous chemicals. The EPA refuses to consider these water, energy and environmental assets to grant a license.
3. Another friend’s business provides hundreds of diesel and natural gas powered agricultural irrigation pumps. Hint to NY and San Francisco grocery shoppers – your food doesn’t just come from the store shelves. Constant harassment, fines, destroying non-conforming engines, replacing them with required technology the regulators admit doesn’t work. Many growers are forced to convert back to electric pumps. Only problem is there’s not enough power in the grid to run pumps AND your HDTV. No, solar pumps aren’t adequate. They don’t even work at night when much irrigation is done!
Stewardship implies a love for the beauty of creation and an appreciation for God’s command to “subdue the earth – be fruitful and multiply.” That means use our widely diverse God-given gifts and talents to explore, discover, research, learn and apply the elements, flora and fauna of earth in a responsible manner.
In this sense, only the combined application of the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity (personal responsibility and unity of purpose), always in a chaotic environment of unplanned and unexpected meetings, lessons and discoveries that mankind can build on. I know; I can use my iPhone – an excellent example of subduing the earth to apply its resources in constantly improving ways.
“Progressives” and the EPA may not understand Stewardship, but most of us do. We’ve lived in a Constitutional Republic where the opportunity to try, to fail and to rise above one’s station in life is always there. We intend to keep it for our kids. Liberals are welcome to combine with our efforts once they escape from their “progressive” masters.
Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.