Self deception starts at an early age. What if you had staked your reputation on an idea that made perfect sense? It sounded plausible, probable even, and held an allure that endowed you with a sense of pride just by being involved. In the larger picture, it met certain needs that you might have. For instance, you may have felt parental. Maybe obedient. Possibly superior to those who ignored the message and failed to act. You might have issued stern warnings to others of the seriousness and validity of your cause that fell on deaf, and stupid, ears.

Then, what if it’s discovered you were wrong? What if the nobility and smug self-assurance was just a self-indulgement mirage? Imagine being totally committed, your time, talent and treasure invested in a grand cause…that never existed in the first place, other than in the group psychoses of those involved?

At some point, your forced to stop, reconsider your actions, face facts and (I realize not everyone can or will do this), admit your zealous efforts, so gleefully exercised, were in vain. Eventually, you must halt your personal crusade, stop pretending and swallow your pride. In an ideal circumstance, you would work to make amends for any damage you had caused, including half-truths you may have told, intentional deceit you had used to your advantage, and ask the forgiveness of anyone you judged as unwise or just plain evil for disagreeing with you.

But, will you?

Pride is truly the greatest sin. Everyone knows that, right?


Fearmongering political commentator Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) warned that “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” The Weather Channel has taken up that task with its series “It Could Happen Tomorrow.”

The Weather Channel started its “It Could Happen Tomorrow” series in January 2006. The program includes episodes where a tornado destroys Dallas, a tsunami destroys the Pacific Northwest, Mount Rainier erupts and destroys nearby towns, and San Diego is devastated by wildfires.

A climber walks past a glacier at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s largest volcanoes and the highest free-standing mountain, in Tanzania in this January 4, 2006 file photo. The mountain has become an icon for environmental campaigners, with scientists predicting that the its glaciers will vanish within the next 20 years because of global warming. On January 10, 2007, the European Union urged for the cut in emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 20 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels as part of a new energy policy to fight climate change. It also called on developed nations around the world to cut emissions of gases blamed for global warming by 30 percent by 2020, saying the EU would go beyond its unilateral target if others followed suit. MALTA OUT REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi They omitted a program showing a meteor striking my house, for it, too, could happen tomorrow. Of course, any one of these events could happen tomorrow, but I’m reminded of a passage in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” where after Macbeth listens to the predictions of the witches, Banquo warns him that “Oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray us in deepest consequence.” That is, gain our confidence with trifle truths to set us up for the big lie.

The big lie, conceived by the Weather Channel in cahoots with environmental extremists, is to get us in a tizzy over global warming, and they’re vicious about it. Dr. Heidi Cullen, the Weather Channel’s climatologist, hosts a weekly program called “The Climate Code.” Dr. Cullen advocates that the American Meteorological Society (AMS) strip their seal of approval from any TV weatherman expressing skepticism about the predictions of manmade global warming, according to a report by Marc Morano, communications director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works.

Dr. Cullen has had a lot of help in demonizing skeptics of catastrophic manmade global warming. Scott Pelley, CBS News “60 Minutes” correspondent, compared skeptics of global warming to “Holocaust deniers,” and former Vice President Al Gore calls skeptics “global warming deniers.” But it gets worse. Mr. Morano reports that on one of Dr. Cullen’s shows, she featured columnist Dave Roberts, who, in his Sept. 19, 2006, online publication, said, “When we’ve finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we’re in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards — some sort of climate Nuremberg.” (See the Morano report He didn’t say whether the death penalty should be administered to those found guilty of global warming denial.

The environmental extremists’ true agenda has little or nothing to do with climate change. Their true agenda is to find a means to control our lives. The kind of repressive human control, not to mention government-sanctioned mass murder, seen under communism has lost any measure of intellectual respectability. So people who want that kind of control must come up with a new name, and that new name is environmentalism.

Last year, 60 prominent scientists signed a letter saying, “Observational evidence does not support today’s computer climate models, so there is little reason to trust model predictions of the future. . . . Significant [scientific] advances have been made since the [Kyoto] protocol was created, many of which are taking us away from a concern about increasing greenhouse gases. If, back in the mid-1990s, we knew what we know today about climate, Kyoto would almost certainly not exist, because we would have concluded it was not necessary.”

They added, “It was only 30 years ago that many of today’s global-warming alarmists were telling us that the world was in the midst of a global-cooling catastrophe. But the science continued to evolve, and still does, even though so many choose to ignore it when it does not fit with predetermined political agendas.” These scientists have probably won The Weather Channel’s ire and might be headed toward a Nuremberg-type trial.

Dr. Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of More Liberty Means Less Government: Our Founders Knew This Well.

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