Watching the March for Science in DC today and hearing disparaging words about the lack of mental prowess exhibited by the current occupant of the White House, it occurred to me that President Jimmy Carter, a former submarine officer with an advanced knowledge of nuclear power, had solar panels installed on the people’s house back in 1979. Those same solar panels were then ripped out by Ronald Reagan in 1981 as solar power advocates were undoubtedly outspent by lobbyists from the oil and gas industry. I thought about this and was deeply saddened. You should be too. It contains an essential truth about our broken government. But it doesn’t end there.
Twenty-nine years later, Barack Obama, who taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, had solar panels reinstalled. And now, rocketing ahead to 2017, we find ourselves saddled with Donald Trump, a man who advocates a return to coal, as science deniers have taken control of the government while the icecaps melt and the planet grows warmer.
How long do you think it will be before the Science hating, climate change denying Trumpsters tear out the solar panels yet again? This is after all, what these people do, making it necessary to hold a march to show our support not for civil rights or women’s rights or gay rights or human rights, but because the very question of the essential value of scientific endeavor, the right to seek out the pure light of knowledge is being threatened.
Anybody out there see the movie “Angels And Demons?” Leonardo? Remember? Anybody?
The Republicans are at it again. Even now, Mr. Trump is probably up on the roof, wondering what those funny-looking black panels are. Oh wait. It’s Saturday, so he’ll be on his regular weekend golf holiday in Florida, so it will probably be a few more weeks before the Luddites decide to tear out the solar panels once again to make a statement about their support for the fossil fuel industry .
With only limited time to spend on the presidency, DJT has to be given time to continue gearing down, pulling us all backward with the angry, greed-born regression of the far-right. (So long as it doesn’t irritate the Russians.)