Grassroot Perspective: Opinion Poll Manipulation, Teachers Unions and Can Government Stop A Hurricane? (Hint: No.)

A weekly liberty briefing and news guide to keep you informed and prepared on what’s UP to more freedom or DOWN to bigger, more intrusive government. Quote of the Week: “Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past – let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F. Kennedy Local News Conflicting opinion polls: but just whose report should the people believe? This week you may have noticed that multiple local news outlets released seemingly contradictory tracking polls for several Hawaii candidates running for office, raising sharp suspicions among residents that media bias may be attempting to manipulate voter behavior. But whose numbers should the people trust? ANALYSIS: Famed political scientist and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once said that polls are a snapshot of public opinion but that it is impossible to lead a nation based on what polls say. Reflecting on his time in the Nixon Administration, Kissinger went on to say that leadership required intelligence, an understanding of historical cycles and courage. Here in Hawaii, we would be wise to heed that advice: no matter what you see in the papers, no matter what numbers polls say, you as a citizen must decide for yourself what you will do, independent of what others are doing (or not doing). Humans by nature are conformity creatures – in ambiguous situations we tend to look to what others are doing as a judge for what we should do, think or feel....

If I wanted America to fail

With the recent celebration of “Earth Day” this is a good time to reflect on the evolution of the environmental movement. April 22, 1970 was the first “Earth Day” event. In 1970 The primary goals of the environmental movement were clean air and clean water. These were goals that were easily embraced by a majority of citizens. These goals gave birth to a new federal agency, the Environmental Protection Agency. Today the goals of the environmental movement have dramatically strayed from its origins.  Today the environmental movement has transformed into anti-capitalist fascism. The following video describes the consequences: If I Wanted America to Fail Mark A. Monoscalco is a member of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. His personal blog, from which this is re-posted, can be found at...

Charles Manson Energy

by Paul Driessen It’s time to apply endangered species, wildlife and economic laws fairly and equitably. “gleaming white wind turbines generating carbon-free electricity carpet chaparral-covered ridges and march down into valleys of Joshua trees.” This is “the future” of American energy – not “the oil rigs planted helter-skelter in [nearby] citrus groves,” nor the “smoggy San Joaquin Valley” a few miles away.   The Forbes article’s poetic paean to Aeolian energy nevertheless voiced consternation that a 300-megawatt “green” turbine project might kill some of the magnificent California condors that are just coming back from the edge of extinction – and the project might be canceled as a result.   Indeed, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has asked Kern County to “exercise extreme caution” in approving projects in the Tehapachi area, because of potential threats to condors. The “conundrum will force some hard choices about the balance we are willing to strike between obtaining clean energy and preserving wild things,” the article suggested. Hopefully, it concluded, new “avian radar units” will be able to detect condors and automatically shut down turbines when one approaches.   All Americans hope condors will not be sliced and diced by giant Cuisinarts. But most of us are puzzled that so few “environmentalists” and FWS “caretakers” express concern about the countless bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures, ducks, geese, bats and other rare, threatened, endangered and common flying creatures imperiled by turbine blades.   And many of us get downright angry at the selective, indeed hypocritical ways in which endangered species and other wildlife laws are applied – leaving wind turbine operators...
America Under Attack From Americans Is Environmentalism Collectivism?

America Under Attack From Americans Is Environmentalism Collectivism?

By Michael R. Fox Ph.D March 18, 2009 Recently Larry Kudlow wrote that “Obama has declared war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private equity and venture-capital funds.” Kudlow’s famous expertise in economics cuts through the fuzzy euphemisms concealing the true agenda of President Obama’s confiscatory tax plans. He also notes that nations which tax their citizens more produce less, and nations which tax less produce more. When a nation produces more, there’s also more prosperity, more jobs at higher wages, and more innovation. No nation has ever taxed its way to prosperity. The “declared war” analogy is much more apt than perhaps even Kudlow and many of his readers realize. Many of our older citizens have personal experiences with the major benefits of energy use in the United States. During the last 60 years, for example, our nation has had abundant low cost electrical energy. This has revolutionized our nation and made it the most prosperous and productive nation in the history of the world. Many environmental groups, leftists, and their political and financial friends also recognized the benefits of low cost energy and yet they have been opposed to nearly all of them. Being politically astute, and in need of millions of uninformed citizens, they don’t directly use guns and bombs to destroy these energy sources. They use taxation, litigation, false claims, and costly regulations. For example, over the past 40 years they have succeeded in stopping the construction of new nuclear power plants in the United States. Such power plants would provide low-cost electricity reliably, day and night, wind or no wind, and all...