WASHINGTON. Last week, Democrat and Democratic-Socialist dinosaurs, all candidates for president, debated over who had the best climate change plan. But climate change headlines aside, these plans are really designed to rifle our bank accounts and hamper the progress of American industry. This despite the globe’s premier capitalist income-redistribution machine already having created 223,000 jobs in July alone.
Jurassic socialists vs a near-Earth asteroid
Democratic-Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders accused the aforementioned carbon-emitting, capitalist machine of “criminal activity that cannot be allowed to continue.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another of many Democratic-Socialist dinosaurs said that if elected president, she would oppose those in Washington that work “for the oil companies, just not for the people worried about climate change.”
But a few days prior, an event occurred that should have put the climate change debate into proper perspective. Astronomers reported that an asteroid designated 2019 OK passed a mere 43,500 miles from Earth – within the moon’s orbit around our planet.
The object measures roughly 400 feet in diameter and speeds through the vacuum of space at 15 miles per second. It’s passing was “impressively close,” Monash University Professor Michael Brown told The Sydney Morning Herald. “I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. It’s a pretty big deal,” said the professor of physics and astronomy.
Had the object struck Earth, it would have unleashed explosive energy 30 times more powerful than the “Little Boy” atomic weapon that obliterated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. That device killed an estimated 226,000 people.
The asteroid was discovered by the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae of Ohio State University, just hours before its flyby. Their global network of telescopes peer 50,000 times deeper into space than the human eye is capable.
A real threat to Earth
The following five major extinction events punctuate Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history, with asteroid strikes the most likely culprits.
- The Ordovician extinction 444 million years ago: 86 percent of species died off.
- The Devonian extinction 375 million years ago: 75 percent of species died off.
- The Permian extinction 251 million years ago: 96 percent of species died off.
- The Triassic extinction 200 million years ago: 80 percent of species died off.
- The Cretaceous extinction 66 million years ago: 76 percent of species died off.
That last catastrophe killed off the dinosaurs. This allowed mammals to flourish and evolve into the so-called self-aware creatures known as homo sapiens. And that, of course, brings us back to the Mesozoic anomalies currently vying for political supremacy over the totality of America’s economy: modern Democrats.
Old Marxist superstitions
Controlling the means of production was at the heart of 19th century socialism. Now, nearly thirty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, that same demand by today’s Democratic-Socialist dinosaurs has taken on a new and stronger urgency. We can thank the menacing phantom of climate change for this unfortunate event.
Now, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even suggests that if Americans refuse to surrender control of the US economy to the new breed of millennial socialists, the human species will die off a mere twelve years hence. But her amazing clairvoyant abilities somehow failed to predict the threat to humanity posed by asteroid 2019 OK.
Killing the planet with socialism
Will Democrat proponents of the New Green Deal please tell us how ending our fossil-fuel economy, curtailing air travel and obliterating bovine flatulence can save the Earth. Particularly from the inevitability of a giant space rock punctuating Earth’s history with a sixth extinction event.
“Saving the planet” is a fool’s errand. As Chicken Little climate alarmists often say, it’s a matter of “settled science.” An estimated 20,000 Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) have been catalogued thus far. There are many, many more undiscovered. That was the case for asteroid 2019 OK – until it menacingly floated out of the sun’s glare and into the telescopic eyepiece of astronomers last week.
It is not a question of IF one of these planet killers hits Earth. It’s merely a matter of WHEN.
A giant leap away from socialism
Recently, Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of mankind’s greatest achievement. It occurred in July of 1969 when Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon. This breakthrough was supposed to be a steppingstone to an eventual mission to Mars.
Werner von Braun, NASA’s top rocket man, predicted the US would have men on Mars by the mid-1980s. But the American public and Congress grew tired of the space program’s enormous costs. They demanded more government spending here on Earth.
A paltry 12 Americans walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972. And since the last Space Shuttle mission in 2011, America’s manned space program has languished, as barren as the lunar landscape.
The near-miss of asteroid 2019 OK is a reminder that saving mankind is far more important than “saving the planet” from alleged climate-change, which is impossible. But saving humankind requires us to be a spacefaring species.
That puts the future of human beings in the unlikely hands of entrepreneurs like Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and SpaceX’s Elon Musk. Both say they are close to sending people into space once more.
While these modern capitalists work to solve 21st century problems, however, Democratic-Socialist dinosaurs like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez debate the finer points of imposing 19th century Marxist superstitions on a world that almost died. Again.
Top Images: NASA asteroid image. Inset, Bernie Sanders. Photo: Lorie Shaull via flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/number7cloud/29827103490. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Stale Grut via Wikipedia, https://nrkbeta.no” rel=”noreferrer nofollow”>NRKbeta</a>. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Tim Pierce via Wikipedia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elizabeth_Warren_Manchester_NH_October_2016.jpg.