Obama: No, We Can’t

As Obama claims the Democratic nomination (despite Hillary Clinton—like Al Gore —having won the popular vote), he just continues to make rookie mistakes. Mitch Berg notes another example of Obama saying something sure to hurt him in the general election. Obama made the following statement in regard to global warming:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

“Yes we can!” has now morphed into “that’s not going to happen.” So much for Obama’s positive message of “hope.” Apparently we can hope that Obama is merciful in dictating what we should drive, eat, and what temperature we can set our thermostats to.

Such a message is not going to win Obama any converts. Contrary to his defeatism, we can have a modern economy, a growing economy, and a quality standard of life without sacrificing the environment. It simply requires us to be proactive, creative, and not give into the Malthusian rhetoric of those who would set us back.

Berg compares Obama’s words to Jimmy Carter’s infamous “malaise” speech, and it’s an apt comparison. It displays a worldview that is in direct contradiction to Obama’s supposedly “hopeful” rhetoric. Instead of “hope” and “change” Obama’s true worldview seems to be that America must make itself low to be popular with others. That isn’t hope, that’s pessimism. That isn’t change, but a throwback the eras of Jimmy Carter’s fecklessness.

We need a 21st Century energy policy and a 21st Century farm policy. Sen. Obama would take us into the past with more barriers, taxes, subsidies and set-asides. A truly hopeful candidate would talk about the enormous potential of the years ahead—an age when our energy comes from nuclear, solar, wind, and other clean technologies. An age in which our cars are powered by cellulosic ethanol, biofuels, hydrogen or electricity produced by clean power. Obama is simply wrong: we can drive the cars we want, eat as well as we want, and set our thermostats to whatever we damn well please. The way we can do that is by advancing the state of technology and growing the economy. Slowing growth and rejecting new technologies is not the way forward. That should be real change we can believe in.