Dwight D. Eisenhower Smacks Down The NYT’s Ross “Doughboy” Douthat
Yes, there is nothing like being "constrained by elite sentiment," which Ross Douthat is, whether he realizes it, or not. Funny, I've always imagined his type more enjoying being constrained by leather, ropes, or even chains, perhaps – far more than sentiment, anyway. But I digress.
The debate over climate change isn’t unusual in this regard. On issues ranging from the death penalty to (at least until recently) immigration, America’s major political parties generally tend to be more responsive to public opinion, and less constrained by elite sentiment, than their counterparts in Europe.
As the nonsense aka anthropomorphic global warming has melted down faster than a would be Tahitian glacier – top scientists resigning posts, 30,000 scientists abandoning it in one clip, and the UN and scientists globally embarrassing themselves in what some call the greatest scientific scandal of our age, would be elite pundits like Ross Douthat are forced to maintain a distorted worldview not much larger than a test tube, as it allows them to always believe that they are still correct and somehow above it all looking down.
Yet, I'd wager the young man knows relatively little, if anything, of pure science himself. Notice how, in his words, for instance, these self-professed elites have gone from proved, to beyond reasonable doubt, to consensus, to sturdy consensus, or even, apparently, now "pretty sturdy consensus" in Douthat's view. There is no place for statements with so many modifiers in the language of actual science. But Douthat needs to rely on them to, in the end, not say anything the least bit scientific.
He's simply conveying and re-conveying the same misguided and even ignorant, though certainly elitist, sentiment that constrains him. There's no room for words like sentiment in science, either, dammit, Douthat. If you are going to pretend to talk science, you could at least have the courtesy to use the straightforward language of it. But, see, if he did that, he'd trip himself up, having no nice words to dress up and hide his ignorance.
Overall, I much prefer the American approach, populist excesses and all. (It helps in this case, of course, that I’m deeply skeptical about the efficacy of climate change legislation anyway.) But there’s no denying that its left the G.O.P. on the wrong side — and increasingly so — of a pretty sturdy scientific consensus.
Douthat is doing nothing different than what Dwight David Eisenhower knew he would some years ago. Thank God these elites keep most of their prattle amongst themselves, allowing the majority of us to slip by without being forced to pay much, if any, genuine attention to it.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower