What Earth Day Is Really All About
Well, before we begin, let's all say "Happy Birthday" to Vladimir Lenin! What? You didn't know Earth Day was his birthday? Well, let's get some background on this guy! He, apparently, was a Russian revolutionary and communist politician who led the October Revolution of 1917 (aka "Great October Socialist Revolution" or "Red October"). He also headed the Soviet state during its initial years (1917–1924), as it fought to establish control of Russia in the Russian Civil War, worked to create a socialist economic system, was a persuasive orator, and, as a political scientist, his extensive theoretic and philosophical developments of Marxism produced Marxism–Leninism, the pragmatic Russian application of Marxism. (1)
Now that we know a bit about our good friend Lenin, let's talk about the beginnings of Earth Day.
Earth Day was started by founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic politician from Wisconsin. The first observation of Earth Day was held in 1970. Approximately 20 million Americans participated. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, Freeway and expressway revolts, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. (2)
Everything seems like rainbows and unicorns...until the famous "Unicorn Killer" is mentioned.
You won't find this man's name on any Earth Day promotional literature, and for good reason. Ira Einhorn, who, allegedly, played an instrumental role in founding Earth Day, is a former American environmentalist activist of the 1960s and 1970s who was the "Master of Ceremonies" during the first Earth Day in 1970. (3) However, the reason activists distance themselves from his is because he is now serving a life sentence, without parole, for his 1977 murder of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux. (4)
Now, isn't it funny how the Left loves to bash the Tea Party Movement by calling it "hateful" and "violent", yet, Earth Day, so far, we've seen two fundamental aspects of Earth Day as clearly negative things: a link to Socialism (because there is no way that it was simply coincidence that this day be on that man's birthday) and a fundamental leader, or member, at least, of the movement is a murderer whom they try to sweep under the rug.
However, we're not done yet! There's one more thing that must be brought to the table, and that thing is a little chemical with a long name and many uses (which really seems to anger environmentalists):
Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) (5)
Discovered in the 1940s, this chemical was discovered to have could stop epidemics of insect-borne diseases such as typhus. Its lifesaving potential was considered such a boon to mankind that the scientist who discovered it, Paul Mueller, won the Nobel Prize. The chemical would soon surpass all expectations in controlling malaria around the world and go on to save millions of lives. Because of this wonderful gift from the beauty known as science, the disease was almost entirely wiped out in Africa, Europe and places like Taiwan.
So, what's the problem? Well, this is:
For some bizarre reason, the left didn't like the idea of a miracle cure, so Rachel Carson, who helped launch the modern environmental movement and was among many environmentalists who was anti-pesticide, wrote a book called "Silent Spring" in 1964, which stated that DDT would spread far and wide and harm robins' ability to reproduce, as well as some other baseless, unproven statements. The truth is that, not only does DDT not do that, but no studies have ever been able to show that environmental exposure to DDT, even in large quantities, harms human health. It is less dangerous to humans than any number of natural chemicals, including some vitamins and medicines that we consume without a second thought. And when used in small quantities in malaria control, DDT protects people from deadly mosquitoes.
In other words, those against DDT don't have a leg to stand on and might as well just say that they are pro-disease. The benefits of this miracle chemical far exceed any of these ridiculous and unproven risks.
Because of people like Rachel Carson, DDT is gone due to a ban by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is even banned in Europe. And the result? Malaria is making a comeback in third world countries. As a result, developing countries fear exporting agricultural goods because of the possibility DDT residue on their produce. If residue were discovered, then the offending country would be banned form trading with Europe.
Meanwhile, malaria continues its deadly scourge, with no realistic alternative to fighting it on the scale that DDT can achieve.
As Richard Tren said in USAToday, "The lesson is that we wouldn't have the crisis we do today if we hadn't put feel-good politics ahead of solid science decades ago...This year, let's commit to putting science first. The consequences of not doing so last a very long time."
Earth Day - a day to celebrate socialism, murder, lies and a big smack in the faces of the people who inhabit the planet. Good intention should not come before true science.