Obama Powers Up And Takes Down GOP Flat Earthers

President Obama powered up today and turned Republican attacks about gas prices into a defense of the common man against Big Oil.

The president said,

Some of these folks want to dismiss the promise of solar power and wind power and fuel-efficient cars. In fact, they make jokes about it. One member of Congress who shall remain unnamed called these jobs “phony” — called them phony jobs. I mean, think about that mindset, that attitude that says because something is new, it must not be real. If these guys were around when Columbus set sail, they’d be charter members of the Flat Earth Society. (Laughter.) We were just talking about this — that a lack of imagination, a belief that you can’t do something in a new way — that’s not how we operate here in America. That’s not who we are. That’s not what we’re about.

These politicians need to come to Boulder City and see what I’m seeing. (Applause.) They should talk to the people who are involved in this industry, who have benefited from the jobs, who benefit from ancillary businesses that are related to what’s going on right here.

Now, all of you know that when it comes to new technologies, the payoffs aren’t always going to come right away. Sometimes, you need a jump start to make it happen. That’s been true of every innovation that we’ve ever had. And we know that some discoveries won’t pan out. There’s the VCR and the Beta and the — all that stuff. (Laughter.)

And each successive generation recognizes that some technologies are going to work, some won’t; some companies will fail, some companies will succeed. Not every auto company succeeded in the early days of the auto industry. Not every airplane manufacturer succeeded in the early days of the aviation. But we understood as Americans that if we keep on this track, and we’re at the cutting edge, then that ultimately will make our economy stronger and it will make the United States stronger. It will create jobs. It will create businesses. It will create opportunities for middle-class Americans and folks who want to get into the middle class. That’s who we are. That’s what we’re about. (Applause.)

So I want everybody here to know that as long as I’m President, we will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. (Applause.) We’re not going to walk away from places like Boulder City. I’m not going to give up on the new to cede our position to China or Germany or all the other competitors out there who are making massive investments in clean energy technology. I refuse to see us stand by and not make the same commitment. That’s not what we do in America. It’s not who we are as a country.

Later Obama returned to the Republicans Flat Earther theme, “So as long as I’m President, we’re going to develop every available source of energy. That is a promise that I’m making to you. And, yes, that means we make investments in stuff that is new, and we stop subsidizing stuff that’s old. The current members of the Flat Earth Society in Congress — (laughter) — they would rather see us continue to provide $4 billion — $4 billion — in tax subsidies, tax giveaways, to the oil companies — $4 billion to an industry that is making record profits. Every time you fill up the pump, they’re making money. They are doing just fine. They’re not having any problems.”

President Obama also promised that America would continue to produce oil and gas at a record pace, but his speech contained an interesting bit of positioning. Traditionally in presidential campaign, it is the incumbent who is defending the status quo. The challenger is normally the one who offering up a forward thinking vision for the future, but the roles are reversed in 2012.

In the current campaign, it is the Republicans who are harkening back to the good old days of the always unmentioned by name George W. Bush. The congressional Republican obstruction of the Obama agenda has given the president a unique political opportunity. As an incumbent, Obama is getting the chance to campaign as the forward thinking visionary who holds an ambitious agenda for the nation.

President Obama didn’t call Republicans flat earthers just because of their position on energy. The president used the term because he is trying to evoke an image in the minds of voters of a candidate and a party who are stuck in the past and resistant to change. Obama will likely argue during the fall campaign that he has been trying to bring change, but the Republicans have obstructed him at every turn.

The truth is that American conservatism by nature and practice is resistant to change. People who are drawn to conservatism do so because it is the political equivalent of defensive posturing. In their eyes, conservatives are always trying to protect something (their money, their freedom, the fetus). Conservatism isn’t about blazing a path towards the future. Modern American conservatism has become the mantra of those who are desperately trying to cling to the past.

President Obama, like every president who has tried before him, faces a tough sell on alternative energy. His task is complicated even more by the Republican Party’s willingness to embrace falsehoods that appeal to the laziness in many Americans. Republicans call on the American people to do nothing. Their energy plan is to drill more. They never bother to tell the American people that drilling more only benefits the oil companies and doesn’t lower the price of gas. For Republicans the energy issue is all protecting their Big Oil donors and scoring political points.

This is why President Obama is doing something brilliant on the energy issue. He has elevated the issue to a question of morals and values. He is arguing on a deeper level that Big Oil subsidies are wrong. He is stressing the moral argument against giving taxpayer dollars to the same people who are causing you pain at the pump.

For President Obama, the energy debate isn’t about gas prices, but about policies like oil subsidies that are morally wrong. Obama has turned a debate about gas prices into a defense of the common man against Big Oil, and for an incumbent president, this is a remarkable strategy.

8 Replies to “Obama Powers Up And Takes Down GOP Flat Earthers”

  1. You know,when I look at all those solo Panels
    behind your President. I am reminded of the time
    computers first came on line. Our company had to clear out 4 offices to fit one in and all the trouble they had with it, look at what technology has bought us now.
    It reminds me and it should everybody.
    You got to start big now a days to end up small, like the chip.

  2. too bad with all the other news today, nfl, florida killing, paris killing, that this story got buried. oh, and the etch a sketch story topped them all….

    oh and the saudis announced they will be pumping more so that will make the speculators back off. just as sen sanders has been talking about………….

  3. Thanks, Jason! This is mega uber important! Did the original Flat Earthers have to gin up lies to make their case like these 21st Century Flat Liners?

  4. Breaking News: America on the Verge of World’s Newsest and Most Powerful carbon-Neutral Energy Source.

    America Fires the Most Powerful Laser In History
    The United States’ National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California has fired the most powerful laser in history, a record-breaking 2-megajoule shot. The laser was originally designed to reach 1.875-megajoules, but beat everyone’s expectations—and set a new world record in the process.

    192 laser beams combined to form the single shot, initially reaching 1.875 megajoules. By the time it passed through its final focusing lens, the laser maxed out at 2.03 megajoules, making it the world’s first 2-megajoule ultraviolet laser. Better yet, the blast caused less damage to the laser optics than predicted, which allowed the facility to fire another shot just 36 hours after the 2.03-megajoule one.

    How it works
    It all starts with a single laser, which is split into 48 separate beams. The beams are then redirected, using mirrors, into amplifiers that have been previously pumped by a total of 7,680 Xenon flash lamps. After four bounces, the beams are further split into 192 rays through all the facility—which is the size of three football fields. As they travel through those endless tubes, the beams are amplified again at an exponential rate.
    The result: from a tiny 1/billionth of a joule laser, the scientists at the National Ignition Facility obtain rays “a foot on their side” with a combined “2.03 million joules of ultraviolet energy,” 1,000 times the energy of all the power plants in the United States combined, even while it’s only for a fraction of a second.
    This time, the facility wasn’t firing into any target. This will come later in the year, as the facility—which is supported by the US Nuclear Weapons Complex—races to achieve ignition in its first nuclear fusion experiment.

    What does that entail? The powerful lasers will compress this frozen hydrogen fuel cell, which will itself be enclosed in a gold-plated cylinder called the hohlraum. The hohlraum is located inside a 32.8-foot-diameter ignition chamber, and it will transform the lasers into extremely intense X-rays, compressing the hydrogen at one hundred billion atmospheres in just 1/1,000,000 of a second.

    This will trigger a controlled nuclear fusion reaction that will create a small star, hopefully generating more power than the energy used to fire the laser and contain the intense heat inside the chamber. If this is successful, we may be witnessing the beginning of a new clean power source that may end our dependency on fission nuclear power, oil and coal.
    According to Ed Moses—director of the National Ignition Facility—”it’s a remarkable demonstration of the laser from the standpoint of its energy, its precision, its power, and its availability.”

    Source: GIZMODO

  5. I love our President. I have wished from the beginning of his term, that he would show us more “emotion”, show us some “fight”. It doesn’t have to be mean, because he’s not a ‘mean-spirited’ individual….but stand up and SAY IT OUT LOUD .. say what the Republicans are doing. The most the American public ever hears, is what our media wants to report, and sometimes, that’s not the whole story. I hope this means he’s finally getting there. We definitely need a new source (or several new sources) of energy. STOP supplementing the income for Big Oil … let’s invest in the future of our Beautiful Country .. …

  6. I’m behind our President 100%. The GOPers (Get Our Profits) have no affection for the middle class. Proof is that they want toCUT entitlement programs, but will not budge to increase taxes on the wealthy, cut way back on the subsidies for oil companies(raking in millions) reduce subsidies for companies outsourcing jobs. Recently heard thatTommy Helfinger pays 22 cents per hour for. workers in Bangladesh . Now lookat the prices for clothes on sale…WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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