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Let none falter, who thinks he is right, and we may succeed. But, if after all, we shall fail, be it so. We still shall have the proud consolation of saying to our consciences, and to the departed shade of our country’s freedom, that the cause approve of our judgment, and adored of our hearts, in disaster, in chains, in torture, in death, we NEVER faltered in defending.

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Google and Earth Hour
Tonight, I visited the website. It is my home page when I open up my web browser. The background on the page was black. I thought this was strange because usually the homepage has a white background. I didn’t know what was happening, so I looked on the home page for a clue. I found it right below the search box. There was text that said, “We've turned the lights out. Now it's your turn - Earth Hour” I clicked on the hyperlink on the text “Earth Hour” and I was taken to a page with several paragraphs describing the purpose of this act.

According to this page, Earth Hour is a “worldwide conservation effort.” It “invites people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour- from 8:00pmm to 9:00pm in their local time zone.” then explains why they are supporting this effort, “We believe in doing our part to help combat climate change, and found the Earth Hour initiative to be a timely, important event.”

My initial reaction to this effort by was one of irritation and anger. I was irritated that a company of this magnitude, which has benefited from the blessings of a free market and free enterprise in the United States, would support an event which opposes the very free market and free enterprise that made a multi-billion dollar company. This event propagandizes the idea that energy is a limited resource and that we need to conserve it. This idea has been floating around the United States for decades. I still remember as a kid hearing of the supposed oil crisis of the 1980s and how we were going to run out of oil by the year 2000. It was doom and gloom. And here we are in the 21st century still going strong. Yet the idea that we need to conserve energy is still with us. Hearing this repetitious cry in the wilderness cause me to reflect on a word that I recently learned the definition of. That word is tautology. Tautology means a useless repetition or a needless repetition of an idea. This cry for conservation is nothing more than a tautology or a useless repetition of an idea. The problem with a tautology is that the masses generally believe something is true if they hear it repeated enough times over and over. This leads to the lack of questioning of the masses about the veracity of the tautology. If I were to survey a 100 people and ask them whether or not energy conservation was good, I would bet you that 90 out of a 100 or more would say yes. If I were ask them why, they would most likely say because we are running out of energy. If I were to ask them how they came to that conclusion, they would probably say they heard it on the news or read a magazine article on it. But does this ceaseless repetition of an idea make it true? Of course not, but most people don’t stop to think about whether or not the idea is true. Instead, most people jump on the bandwagon because that is what everyone else is doing and they don’t want to left out or they want to be part of the in crowd.

Is this Earth running out of energy? Of course not. The Earth is full of innumerable energy sources of oil, coal, wind, solar, ocean, river to name a few. As Joe Kennedy, of the famous liberal Kennedy family, who works with Hugo Chavez to provide heating oil to the poor in America stated in the February 28, 2008 Business Week magazine that “And everybody says we're running out of oil. You know, 74% of the earth's surface—as we all learned in third grade—is covered with water. And we have developed less than 1% of the energy supplies contained underneath the surface of the ocean. So there's nothing to suggest to me that right now there's an imminent crisis.“ If Joe Kennedy realizes that there is no running out of oil, then I tend to believe him. The truth is that there is no energy crisis, at least in terms of running out of sources of energy. The Earth is an unlimited supply of energy. The energy crisis that we face today is a crisis created by tautologies. These tautologies are created by the enemies of free markets and free enterprise. These people are numerous as evidenced by the spread of communism and socialism throughout the world in the 20th and 21st century. These people are using tautologies of mammoth proportions to hoodwink freedom loving people into believing that the Earth is warming up because of man’s consumption of fossil fuels. The ceaseless repetition of this idea has most freedom loving people believing that this is true. One only need to stop and think, if climatologists can’t predict the weather more than a week out, how can they predict the weather 50 years out. If climatologists can’t predict the number of hurricanes in a season with any accuracy. The evidence is far from conclusive on global warming, yet the ceaseless repetition of this idea has convinced many people that is true beyond doubt. Yet the United States has just gone through a severely cold winter. Think about this for one moment. Have you ever asked yourself, what organization is the main driving force of global warming? It is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations organization. The United Nations is composed primarily of countries which do not value freedom as much as Americans do. So naturally you would expect the UN to produce reports blaming global warming on fossil fuel consumption. The United States consumes a large part of the fossil fuels on this planet. Fossil fuels are what drive our economy. Consumption of fossil fuels means freedom of movement and of travel. So if you were an organization full of countries that were either openly hostile or somewhat hostile to the types of liberties and freedoms which we take for granted, what is one way that you could bring her down? You could utilize tautologies dressed in supposed scientific facts to convince the American people that fossil fuels are evil and that energy must be conserved. That is exactly what they are doing and sadly, most Americans do not stop and ask themselves, where are these ceaseless repetition of ideas coming from? What is their source? Is that source neutral or does that source have an ulterior motive? I think the answer is clear judging from the decades of anti-American sentiment that has emanated from the United Nations.

It is eminently clear to me that we are not facing an energy crisis in the strict sense of running out of sources of cheap energy. What we are facing is a crisis of ideologies fueled by tautologies. Unfortunately, the ideology of individual freedom and liberty is losing to the ideology of collectivism and control at this moment in history. The masses are being hoodwinked through clever tautologies amplified by the media into believing that government control is superior to individual liberty and freedom; that energy conservationism is a must when in reality we live in a world full of abundant, cheap energy; that global warming is occurring because of consumption of fossil fuels when in reality climate changes are cyclical. In the 1970s we exited an extended period of global cooling. In the 1920s we experienced an extended period of global warming.

I am most frustrated with , because unwittingly they are feeding these tautologies which are cleverly designed to turn the United States into a collectivist, socialist country like most other countries in the world. It is that simple. Most Americans today believe that the government is their friend and that business is their enemy. This very thought would have caused Americans in the 18th and early 19th century to shudder. The long slow process to this point in history was summed up very well by Nikita Khrushchev, former leader of the USSR. He made the following statement to former Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson, “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you. We’ll so weaken your economy until you’ll fall like over-ripe fruit into our hands.”

Americans need to question every tautology or repetition of ideas or Khrushchev’s predictions will come true. In fact, every idea that is repeated over and over in the mainstream media should be questioned or assumed that it is a tautology. If success of tautologies of the past is any indication of the truthfulness of tautologies of today, then you can assume that the ones today are just as false as the one’s of yesteryear. There is no oil crisis. There is a political crisis caused by government interventionism into the energy industry. The government regulates and taxes this industry so heavily that no one can build more refineries, no one can drill for more oil, no one can build nuclear power plants, and on and on. The cry to protect a few owls, a few waterfowl, an animal species here or there, is ceaseless and endless. The courts favor these people over the energy industry. It is pure insanity, yet it is perfectly predictable in an environment where tautologies are taken as fact. It is a world where up is down and down is up, where truth is error and error is truth, where tautology replaces truth, and error replaces fact. There is no energy crisis. There is no need to conserve energy in a world full of unlimited energy. There is a need however to replace faulty, slanderous ideologies that encourage collectivism and socialism with ideologies that encourage freedom and choice. But that battle must be fought individual by individual and it must start by pointing out the faulty premises of tautologies, the sources of these tautologies, and the end game of those who spread these lies. I am saddened when a great company such as Google that spreads information throughout the world would fight for ideas that are tautological in nature and ultimately are backed by those who oppose the very freedom and choice that have allowed a company like Google to come into existence.
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