During Joe Fontana's 2004 federal campaign, I recall an audience member at a debate at Central Library questioned 'Smokin' Joe' on the apparent contradiction in his claims to support both breeders/families and protecting the environment. Joe tried to weasel his way out of answering, calling the question ridiculous, and questioning the sobriety of the questioner. One could easily see that beneath Joe's slickly polished veneer he really didn't want to answer the question. Even some of the Greens in the audience cowered when this question arose. It seems not many people want to face this truth: babies and environmentalism are in conflict.
This scenario is shameful not only for being so cliche, but it's also appalling for contravening a basic tenet of eco-consciousness: Stop breeding.Fortunately, the hosts of the debate at Central insisted Joe had an obligation to explain the apparent contradiction of the various sides of his mouth. When he did answer, he admitted that he was most supportive of families. Joe was no fool: families vote; trees don't.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Posted by basil on Sunday, March 16, 2008