Johnny Townsend: A huge contingent of marchers was coming down James from First Hill. Already, every spot along the impressive staircase leading up to City Hall from the street was filled with protesters.
Johnny Townsend: If we’re more worried that they’re freeloaders who don’t want jobs in the first place, why are we raiding workplaces in order to round them up for deportation?
Johnny Townsend: If fighting for radical changes to address the climate crisis is a pie in the sky dream, pessimists might just as well stop saving for their children’s college education right now and spend that money on trips to Disneyland and food festivals instead.
Johnny Townsend: Do the lives of the 250,000 birds, the loss of billions of salmon and herring eggs, and the countless other animals killed when the Valdez left 1300 miles of coastline covered in oil count?
Johnny Townsend: In any conflict with the rich and powerful, the suffering is all on our side. Reams of evidence prove that empathy and compassion aren’t motivating factors for oligarchs.
John Townsend: The liberal media are anything but. They and most other “left-leaning” news sources are not reporting. They are spinning.
Johnny Townsend: Good people do terrible things because they feel they don’t have options. We will be unable to persuade the public to go along with the disruptive changes required not only to cease carbon emissions but also to recapture tons of it already released.
Johnny Townsend: When I worked the graveyard shift, I was amazed at the folks who would come in at 3:00 in the morning for a loan. What in the world was going on in their lives that a payday loan at that hour was their only option?
Johnny Townsend: Now when I read another account of present (not future) climate disaster, I’m actually a little bit happy. If warnings are not enough, perhaps consequences will be.
Johnny Townsend: Moderate Democrats have been blaming progressives regularly since Trump won the presidency in 2016. They’re pre-blaming us now for the next defeat.
Johnny Townsend: The fact is, even if the entire world did convert to socialism, the problem we’d still face is that humans would be the ones in charge.
Johnny Townsend: Moderates, pledge what you will. Choose the nominee you want. But don’t think that you can make such a personal, life-altering choice for the rest of us.