Johnny Townsend: The Democratic Party today is like a lifeguard afraid to get in the water, inching in a little at a time to get slowly acclimated to the temperature, when people are out there drowning and need help NOW.
Johnny Townsend: The only way this country can recover from the current disastrous political reality is to push, promote, support, and elect candidates with bold, progressive policies. Anything less only gives us a “real chance” of failure.
Johnny Townsend: The Conservative movement is dying. It’s an awful thing for them to experience and it’s awful for us to witness. Perhaps understanding that this is what is actually happening,
Johnny Townsend: We’re riveted to our televisions when we see a schoolroom full of children shot to death. We cry and bemoan the sad state of the world. But then we go about our business and don’t do anything to prevent the next horrific tragedy.
Johnny Townsend: Trying to recover from all the damage caused by water pollution and carbon emissions and other toxins will cost the country a great deal more than the short-term profits waiting to be made now.
Johnny Townsend: Many right-wing Republicans seem to take an inordinate satisfaction in cutting down forests inside national parks, in fighting anyone trying to save the polar bears or the whales or any other creature, in behaving like neo-Nazi Holocaust-deniers by insisting there is no such thing as global warming, and fighting with all their might to stop efforts to control it. They like watching people who care about the environment suffer.
Johnny Townsend: I feel a sense of injustice whenever I read of someone logging unprotected redwoods, trees that have been fighting the odds for 500 years or more to live out their lives. What kind of person could kill a 500-year-old tree? For that matter, just logging in an “average” old-growth forest, with trees merely 100 or 150 or 200 years old still seems to me a crime.