Johnny Townsend: You can’t fight hate speech with no speech. People remaining silent never convinced a politician to vote for regulations limiting pollution. Silence never stopped a priest from continuing to abuse children.
Johnny Townsend: Maybe trying to slow down and reverse global warming is like a deluded patient taking snake oil to cure their ALS. We’re just kidding ourselves to think there is anything we can do.
Johnny Townsend: While I’ve moved from Mormonism to Judaism to atheism, I’m still struck by how often people use religion as justification for cruelty.
Johnny Townsend: Giving up the infighting only and always means progressives must let moderates control the discussion. It never means they’ll choose a bolder platform.
Johnny Townsend: Democratic leaders claim that if we ask too much, we won’t get anything, creating another false narrative far too many rank and file Democrats blindly accept.
Johnny Townsend: The two parties may not always be the same on every issue, but they’re the same way more than we should accept merely out of a sense of “being realistic.”
Johnny Townsend: Any Democrat with an agenda that satisfies Republicans is a Democrat who has nothing to offer me. Protecting Roe v. Wade is important, but that is not the end of my progressive dreams.
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.