Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

I recently, well if you define recently as “for months now”, have had the dubious pleasure of dealing with a particularly nasty phenomenon known as the “Internet Troll.”

On a Web site I post on regularly there is a gentleman, using the term loosely, who is a bit of a monomaniac on the subject of man-caused global warming.

This guy loves to bleat on, post after post, about how the Earth is getting hotter and it’s all our fault. Like most trolls (as an aside, they’re called trolls for a couple of reasons, one they’re “trolling” for a response by posting outlandish things, and two, they’re usually just plain rude) he loves to denigrate other posters, hijack conversations and otherwise just make a nuisance out of himself.

After months of arguments, and this individual’s refusal to actually answer questions or address criticisms, I decided to give him, and the others like him, an opportunity to state their case.

So I left a post saying, that since I’m willing to debate anything, let’s accept for the sake of argument that the Earth is getting hotter and it is man’s fault. So then what precisely do the global warming believers propose we do about it?

The crickets are still chirping.

It’s been something like 24 hours now, and the only 20 responses (usually a thread like this will generate many more) have been from people like me who think man-caused global warming is utter nonsense.

All of which didn’t really surprise me.

You see, it’s been my experience that the global warming types don’t really have any useful suggestions. What they’re really after is to curtail the freedoms of other people.

It’s been noted that most greens are really watermelons — green on the outside and red in the middle.

It’s an accurate assessment. If you take a close look at the supposed “fixes” for global warming, climate change, climate disruption, whatever the name du jour they almost always involve using the bludgeon of government power to force people into desired behaviors.

This is an ideology driven more by what they don’t want than what they do. They don’t want cars, or power plants or roads, or well, much of anything which makes modern life possible and bearable, except, of course, for themselves.

And here’s the key. Every proposal I’ve seen put forth means giving more power to government and thereby giving bureaucrats more and more power over our lives.

I wrote last week about our slide in to tyranny, this is one of the ways it happens, a little at a time, so that you don’t notice, until you wake up one day to find you’re a serf, and you’ve allowed it to happen to yourself.

All IMHO, of course.

(Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Columbus Advocate and the Baxter Springs News. He can be emailed at