By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes must be drumming his fingertips together, deviously declaring, “Excellent.”
Barnes’ prediction appears to be coming to pass.
As the U.S. economy shrinks into recession, we’re reminded of Barnes’ anti-capitalism rant at the United Nations Climate Conference in Madrid in late 2019.
As Empower Wisconsin reported at the time, Barnes said it was time to “stymie capitalism” to save the world from the ravages of climate change. That was a couple of years before the leftist tool declared his run for U.S. Senate in a campaign to be the Democrats’ pick to take on incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.
Barnes was joined on stage by a bevvy of North American bureaucrats, including Canada’s “Climate Ambassador” and Mexico’s “Climate Change Director.”
The “side event,” as it was described on the conference agenda, was on “subnational strategies in North America for meeting Paris Commitments.” It was oozing with liberal politics. The session’s smug host, blasting then-President Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, wondered aloud how the administration could fail to recognize the climate crisis facing the world. “How stupid can humanity be?”
It’s not a question of stupidity, Barnes answered. It’s a matter of greed. American capitalistic greed.
“The reason why we’re in this mess is the pursuit of greed, it’s capitalism run amok,” the lieutenant governor said. “That’s the same reason gun violence is so rampant in America, the same reason why we deal with all these other issues that have common-sense solutions but don’t have a common-sense approach.”
What’s the solution? First, get money out of politics, said the liberal who became the youngest lieutenant governor in state history and is now the front-running Dem candidate for Senate thanks to money in politics.
“The second answer is stymie capitalism, the way it is in America,” Barnes told the audience.
To do that, communities have to organize, he declared. But only left-wing communities that buy into radical, redistributionist ideas, like climate change hysteria. Barnes boasted about his time as a community organizer, and blamed “larger corporations” for many of the world’s ills.
“Until money is less of an issue, we’re going to continue on this path of destruction,” he warned.
But money is an issue. A really big issue for Americans who have seen their wages swallowed up by inflation at its highest level in nearly 41 years, and their retirement savings clobbered by markets reeling as President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats try to invent new definitions of the word recession.
Barnes led Gov. Tony Evers’ Task Force on Climate Change, a collage of liberal climate change alarmists hellbent on stymieing capitalism in their quest for a “carbon-free” world. Of course, the lieutenant governor can’t remember what said task force accomplished over its many months of meetings, but the blueprint is the same as the Biden-AOC economy tanking plan: shut down America’s traditional energy providers, making the nation poorer and more dependent on foreign supply while we wait for the fairy tale of an all “green energy” tomorrow.
And more dependent on the socialism of Big Government.
Barnes has been endorsed in his Senate bid by the most notorious climate change alarmist/socialist, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — aka. AOC. She has led congressional Democrats in the multi-trillion dollar madness liberals bill as the Green New Deal.
“We’ve truly entered a new era in American governance when a top state elected official finds it worthwhile to travel to an international diplomatic event to proclaim what this world needs is to ‘stymie capitalism,’” wrote Rucker, whose organization has spent the better part of the past 35 years trying to bring some balance and common sense to an issue long ago hijacked by radical environmentalists.
He confronted Barnes after the session. He found the lieutenant governor pleasant but his rhetoric shocking.
“Just making that comment is absolutely preposterous,” Rucker told Empower Wisconsin. “He’s enjoying the free market, and all of the attendees were enjoying their Christmas shopping in Madrid, which is a lovely town to shop in. And they’re all flying on jet planes, thanks to capitalism.”