In case you haven’t been keeping track of the flaming bag of dog doo that is the Green New Deal, there’s been a new development! Since the worst rollout since the Obamacare website, there will now be a 15-city tour and 50-state campaign to promote it. And you thought there wasn’t live entertainment anymore…
Although people have caught onto the easy hypocrisy of the tour (as in how they GNDers are going to travel to said cities), I want to focus on a slightly different aspect of it. We’re told the Left loves facts and science and they’re all in when it comes to global climate change. Of course, their actions don’t reflect it, but they talk a good green game.
One of the Leftists heading up this Green New Deal tour is the Socialist Socialite, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. As a Millennial, she connects with a lot of people. Her Twitter game, in particular, is quite effective in getting out her messages. Although people are rightly asking her how she plans to travel to the sites of this tour, but they’re missing out on the biggest question.
Why does the Green New Deal need a tour?
I can see the political (and, let’s face it, financial) aspects to holding GND rallies, but the optics are bound to be bad either way. If they show up in fleet of big busses, they look like hypocrites. If they show up in eco-friendly vehicles, they look stupid. It’s a Kobayashi Maru that is hopefully biodegradable or at least can be used as compost. (Kinda like the GND itself if you think about it.)
So, why bring up social media? Because it’s more cost and energy efficient than a tour while reaching a wider group of people. Set up a Google Hangout, do a Facebook Live video, post a video to Twitter or Instagram, and spread your message that way. Granted, in these forums anyone can join (and judging from some of Hillary Clinton’s town hall meetings with carefully chosen “completely random” average people that just so happen to agree with her, this concern might be unfounded), but it would be a smaller carbon footprint and, frankly, more convenient for the target audience and the people who want the Green New Deal to be a thing.
And if it saves just one child from dying due to global climate change, isn’t it worth it?