I've tried to keep politics out of this blog, except when it really matters. After thinking it over for two days now, I've decided this matters. If you're here for the book history and are offended by political discussion, please feel free to read no further.
Nothing boils my blood like hypocrisy, particularly political hypocrisy. In 2001 and 2005 we never heard the end of the waste of Bush's inauguration. I even wrote an article on it ("Inauguration Fascination: dissecting the romp and circumstance," in Get Underground magazine).
So where is all the outrage over the environmental disaster that was the Obama inauguration? I haven't heard a peep from the liberal blogs I follow -- in fact, some have dared to praise the inaugural committee for its "GREEN" values. Earth911.com, a website with the tagline: "Making Every Day Earth Day," got all giddy about -- get this -- the recycled carpet that Obama stood on.
Recycled carpets aren't going to save us. In fact, it's damn peanuts compared to the carbon footprint left by the environmentalist-only-when-it-suits-them celebrities flying across the country to party for a weekend. Or the 130 tons of waste -- much of, no doubt, cheap Obama goods -- strewn across the Mall. Or the phrase in Obama's speech that sent a chill down my spine: "We will not apologize for our way of life."
It's time to stop giving fuel to Fox News' fire. We don't need forks made out of corn (what is all that corn doing to the land, by the way? where does it come from?), or recycled paper tickets -- we need to stop consuming so many goddamn forks, and wasting so much paper!
It takes a tough leader to tell us what's hard to hear. Lifestyle changes aren't easy for anyone, but they're the only way we're going to starting crawling out of the hole we've dug ourselves into. This inauguration was an opportunity to make one giant leap forward toward a renewed America, one that no longer consumes beyond its means. Instead, I'm afraid it solidified all our old delusions.