So it appears that David Hogg of Parkland, Florida has been replaced by Greta Thunberg of Sweden as the left’s newest teenage darling. Getting kids to spread the leftist message – whether on guns or on climate change – is a favorite tactic of the left for some strange reason. We assume it’s because whenever someone gently corrects those kids on their common factual errors (or simply points out how annoying and obnoxious they are), they can get all indignant and scream, “HOW DARE YOU, THEY’RE JUST CHILDREN!” Well, as far as we’re concerned, you play grown-up games, you win grown-up prizes.
In any event, kids like Thunberg, who spoke Monday at the United Nations, really get the left’s juices flowing. And, to be fair, Thunberg – while aggressively unlikeable – is a better speaker than the current Democratic frontrunner for president, so maybe we can’t fail them for their desperation.
“This fear and pain is real. And it’s gut-wrenching. No generation should have to deal with inaction from leadership,” Alyssa Milano said in a tweet about Thunberg’s speech. “We are blessed to have this warrior of the human spirit. (Listen to her. Don’t just hear. Really listen.)”
The part in parentheses, we assume, is Milano telling us not just to listen to Thunberg’s speech about the evils of climate change, but to simply accept whatever she says as fact. Because how could a Swedish teenager in pigtails ever be wrong about anything?
“What a disgrace that it takes a 16-year-old to tell world leaders what they won’t acknowledge: We cannot continue with this type of ruthless capitalism that is destroying our planet. This is why we need young people leading our climate justice movement,” tweeted socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
“Disgrace”! Yeah, that WAS the word we were looking for. Thanks, Bernie!
“And a little child shall lead them,” wrote Bette Midler.
Get a barf bag.
“We need to do better—for Greta, for the students marching for our lives, and for all of the young people who will inherit our planet from us in worse shape than we found it, unless we act,” wrote Beto O’Rourke.
Do it for Greta, America! Do it for Greta.
“@GretaThunberg you have taken on this enormous task and with it, you have given everything and live with the pain of knowing, of trying ceaselessly, of caring with all your being in a world that prioritizes prosperity. But you are moving people – thank you Greta. Thank you,” wrote Mia Farrow.
We’re unlikely to find anything as over-the-top as that, so we’ll leave it there. Any more of this, and we’re going to actually be sick.