ConservAmerica Mad at Maddow
April 7, 2012
When somebody is doing something right, for the right reasons, I like to give them their due. The folks I’ve met from ConservAmerica, formerly Republicans for Environmental Protection are the kind of mainstream republicans that I grew up with. There are solutions to environmental problems that can come from the right, cap and trade, for instance. And we need to hear them.
On Spaceship Earth, none of us are passengers. We are all crew. And we’re going to need all hands on deck to solve this planetary emergency – so I welcome any and all who follow science and fact, and I hope folks from ConservAmerica will let me know whenever they have something important to share.
All conservatives out there who believe Rachel Maddow gets her facts wrong, is prone to exaggeration, and indulges in misrepresentation for its schlocky entertainment value, please raise your hands.
Well, Maddow did it again in her nightly tirade April 5. She said our organization’s new name, ConservAmerica, indicates that we’re giving up on the Republican Party. Maddow also couldn’t resist a puerile cheap shot—likening the name ConservAmerica to the name of a shady mortgage dealer.
Since Maddow didn’t bother contacting us to get our side of the story—journalism 101, folks—we’ll put our side of the story out there.
ConservAmerica is a Republican organization. Always has been. We were founded in 1995 to restore the Republican Party’s great conservation tradition, which is grounded in the timeless conservative ethic of stewardship.
The name change reflects the need to draw more recognition to the inherent connection between conservation and conservatism.
Maddow—highlighting her partisan tendencies—didn’t report our stated reason for the name change, but simply made up her own reason.
Real conservatism is about prudence and responsible stewardship. We want to make that case more strongly. Our mission is the same, and whether Rachel Maddow cares about the truth or not, we are as Republican today as we were last week.
Hmm. GOP lawmakers and presidential candidates reject climate science, intend to gut EPA funding, characterize the cap-and-trade plan they came up with as a radical socialist plot, want to weaken clean air and clean water laws, and a group called Republicans for Environmental Protection feels compelled to remove the word “Republican” from its name … but talk radio and “the left” are giving people the wrong idea about the contemporary GOP?
To be sure, the problem is not with ConservAmerica, which is led by credible officials who clearly want to do the right thing. Rather, the problem is with those officials’ party, which insists on ignoring sensible voices like ConservAmerica’s.
As Daniel Weiss, director of climate strategy for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, told Politico, “Under either name … they face a fundamental challenge that the pro-conservation party of Roosevelt, Nixon, Schwarzenegger and McCain has become the climate science denial party of Romney, Santorum and Limbaugh.”