Robert Kennedy: Obama “indentured servant” to coal industry

posted at 6:08 pm on April 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Robert Kennedy Jr has made a career out of saying stupid things, such as his argument earlier this year that hog producers posed a greater threat to this nation than Osama bin Laden.  However, his latest attack of foot-in-mouth disease will probably cost him a lot more dearly, or at least it would, if the Left had any sense of consistency.  Kennedy called Barack Obama an “indentured servant” to the coal industry:

“Clean coal is a dirty lie,” says environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who calls President Barack Obama and other politicians who commit taxpayer money to develop it “indentured servants” of the coal industry.

Despite a series of expensive false starts and failures, President Obama proposed $3.4 billion in stimulus legislation to fund continued research on “clean coal” projects.

“Clean coal is like healthy cigarettes, it does not exist,” says former Vice President Al Gore.

“Indentured servant” means “slave”, for those who may be unfamiliar with the term.  Had a Republican called Obama an “indentured servant” to unions, the environmental lobby, the abortion industry, or the anti-globalist whackos at the G-20 summit, the Left would have gone into full meltdown.  Keith Olbermann would have added an extra hour to give minute-by-minute coverage of the crisis.  Janeane Garofalo would appear on every talk show to proclaim the vindication of her opinion of conservatives as motivated by nothing more than race.  Roland Martin would demand time to lecture America on the evils of analogies.

Will any of that happen with Robert Kennedy, Jr?  I wouldn’t hold my breath.  Instead, we’ll continue to get lectured on how criticizing Barack Obama’s massive expansion of federal government is inherently racist, while a Democratic goofball calling him a slave is not.

Update: A couple of people quibble with my definition of “indentured servant” being equivalent to slave, noting that, originally, such servants only worked for a few years before paying off their debt.  Does anyone believe that RFK Jr meant that Obama would only work for Big Coal a couple of years to pay off some debt he owes them, or that he was their lackey?

Update II: Tommy Christopher says the HuffPo has debunked this — that RFK Jr never specifically mentioned Obama — but that HuffPo continues to headline the story.

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I know you were being ironic because of their refusal to allow the farms, but as someone who used to work for one, let me tell you they don’t work. You have to deface tens of thousands of acres just to partially power a small township.
Windmills are old technology – think Holland. lets use 21st century technology, shall we? Or at the very least, 20th century technology – say, like nuclear?
vapig on April 21, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I support nuclear power as well, but well designed windmills do work. Clipper Windpower has a 2.5 MW windmill for sail. I stood under the prototype, it dwarfed the other windmills in the wind farm, and in a stiff breeze I found in to be quite quiet.
Conservatives need to stop being as hostile to wind power, as libtards are to nuclear, and coal.

darktood on April 22, 2009 at 1:44 PM

“Norman, the loons are back!”

Del Dolemonte on April 21, 2009 at 6:55 PM
I can’t believe Glenn Beck isn’t using that one! You’ve GOT to submit it.

anniekc on April 21, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Sad to say, I’m sure that Ernie Thompson, who wrote the book and stage play and screenplay for “On Golden Pond”, probably owns that phrase lock stock and barrel.

Del Dolemonte on April 22, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Rush Limbaugh did a whole show today about how wealthy countries are cleaner countries and how it’s the poor countries that are the polluters. So this canard of “green” policies is a nothing more than a lie to impoversh this country – to level the ecconomic playing field. They can’t bring those countries up, so they need to bring us down.

So, much like the Middle Ages, we will all be poor and live in a filthy world.

vapig on April 21, 2009 at 6:21 PM

In honor of Earth Day, today Rush honored those who have improved the lives of mankind on earth. Folks like Thomas Edison building the first coal fired electric power plant, and the Wright Bros., but the first on his list, was all coal miners, past and present for without them, we would not have the standard of living we now enjoy.

Christian Conservative on April 22, 2009 at 3:51 PM

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