Critics have frequently asserted that progressive officials frequently couch their plans to implement far-left policies in subtle language that belies their true intentions.
Once in a while, however, the mask slips and individuals reveal their true goals. That was apparently the case for a top Democratic official in Massachusetts who threatened to “break the will” of citizens who refuse to buy into a radical response to environmental issues.
“The person on your street, the senior on fixed income”
Reports indicate David Ismay, the state’s undersecretary for climate change, stepped down from his post amid backlash over remarks he made last month. He was addressing the Vermont Climate Council when he asserted that there is “no bad guy left” to blame for climate change in his state.
As a result, Ismay claimed that it was necessary to “turn the screws” on those who refuse to change their habits, a significant portion of whom he identified as “the person on your street, the senior on fixed income.”
He went on to cite “analysis” showing that “60% of our emissions come from … residential heating and passenger vehicles.”
“Can’t even say that publicly”
Ismay’s ultimate goal is “to point the finger at and turn the screws on and now break their will, so they stop emitting.”
He reiterated his plan to “break your will” before demonstrating some level of self-awareness by admitting that he “can’t even say that publicly.”
Nonetheless, his remarks became public, sparking a firestorm of controversy that cost him a lucrative gig.
Apologizing on his behalf, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker affirmed that “no one who works in [his] administration should ever say or think anything like that.”
“My inability to clearly communicate”
In his resignation letter, Ismay offered his own apology and implied that he had simply been misunderstood.
“Although my comments were interpreted by some as placing the burden of climate change on hardworking families and vulnerable populations, my intent was the opposite,” he said.
Ismay directed his mea culpa to the Baker administration, declaring: “My inability to clearly communicate during that discussion reflected poorly on the Governor, on you, and on our hardworking staff.”