By now, you’ve more than likely seen Time declare Climate Change activist Greta Thunberg Person Of The Year. Thunberg got popular for encouraging young people to go on a school strike to protest inaction among adults on Climate Change.
The Time Top 100 was the usual affair. Combining usual pop culture stars and people Time clearly put on there for popularity and no other reasons — also known as political figures.
Why is Dan Crenshaw in the Top 100? What legislation has he introduced? What did he do besides get made fun of by Saturday Night Live for his eye-patch? Time lists that as what he’s best known for, and that was back in 2018, not 2019.
Why is Pete Buttigeig in the Top 100? He’s always in third or forth place in the race, nowhere near high enough to even be close to being important. This wouldn’t bother me but Biden, Sanders, and Warren are nowhere on the list. Starting to think Time might be bias.
Why is Josh Hawley on the list? He’s a first year Senator who has yet to get a single legislation he introduced signed into law.
And that’s not even getting into who they got the write these entries. Because when I think people on the cusp of what the American people want, I think:
- Senator Mark Warner
- Lena Dunham
- Senator Cory Booker
- Jay Inslee
- Paul Ryan
- Ted Cruz
- Marco Rubio
- Jimmy Fallon
- Hillary Clinton
- Chris Hayes
- Billy Ray Cyrus
I should note I do believe Thunberg should be in the Top 100. After all, she has been quite an influential voice on the left regarding Climate Activist over the past year. However, making her Person of the Year seems like a bit much.
Why not Rep. Adam Schiff or Speaker Nancy Pelosi if you insist on having someone on the left? In fact, Pelosi was a runner up, as were Trump, the Hong Kong protesters, and the whistle blowers in the Trump-Ukraine scandal.
Time has usually made the Person of the Year based on how much conversation they generate. That’s why people like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Henry Kissinger, and Ruhollah Khomeini have been Person of the Year in the past.
Again, I in no way hate Thunberg. In fact, I find her biography in Time to be quite inspiring on its own. She clearly cares about the Climate and as someone with a similar way of thinking as her, I can relate to how she came to the conclusions she did.
However, and this is the big however, her main issue is her trusting view of politicians over the free market. The EPA is the biggest polluter in the US, and the Clean Air Act was primarily lobbied for by various factory owners.
Yes, I know Thunberg lives in Sweden and not the United States, but cut me some slack I’m using what I know.
Carbon emissions are going down more and more, and free markets have been proven to decrease carbon emissions way faster than government. To put it simply, it’s not that she’s wrong, it’s more than she’s not looking at the right people.