Liberalism’s All-Purpose, Universal Scam

Fauntroy copyYou may have missed the story yesterday of the arrest over the weekend of civil rights bit player Walter Fauntroy, who returned over the weekend from what the Washington Post described as a “four-year sojourn in the Persian Gulf,” where he had fled to skip out on a $55,000 tab for an inauguration party he held for Barack Obama back in 2009:

In January 2012, Fauntroy left the United States after a bench warrant was issued for him to appear in Prince George’s County, Md., on a charge that he wrote a bad check for $55,000 to help pay for a 2009 ball he organized for President Obama’s first ­inauguration.

In a typically vague account, Fauntroy thought the entire matter had been “settled,” but a certain little detail jumps out from the copy:

In an interview last week from the United Arab Emirates, Fauntroy, 83, insisted that the issue was resolved. He said he was coming home because he missed his family and that he had finally obtained financing for his ­green-energy humanitarian projects around the world.

Always with the “green energy.” I think every politician caught with bribery cash, or $90,000 in a freezer, should instantly claim that it’s startup money for green energy projects. Humanitarian green energy projects—the best kind! It’s liberalism’s all-purpose, universal scam.

Once upon a time, liberal humanitarianism meant actually helping poor people. Now it means subsidized solar panels and windmills. I propose a new organization: NAAGP: National Association for the Advancement of Green People.