Probably you have never heard of Virginia Green Menace. They’re a group with strong ties to the Roanoke Tea Party, which despite its avowals of independence is affiliated with the Koch Bros.-founded Americans For Prosperity. The VGM propagates every crackpot conspiracy theory out there regarding environmental protection. That’s their singular mission.
The central one, the “Mother Theory,” is that the United Nations is is running a dastardly and Orwellian plot to force home dwellers in Roanoke County off their land and into Motel 6-sized apartments in cluster villages, kind of like in that famously paranoid (and fictional) 1960s TV show, “The Prisoner.” (Bike lanes are part of this conspiracy, too, they believe).
Virginia Green Menace has always been an unintentional laugh riot. Now it looks like they’re going for intentional laughs. Or perhaps they’re simply 5-1/2 months late with an April Fool’s joke.
Because they recently bestowed upon Roanoke Tea Party President Chip Tarbutton their first-ever award for “Environmental Exceptionalism.” This is akin to praising Josef Goebbels for standing up for the Jews, or Gen. Custer for his work with the Indians.
From an email I got today:
The Virginia Green Menace which promotes honest environmentalism and exposes the fraud in the “Big Environmental Industry” — thus helping people be true stewards of our land and educating government officials and citizens on the facts surrounding false environmental theories which waste public resources and infringe on the natural rights of citizens — handed out an award to Chip Tarbutton as the leader of the Roanoke Tea Party Saturday, September 15.
Whew! Did you figuratively run out of breath, trying to digest that 69-word sentence, with its 34-word parenthetical clause? But wait, there is more.
“Officially, the award states, ”As president of the Roanoke Tea Party he has shown exceptional leadership by both directing his organization’s operations in an environmentally conscious manner without government force nor government subsidy. He has also shown fearless leadership by directing his organization and its volunteers to fight the faux environmentalism that threatens not only Roanoke, but world civilization as well. These activities include, but are not limited to: Recycling, Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Education and the willingness to expose fraud in the “Big Environmental Industry.”
Officially indeed. In these guys’ minds, the best way to protect the environment is to burn more coal, and faster.
Note: The contact name and number listed on the email was for Greg Aldridge, a former (if not current) Roanoke Tea Party official, a regular sidekick to Tarbutton and a Virginia Green Menace founder. I just called him and asked if this was for real.
“Of course it’s for real,” Aldridge said. “But I can’t talk right now because we’re setting up for an event.”
Perhaps that’s a luncheon honoring Martin Luther for his stalwart support of the Roman Catholic Church.
Just a guess. . .