Tuesday, July 14, 2020

MSNBC Contributor Blames Americans’ ‘Obsession with Freedom’ for ‘Blindness’ to Climate Change

MSNBC contributor Anand Giridharadas blasted what he called Americans’ “obsession with freedom” going on to state that Americans had been blinded to real “threats” like global warming because of it. As Townhall reports:

MSNBC contributor Anand Giridharadas said on Wednesday because Americans are so obsessed with the idea of freedom, it leaves the country vulnerable to outside threats like climate change and pandemics. He added government is not the biggest threat to our liberties.

Giridharadas said the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic and the government’s response will lead to Americans wanting to reevaluate its relationship with the state and federal government.

“There is a primordial American tradition going back to the Founders of being freedom obsessed, even though we are a country founded on slavery and genocide, being freedom obsessed to the point that we’re always so afraid of the government coming for us that we’re blind to other types of threats, whether it’s a virus, whether it’s bank malfeasance, climate change, what have you,” Giridharadas said on “Morning Joe.”…

“And then there is the more recent Trump era twist in this which is the war on government becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, you undermine government, you undermine it, you undermine it, you put someone who can barely read a sentence in government, in the figure of Donald Trump, and it becomes true that government sucks because you made it suck by telling everybody it sucks,” he continued. “And I think the most important thing that could come out of this is realizing the government is not the biggest threat to our liberty. It can be a threat to our liberty but we’re threatened by many, many things. And what the government fundamentally does is protect us from a lot of those other oppressions that we in America are often quite blind to.”

It seems that, at least according to Giridharadas, even wanting to responsibly reopen the country so that Americans can feed their families shows an unhealthy “obsession with freedom.”

Jake Walker
Jake Walker
Jake Walker has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His passions include geopolitics, history, and contemporary American politics. Jake's arrival in Washington, D.C. followed a rural New England upbringing in a tight-knit family.


  1. CLIMATE CHANGE IS A LIE!! In last 500 YEARS the Mean temp has only increased LESS than 1/2 of one percent. This is a Communist way to control you and limit your freedoms. The proponents have gotten rich off of YOU, while laughing at YOU…

      • Ananda’s history shows who he is. He wrote for the New York Times. I read a summary of the books he wrote. He is NO conservative. And IF he thinks that CLIMATE CHANGE is real, then we know that he is easy to deceive.
        FACT: The purpose of CLIMATE CHANGE claims and the purpose of the LOCK DOWN for corona is the same. They were to destroy our dollar and our economy so the elitist could take over. Hide and watch. George H. W. Bush’s friends are still sure that they NEED to be in control of the world. ONE WORLD ORDER is their name.

      • The claims are that about 70,000 have died from corona. That is a lie. We know that the reports of deaths from FLU are not even on the radar. We know that the HHS told medical people to label all deaths as being from corona. We even had a relative of a SCOTUS who they refused to autopsy until the justice got into it. And then they found out that the claim that corona had killed him was FALSE.
        So what is this all about? It i about partisan attack on our economy. In order to save a few elderly and or sick, they are willing to put hundreds of thousands on food lines and on welfare. To what end? To deficit spend us into economic failure.

    • Yes it’s a lie . They get a lot of money from us . Maybe just maybe the American people will wake up. If Christians would stick together like Democrats do it would be great. FearfulChrustians should be ashamed

    • The truth will set you free.🙏 President Trump is the number one best thing to happen to America in my life time. Thank you 💕Trump we all appreciate you. Hope you have a great Birthday.

    • Giridharadas sucks,,,and he can leave for North Korea anytime he wishes. The government governs with the consent of the governed (that would be us ‘we the people’) and we don’t give our consent for the CV-19 restrictions. I blame our government but almost as much I blame our citizens. Don’t just stand up and DEMAND our rights,,,take back your rights. Go out,,,go to work,,,open your businesses. They will take our licenses,,,well,,,we didn’t used to have licenses. Do it anyway.

    • I agree We have enough BIG MOUTH TROUBLE MAKERS HERE! If We in OUR COUNTRY are so BAD why do people keep trying to get in! Legally I understand, BUT illegal immigrants its all about freebies and how much more they get than we REAL Americans. Sr on SS, worked over 30 yrs and earned every cent. They crawl,wade, sneak in any way they can cuz we give so many freebies? More than I get a year. They do not want to assimilate, they form barrios and make a mess every where, Now with this VIRUS more than ever keep them OUT! They bring enough sickness and lice with them! BUILD THE WALL! DEPORT THEM ALL MY MOTTO!

  2. If Anand Giridharadas (is he an American, born in the USA? Doesn’t sound like an American name to me. All the lefties out there can call me a xenophobic, racist, sexist homophobe now.), is so upset with us, he should move to where a government provides less freedom for it’s subjects, er, I mean citizens. Then he will live in an environment that suits him. He can have his life controlled by what the GOVERNMENT there says about the climate (AND EVERYTHING ELSE) and we in the United States can live our lives without morons like him, where we will sweat ourselves to death on all the crap that was supposed to kill us 30 years ago, but hasn’t.

  3. I can’t resist this. American’s like freedom like you like breathing. It’s a GOD given right, period! If you have any other thoughts how about using a crayon and remaining at the little kids table for the rest of your live. The rest of us had been taught this before I first b-days. But obviously not yourself, and I am sorry for you that you are not aware of this GOD given right to be free! IT’s a shame!

  4. Leave it to a foreigner, with no knowledge of or concern with our political traditions (or the history behind them), to get all hysterical about “America’s obsession with freedom.”

    Hey, you loudmouthed ignoramus – America’s “obsession” is the only thing that guarantees your right to be a loudmouth. There are lots of places that don’t share” America’s obsession.” You probably wouldn’t be any happier if you had to give in one of them…but I certainly would be.

  5. Well, this “contributor” for MSLSD can kiss my American Liberty Loving ARSE!

    Freedom and Liberty are NON negotiable!

    America is not the primary contributor to what the BS Climate Change anyway! Even if it was a legitimate man made thing (which it is not, BTW)… that would be China! The US has done more to clean up the environment than ANY other country on earth…

    And as far as the “pandemic”, why don’t we focus on getting actual credible statistics rather than the BS statistics they are puking our? If COVID-19 is not the CAUSE of death, it should not be listed as the cause! I have seen where it is inflated by as much as 100% or more!

    Let’s see some intellectual honesty you hack!!

  6. MSNBC and their ilk will do anything, say, and write anything in order to sow doubt and dissention among citizens in a effort to destroy the current administration. Jerry

  7. This so called reporter, has opened the proverbial can of worms. His very name sounds like it is from another nation, not ours. Freedom is what God is offering to any and ALL nations.. Not only to Americans. Freedom is the motivation behind ALL of those ASSYLUM SEEKERS who have been trying to enter these United States of America. if FREEDOM is so insignificant to him, how does he explain why so many people are wanting to come to America to enjoy FREEDOM.

  8. I give this writer to his opinion and therefore wish to inform him that with his freedom of opinion, he also has the freedom to go to any other country that is more aligned with that opinion. The founding fathers of this country believed in our freedoms and did everything they could to protect them for future generation. It is only the liberals and socialists in the world, including the Democrats, who are bent on destroying those freedoms by using government freebies, drugs and illegal immigrants to enslave the American Citizens.Through the abuse of the current legal system and Congressional corruption Americans are facing a fight for not only our freedom, but also the continuation of our country as the guiding light for the rest of the planet. So, Anand, if you are so confident that the attitudes of the American Citizens is in fact erroneous, please, do not let the door hit you in the ass on your welcomed departure.

  9. Jim got it right: Yes we’re obsessed with freedom. If you aren’t, you don’t belong here.
    MAGA Trump 2020 ! Freedom & Liberty, or death!
    Arrest Ob ama, Clintons, Soros, Muslims’ Congressional Squat, Waters, FBI. CIA. Deep State!

  10. These climate change believers are all believers in the story of Henny Penny, they are brain washed by the political elite farce to control the worlds people. Plus they are lazy and want things for free and they don’t realize it cost more than ever will they receive!

  11. Even if climate change were not a bucket of bilge, trading it for freedom would be unthinkable. Even if the U.S. were to make such a preposterous trade, 96 percent of the rest of the world rejects it or has insufficient resources to suffer through it.

    Besides, Giridharadas would have us living on an unchanging planet under an oppressive government. Most would choose freedom on a planet undergoing virtually undetectable changes. This issue has been debated for decades and has proven itself to be absurd. It’s finished.

  12. We have a constution that protects our rights and holds power over government. Iask who enforces our constitution. it was to provide the balance and control from within. each branch providing control for the others. who provides this protection when all the branches ar infected with the same corrupt power seeking politicians? Who? It must be we the people we are armed should we need to use them. we as citizens must now stand together and resist. I am afreeman and I will resist. ———-Grampa

  13. Anand. I don’t know where you were born but you apparently were never educated in America History. We abolished slavery over a century ago. Fought for the freedom of all the world during twp world wars. There is NO country in the world that has done more for the good of mankind then America. If you feel differently I’d prefer you go there. Your FREE to do so.

    • You know if you ask any immigrant this question, “why did you want to come to the United States of America”? I venture to say that 100% will sat to be free and have a better life. So if this is what you want, why do you want us to conform to what you fled from. I have one answer for you, GET OUT!

      • Immigrants aren’t the problem; it is the illegals and fake refugees who are the problem. Those who go through the process to legally immigrate and become Americans out of love for this country and the opportunities available. They contribute in a positive way. Unfortunately, many of them wind up voting Democrat, not because they agree with Dem policies but because a bunch of uber-leftists in the government jobs have made them afraid to vote conservative for fear of losing their citizenship in this country.

      • That’s right & news outlets lie to us & many believe the lies. Christians where are you?Where is your faith? Fear is the opposite of faith

  14. F’You bobblehead! Move your communist scumbag moron a$$ back to the schitthole of your ancestors and convince them of your communist bulldchitt climate change and have them change their ways, then you can come back here and whine!

  15. Hmmm, whatever an ‘anand’ is, I doubt she ever read a WORD of world history and the struggles every facet of civilization has put forth to free themselves from persons (and leaders) that think like HER. Go to school, anand, and get educated. Your broad brushstroke of what you THINK you know, just exposes how little you know.

  16. We are obsessed with freedom, it is the basis for this country’s existence and the main reason people flock to this nation. For those of you who want something else there are plenty of places you can migrate to and the sooner the better

  17. Climate change well you Democrats don`t know we sell our clean burning coal to China. Yeahhh people in Beijing have been wearing face masks for years. They have 30 years to join the clean air act. So before you go after cow farts you first have to deal with China. Now shut the hell up or tell Washington D.C. to stop selling coal to China.

  18. No! We would expect this by the far left agenda driven media but evidently ae not good enough at vetting immigrants coming here . Giridharadas is bad enough to have suckled with the NYT, but then found his true feelings when he moved to India, you know, where India was ranked as one of the most racist countries in the world by the Washington Post, is unfettered in polluting the air, waterways, and oceans where soon only China will surpass them as the the earth’s greatest polluter; the place where the caste system is still followed, religious intolerance exists, and child rapes are a norm. From this he learned that freedom in America with the right to strive for riches and self-responsivity are unwarranted and destructive. He neglects that the 2 major reasons immigrants pour into America are Freedom and Opportunity. That being so, go back to India and live happily in the misery among those crowded into hovels and being prevented from succeeding because they are forever in the lower caste. You do not deserve to be here if you think freedom is given by those in charge and not part of our God-given rights as humans.

  19. This MSNBC contributor is simply spouting theDemocrat Socialist (Marxist) mantra. Nothing beyond the standard snti-American tripe.

  20. Yes there is some global warming but the Dems are making a big issue out of it and they do NOTHING to help but tell the rest of us what we should do without. The climate has always fluxuated, there have been ice ages and very warm spells, so deal with it until one can come up with a reasonable way to deal with it. How many of them have ever recycled anything? How many of them have ever even rinsed out what they were recycling? That is why Chins started dumping it into the ocean because it stunk so bad and it is pure laziness. All of this plastic getting into our water supply is going to make men sterile.
    Look at how many when running for office rent their own plane and all of the fuel they use.

  21. The country Giridharadass came from F*CKS the environment much more than the US ever would. Cow worshiping idiot.

  22. The idea of “climate change” is just stupid. Remember when they said that we were headed for an ice age? Then they warned us about global warming. The people started to wonder about this when the winter seemed unusually cold so they figured they better come up with something that couldn’t be questioned. And guess what? The climate is always changing, as it always has, so they came up with something that wouldn’t be questioned and called it “climate change”. All this to manipulate the public for political purposes. The sad part is that they conned many people into believing this. I hate to tell everyone but there is nothing any of us can do to affect the climate.

  23. Well, gee shucks. Darn them good ol’ boys who don’t want someone else telling them what they should be afraid of.

    Why, I just wish we could all be so enlightened to let Mr. Giridharadas (gosh, I hope I spelled that right!) tell us all how we should live our lives, and what threats we really face.

    All we have to do is turn off our ability to think rationally and to have a different opinion. If we’d just let Mr. Giridharadas tell us how we should think, and run our lives, then the world would be a perfect Utopia of wonder and happiness!

    It’s so wonderful to know that people like Mr. Giridharadas are infallible, and we should just shut the eff up and let them tell us what we should do. After all, Mr. Giridharadas is so much smarter than the combined wisdom of everyone else in the country that we should just bow down and tug our forelock in obeisance to his superior intellect and his absolute knowledge of where the truth lies.

    There is one thing Mr. Giridharadas has forgotten, if he ever knew it. No man has the right to impose his views on another man. Read John Locke, Mr. Giridharadas. Try to figure out why our rights are not granted from you geniuses and your ilk, but from a power beyond your ability to understand.

    And then crawl back into your cave and leave the rest of us alone.

  24. Pardon me for noting, but this “obsession with freedom” as above described, strikes me as an interesting turn of phrase.

  25. Anand Giridharadas should be a very happy man if he makes the case that Americans are obsessed with freedom, because without it, Mr. Giridharadas wouldn’t have the opportunity or freedom of speech to make his outlandish statements. So sir if you don’t like our freedom, there are socialist countries that would be happy to throw your corpse into a deep dark hole where you’d never be heard from again. Morons like you are a dime a dozen.

  26. This presentation does us the favor of declaring exactly what the lefts thinking is on global warming, how they intend to use it to destroy our freedom. I have thought from the beginning of the coronavirus thing that it was being dealt with like global warming with a whole lot of totally inaccurate models declared to be “science” which must accepted without question and obeyed.


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