No, I did not say fear of meth. I said fear of math.

It has become quite apparent in the last few months that our Left-leaning friends and their Democrat allies are really afraid of math. They don’t understand it, don’t want to understand it and would just hope it would go away.

Of course, we have known this all along – look at the way they manage budgets and deficits.

Particularly humorous in this category is their worry about the recently passed tax plan running up the deficit when their vaunted leader, President Obama, ran up deficits that doubled the national debt in a mere eight years. President Obama ran up the debt in eight years by the amount it had taken all the other presidents – including that budget-busting Franklin Roosevelt – to run up in over 200 years. But I digress.

One of the first clues I saw this fall that the Left is afraid of math was the trend at the beginning of the school year for journalism programs at some of our leading institutions to drop the requirement for basic algebra. In a paper I follow, The Southeast Missourian, a journalist was celebrating the news that journalism students at Southeast Missouri State University no longer are required to take an algebra course.

Really? We want journalists who know absolutely nothing about mathematics? That ought to make them excellent inquisitors of the global warming/climate change crowd (that’s sarcasm on my part, in case I need to tell you).

Then, there is the math education professor at the University of Illinois who says, “The ability to solve geometry and algebra problems and teaching such subjects perpetuates so-called white privilege.” Her name is Rochelle Gutierrez. You can look her up.

She goes on to say, “School mathematics curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean Theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”

You just can’t make this stuff up, folks.

Of course, if you have ventured outside lately, in most of the United States you might notice that it is cold, really cold. In rush the climate explainers to tell us that we are too stupid to understand the math behind global warming and climate change.

In fact, Jonathan Overpeck, a climate scientist at the University of Michigan said, “…This week’s cold weather is probably being caused in part by global warming…”

Apparently, it really isn’t cold, it is just a figment of our imagination. Imagination? That must take us to the psychology department, where we surely need to go after all this loony discussion about mathematics. Who is doing the math for the global-warming crowd anyway? I have always been suspicious of their calculations.

Perhaps, if they are afraid of it, are they farming it out to some rogue Right-leaning types? That seems to make as much sense as anything else going on in global warming/climate change.

The telling news on the global warming front is that fear-mongering climate movies are no longer in fashion. In an article headlined “Hollywood tries to save the Earth, but moviegoers aren’t buying eco-messages anymore” (Washington Times, Dec. 28. 2017), it is pointed out that environmental movies were generally flops in 2017, including Al Gore’s sequel.

On to the next subject, please. This one is done.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press.