AMERICAN DREAM TURNED GLOBAL NIGHTMARE
By Debra Rae
April 14, 2006
National sovereignty, decentralized government, rugged individualism, and private ownership of property distinguish our common heritage as Americans. But “times, they are a-changing.” Deep ecology activists, pandering politicians, and moneyed foundations are pulling strings to effect what Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center calls an “ecoligarchy.” Far fetched? I don’t think so. The scientific community has reached no consensus to warrant need for hundreds of environmental treaties already administered by the United Nations; moreover, a hefty hunk of all federal laws focus on the environment. Thanks to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, World Wildlife Fund, and the World Resources Institute, what historically has been celebrated as the American dream is fast becoming a global nightmare.
A multi-billion dollar industry, radical environmentalism is no small player. Why else would elected officials try to convince Congress that federal land-grabs are needed to help solve the nation’s obesity problem (Get Outdoors Act, HR 4100)? Why else would the “endangered” sucker fish (a bottom feeder) be given priority status while some fourteen hundred Oregonian farmers are given nothing but the boot? Face it. Environmental extremists bypass good, old-fashioned common sense. There’s a word for this, but it’s not the first one that comes to mind. Movers and shakers tuned in to the UN agenda call it “sustainable development.”
Let me explain. To merit the coveted status of “sustainable,” a community must limit growth, eliminate suburbs, establish ethnic/economic equality, and curtail consumption patterns consistent with America’s affluent middle class. All are deemed necessary to protect Earth, giver of life, from us irksome human ingrates called “humanpox” (and with a straight face at that!). In 1982, British atmospheric chemist James Lovelock expounded the basis for sustainability in an Oxford Press publication. Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis warned that, unless humans halt their technical assault on Earth, she cannot heal herself and, for that reason, faces destruction. You see, Gaia-Mother Earth is perceived as a living, interconnected eco-system. For damages inflicted, she deserves human apology; and a “world brain,” consisting of the United Nations and its agencies, will see to it.
Housing the Gaia Institute and the Temple of Understanding, Upper Manhattan’s New Age Cathedral of St. John the Divine unites an impressive spectrum of spiritual traditions, all of which champion environmental integrity and justice—more accurately, Earth servitude. New levels of eco-collaboration have emerged among devotees of the Temple of Understanding, not least of whom include the Dalai Lama and the late Carl Sagan of Cornell University. Cosmic educator and professed “father of united religions,” Robert Muller joins would-be environmentalist Mikhail Gorbachev in drawing from the eco-theological grid of Father Thomas Berry. For good reason, the Florida Catholic described Berry as “perhaps the leading figure in the movement to preserve the environment,” but this self-proclaimed “geologian” is no lone wolf. What Muller refers to as “planetics” advances a convenient “international disaster key” needed to usher in the New Paradigm. In haste to curtail global warming, ozone layer depletion, and extinction of species, lay minister Al Gore joins the pack by decreeing “rescue of the environment” to be “the central organizing principle for civilization” (Earth in the Balance).
Now, the crux of the matter: All life support systems (called the “global commons”) are presumed to require central control. The impassioned cry for consciousness shift from anthro- to bio- centricity allegedly demands appointment of non-elected, environmentally enlightened, and UN endorsed non-governmental organizations called “civil society.” To prevent humans from messing with biodiversity, NGOs make and enforce public policy. These days, when public opinion is solicited, the process is crafted for “participants” to affirm one of several pre-determined alternatives. Collaborative consensus building or “group think”—i.e., brainwashing—directs the process and defines the product. Already, thirteen non-elected individuals use government funds to exercise power over thousands of people with no rights to hold accountable the Columbia River Gorge Commission. This represents just the beginning of woes.
Unknown to many, Challenger and Columbia disasters trace back to environmentally friendly, but fatally faulty parts—asbestos-free “o-rings” and freon-free “PC foam,” respectively. The number of “environmental deaths” in America’s space program pales in significance when compared to hundreds of thousands needlessly killed by malaria following the hapless ban of DDT. Attributable to similarly restrictive environmental “soft law,” even our national security is compromised. To protect gnatcatchers and fairy shrimp, military recruits are denied access to realistic combat training by means of authentically replicated modern battlefields. Bullets made of lead and tank shells made of depleted uranium are being ditched for politically correct ammo made of tungsten, lacking both ballistic superiority and range.
Any major disruption in America’s supply of crude oil would paralyze our military capacity, not to mention the economy, yet despite extensive U.S. oil reserves, we continue to depend on foreign resources. In the next couple decades, we’ll likely import up to 64% of our oil. Never mind that locals support the proposed drilling area that represents but a fraction (0.01%) of the Alaska’s Arctic Wildlife National Refuge. What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander; but all the while opposing ANWR oil drilling, the Audubon Society sanctions wells to pump gas and oil from its own wildlife sanctuary in Louisiana (The Independent Review, Fall 2001). Go figure.
Federal acquisition of private property is accomplished in countless ways—e.g., invasive and/or endangered species, water- and view- shed regulations, eminent domain, draconian zoning laws—even homeowners associations (HOAs). Land yet to be acquired by the government is being zoned, condemned, or otherwise restricted—e.g., an “Early Actions” section of the Heritage Areas Act halts development in areas merely proposed for designation. That the planet is “irredeemably spoiled” offers justification when—for the greater good, of course—loggers and miners are denied their livelihoods, and ranchers are robbed of grazing allotments
Computer models used to validate global warming are virtually useless; nonetheless, self-serving scientists benefit from research grants to magnify what, at best, remains an iffy issue. Ironically, the meteorologist who jumpstarted the hoax has since recanted. So what’s it going to be—a coming ice age (as predicted in the 1970s), or global warming? Fact is, globalists don’t care. Their focus is peremptory politics.
Notwithstanding the voluminous literature available on Agenda 21 and Smart Growth, some 99% of the “sheeple” haven’t a clue. This, too, is part of the plan. In 1853, Hillsdale College President Edmund Fairfield reasoned rightly that “the more the ignorance, the better the slave.” The chronically uninformed accept without question that sustainable communities “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (1987 UN Conference on Environment and Development, headed by then vice-chair of the International Socialist Party). After all, the secretary-general of the Rio Earth Summit (1992) Maurice Strong says so; and Europe, as the Pied Piper, leads the merry way.
In response, global citizens join the procession that vociferously renounces suburban housing, frozen convenience food, fossil fuels, refrigerators, and air conditioners in search of a Brave New World devoid of middle class indulgences. Picture it. Biosphere Reserves connected by corridors of wilderness will enlist at least half of our land area for unhampered wild life migration. Even now, the government is systematically reintroducing wolves and bears. Pristine, yes; pragmatic, no—not for humans anyway. The supposedly utopian sustainable community proposed will restrict humans to high-density “urban clusters.” Non-elected civil society will manage masses as to where they live, what they eat and wear, and how their children are educated.
In view of the entangling reach of globalism’s environmental arm—and its guilt-based, but unfounded assault on the American dream—I challenge you with this fitting question posed by our forefathers: “What price liberty?”
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Daughter of an Army Colonel, Debra graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa. She then completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Washington. These were followed by Bachelor of Theology and Master of Ministries degrees-both from Pacific School of Theology.
While a teacher in Kuwait, Debra undertook a three-month journey from the Persian Gulf to London by means of VW "bug"! One summer, she tutored the daughter of Kuwait's Head of Parliament while serving as superintendent of Kuwait's first Vacation Bible School.
Having authored the ABCs of Globalism and ABCs of Cultural -Isms, Debra speaks to Christian and secular groups alike. Her radio spots air globally. Presently, Debra co-hosts WOMANTalk radio with Sharon Hughes and Friends, and she contributes monthly commentaries to Changing Worldviews and NewsWithViews.com.
Together, Debra and her husband traveled throughout Africa, Asia, East- and West- Europe, North- and South- Americas--once on the British Concorde. Now widowed, Debra calls the Pacific Northwest home.
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Notwithstanding the voluminous literature available on Agenda 21 and Smart Growth, some 99% of the “sheeple” haven’t a clue. This, too, is part of the plan.