The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property, he abolishes only the relation of slavery and thereby becomes a proletarian; the proletarian can free himself only by abolishing private property in general.
Frederick Engels, Principles of Communism (1847)
The American left is working overtime trying to subjugate our freedoms and sovereignty to United Nations. Fortunately, at the state level, a push back against the left has begun, and the State of Alabama has banned the UN’s Agenda 21 initiative.
Agenda 21 is one of those compacts, like Law of the Sea, Kyoto and New START, that are supported by an apologetic administration with a fondness for the redistribution of American power and wealth on a local and global scale.
It fits in perfectly with President Obama’s pledge to “fundamentally transform” America, its institutions and its heritage of capitalist freedom.
Agenda 21 has not been ratified by the U.S. Senate, but it may not have to be if in a second Obama term the Environmental Protection Agency pursues it by stealth, as it has other environmental agendas that make war on the free enterprise system and rights we hold dear.
One of those is property rights. “Land … cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market,” Agenda 21 says.
“Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes.”
The entire Agenda 21 document can be found here.
We don’t have to wait for a second (God forbid) Obama term to see what a stealth war on property rights by the EPA will look like. It will look a lot like Tombstone Arizona:
Tombstone is trying to repair a 26-mile pipeline that has brought mountain spring water into the city since 1881. It was damaged during last summer’s Monument Fire and monsoon rains that brought mud, water and boulders crashing down the denuded slopes.
The Miller Peak Wilderness Area, where owls nest in the trees above Tombstone’s pipeline, was hit particularly hard. Sections of pipeline simply vanished, and Tombstone’s reservoir ran dry by August.
Kevin Rudd, project manager for the Tombstone pipeline, said the repaired pipeline needs to be shored up or it surely will be washed away when the monsoon rains return next month. Planned tasks for the shovel brigade include reinforcing the spring and diverting its flow by using boulders, sand, downed trees and other flood debris.
As for the owl, nobody could say for certain after the fire whether it would return. But it’s the big reason why the Forest Service wouldn’t simply hand Tombstone a permit to use heavy construction equipment to fix the pipeline. Tombstone responded by taking the feds to court. Since then, the conflict has escalated, taking on a life of its own.
This is amazing. The people of Tombstone Arizona can’t REPAIR their water pipeline because the U.S. Forest Service has decided it will not allow construction equipment into the forest because of a Mexican Spotted Owl.
You might be asking what does the U.S Forrest service have to do with the EPA? Actually, there are a lot of acronyms (and layers of government) creating a phalanx of governmental agencies aimed at the American people, starting with the CEQ or the Council of Environmental Quality. The CEQ is part of the Executive Branch, run out of the White House. Its main charter is derived from NEPA or National Environmental Policy Act created in 1970:
Enacted in 1970, NEPA is a cornerstone of our Nation’s efforts to protect the environment and a fundamental tool to harmonize our economic and environmental aspirations. It recognizes that many Federal activities affect the environment and mandates that Federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of their proposed actions before acting. NEPA emphasizes public involvement in government actions affecting the environment by requiring that the benefits and the risks associated with proposed actions be assessed and publicly disclosed.
On February 18, 2010, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposed steps to modernize and reinvigorate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), in conjunction with its 40th Anniversary. These measures will assist Federal agencies to meet the goals of NEPA, enhance the quality of public involvement in governmental decisions relating to the environment, increase transparency and ease implementation.
And guess what agency is the lead ‘operational’ agency when in comes to NEPA and CEQ? The EPA:
In accordance with a Memorandum of Agreement between EPA and CEQ, EPA carries out the operational duties associated with the administrative aspects of the EIS filing process. The Office of Federal Activities in EPA has been designated the official recipient in EPA of all EISs prepared by federal agencies.
*EISs= Environmental Impact Studies
Circling back to NEPA, when “the environment” is involved, virtually all governmental agencies come under the directive the lead operational agency for NEPA, the EPA.
Therefore, when a community, such as Tombstone Arizona, simply wants to repair a water pipeline for it citizens, there are a multitude of agencies that can be brought to bear to stop the project all lead by the EPA and Lisa P. Jackson.
With the CEQ, NEPA and EPA, who needs the UN’s Agenda 21?