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This Land is My Land ...

by Tom Kenimer

I spent most of my working life building and supporting highly classified US government defense systems and was subject to extensive background checks every few years to make sure that I didn't stray too far off the farm. I am not a conspiracy theory nut! However, I have become very concerned over many of the changes that have been taking place over the last few decades that have taken us far from the original intent of the US Constitution and much too far into international socialism.

Some of the founding principles of our nation dealt with private property rights and those were considered as “unalienable” rights. Our Declaration of Independence tells us “That all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights...” “Unalienable” rights cannot be taken away. This concept has been replaced with a belief in collective or communal rights, and is expressed in the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights this way: “Rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations”. In other words, when it comes to your rights, the government giveth and the the government taketh away. That's not a principle that I spent a lifetime defending.

Using devices such as treaties and agreements, our government has given control of vast areas of land and resources to the United Nations and other international organizations, especially under environmental banners. And, most often, it has used US taxpayers' and state taxpayers' money to accomplish these goals. They have locked up the largest deposits of oil and clean coal, forcing us to buy from foreign sources. This, in combination with regulating away almost every means of increasing our domestic energy production, creates artificial shortages and drives prices up. But, it isn't just about energy.

If you own property within two to five miles from the Tennessee River and would like to keep it, you might want to do some research into what the United Nations has planned for you under a program called “Agenda 21”. That program drives another program with the warm and fuzzy title, “Sustainable Development”, which is a delightful blend of “Equity”, “Environment”, and “Economy”, the “three E's”. Who could ask for anything more? Al Gore stated that Sustainable Development will bring about “a wrenching transformation” of American society.

On closer inspection, the three E's do not mean what you might think they do. “Equity”, in this system, means that your American concept of “equal justice” becomes replaced with “social justice”, which conforms to the dictates of unelected “planners”. “Environment” goes far beyond preventing pollution, placing the needs of animals and even plants above the needs of people and restructures the world governments so that we are all part of a global collective. Oh, and you have to give up the idea of “unalienable” rights to the collective. And the “Economy” involves an international redistribution of wealth. After all, “...current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” Or so said the Canadian billionaire, Maurice Strong, who was the Secretary General at the U. N. Conference on Environment and Development (also known as the Rio Earth Summit) in 1992 when Agenda 21 was unveiled.

Are you having a “wrenching transformation” yet? If not, go on the Internet and research what has happened since the Rio Earth Summit. You'll find some links here and on the Front Page of this web site. Especially research another Agenda 21 driven program called “Forever Wild”. See how this affects your property near the Tennessee River.

An interesting place to start are www.freedomadvocates.org/ and www.citizensalertalabama.com. The Freedom Advocates will show you what has been happening in other parts of the country in communities that have more fully embraced the concepts of Sustainable Development. Citizens Alert Alabama, of course, is more concerned with the effects in this state.

If, when you have looked at these web sites, you think that I have led you off into conspiracy theory la-la-land, ground yourself in reality by going to the government's own web site, http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:S.1619:, and read S.1619 -- Livable Communities Act of 2009 (Reported in Senate – RS), the blueprint for moving you off your rural and suburban property and into sustainable high-rise apartments, where you won't need those nasty automobiles, but will walk or bicycle to your conveniently located place of work.