Freedom.” We use that word a lot. Do we all really know what that word means? It’s used in so many different ways. Do we understand how it is attained? Most importantly, do we understand how it is used by some to actually take freedom away?
Simply put, freedom is the ability to act without hindrance or restraint. Freedom is owning your life, your actions, your labor. We say we support the “principles” of freedom. But what are those principles and where did they come from?
First of all, we must understand principles are not legislated or invented. Principles are discovered. Someone doesn’t just come up with an idea and start to sell it as a principle. A principle exists and you are subject to it, whether or not you know it.
For example, for centuries men were ignorant of the laws of physics but they were subject to them nonetheless. Man couldn’t fly or fit two objects in the same space, no matter how hard he tried because the laws (or principles) of physics are fact, whether known or unknown.
The same is true with the principles of freedom. The basic principles of freedom are consistent with man’s nature and that’s why they work. When the principles of freedom are recognized and adhered to, there is prosperity, justice and happiness. When the principles have been ignored or rejected, men have suffered poverty, stagnation and political tyranny.
So to obtain freedom it’s vital that we know what the principles are. There are three, actually. Individualism, private property, and free enterprise. They are all necessary for freedom to exist. Leave just one out, and freedom is eroded.
Individualism—your personal choices—the ability to pursue your own rational self-interest. Choices like the religion you choose; the size home you build; the car you drive; the kind of spouse you select. In short, individualism is fulfilling a life of one’s own.
Private Property. We start with the concept of the right to own and control private property. Your own body is the most important property you will ever own.
So private property is not just land. It is your thoughts, your possessions and the fruits of your own labor. Without the right to own and dispose of the products of ones own life, the individual is dependent upon the State (or someone) for his very existence. So, it is obvious that one can’t be individualistic without the ability to own and control private property.
It can be argued that one can have no other rights without property rights. George Washington said, “private property and freedom are inseparable.” Property Rights activist and rancher, Wayne Hage said, “Either you have the right to own property or you are property.”
And that brings us to the third principle of freedom—Free Enterprise. Free markets. Capitalism. The process whereby free men buy and sell and trade the products of their own lives free from interference.
These are the three principles of freedom and these are what we are fighting for.
So, I am honored to speak to legislators who have distinguished themselves in their duties by standing for the principles of freedom. You face so much as a legislator. The unending pressure from special interest groups to support their agenda.
The news media which watches for any misstep, ready to pounce and defame you—especially if that misstep is not a misstep at all- rather a bold move for freedom that goes against their agenda.
And of course, there is the push from fellow legislators, some from your own side of the aisle, who pressure you to support their legislation, apparently failing to understand its consequences on freedom.
You have so very many details in which to be involved, to be wary of—to try and understand. So, I wanted to spend a little time today sharing with you some issues that many times do confuse even the most dedicated freedom advocate.
Especially in dealing with Agenda 21—one of the most difficult issues of all to understand and defend against. Agenda 21; Sustainable Development; conservation; planned growth; environmental protection—Agenda 21 comes wrapped in each of these names, and many more. Like spoiling fish, the wrapping hides the smell.
But, as a result, we seem to be drowning in a sea of endless political fights and issues that affect our actions every day. Where do these issues come from? Who has time to think them up? Who is advocating them?
Recently a local activist asked me to name six issues that would surprise most people to learn are directly connected to Agenda 21.
Agenda 21, according to the Planners, the Greens, and Progressives (I know, I repeat myself) is just an innocuous 20 year old document that has no connection to local planning. Moreover, they tell us it is just a guideline for conservation and “smart growth” of our communities. Nothing more.
In fact, in their own words, they assure us that, “Sustainable communities encourage people to work together to create healthy communities where natural resources and historic resources are preserved, jobs are available, sprawl is contained, neighborhoods are secure, education is lifelong, transportation and health care is accessible, and all citizens have opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.”
It all sounds so innocent. What could possibly be wrong with that? Well, putting these plans into place is where the problems begin.
Here are six leading issues that are rarely mentioned or connected to Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development (especially when we are told that Agenda 21 has nothing to do with federal, state or local government policy). And I’m going to add direct quotes from the proponents of these policies so there can be no doubt of their true purpose and origin.
It has been so discredited in the true scientific community that proponents have become almost silly in their continued attempts to push it. So, why don’t they stop? Why is it so vitally important that they continue to promote something that clearly is unproven, to say the least?
It’s because all of Agenda 21 policy is built on the premise that man is destroying the Earth. Climate Change is their “Proof.” To eliminate that premise is to remove all credibility and purpose for their entire agenda. They are willing to go to any length, even lies, to keep the climate change foot on our throats.
But don’t take my word for it. I’ll let them speak for themselves:
Christine Stewart (Former Canadian Minister of the Environment) said: “No matter if the science of global warming is all phony…climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”
Timothy Wirth (President, UN Foundation) and former official of the Clinton Administration said, “We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.”
Paul Watson (Co-Founder of Green Peace) said, “It doesn’t matter what is true. It only matters what people believe is true.”
Please read the rest of this very informative article by Tom DeWeese at: http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/18102-the-princi...
There are a lot of fools in my little town that want Agenda 21 and have no understanding of how it will affect their life's, and their fighting for it, leave to to the left, dumb as a rock.
Fight this MARXIST/COMMUNIST AGENDA (which was introduced into the U.S. by the UNITED NATIONS) in every possible way before it takes root in your local communities. This MARXIST CANCER has slipped into my town of Platte City, Missouri and we are feeling local government overreach in a number of different ways. Daily life in this town is becoming less and less pleasant since the Green Plague was adopted by an ill informed Board of Aldermen. The goal of this dangerous agenda is total government control of all aspects of our daily lives and restriction/reduction of local property owners rights and property usage rights. Our State legislature in Missouri passed a bill last year to outlaw Agenda 21 inside this state (as a number of other states have already successfully done) but, our Democrat Governor, Jay Nixon vetoed it and left the people of this state exposed to this outrageous MARXIST/COMMUNIST power grab. Hopefully we can get this bill made into law as soon as we can get rid of Jay Nixon, Demonrat. In the meantime we should do all we can to resist Agenda 21 locally. The great weakness we have is that ordinary citizens do not understand what Agenda 21 is and how dangerous a threat it is to our rights and freedoms. Inform everyone you know who will listen to you......some will not! If you need more information on the UNITED NATIONS AGENDA 21, Google Agenda 21. There is a lot of good information out there on the internet.
Thanks T. Hill, here is some of that internet information: http://americanpolicy.org/ Tom DeWeese is a witness for our cause to the entire nation!
Good Reverend Christine. Don't insult rocks. Most probably think that Agenda 21 is a real estate company.
I hope you are educating the fools...one on one works best I have found...
read this and know why they can do it
The UN needs to removed from US soil - - -
Just like every other form of government when the UN started out it was a good thing but as it grew, it overstepped its authority and has become too big for its britches.
Agenda 21 is alive and well in Vermont, where the State has proposed to take over the regulation of all lakefront property, public and private, bordering lake Champlain, from the waterline to approx. 200 feet back. At a public hearing last year, the proposing Board and legislators were asked in a public meeting via a written question from a citizen in the audience whether they were any part whatsoever of Agenda 21 and they all publicly denied it. Either they are all very ignorant or are all liars. I have no idea which.
Both A. & B.