Not long ago when some folks were clamoring to get the USA out of the United Nations they were looked on as being just a little "extreme," even "nut-cases." Why would we want to disassociate from an organization founded at the end of World War II whose ideals included an end to war and peaceful coexistence of all nations?
To answer that question you have to look at what the U.N. has become, which is an advocate for world governance or global management. Every conceivable avenue of human endeavor has now been included in the U.N.'s charter in the name of "world peace" contrary to Article 2.7 of the original charter which states, "Nothing -- shall authorize the U.N. to intervene in matters which are essentially within domestic jurisdiction of any state." Times have changed.
With AGENDA 21, a U.N. blueprint for human existence in the whole world of the 21st century, no stone is left unturned. Recently, President Obama signed Executive Order 13575, which establishes a White House Rural Council as prescribed by Agenda 21 which committed thousands of federal employees and 25 agencies to promote environmental sustainability in rural areas. He did this without congressional approval. It will establish unchecked federal control into rural America in education, food supply, land use, water use, recreation, property, energy, and the lives of 16 percent of the U.S. population.
This executive order leaves no doubt of the administration's support of global governance. Prompting the question, Why? Why is it preferable for a world governance body to intrude into a nation's environmental sustainability to the point of dictating how we must use our land, what we can grow, or how we must build, manufacture, use, or dispose of resources, ad infinitum? This executive order is only one of many oppressive measures that lie ahead.
More than 600 U.S. cities and counties are participating in Agenda 21 "Sustainability" projects. Some are wising up and withdrawing from the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). They've realized that this is a scheme that bypasses our national, state, and local governments.
Our Constitution was written to withstand the demands of changing times with checks and balances on government, and the rights of individuals as well as states clearly defined. As essential as the clarity of words, is commitment to purpose of those entrusted to maintain these governing principles; legislators, administrators, and the citizenry all have critical roles to play.
Ultimately it is the average citizen, in a free country, who bears the burden for continuity of a viable, free government. Acceptance of this responsibility varies with individuals. On the one extreme we have those who care little about responsible government and would exchange our republic for the promise of another form of government. They would accept a "New World Order" or "global management" and literally toss the Constitution in the trash bin. Unfortunately, these people are being led by those who believe that a new world order is in the best interest of the planet, if not mankind, and are dedicated to achieving their utopian goals at any cost.
Fortunately, most Americans are not of this mind-set and are willing to fight to retain our form of government. While we may at times be callous about our freedoms and rights, it would be unwise to try to take them away. However, this is being attempted even now with the signing of Executive Order 13575.
The threats to our Constitution are insidious and real. We will as surely lose our freedoms through cooperation with world governance schemes as by force from an overpowering military opponent or by determined terrorist states.
The question is; where are those "extremists," those "nut cases" who have for decades warned of the dangers of world governance now? Today you don't have to be an extremist to see the danger of accepting Agenda 21 or any other global dominance scheme.
It's as visible as an executive order, and it becomes more clear each passing day that the "uber-liberal juggernaut" must be stopped.
We are a conflicted nation torn between two very different ideologies.
The path of the present administration is the wrong one which can only be corrected by electing strong leaders who will take this great country in the right direction.
Reynolds lives in Pleasant View. He is a retired businessman and member of the Kiwanis Club of North Ogden.