By Henry Lamb
web posted March 10, 2003
With all the anti-war protests filling TV screens across the
country, it would be easy to conclude that America, and the
freedom it symbolizes, is a relic of the past; that a new, global,
socialist society is arising. Not so fast. Television news does not
report the big picture.
Socialists in Europe, and in America, have made a major effort
to grab power, especially since the end of the cold war. The
European Union has established its own currency, set up its
parliament, and is discussing the creation of its own army. In its
wake, however, a resurgence of freedom is evident throughout
Richard Miniter, formerly with the Wall Street Journal, and now
a Senior Fellow with the Center for the New
Europe, details a growing trend toward capitalism and free
markets. Socialist-leaning governments have been defeated in
Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland and Denmark, since 2001.
"Germany, Sweden, and Greece are the only center-left
governments" that remain, according to Miniter, and "the German
social democrats are at their lowest levels of support in the polls
Nine of the 15 EU members have center-right governments, and
two of the currently socialist governments are facing strong
opposition from growing conservative movements. Eight of these
center-right governments signed an open letter in support of
President Bush, giving French President Jacques Chirac
Resistance to collectivist, socialist policies is emerging in America
as well. For nearly three decades, public policy in America has
been dominated by collectivist, socialist philosophy
masquerading as environmentalism, multiculuralism, and social
justice. With the exception of the Reagan years, this philosophy
has flourished, especially during the Clinton/Gore years.
The Republican victory in 2000 is an indication that Americans
may have had enough big-brother collectivism. The Republican
victories in the 2002 elections are further evidence, reversing the
historic trend of losses for the incumbent party in mid-term
elections. The most compelling evidence, though, is outside the
Beltway, in the states and towns across the country.
Kentucky has rejected repeated efforts to impose "Smart
Growth" legislation. New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana are
considering legislation to exert dominance over the federal
government's land management policies. In Maine, a bill has
been introduced to block efforts to impose Kyoto-like emissions
controls at the state level. And, in state after state, grassroots
organizations are sprouting to challenge collectivist policies at the
city, county, and state levels of government.
The Freedom 21
Campaign, launched four years ago by a coalition of
national grassroots organizations, has spawned a local Freedom 21 Santa
Cruz organization to counter the effects of the first Local
Agenda 21 program in Santa Cruz, California. Affiliated groups -
Back Illinois, Take Back Florida - are having remarkable
success, and new groups are forming in other states as rapidly as
The environmental movement has grown rapidly since the 1970s.
With the help of a willing media, and funded by wealthy
foundations and the federal government, environmental
organizations had their way with public policy: redefining "waters
of the United States" to include mud puddles on private
property; passage of The Endangered Species Act; the National
Environmental Policy Act, and many other laws and regulations
that faced very little public opposition.
Those days are gone. No more "free ride" by simply labeling a
bill "environmentally friendly." A new initiative to identify and
regulate "invasive species," similar to the Endangered Species
Act, is under way by environmental zealots. This time, the
initiative will not go unchallenged. Grassroots organizations
across the country have been alerted,
informed, and activated.
Communities that quickly embraced the "sustainable
development" propaganda, are beginning to rethink their
decisions, as they see the economic impact on local and state
budgets. The town of Monterey, Virginia recently voted to
abolish a "Historic District" created in 1981, because of the
"arbitrary decisions" imposed by an "unneeded layer of
government." People in towns across the country are resisting
collectivist policies imposed by non-elected bureaucrats.
The global environmental agenda is showing signs of unraveling
as well. The World Summit on Sustainable Development was a
flop, according to environmental organizations that participated.
A Freedom 21 Campaign event, headed by the Committee for a Constructive
Tomorrow, organized local people in Johannesburg, South
Africa to parade and protest the U.N. delegates meeting in
finery, eating lobster and caviar, while discussing the world's
According to Canadian press reports, Canada will be
forced to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol because it simply
cannot afford the economic impact that the treaty will require.
As the people in America, and around the world begin to realize,
and feel the impact of the collectivist, socialist policies that have
been imposed upon them, they are stirring, and responding, and
resisting, and organizing to cast aside the chains of social
bondage and economic slavery.
Freedom is, indeed, rising!
Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental
Conservation Organization, and chairman of Sovereignty
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