Vail Daily letter: Hardly a conspiracy
In his response to my letter (“Not helping GOP”), Fredric Butler goes to a considerable length to convince himself that I “obviously (do) not like him,” am “obsessed by (my) dislike for (him) personally,” and that I have delivered a “personal attack on (his) character.”
Mr. Butler, let’s get a couple of things clear. I have no personal feelings towards you one way or the other. You are confusing opinions with personal feelings. Second, the Affordable Care Act is not my policy. I have commented on that act numerous times in letters to the Daily, stating that I disagree with how it was structured (employer based as is our current system). You would know that if you read my letters.
You state that “our senators and representatives did not even read it (the act) but were duped into enacting this tragedy by a (leg) of corporate America with its self-serving and avaricious profit incentives.” Although not well designed and poorly implemented, providing health insurance to those previously denied it because of pre-existing conditions keeps it from being a tragedy. And just change the word “duped” to “paid” and I can agree with the rest of it.
So, let’s get to the heart of it. Your original letter (“Sinister motives”) asserts that the United Nations, a hapless organization in my opinion, with support from Democrats such as Polis, Udall, Obama, et. al., are conspiring to control land use in the U.S. (and around the world) by Colorado congressional exercise of the Wilderness Act, passed in 1964 — the current action regarded as “Hidden Gems.” You further assert that the U.N. seeks to control U.S. coastal waters and our national interests in those waters (think offshore drilling). I may remember incorrectly, but I think a third assertion, similar to the other two, involved our oil and gas resources (could not pull up a copy of your letter on the Vail Daily website to verify).
You state that I could not dispute the facts of your assertions and therefore attacked your character. What facts? Where are the examples? Where are the statistics? Where is there some commentary on the logic or motives that tie all this conspiracy together? How could I dispute your facts when you don’t have any? The only clue you left was a reference to Agenda 21.
So what exactly is Agenda 21? It is a 300-page plan of action to help governments at all levels to develop plans of “sustainable development” in areas in which humankind impacts on the environment, in regards to air quality, water conservation, forests, the health and pollution of oceans and the destruction of reefs, among others.
The U.S. is a signatory authority to Agenda 21, President George Bush being one of 178 heads of government who signed the final text of the agreement at the UN Earth Summit in June 1992. Agenda 21 is a legally non-binding statement of intent and not a treaty. As such, Agenda 21 is not considered to be law under Article Six of the United States Constitution. As a retired attorney, Mr. Butler should know this.
And who is leading the charge against Agenda 21? Glenn Beck and the tea party.
Unfortunately, the Republican National Committee and the current Republican Party platform states that “We strongly reject the U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty.” A more accurate statement would have replaced sovereignty with “wealth and greed.” In the end, this is just another fight between ultra-conservatives and progressives over what we should or should not do to protect the earth, and that hardly qualifies it as a conspiracy.
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