Missive From The Black Helicopter Crowd
Normally when I highlight Letters To The Editor from The Idaho Statesman, I tend to focus on conspiracy-theorist moonbats from the left. In the interests of equal time, I wanted to discuss the ravings of another group that is probably more prevalent here in Idaho -- the "black helicopter" crowd from the right. (To be honest, though, when people get that extreme, the two sides tend to kind of blend together, sort of as if the political continuum is really a circle...)
A writer from Boise (first letter) doesn't seem to like the UN. That's not that unusual, but the way he expresses himself is interesting:
"H.R. 1146, American Sovereignty Restoration Act, calls for United States withdrawal from the U.N. It requires repeal of the U.N. Participation Act, authorizing presidents to ignore the constitutional requirement of granting Congress alone to send the nation to war. Since Korea, the U.N. Security Council has been our authority.
The U.N., its related agencies:
• Wasted billions of U.S. funds here and overseas;
• Massacred millions, confiscating guns;
• Formed the International Union for Conservation of Nature, including the EPA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, etc., planning the Biodiversity Treaty and the Wildlands Project to rewild 50 percent of the United States, two-thirds of Idaho, which would displace people, close resource industries, nationalizing private land, (previous paragraph — The New American, Oct. 29, 2001);
• Control of U.S. Heritage sites, national parks;
• Spawned NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, other international plans for unfair trade run by WTO rules;
• Planned UNESCO's No Child Left Behind, education for socialism;
• Encourage global positioning, tracking of your life.
U.N. values absolutely contradict U.S. values. U.S. representatives and senators, please support H.R.1146."
I'm assuming here that he's saying the IUCN has the EPA and other U.S. organizations as members, rather than that the UN "formed" them -- his sentence structure isn't quite clear. The "Heritage site, national parks" comment is somewhat confusing; I think he's talking about what this site is complaining about. My favorite, though, is his last bullet point: "Encourage global positioning, tracking of your life". I actually had to go to a 9/11 conspiracy theory site to find out why they're concerned about that.
Anyway, he seems very concerned that people call their representatives to get them to support HR 1146, introduced last year. Of course, since Rep. Paul introduced similar bills in 2003, 2001, 1999, and 1997, where they never made it out of committee, I'm not sure it will get much more traction this year. Just another example of how the UN is controlling our political institutions, I'm sure...
Of course, the Statesman doesn't just print letters from right-wing wackos; sometimes, they like letters from left-wing types who wait until the second paragraph before comparing the U.S. military with the Nazis that they print the same letter twice in four days (3rd letter down today, 3rd letter down on Saturday). I guess they just liked it a lot.