Shortly after President Obama began making the case for military action in Syria a few weeks ago my Facebook feed was again peppered with comments by the usual people making the usual pleas to work within the confines of the United Nations to find a way to settle the chemical weapons dispute. What has consistently escaped these friends since I joined Facebook during the Bush administration is that the composition of the United Nations almost always sets the stage for explosive endings to the most difficult diplomatic rows because free societies and fear societies have completely different visions for the world.
George W. Bush was a Texas rube and President Obama was the cosmopolitan cool guy who was going to win over the world with his wit and intelligence. Well, that didn’t work out. There are many things the president could have done over the past five years to make his life easier, but at the end of the day it’s hard to convince thugs and goons from police states to behave in ways that are not conducive to perpetuating their little fear-based fiefdoms.
Ronald Reagan understood this, which is probably why his presidential star continues to rise as time passes:
November 30, 1976:
If you thought the United Nations was a debating society more or less dedicated to peace keeping chores (at which it isn’t very successful) brace yourself. I’ll be right back.
Last June in Vancouver, British Columbia, (which is very nice in June — which is why they met there no doubt) the United Nations held a conference — title: “Habitat: United Nations Conference on Human Settlements.” They’ll sell you a copy of the report through their sales section in N.Y. for $10. Before you send off a check give a listen — maybe you’ll save $10.
The gist of their findings is a call for complete planning of all land, nation by nation. By coincidence no doubt, the program they recommend is virtually a restatement of Point 9 in the Communist Manifesto as written by Karl Marx in 1848.
Before they get down to the specific program the report expresses concern with unequal incomes, pollution and a number of other social ills as they perceive them. But then they get down to the business of the aforementioned Point9, “the gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equitable distribution of population over country.” I thought that was what some of our environmentalists were objecting to and calling urban sprawl.
Well the conference took note of that last and warned against “uncontrolled urbanization.” It also was concerned with “rural backwardness” and “rural dispersion.” They want to use land planning to encourage “massive shifts in population into specifically designed habitats.”
Here is the principle as they announced it. “Every state” (that means nation) “has the right to take the necessary steps to maintain under public control the use, possession, disposal and reservation of land. Every state has the right to plan and regulate use of land, which is one of the most important resources, in such a way that the grow of population centers both urban and rural are based on a comprehensive land use plan.”
They use terms that may not frighten them but they sure scare me. For example, they describe federal land use planning as a basic step in setting up “the New International Ec. Order.”
Now this was a U.N. conference it’s true, but somehow bureaucracy has a kinship and a communications grapevine that crosses all borders. We already have a “new town” program by our own Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. There are some 15 cities involved, lured no doubt by federal funds. HUD as the department is called also has it’s own “habitat” division.
I know we don’t pay much attention to vote in the U.N. General Assembly but remember that grapevine communications system. When the jungle drums are pounded by one set of bureaucrats, another set is listening.
Congress will return in January and there will be land planning legislation introduced — re-introduced is the proper word because it was unfinished business when they went home. This time the various permanent employees of HUD and other agencies will appear before the Congressional committees with that U.N.report fresh in mind.
This is Ronald Reagan. Thanks for listening. (Reagan: In His Own Hand, 164-165.)
Perhaps President Obama should have read more of Reagan’s diaries over the years and less of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” Ronald Reagan was instrumental in bringing down the Soviet Union; Alinsky was a community organizer who dedicated a book to Satan.