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Left turn ahead?

By Henry Lamb
web posted November 21, 2005

It makes no difference what the question might be, the only answer offered by Democrats is: "Bush lied." Democrats pretend that George W. Bush is responsible for every problem confronting this nation, and that the solution to these, and whatever other problems may arise in the future, can be resolved only by a government controlled by Democrats. Consequently, every action, every vote, and every word initiated by the Democrat leadership is carefully crafted to demean Republicans, to improve the odds for the 2006 elections.

It makes to difference that the Democrats offer no substantive alternative to Republican policies. It is enough to simply produce rapid-fire sound bites for amplification in the media: culture of corruption; Bush lied; outed a covert agent; quagmire in Iraq; Katrina response; sagging poll numbers, and more. Truth, facts, and substance, are unnecessary components of the endless charges leveled by the Democrat leadership. Whatever it takes to win in 2006 is acceptable, because 2006 is the launching pad for the big prize: a Democrat president in 2008.

Conservatives who are disappointed by the failure of the Bush administration to achieve conservative objectives, have not been reluctant to join the anti-Bush mantra. This conservative rebellion, coupled with the determination of the Democrats, points to an increasing probability that the nation may be approaching a significant left turn in the years ahead. A similar sentiment gathered behind Ross Perot in 1992. The result: the ship of state took a sharp turn to port.

Conservatives would do well to take a step back and ask whether soothing their anti-Bush fervor is worth risking another excursion into the Democrat’s liberal utopia.

If the Democrats regain control, expect the United Nations to be embraced as the best solution to all the problems in the "global village." Expect the Kyoto Protocol to be reinstated immediately. Expect the U.S. to restore Bill Clinton’s signature to the International Criminal Court. Expect the reintroduction of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Convention on the Law of the Seas, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the laundry list of other U.N. treaties and agreements that the Bush administration has put on hold.

Expect the reappearance of something similar to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, to consolidate the administrative power of federal agencies in the implementation of the U.N.’s Agenda 21. This agenda has advanced despite the Bush administration; imagine how it will permeate state and local governments if there is no resistance at all.

Expect the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, and the other environmental organizations to again, supply the officials for the federal agencies responsible for land use management. Remember George Frampton, who called on the U.N. to declare Yellowstone National Park a World Heritage Site "In Danger," so harsh land use restrictions could be imposed outside the park, on private land. Remember Bruce Babbitt, who led a campaign to lock up federal land in "Monuments," and "Roadless Areas," and close the world’s largest supply of low-sulphur coal in Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Expect the war on terror to become again, a war of words, and perhaps an occasional missile aimed at an aspirin factory. Expect acquiescence to the George Soros, anti-war, rent-a-riot crowd.

Expect the terrorists to be given all the space and time they need to rebuild and rearm their networks around the world. And when the terrorists re-emerge with another attack on the U.S., expect the Democrats to blame Bush for not finishing the job, and leaving the world subject to their terror.

The United States has been moving to the left for most of the last century, with only a few corrections back to the right. Evidence is everywhere: governments taking private property to give to another private owner; gay marriage legislation; removal of "under God" from the pledge of allegiance; Army recruiters being kicked off of college campuses; providing welfare benefits to illegal aliens; government-managed trade labeled as "free trade" - the list is endless.

Sadly, far too many American see this evidence as progress; to a government-controlled society - not the free society envisioned by our Founders. Too many Americans have been deliberately taught that the principles of freedom enshrined in the U.S. Constitution are "flexible," and must be tempered by the expectations of the international community. Too many Americans have been taught that government - not free markets and free people - is the solution to problems and the way to a prosperous future.

The Bush era has not been a sharp turn to the right, except in the minds of extreme leftists. It has instead, been a reduction in the speed of the leftward movement, with a few slight tugs to stern. Conservatives should look at the big picture, and build on the Bush era, rather than withdraw and abandon the future to the left.

Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), and chairman of Sovereignty International.

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