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"What Do Socialists and Environmentalists Really Want?"
From * In Defense of Rural America *
By Ron Ewart, President
National Association of Rural Landowners
and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues.
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This article could really be wrapped up in three sentences. The socialist Democrats of America want to control your money, your land, your home, your power, your water, your food, your education and your health care. They want to control what you do, where you live, where you work, what you drive and what you wear. They even want to control your news and your entertainment. They have almost succeeded on all fronts.

These aren't new revelations. You have all heard them say it, on the campaign trail and in the recent debates. It gets worse every year as they troll for votes offering free "stuff" to a dumbed down electorate.

Besides wanting to control every aspect of our lives, the socialist Democrats openly advocate for open borders. They want to do away with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE. They want Medicare for all and wipe out private health care for 180,000,000 Americans. One of these insane asylum inmates (AOC) wants to close all of our prisons and let all the violent prisoners loose on society. They want free college for all students and free health care for illegal aliens. They want to take away our guns. They want to repeal the Electoral College so that eight (8) major cities in America, New York, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego and Los Angeles, would control the vote. They want to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar power, an insane idea and impossible. (See: "Why Wind And Solar Can Never Replace Fossil Fuels" by Paul Driessen)

Socialist Democrats and their deep state allies want all this and more, without regard to the consequences, the cost, or the devastating impact on individual freedom. The only thing that stands in their way is President Trump and the 63,000,000 Americans that voted for him. Will it be enough?

Government and the environmentalists are forcing you to live in large apartment buildings in dense cities, or in houses with no yards. They are driving rural residents into large cities containing high stress traffic, high noise levels, high crime and high prices for everything. Just watch the 5 or 6 O'clock news and you will get a first-hand look at the deterioration of city life. Now just imagine what life will be like twenty or thirty years from now, in America's big cities.

But the behavior of individuals living tightly in big cities produces its own share of problems. High crime rates, intense noise and air and water pollution are just a few of the consequences. Big cities require large police forces to enforce laws and civility. Big cities dump their concentrated pollution on the environment and then expect everyone else to comply with their environmental protection rules, except them selves.

The city of Victoria, BC, Canada has been dumping millions of gallons of its raw, untreated sewage into the Straits of Juan de Fuca each day for decades. They are finally building a sewage treatment plant but only after years of immense international pressure.

Big cities are also dangerous places to be in times of war and natural disasters. Earthquakes, fires, floods and rapidly spreading diseases find ready victims in big cities, any one of which can produce huge losses of life. Most of the deaths occurring from the Black Plague, during the era of the Dark Ages, occurred in the cities where the concentrated garbage attracted the rats that carried the fleas that carried the disease.

During war, opposing enemies don't bomb the countryside, they bomb big cities where the manufacturing plants build the machines and weapons of war and where large populations of men, women and children can be killed to bring the enemy to its knees. Need we mention Hiroshima. Nagasaki, or Dresden in World War 2?

Man's need to congregate can sometimes work to his detriment.

But the other consequence of high-dense living is the steady lowering of the bar of civility, respect and trust. Human behavior changes under the conditions of living closer together. It does so because of a basic human need. No matter what the government, socialists, psychologists, environmentalists, or socialist Democrats will tell you, people like and need "their" space and the space does not come in a 1,000 sq. ft. apartment in a 25-story building, surrounded by concrete on all sides, in a big city. Suburbs became a partial answer to the human need for space. But then the suburbs began to increase in density as governments got into the act of "planning" where we live and work.

We attended a conference of real estate and planning folks several years ago in which a bunch of big city, over-educated planners were extolling the virtues of their profession; planned, high-dense urban cities. At the end of their speeches we asked them if they were aware of the study of rats versus density and what happens to the rats as density is increased. We knew that the studies showed that higher densities produce hostile behavior, depression, infanticide, suicide and cannibalism in the rats. As the rat density increases, aberrant behavior increases with it, dramatically.

One of the planners responded that he was aware of the rat studies but he said the studies were flawed. We asked him why and he responded with, "because they didn't give the rats parks". His answer was not to be flippant. He was dead serious. No, humans are not rats but the parallels are abundantly obvious.

History has shown us that people don't behave well when crammed together in big cities. Big cities have given us the "Blue" states. Big cities are bastions of socialism and government control. The population of big cities is mostly Socialist Democrats. Big cities, with their majorities, control the legislative process and give us legislators that support socialism, more laws and environmental extremism.

The people who inhabit big cities are more apt to believe whatever the government tells them. The current propaganda and mass hysteria of man-caused global warming is a prime example. It allows Al Gore and other climate alarmists to spew their insanity to a naive' "choir". Yes, big cities are large markets of consumers and bring us commerce that helps to fund the country. But we wonder if the price is worth it.

There is now a determined social justice and environmental protection agenda by American policy makers to cram more people into large cities under the United Nations Agenda 21 policies of smart growth and sustainable development. The Sierra Club, a powerful and wealthy environmental group, thinks that 50,000 people per square mile is the optimum density for big cities. That's 560 sq. ft. per person without buildings, roads, bridges and open space. Tokyo, the sixth largest city in the world, has only about 16,100 people per square mile. Shanghai, the largest city in the world, has only 9,900 people per square mile.

But this is the kind of city the socialist Democrats and radical environmentalists want us all to live. Under their dictatorial control, you can kiss off the American dream of owning a SINGLE-FAMILY HOME. They take up too much space and burn up too much electricity and natural gas.

Over-educated, government-paid planners spend all of their time in drafting acts, laws, rules, restrictions, regulations and ordinances to direct the movement of populations ever tighter into big cities. Draconian environmental protection laws are purposely designed to drive more people out of the rural areas and force them into big cities. The rural areas are to be protected at all costs, without regard to constitutional protections or the rights of rural landowners.

Hardest hit by all these socialist and environmental policies is the rural landowner. Every American landowner, urban or rural, is in a war for his or her very livelihood, freedom and survival. The hard fact is, the U. S. Supreme Court, lower courts and federal and state legislatures and bureaucracies have failed in their duty to preserve, protect and defend the constitutional property rights of American landowners, at the urging of socialist Democrats and radical environmentalists. The Congress, state legislatures, bureaucracies and the courts, occupied mostly by socialist Democrats, have allowed the regulators to run rough shod over the constitutional and sacred rights to own property.

Nevertheless, rural landowners still have rights, even though socialist Democrats are trying to take those rights away almost every day by Congressional legislation and bureaucratic rule making. The Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act are two of the more egregious pieces of legislation (law) that eat away at property rights, or eliminate those rights altogether. The enforcement of those laws by the Environmental Protection Agency (ESA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (CORPS) have fined or penalized people into bankruptcy, or landed them in jail for many years. You never hear of these tens of thousands of unconstitutional injustices on rural landowners from the mainstream media.

It follows then, that you can't protect yourself if you don't know your rights. For those interested in a deep dive into property rights and the TAKINGS clause, we encourage our readers to visit our two web pages, RIGHTS and TAKINGS. Remember, your first line of defense is your property line. For those interested in protecting their property from trespass by government agents, law enforcement and other intruders, click HERE.

Ladies and gentlemen, the world that the socialist Democrats want you to live in, is not an American Constitutional Republic world, it is a SOCIALIST dictatorship world where socialist Democrats are the dictators. They don't want you with individual rights, independent and free. Make no mistake, they want you dependent on government, broke and in chains. They want you to bow down to them as if they were Gods because they think they are Gods. Give them political power again with your vote and you WILL BE broke and in chains.

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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached by e-mail for comment at or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.

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