Big Brother in Farmer’s Overalls
The distractions of the past three weeks created a smokescreen for the rats to overrun the grain silos of America. On June 9, 2011 President Obama signed Executive Order # 13575 innocuously named the White House Rural Council that purports to exert broad municipal powers over the food, fiber, and energy production of rural America.
Broadly speaking this would put in place an all seeing eye to overlook the agricultural American heartland to ensure the farmers comply with politically correct green agriculture. In essence, it will dictate to farmers what they can and cannot do on their land. No longer will the land be managed to the benefit and interests of the landowner, and by extension the rest of the nation, but big government, with Big Agra behind the scenes, will determine what is the best use of the land for the greater good.
The question is; what is the greater good? In an open market with few, but necessary regulations the greater good will correspond with the needs of the farmer. In other words the market will sort out the poor farm managers. However, the White House Rural Council (WHRC) has been designed to implement the United Nations Agenda 21, which details the ‘correct’ method of sustainability. Now sustainability, to those in the know, is a key and all encompassing phrase that goes beyond the popular conception of the word. Sustainability, according to the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations on March 20, 1987: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Though noble sounding sustainability by UN standards would demand micro-management of all the various aspects that go to make up sustainability, namely: economic, social, and environment. It would essentially regulate agriculture down to the minutia of day to day agricultural activities from the largest big-box agribusinesses to the small holding homesteader. It involves detailed plans, comparable to the failed Five Year Plans of the old Soviet, and endless bureaucracy and reams of paperwork. This is especially burdensome on the smallholder. Conversely, this system would tend to favor Big Agra, thus by attrition would spell the end of the small family farm and the self-sustaining, (in the true sense of the word), small homesteader. Thus mega corporations like Monsanto, ADM, Cargill and other too big to fails, will have considerable influence over how, when, where, and who will produce and market products. These faceless inhuman entities will form, develop, introduce, and sponsor legislation under the guise of sustainability, which will have a far reaching impact beyond farmers, affecting consumers both rural and urban and further affect when, where, and how people will live.
The relation between Mr. Obama’s E.O. 13575 and UN Agenda 21 is illustrated in the use of the phrase sustainable rural communities, as used in the below excerpt from the E.O. itself:
Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands.
Many in our society will object saying: this executive order is designed to help our rural communities in these hard economic times, and while seemingly apparent I must remind the reader of Rohm Emmanuel’s glib statement: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste…it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before”. So there you have it folks, under the guise of the greater good we are once again put under the yoke of the Socialist global agenda. Don’t be fooled!
Sustainability, though equitable sounding, places the environment in a sacrosanct position of near Divine status. Why, they even refer to Gaia, the Earth-goddess of Greek mythology, in reference to the earth and the environment. Thus in this illustration, the environment will take precedence over the economic and social needs of mankind. If humanity, by their standards becomes too numerous, the population will be curtailed voluntarily, culturally, or legislatively. If the cost on the environment is threatened by the economics it also will be trimmed as needed at the cost of jobs or peoples livelihoods.
So what does this mean to the readership of Catholic Rural Solutions? First, we must recognize the fact that we are living in a brave new world that is alien to God-fearing men of good will. Secondly, we must concede that our secular and political society is essentially godless and therefore without an anchor of moral foundation. This results in all the corruption we see today in business and politics.
Now what is our recourse in these times of Jacob? Obviously prayer is our first, last, and best weapon of defense, most especially the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the conversion of Russia, which still remains to be done. Without this, as Our Lady said, Russia will continue to spread her errors and the errors of Russia are godless revolution which we see all about us. Our practical recourse is to flee to the fields, that is, acquire a small holding of 10 to 20 acres, being neither reliant on a Socialist system and yet small enough to pass under the radar of Big Brother to at least some degree.
Meantime, here are the web citations concerning this matter:
Interestingly, I went on the White House’s web site and looked up E.O. 13575. They reference it but the actual document will not open. Perhaps it has not yet been incorporated into the site.
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Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.