This Letter to the Editor, taken from a newspaper, was forwarded by Eric, of Calipatria, California. I'm not sure where he got it.
We see numerous letters and statements depicting values related to equality. Many if not most, espouse equality of conditions and results. An April 18 Letter to the Editor stated, "It's clear that the promulgation of inequality, rather than the augmentation of equality, is the principle guiding the wealthy parents of the upscale community that houses Menlo-Atherton High School." Though the article the writer was referring to, suggesting the presence of unequal treatment of students, was largely refuted by additional letters from present and past school teachers, the principal and one student, it is apparent that the writer sought equality of conditions.
Paradoxically, inequality is exactly what all people strive for: to be the best basketball or chess player, to get the top grades in physics, to jump higher, look prettier, buy the classiest car, become the most intelligent, the loudest, the sweetest, or sing better, make more money, live in the biggest house, have the most women, be the best dad, play the sweetest horn, seek the best school, classiest wife, run faster, spit further, whatever. Everything everyone does throughout their life assures inequalities of results, which become part of the conditions leading to the next set of unequal results.
We are born unequal in talents, parents and environment. Life will deal us a unique hand of experiences and challenges. We are exceedingly unequal in our desires, abilities, self-discipline, dedication, work habits and capacity to make good life choices. We will take decidedly different and unequal paths than others. Inequality is the dominating truth of our lives — everyone's life, everywhere and at all times.
There are infinite numbers of conditions preceding an outcome or result, not the least of which are the attributes of the individual. Society can and should attempt equality for its citizens on those few controllable conditions, such as school equipment, which promote equality of opportunity. But results, which are also infinite, can never be equal, given differences in individuals and in uncontrollable conditions.
Given this powerful, inevitable and unchanging reality, what is the obligation of society? Some have expressed it as "to provide a level playing field." Properly understood, it means to try to build substantive equality of opportunity into our institutions, such as to treat everyone equally under the law. Mistakenly understood, "a level playing field" means to take from the more endowed, richer or luckier (by coercion, as this is the only way to do it) and give advantages disproportionately to those groups perceived as disadvantaged or victimized, a stereotype generalization — i.e. to achieve equality of result. Other than its inconsistency with our constitutional principles and the logical impossibility of classifying a group as though all its members possessed equality of disadvantage, and given the absolute differences between individuals, equality of results or conditions is impossible, even ludicrous.
On a level baseball field every player will achieve different results.
— Sam Clarke; Poulsbo, Washington
Millennium Forum to Create Global Parliament
Subject: KHouse eNews - June 13, 2000
This September the United Nations will hold its Millennium Forum and People's Assembly, the purpose of which is to create a global parliament. To start with, the parliament will only be advisory in nature but the long-term goals are to make it into a world parliament in its own right.
Over the last decade, the United Nations has unabashedly been reinventing itself into a global government, striving to obtain the legal teeth and financial resources to implement its policies. In 1995, the United Nations Commission on Global Governance published a report entitled, Our Global Neighborhood. The Commission made a number of recommendations for changes to the United Nations, including:
-- A system of global taxation;
-- A standing U.N. army;
-- A Court of Criminal Justice;
-- Expanded authority for the Secretary General;
-- An Economic Security Council;
-- U.N. authority over the global commons (especially the oceans and all areas of sovereign
|territories that influence the oceans.);
-- An end to the veto power of permanent Security Council members;
-- A new parliamentary body of "civil society" representatives (NGOs).
Since then the U.N. has been plugging ahead with these recommendations. Millennium Forum will be a fulfillment of the last item. Currently it is uncertain how members of the world body will be elected. Several proposals have been placed on the table:
-- Establishing some kind of consultative assembly of parliamentarians to which parliaments all over the world would appoint representatives.
-- Creating a consultative assembly consisting of unelected NGO organizations, which already provide input to the U.N. major conferences.
-- An assembly directly elected by all the people of the world.
-- Direct democracy by way of the Internet, so that any "world citizens" could vote on any items they could so choose at any time. This would probably be an electronic form of the ancient Greek "mob-ocracy."
Global government has been a long time in coming, supported by a wide panoply of luminaries over the years. Our Global Neighborhood said the surrender of sovereignty is "a principle that will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the imperatives of global environmental cooperation."
The foundation of global governance does not rest in the same set of core values and protections the American system contains. These values are not new. They have been tried, under different names, in other societies, often with devastating consequences. Legal safeguards against government abuse do not exist at the international level nor are there plans to create them. The rights enshrined in the U.S. Bill of Rights — property and financial rights, freedom of speech and religion, the right to bear arms against invaders and abusive government, protection against double jeopardy, trial by a jury of one's peers, right to petition for redress of grievances, et al. — do not exist in the same form at the U.N. level. Where the U.N. appears to guarantees rights, there are often "weasel words," which allow the so-called rights to be set aside at the will of government.
The entire push to globalism has tremendous significance for Christians for several reasons. First, we are witnessing the formation of what the Bible predicted 2,000 years ago: a (somewhat) unified universal political, financial and religious system. Christians note that the new global paradigm has a moral and religious component that will not tolerate opposition or dissent by religious factions that do not agree with it! To reiterate: the new globalism will not leave the Christian church alone. It will use legal and other pressures to co-opt, coerce, or eliminate religious groups to force them into conformity to the new ideals or go out of business. Unlike secular humanism, the new global pantheistic socialism will not leave the church alone! No clearer warning can be sounded as to the dangers to faith on the road ahead.
Thus our closing caveat: no matter how slow the implementation, given the current course, when the changes are all done, they will be binding on all by artifice of law, international treaty and internal regulation conforming to the dictates of the United Nations, against which citizens of the world will have little established methods of recourse or redress.
For more information on United Nations policies and how they will affect us, we recommend the following sites:
Letter to the Editor
— Steve; Fremont, California
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
Do you think I should get a cell phone?
Well, I've never needed one, but if you're in jail a lot it might be easier to make calls from your cell.
• A few belches are expected and tolerated.
• Our bellies hide our big hips.
• One wallet, one pair of shoes, one color for all seasons.
• We can do our nails with a pocketknife.
• We have the freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
• Christmas shopping can be accomplished for 25 people on the day before Christmas — and in 45 minutes.
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I received the following letter to the editor and didn't have enough space in the July issue of the Frontiersman to print it.
Elliot; N. Merrick, New York
The claims of the US government are nonsense. The US government doesn't have anything at all to do with the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence doesn't justify the existence of the US government. It justifies the existence of politically independent American states. Again, I suggest that you read my article "Are We Ready for Independence Day?", in the June 1998 Frontiersman, and my essay "In Search of the Supreme Flaw of the Land: Perpetual Union", available upon request.
The Bill of Rights doesn't say that people should have the right to bear arms. I suggest that you read my article "In Search of the Supreme Flaw of the Land: The Bill of Rights". It's available upon request.
I'm not trying to repress women's sexuality. I'm demanding that they accept responsibility for the consequences of their behavior, and recognize that men have just as much right to express their sexuality as women do. Remember, it was the women who advocated the stupid sexual equality idea, so now they can comply with their own stupid rhetoric. If women can freely express their sexuality by being sexually provocative, then men can freely express their sexuality by being sexually aggressive. If women don't like it, then they should complain to the feminists, not to the courts.