His victory wasn't because he had more money or more prestigious endorsements or more valuable connections or more political experience. Maybe he defeated the establishment-backed candidate because he touched some hot-button issues that the grassroots care about but are ignored or even belittled by the mainstream media.
Take, for example, property rights. Most Americans thought our property rights were secure under the mantle of the U.S. Constitution, until they were shaken by the widely unpopular 2005 U.S. Supreme Court Kelo decision that authorized government to use eminent domain power to seize private property and give it to a private developer, if the new owner would be a bigger taxpayer.
Grassrooters and tea partiers have the old-fashioned notion that private property is a basic constitutional right and that publicly owned property is part of U.S. sovereignty and must not be handed over to the United Nations or other foreigners. Americans are naturally suspicious of the lengthy document called Agenda 21, adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
The globalists didn't dare submit Agenda 21 as a treaty subject to U.S. Senate debate and vote, so they have been proceeding without public announcement to make deals with cities, counties and other local units of government. Claiming to promote "a more efficient and equitable world economy," the globalists' sales talk is wrapped in U.N. fantasies about sustainability, wilderness, climate change, land use, regulations to save the environment and global governance.
Translated into plain language, that means reducing the American standard of living and inducing us to transfer our wealth to foreign dictators who hate us. A globalist outfit called the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, usually referred to as ICLEI (pronounced ik-lay), has already lined up some U.S. cities to accept sustainability regulations.
Most Americans are rightly opposed to the U.N. dictating anything that interferes with U.S. property rights or uses of our land. The Republican National Committee voted unanimously to oppose Agenda 21 because it is a dangerous encroachment on U.S. freedoms and our private enterprise economy.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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