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We have been taken in by the propaganda that tells us that our land
must be protected from developers, from off-road vehicles, from loggers,
from grazers, from commercial farmers, from almost any form of human
activity. We allow our governments to use our tax dollars to buy up
land. We donate billions to The Nature Conservancy, and more than 1200
similar organizations, to buy the private property that remains — all
in the name of protecting the environment.

What we are doing is depriving our children, and all future
generations, of the opportunity to be free.

Governments now own about 40 percent of all the land in the United
States. The rush to create new land acquisition funds sets no limits on
how much land is to be acquired. The stated goal of many of the
environmental organizations that promote land acquisition is — “take it
all back.”

Think about it for a moment. What will our children do when they want
to live in the suburbs — if the government, or The Nature Conservancy
owns the land? Government, through its “Sustainable Communities
Initiative,” has determined that people should not live outside the
“urban sprawl limit.” It doesn’t matter what our children want;
government will dictate where they may live. To get a picture of the
future in America, look at the past in Russia — where the government
owned all the land. Government ownership of land is the first
requirement of every socialist society.

How are our children going to buy gasoline for their cars, if the
government owns the land or the rights to the oil under it? Most of the
land now owned by government and conservancy organizations prohibits the
use of natural resources. More than 40 percent of our petroleum is
imported because the government will not allow the production of oil on
land that it owns.

When government owns all the farmland, farmers will be nothing more
than employees of the government, producing the crops the government
dictates, for whatever wages the government decides to pay.

Never in the history of America has there been such a blatant
sell-out to socialism. Every acre of land that is sold to the
government, or to one of its surrogate conservancy organizations, for
“protection,” is a step closer to inevitable socialism. Every acre the
government owns is an acre that will not be available for use by our
children.

Since all wealth begins with the natural resources on and under the
land, are we not systematically transferring our nation’s wealth from
the people to the government and its surrogates? Is that transfer of
wealth not depriving our children of any hope of prosperity?

Congress and state legislatures should demand a moratorium on all
land acquisitions by the agencies of all governments. Land and its use
is the foundation of our freedom and the fountainhead of our prosperity.
We are allowing the government to use our tax dollars to deprive our
children of both.

We have been so brainwashed by the constant stream of propaganda that
we think there is something immoral about cutting a tree. Our vice
president insists that driving a car is causing global warming –
despite solid scientific evidence to the contrary. The Nature
Conservancy wants you to contribute to their “Last Great Places”
campaign, so they can buy more land and transfer the potential wealth it
contains from our children to their $1.3 billion balance sheet.

Think about it. We are allowing them to use our money to buy all the
resources that our children will need. We are forcing our children to be
beggars. Our children will have to ask the government for a place to
live, for a place to work, for almost everything. If the government or
its surrogate organizations own all the resources, they will own the
source of virtually all production — the classic definition of
socialism.

Our children cannot see that far ahead, nor can they see backward to
the failed five-year plans of the defunct Soviet Union. We can. And it
is our responsibility to preserve and protect, not the land, but the
freedom to use the land. It is our responsibility to see that those in
our government who prefer socialism to freedom are set free from their
jobs to seek employment elsewhere.

The “Lands Legacy” program announced by our president is little more
than a smokescreen to
make us feel good about financing the socialization of America. No more
land for the government. No more tax dollars to surrogate conservation
organizations that take land out of private use. No more contributions
to The Nature Conservancy, or any other government surrogate, that is
working to deprive our children of their proper birthright — the land.

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