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Every year or so, the Mountain Democrat reports on the front page of the paper the same old song-and dance about one-world government from some crackpot. This time it is Kirk MacKenzie with the same old tired phrases and code words of the extreme right-wing.
He speaks of the loss of our rural nature and the need to fight the United Nations who want to control the world, not just Diamond Springs. He uses code phrases like “central bankers” funding the loss of our civil rights, liberty, rural lifestyle and to prevent us from mining.
“Central bankers” and the sinister plot to destroy our way of life is an old anti-semitic ploy he calls the “Agenda.” He argues that we need to fight the “Agenda” to preserve America. He says that all levels of government are bad and should be considered our enemies. We need to band together to fight “the government.”
What are our “rural values” anyway that need to be protected? How are they different from the values of the people living in Portland, Ore.? No “founding father” ever lived in Placerville and in their time everything was rural. These extremist screwballs are never specific about who the bad guys are.
The country is in substantial debt largely because of fighting two unfunded, long wars and the collapse of the real estate market that caused a recession, and not because of a phantom international conspiracy to put us in debt.
Mr. Mackenzie, the government is us. We fight by using the ballot box as our weapons. If you like clean air and water, and pristine forests, thank the voters who passed the ballot propositions for clean air and water. And if you don’t like our environmental laws then blame Lithuania.
HARRY N. ZELINKA