Going Green = $4 Per Gallon

June 20, 2008 By Tom DeWeese You hear it everywhere now. On the nightly news; in car ads; in government reports; at the super market. Instructions on how to “reduce your carbon footprint,” “save the planet” and “go green” are the new national mantras for behavior modification of our daily lives. It’s interesting to note that as the nation jumps on the “go green” band wagon, more Americans are beginning to feel that the American Dream is passing them by. “Fewer Americans now than at any time in the last half century believe they’re moving forward in life,” concluded a recent report by the Pew Research Center. The report went on to say that today’s economic malaise caps a prolonged period during which the typical American lost ground as median household income fell and inflation increased. Smirked economy reporter David Lynch about the Pew report, “Suddenly, a nation that confidently ...
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Political Correctness Won’t Run Your Car

January 25, 2008 By Tom DeWeese When Congress passed the Energy Bill in December it did everything necessary to please a horde of special interests and very little to actually help Americans with their energy problems. Truth is, America still has no energy policy – just a lot of pork for those feeding at the tax-paid trough. Political correctness comes from special interest groups who lay down the law with politicians (read: we won’t give you any more money unless you say and do things our way). In such an atmosphere there is little room for reasoned thought on the consequences of the legislation Congress enforces on the rest of us. The Energy Bill is the prime example of law by sound bite. The new law mandates that automakers must boost mileage by 40 percent – to 35 miles per gallon – by 2020. The reason given by the politicians ...
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The Principles of Freedom vs. Public/Private Partnerships – Part 3

Address by Tom DeWeese Freedom 21 National Conference - Dallas, Texas PART 3 No Time to Hang Our Heads We indeed face difficult times, dealing with issues and policies no Americans before us have had to face. The double speak, the deceit and the betrayal have left us all exhausted and depressed. And my friends, I think that is the greatest obstacle you and I face in the battle to truly restore the Republic. It’s not the power elite, or the force of government or hidden conspiracies. It’s our own attitude. So many in the freedom movement are quick to accept the idea that we cannot win against the forces of tyranny. We are dragging our chins on the ground and sit in despair. Darned if I understand why. 2007 and the Democrat-controlled Congress has been one of the greatest tests for the ideas of limited government and preserving the ...
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The Principles of Freedom vs. Public/Private Partnerships – Part 2

The Third Rail = Corporate Social Responsibility Address by Tom DeWeese Freedom 21 National Conference - Dallas, Texas PART TWO Now, I’ve talked about the two-way partnership between certain business and government. But there is a third rail that is having a major influence on the policy being created by the PPPs. Picture, if you will, an Isosceles triangle. And label each point: 1.Government Power 2. Corporate Money 3. NGOs Agenda The truth is, corporations aren’t always willing players in the partnerships - neither is government, for that matter. Many times both are answering to pressure from activists with a specific agenda. Those activists come in the guise of Non-governmental organizations (NGOs). They are determined, dedicated and radical. They mean business and they have the means to force their will on companies. It’s almost masochistic to watch how they treat companies. Perhaps you’ve heard the term Corporate Social Responsibility. The ...
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The Principles of Freedom vs. Public/Private Partnerships – Part 1

Address by Tom DeWeese Freedom 21 National Conference - Dallas, Texas PART 1 "Freedom." We use that word a lot. Do we all really know what that word means? It’s used in so many different ways. Do we understand how it is attained? Most importantly, do we understand how it is used by some to actually take freedom away? Why do some who profess to advocate freedom actually accept policies, which diminish freedom and call it "restoring the Republic?" Simply put, freedom is the ability to act without hindrance or restraint. Freedom is owning your life, your actions, your labor. We say we support the "principles" of freedom. But what are those principles and where did they come from? First of all, we must understand principles are not legislated or invented. Principles are discovered. Someone doesn’t just come up with an idea and start to sell it as a principle ...
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Agenda 21 or Freedom 21: Making the Right Choice

March 31, 2007 By Tom DeWeese Which do you choose? A way of life where you are the master of your destiny, or one where virtually all decisions are made for you by one ruling body or another? It’s the classic struggle facing every human on earth. Freedom or control. Truth be known, there are many who actually choose control. It makes for a well-ordered society with few surprises. In a controlled society one doesn’t have to make complicated career choices, health care is provided. Community planners decide where housing will be placed. Committees decide what industries are to be allowed and how they will operate. Self-appointed watchdogs decide the foods that you shall be permitted to eat, to protect our health, of course. Family planners decide the number of children allowed and how they will be raised. Those children, of course, will be well taken care of every day ...
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Forcing Global Warming Nightmares On Children

March 1, 2007 By Tom DeWeese The amount of propaganda poured into the heads of little children in the name of education is astonishing. Case in point: I just received a letter from a little girl in elementary school asking why I don’t believe in global warming. She said her class had watched Al Gore’s outrageous propaganda file, "An Inconvenient Truth," and then her letter began to spew all of its incredible inaccuracies. She was writing to me because she wanted to know why I didn’t believe in global warming. First, I have a hard time believing this little girl sat down and wrote the perfectly produced letter on her own. I believe she was participating in a class project perpetrated by a teacher who is probably telling the children about the outrageous skeptics that still exist out there, even after that great visionary, Al Gore, has provided us with ...
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No Mandatory Animal Identification

September 11, 2006 Press Release: Liberty Ark Coalition (426 words) Contact: Karin Bergener ([email protected]) 330-298-0065 Judith McGeary ([email protected] ) If Senator Jim Talent, and Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, both Missouri lawmakers, get their way, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be prohibited from implementing any kind of “mandatory” animal identification program. Companion bills introduced in both the House and the Senate, require that “...the Secretary [USDA] shall not implement or carry out, and no Federal funds shall be used to implement or carry out, a National Animal Identification System, or similar requirement, that mandates the participation of livestock owners.” “This is a real step forward,” said Karin Bergener. “The grassroots community has been working hard to get legislators to pay attention to this intrusive program USDA has been trying to implement.” Bergener, an Ohio Attorney, is also a founding member of the Liberty Ark Coalition’s steering committee. The coalition was ...
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Do Americans Understand the Threats They Face?

July 10, 2006 By Tom DeWeese Several weeks ago I asked American Policy Center supporters and DeWeese Report readers some important questions regarding their stand on issues in an effort to help direct APC’s legislative efforts. Some of the answers were surprising and revealing. I asked readers to prioritize legislative issues that APC should work on. The overwhelming majority listed passing Rep. Ron Paul’s American Sovereignty Restoration Act ( HR 1146) as the number one priority. That was no surprise to me and it is certainly APC’s number one priority. APC has already turned over more than one million petitions to Congress demanding a vote on the bill. Now, APC is making plans for a renewed effort to build support when the new congress opens in January. However, I was most surprised to learn that a majority of APC supporters believe that UN "reform" means "ending UN inefficiency and scandals ...
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The Silver Bullet for Liberty Statement by Tom DeWeese 2005 Freedom 21 National Conference Reno, Nevada

Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justice David Souter. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Stephen Breyer. These four men and one woman have ruled that the United States Constitution truly is a meaningless document. Their ruling in the Kelo case declared that Americans own nothing. After declaring that all property is subject to the whim of a government official, it's just a short trip to declaring that government can now confiscate anything we own; anything we create; anything we believe. They said our purpose in this country is to simply "serve the greater good." Our own hopes and dreams mean nothing. The state now decides. Without the right to own and control private property, there are no other rights. Freedom of speech can't survive if we have no property on which to stand as we express our ideas. Guns are property and can now be confiscated. Protection against unreasonable ...
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The Food Police Finally Get Their Smoking Gun

September 1, 2005 By Tom DeWeese We have been warning for years that they were using the exact same play book used to destroy the smoking industry. Now the food police have what they’ve been looking for. A special report that says french fries cause cancer. There’s no proof to the claim, of course. Just a Swiss study done three years ago that said Acrylamide, a by product of chemicals and high heat found in deep fried foods might have a link to cancer. In fact, since that study first came out, there have been several more issued to dispute it. There is no peer-reviewed, sound science to prove the statement. But one disputed article is all it took. Suddenly, after three years, the food police decided it was in their interest to resurrect the study and make an issue of it. Now, true to the play book, the attorney ...
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National Heritage Areas Legislation Attacked

Washington, DC (March 15, 2005) – In a hearing today before the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, Peyton Knight, executive director of the American Policy Center charged that, "National Heritage Areas are nothing more than property targeted by environmentalists and the National Park Service for regulation and land acquisition," "At present, the Park Service is running a multibillion-dollar deferred maintenance backlog," said Knight. "It can’t handle its current responsibility. How on Earth does it make sense to give it more?" Knight warned that "extreme fiscal irresponsibility" isn’t the only problem with National Heritage Areas, telling the committee that they "embody a more sinister characteristic" as well. "Heritage Areas are federal land use mandates foisted upon local communities," Knight said. "Heritage Areas have boundaries, and those boundaries have consequences for property owners unfortunate enough to reside within them." Knight explained that, when an area becomes a National Heritage Area, the Park ...
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‘Sustainable Development’ is the Evil You Face

On July 23, 2004, Tom DeWeese, president of the American Policy Center, addressed the fifth annual Freedom 21 Conference in Reno, Nevada. The following is his address on the agenda, the threat, and the defeat of "Sustainable Development." By Tom DeWeese My friends, we come here today from many walks of life. A wide variety of reasons got each of us started on the road to activism. Some of us started simply because we noticed something funny about our child’s curriculum in school. Some of us were outraged by government trying to take away our guns. A good many of us suddenly found government agents and members of private groups plotting to take away our land. Some have had their livestock confiscated. Some have found themselves facing jail just for doing what their fathers and grandfathers have done on the same land for decades. Some of us just wanted to ...
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Sustaining Nothing, Loosing Everything

A new catch phrase, "Sustainable Development", has crept into discussions of the most fundamental right Americans have, the right to own property. It is essential to all other liberties and our economy. It is protected by the US Constitution. That protection is about to be lost if "The Community Character Act" is passed. "The Community Character Act" is a homeowner's association on steroids. It sustains nothing and takes from every American their birthright of freedom. What is Sustainable Development? Imagine an America in which a single, specific ruling principle is created to decide proper societal conduct for every citizen. That principle would be used to consider everything you eat, what you wear, the kind of home in which you live, the way you get to work, the way you dispose of waste, the number of children you may have, even your education and employment decisions. On June 29, 1993, former ...
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Brownouts and Blackouts: Power Crisis in California

By Alan Caruba There's a good reason why Clinton administration officials like Energy Secretary Bill Richardson are wringing their hands over the prospect of brownouts and blackouts as demands for more electrical power increase along with the wider use of things like computers. The crisis affecting California could and should have been averted. As recently as July 21st, Secretary Richardson was urging the development of "alternative energy sources such as biofuels and wind power" according to a UPI news article. Like Gore, Richardson was spouting the need to secure "a meaningful decline in our future reliance on fossil fuels…" This is outrageous nonsense. There are enough known reserves of oil, gas, and coal to last well into the next century. Make that centuries if we can just get at the reserves we know exist and that doesn't include those yet to be discovered. His apparent solution to a very serious ...
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Spare the Pests. Kill the People!

EPA to Announce Ban, June 8, on Major Pesticide By Alan Caruba Question? What do the following diseases have in common? Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue fever, Bubonic plague, Salmonellosis, Yellow Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, Tularemia, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Gastroenteritis, and Typhoid Fever. They are all transmitted by insects such a mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and cockroaches. Today, they are responsible for killing millions of people around the world every year. Question? Why is the Environmental Protection Agency not only failing to protect Americans against these insect and rodent-borne diseases, but is deliberately leaving people vulnerable by taking away every one of the major pesticides needed to eradicate the vast populations of these pests? The answer is that those who decide these matters in the EPA adhere to the genocidal agenda of the environmental movement that sees the elimination of human beings as the best way to protect the earth. That ...
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The Gas Pump Vote Gas Prices Rise. Gore’s Chances Decrease.

As the nation's gas prices rise to the highest point in modern memory this Memorial Day weekend, a prediction in the June issue of The DeWeese Report, published by the American Policy Center, is coming true. Tom DeWeese, president of the Center, writes, "With gas prices rising, Gore may finally have to face what has been a smoking gun since 1992--his radical environmental positions as clearly defined in his book, Earth in the Balance. Gore declared war on the automobile, calling for its demise. In the book he outlined programs and tax increases on gasoline to force drivers to find alternatives to their beloved mode of personal transportation." Promises by Clinton administration spokespersons such as Energy Secretary Richardson regarding lower gas prices are not happening. "Voters, most of whom drive, are slowly awakening to the impact of Gore's views and, in November, will carry the memory of this very expensive ...
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The Lifestyle Nazis Will Come For You, Too

by Tom DeWeese A lot of Americans applauded the government’s vicious attack on smoking. It’s such a nasty habit – easy to hate. But as I’ve warned on these pages time and again, the drive against smoking was just the warm up. Already the same tactics have been used to go after guns. Next will be something you like. In certain restaurants in Canada you may be barred from entry if you wear perfume or even use a scented deodorant or shampoo – because you "threaten people’s right to breathe clean air." Smokers, does that sound familiar? Well, you say, it’s nice to go to a restaurant and eat a hearty meal in a peaceful, clean atmosphere. Uh oh…did you say hearty meal? Nope. No can do. Because, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) "Obesity is epidemic." " The availability of more food…and the growth of ...
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“Army Green” Takes On A Whole New Meaning

By Peyton Knight Just when you thought radical environmentalists couldn’t get any more irrational… Introducing: GREEN AMMUNITION That’s right. The United States Army is undergoing a colossal overhaul in ammunition manufacturing. They are ditching traditional ammunition (specifically, bullets made of lead and tank shells made of depleted uranium) for "environmentally safe" ammo made of tungsten. The problem? "Clintonistas" say that lead and depleted uranium are harmful to the environment (funny how two elements cultivated by the earth are actually harmful to it…I wonder if the callous earth knows what it’s doing to itself?) They say thousands of birds die every year from ingesting these "harmful" substances. However, as usual these claims are as unfounded as they are ludicrous. The answer? Make the ammunition out of politically correct tungsten of course! Once again, the greens are thinking with their spotted owls instead of their brains. Let’s examine just a few of ...
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‘Green Ammunition’ Destroys US Military Weapons Center Warns it Makes US Dependent on Red China

The March issue of the American Policy Center's newsletter, The DeWeese Report, warns the United States Army is "undergoing a colossal overhaul in ammunition manufacturing. They are ditching traditional ammunition"; bullets made of lead and tank shells of depleted uranium, in favor of "environmentally safe" ammunition made of tungsten. An article by Peyton Knight, the Center's director of development, exposes a new effort by the Clinton Administration to degrade existing weapons and leave the U.S. dependent on the world's largest source of Tungston, Red China. Here are the reasons Knight cites: (1) Tungsten is infinitely more expensive than lead. (2) Tungsten bullets will wreak havoc on the standard issue M-16 rifles because lead, being a softer metal, will not destroy the inner barrel or bore of the rifle. Tungsten, the hardest known metal, will ruin every rifle in every fighting soldier's hand. (3) Lead bullets use far less energy to ...
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