UN document would give ‘Mother Earth’ same rights as humans

I wonder if Jupiter and Saturn will demonstrate for civil rights.

Demand equality for all planets!

Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans – having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.

The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to “dominate and exploit” – to the point that the “well-being and existence of many beings” is now threatened.

The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia’s Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January.

That document speaks of the country’s natural resources as “blessings,” and grants the Earth a series of specific rights that include rights to life, water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities; and the right to be free from pollution.

It also establishes a Ministry of Mother Earth, and provides the planet with an ombudsman whose job is to hear nature’s complaints as voiced by activist and other groups, including the state.

This might actually be quite entertaining. Imagine a representative of some green NGO getting dressed up like a celery stalk to make a case for organic farming? Or they bring a real tiger into the hearing room – unchained.

Who’s your choice to head up the “Ministry of Mother Earth?” That’s a tough call, but I’d go with Enya. Or maybe Yanni.

American Dream

Liberals and progs are already preparing themselves for Obama’s speech today. Even they know deep down that our country cannot continue to sustain our levels of entitlement spending, they are already whining that they will not stand for any cuts to entitlements. Then we have MoveOn.org Executive Director Justin Ruben who says, “We hope that the President will stand up and use the power of the bully pulpit to make a strong and clear case that Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid need to be protected, and that he will not allow the American Dream to be held hostage again by Republicans in Congress.”

The American Dream? Am I correct in inferring that Justin Ruben equates government entitlements to the American Dream? Is this really what our Founding Fathers fought for .. why they dragged bloody feet across battlefields .. so that they could create a country where 50% of Americans don’t even contribute to the funding of our federal government and yet in 2009 almost half (46.2 percent) of Americans received at least one federal benefit: 46.5 million, Social Security; 42.6 million, Medicare; 42.4 million, Medicaid; 36.1 million, food stamps; 3.2 million, veterans’ benefits; 12.4 million, housing subsidies. Freedom, liberty and self-reliance – forgive me but I thought that those were the keys foundations of the American dream and those do not seem to go hand-in-hand with government dependency.

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