When San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro revealed plans to designate the Alamo as a United Nation’s “World Heritage Site”, many Texans and patriots across America became incensed to learn that the UNESCO emblem may soon be flying over the ‘Shrine of Texas Liberty’. The Alamo is esteemed in American history as the site of a heroic struggle against impossible odds — “a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.” [http://www.thealamo.org/]
A World Heritage designation requires the United States to conform to international standards on how a specific property is managed. The designation requires ”State parties” to report directly to a UNESCO committee regarding the ongoing status of properties so designated. [UNESCO]
The total area of the combined mission properties proposed for UNESCO designation, (including the required buffer zones), comprises 2,560.7 acres.
But let’s get a few things straight. In the first place, this is not Mayor Castro’s plan. Designating the Alamo along with other Texas missions in the vicinity of San Antonio as a UNESCO “World Heritage” site is a Department of Interior- National Park Service plan in compliance with international standards and agreements. President Obama made the proposal official last year.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has assured Texans that the U.N. flag will not be seen flying over the Alamo, and that nothing will change because of the designation except the potential for additional revenue:
“My legal team at the Land Office has reviewed this. I have personally met with the National Park Service staff working on this nomination and I am absolutely satisfied that a World Heritage Nomination will have no effect on the Alamo other than a possible increase in foreign tourists.” [Jerry Patterson- Texas Land Commissioner]
The designation of properties and the ceding of American sovereignty piecemeal to the United Nations is nothing new. Protected Lands designations are a major component of the Agenda for the 21st Century, an agenda supported and implemented by subsequent Democrat and Republican U.S. administrations.
“Sustainable development”, as it is sometimes called, with its disregard for private property rights and its communitarian natural resource management principles, has been adopted as the governing model for regional and local governments around the world.
Here at home, no one batted an eye when Philadelphia’s Independence Hall was designated as a United Nations “World Heritage Site” in 1979. No one rose up to tell the U.N. to take their filthy hands off of our Lady Liberty in 1984. I did not see protesters lining up when UNESCO’s protected commons designation was placed on Yellowstone National Park in 1978, or Carlsbad Caverns in 1995, or on nearly two dozen other American landmarks.
So why are folks getting upset about the Alamo?
“Legend holds that with the possibility of additional help fading, Colonel Travis drew a line on the ground and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over — all except one did.”
“As the defenders saw it, the Alamo was the key to the defense of Texas, and they were ready to give their lives rather than surrender their position to General Santa Anna.”
(From the official Alamo website.)
Isn’t it clear by now that the enemy has already breached the walls of liberty? Global consensus and international agreements have replaced the U.S. Constitution as the law of the land. Our elected leaders no longer operate under or are held in check by Constitutional principles. Everything from the amount of water allowed in our toilets to the drugs we are forced to inject into our children has become a matter for the government, not the individual, to decide.
We have allowed the deterioration of our individual freedoms and State rights. The institution of universal government controlled healthcare complete with fines for non-compliance, the misuse and abuse of our military, and the brainwashing of our youth by a U.N. mandated “common core” (a.k.a. “World Core”) curriculum are just a few examples.
But the Alamo holds a special place, albeit an almost mythical nostalgic place, in the minds and hearts of the American people. We should never forget that in 1836, a small contingent of patriots held off several thousand Mexican troops for 13 days before finally being overrun. The Alamo was America’s Masada.
Today, Americans are surrounded on all sides by a seemingly invincible enemy. State and County borders don’t really matter anymore. Our Federal government is fully committed to managing America on a regional basis for the “global common good”. The Landscape Conservation Cooperative map that I discussed in a previous post, is just one of the new generation of maps being used to manage America’s land and people in compliance with Agenda 21 mandates. The LCC map is important because it clearly shows that the Federal government no longer respects State or international boundaries.
The GAP Analysis Project begun under the Clinton administration feeds GIS data directly into the United States Protected Area Database (US-PAD), which then reports directly to the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA/IUCN), which monitors progress towards the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, (specifically- goal #7). The IUCN is using these maps to numerically categorize all of the land area within what used to be a sovereign nation.
“In cooperation with UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), GAP ensures PAD-US also supports continental and global decision making by maintaining World Database for Protected Areas (WDPA) Site Codes and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Categories for linkage to the North American Terrestrial Protected Areas Database and WDPA.”
So, what difference does any of this make? Are Americans willing to sell the Alamo to placate the global community or will the Alamo in 2014 become to Texan’s what the Rubicon was to Julius Caesar in 49 B.C., a line in the sand that once it is crossed, signifies total commitment, no turning back? Keep in mind, that if Caesar had not crossed the Rubicon, that little river would have remained an insignificant stream with no real historical importance.