THE COMING TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS FOR AMERICA
You’ve heard the argument that you could place all 6.4 billion human beings on our planet into the State of Texas with a plot of land big enough to park a trailer, garage a car and grow a garden. Yippee yeehaa yahoo! What a concept! Unfortunately, like the Scarecrow in the "Wizard of Oz," leaders thinking our looming population crisis can be solved with such magical ideas--lack a brain!
What the proponents of unending and limitless growth in the United States do not understand finds its manifestation in the country of China. They ignored their exploding population 50 years ago. Today, at 1.3 billion people, they force one child families, forced abortion and severely restricted freedom and subsistence level living. Can they solve it? Not today or any time in the future. Like much of the Third World, they simply tolerate their misery. Thanks to similar ‘non-thinking’ by our national leaders, press and the elite, our country heads in the same direction as China.
In 2004, the Sierra Club based in San Francisco became embroiled in a crisis of leadership. Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, along with a host of progressive candidates, ran for board slots that would change the focus of the Sierra Club. They wanted to bring America’s escalating immigration crisis into sharper focus.
John Muir, its founder, would turn over in his grave if he were alive today to see the mismanagement of common sense in the club’s ostrich-like direction. Sierra Club purports to ensure environmental integrity for wildlife, habitat and future generations. Instead, Carl Pope, former president of the club along with his cadre of cronies, refused to address the immigration-driven population growth that will double the U.S. to 600 million people within this century--well on its way to a billion.
Even more disconcerting is the fact that 700,000 members pay $35.00 in annual fees thinking the club’s leaders work in the best interests of all. Unfortunately, they are wasting their donations because no matter how much money they pay to those managing the club, it’s all for nothing.
Why? Like a man swimming up the Colorado River, he may be making progress, but he’s being swept down stream—never reaching his goal. The current leadership of the Sierra Club proves Muir correct when he said, "There isn’t a sane man in San Francisco."
Why? Simple arithmetic shows we cannot grow by five million annually (current U.S. growth rate with three million illegal aliens entering in 2004, one million legal immigrants and one million U.S. citizen births net gain per year) and hope to maintain a functioning society for future generations.
In 1965, California enjoyed 17 million people. But as immigration floodgates opened, the Golden State burst out of its Oshgosh overhauls like a fat man at an all-you-can-eat Ponderosa buffet having exploded to 36 million people. California will add 20 million in 30 years at the current rate of immigration. Colorado will add five million as will Arizona. The entire U.S. population will double to 600 million around mid century. What’s the problem here?
Plain answer: Water, or, the lack of it. It’s called exceeding ‘carrying capacity.’ It features another name. Every farmer in California and the world understands the "Tragedy of the Commons."
For example, a farmer can run four cows into a one-acre paddock with a water tank. Those cows can eat, drink, romp and chew their cud to their hearts content. More grass will grow, cow-pies will absorb into the soil and all cows will enjoy quiet moments contemplating before being led off to the meatpacking plant.
If the farmer runs 100 cows into that paddock, it soon resembles a Montfort cattle feed lot. The cows and manure stink like holy hell for miles around. Cows sleep on piles of dung. The grass dies, which means those cows will be fed artificially. It’s known as the ‘Tragedy of the Commons." Along with it, a multitude of other problems arise with disease, crowding, etc.
"The problems in the world today are so enormous they cannot be solved with the level of thinking that created them." Einstein with the above quote, Lamm ran for the club’s board of directors to bring "new thinking" by stepping out of the box.
However, a smear campaign by Sierra’s old guard worked! Sierra members, like cows herded into a one-acre paddock, voted for continued Third World thinking. What is that? As a traveler throughout much of that struggling misery around the planet where billions suffer from overpopulation via the "Tragedy of the Commons," I describe it as ‘ignoring problems until they grow into irreversible crises with no way to solve them while victims live in misery.’
What country comes to mind worse than China? The best is Bangladesh with 129 million people in a country with the land mass the size of Ohio. Add India and the list grows as the world adds 80 million people net gain annually while the human race explodes toward 10 billion! Where does that leave California? John Muir? Einstein? Common sense? Rational leadership and thinking as well as proactive action? Where does it leave you?
Where it leaves you is sitting in gridlock, breathing poison air, forced into sprawl thicker than hair on a gorilla, quality of life much like a Montfort feed lot and neurotic Excedrin headaches not to mention your kids suffer at school, diseases and hospitals collapsing—for starters! In another 60 years, at the current rate of immigration-driven growth, each state will double its population. Yippee yeehaa yahoo! I’ll bet your vocal cords are singing up a storm with that prospect facing your children.
However, the "Tragedy of the Commons" leaves out one aspect. YOU! That’s right, you don’t have be led into a population-nightmare future of California or for that matter, all of these United States, like a cow to its slaughter. Choose personal responsibility, action and result. Join with others for the battle that will ensure the viability of American society. John Muir would say, "Use your common sense and take action." We need a 10-year moratorium on all immigration into this country. After that, a maximum of 100,000 people annually, only if that maintains a stable and sustainable population.
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Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents in the past 26 years.
He has written hundreds of articles (regularly) for 17 national and 2 international magazines. He has had hundreds of editorials published in top national newspapers including the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Albany Herald and Christian Science Monitor.
His first book, "HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS" by Falcon Press is available nationwide. His second book "STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE" by the Brookfield Reader published in January 2002. His bicycle books include "BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD."
His latest book. ‘IMMIGRATION’S UNARMED INVASION—DEADLY CONSEQUENCES.’
Frosty Wooldridge has guest lectured at Cornell University, teaching creative writing workshops, magazine writing at Michigan State University, and has presented environmental science lectures at the University of Colorado, University of Denver and Regis University. He also lectures on "Religion and Ethics" at Front Range College in Colorado.
However, the "Tragedy of the Commons" leaves out one aspect. YOU! That’s right, you don’t have be led into a population-nightmare future of California or for that matter, all of these United States, like a cow to its slaughter. Choose personal responsibility, action and result.