April 2013 Issue
Sustainable Development or Sustainable Freedom?
By Timna Rutledge
The “current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class…are not sustainable,” according to the Canadian Maurice F. Strong, who served as Conference Secretary General at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where several “green” documents were produced, including Agenda 21. Since then, programs throughout Texas, the United States and the world have been implemented to promote ideas of sustainable growth and development for our communities.
To explain what this means for citizens of northeast Texas, the Kaufman County Tea Party hosted Texas Eagle Forum President, Cathie Adams during their March 21 meeting at the Country Smokehouse in Forney, to explain the meaning of Sustainable Development. Adams is also the Eagle Forum International Issues Chairman and has attended a number of United Nations meetings on various topics.
As Adams had written in her article, “Agenda 21, UN Led Conspiracy,” in the March 2012 issue of The Northeast Texan, “Agenda 21 is not a UN treaty, rather it is a soft law document signed by George H.W. Bush…” at the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit conference. The year after Bush signed it, President Bill Clinton “issued an Executive Order creating the President’s Council on Sustainable Development to implement Agenda 21 and sustainable development nationwide.”
Currently, “Agenda 21 is a set of non-binding voluntary recommendations that carry no legal weight – until a state or local government incorporates them into law,” according to author Henry Lamb, former Chairman of Sovereignty International, Inc.
When local governments apply for federal grant money, there are strings attached that require implementation of programs designed to infringe on private property rights, tell you and I what kind of energy we are allowed to use, what we should eat, and how our children will be educated, among other things. Adams wrote, “Government regulation of how much energy you use and from what sources may even include destroying a dam that produces hydroelectric power, in order to restore a river or protect so-called endangered animal species. It may also mean regulating natural gas and coal-fired energy plants out of business.”
Basically, the intention behind these UN documents is to create a “new, collaborative decision process” that seeks to avoid the direct involvement of elected officials in the process of developing public policies, which is the point behind voters within a republic, who vote representatives into office to create policy and laws for We, the People. This new process is not concerned about open debate and a public vote to assure public policy-makers are held accountable.
To avoid using the United Nations name or the title document Agenda 21, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) was created, though the name was changed in the United States, to Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI works to implement provisions of Agenda 21 through close affiliation with organizations such as, Councils of Governments (COGs), the National Association of Counties, The United States Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and other associations of elected officials.
Lamb wrote in his book, Confronting Agenda 21, “ICLEI has no direct authority over local governments, but local governments are required to sign an agreement to promote ICLEI agenda, which is essentially the same as Agenda 21.” His readers are instructed about how to determine if their community has a facilitator and planning staff designated to construct a “plan” for their community’s sustainability, and how to confront it in order to effect changes that would truly promote and preserve individual freedom and property rights. The plan may be called something like, “Comprehensive Land Use Plan” or described as, “Imagine Happyville’s Comprehensive Plan – Tomorrow’s Vision Today.”
Equally concerning is the International Green Construction Code, which goes beyond assuring safe construction practices, and promotes union-style, bureaucratic impositions to property owners that force land owners to “meet size, space, and land-use requirements based on what bureaucrats and professional planners have decided is best for the planet,” wrote Lamb. Also, architects and builders would have to adhere to more regulations and special licensing where the code is adopted, or risk losing their license.
Adams said that the goal is to make people fearful that we’re going to run out of natural resources and become over-populated. “This is a very well thought-out plan,” she said.
Adams explained that the 20 educational service regions in Texas implement ideas of Agenda 21 in the curriculum called CSCOPE, which is currently under scrutiny by the Texas State Legislature and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) has introduced legislation to provide oversight and direction of the activities of regional education service centers in relation to student curriculum such as CSCOPE, which is in lock-step with Common Core, a nationally sponsored curriculum, supported by the Obama Administration. A similar curriculum called, iCloud has recently been identified as well. Adams received applause when she said, “We don’t need a National Education Agency. Let’s get rid of it and give education back to the states!”
Legitimate functions of government include 1) protection of the rights of citizens, and 2) provision of the services authorized by the citizenry.
To learn more about how citizens can confront sustainable development in a constructive way, visit www.sovereignty.net to order Lamb’s books explaining Agenda 21 and global governance. Aslo, visit www.texaseagle.org or contact Cathie Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kaufman County Tea Party meets monthly. Contact Ray Myers at 214-724-0337 for more information.