by Judi Caler
Several months ago, a young Executive Director of a community nonprofit volunteered to help a Grass Valley citizens group approach our local elected officials in order to affect public policy on an important issue. Having been a lobbyist and political activist in the past, I didn’t think I would learn anything new. I was wrong.
Peoples’ lives are being hijacked, compliments of the United Nations and their Agenda 21 (AKA Sustainable Development); our young people, products of our public “educational” system, don’t understand how representative government was intended to work by the founders of our country. They have been indoctrinated to accept without question what is imposed upon them, and also to help impose that doctrine upon others.
Agenda 21 is the 1992 United Nations plan for the global elite to control every facet of our lives—what we have, what we do, where we live, where we go, what we eat, etc. President George H.W. Bush signed Agenda 21 for the United States along with the leaders of 178 other nations. It was deliberately designed as a non-binding “soft law” document, not a treaty, so as to avoid the Senate confirmation process.
President Clinton followed up by creating the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) by Executive Order in 1993 for the purpose of implementing Agenda 21 in the United States. He thus laid the foundation to restructure our political process to conform to a one world government.
To further carry out Agenda 21, President Obama, by Executive Order in June 2011 established the White House Rural Council to exercise control over rural America in education, food supply, land use, water use, recreation, property, energy, and the lives of 16% of the U.S. population.
The PCSD produced “Toward A Sustainable America” in 1999. Among its 16 “We Believe” statements is Number 8:
“We need a new collaborative decision process that leads to better decisions; more rapid change; and more sensible use of human, natural and financial resources in achieving our goals.”
In other words, the Constitution was getting in the way of their plans. The “old” political process involved private citizens lobbying their local elected officials to adopt policy, vigorous open debate on both sides, and an eventual public vote by elected officials. Sustainable Development couldn’t take hold across America if this process were allowed to continue. And so the “consensus” or “visioning” process was born.
The consensus process bypasses local government officials, and cumbersome argument and debate; early participants are handpicked and friendly. Through stakeholder meetings, the public is given the impression that a broad spectrum of the community’s citizenry is engaged.
A typical stakeholder meeting is run by a highly trained, highly paid facilitator. His or her job is to drive a consensus sympathetic to the desired outcome of the project and marginalize any opposition. Stakeholders are persons or groups with no legal interest in the property in question, such as environmental nonprofits, dictating the use of that property to the owner. Shills are sometimes hired to join in the “consensus.”
The new process is most often accompanied by a government grant that local elected officials rarely reject, especially if the local community has been told that the grant is awarded to help usher in “sustainability.” Organizations such as the American Planning Association are provided funding to produce plans and procedures that are ready-made for local governing bodies to approve.
Only after the plan is essentially developed is the governing body called upon to give it the force of law by a formal vote. If the governing bodies do not vote as expected, the threat of a lawsuit is not uncommon. Once the new decision-making process has been established, it can be used to develop policy in all areas embraced by sustainable development, i.e. economics, social justice, education and the environment.
There can be no accountability to the people when public policy is developed by government-funded advocacy groups, administrators or bureaucrats. Individual freedom is lost as property rights are eroded. Local authority is thus removed from elected officials, and control moves up to the regional or state level or higher. Top-down government management of local communities is achieved.
To find Agenda 21 operating in your community, watch for the buzzwords (partial list): sustainable, social justice, smart growth, public/private partnership, common good, collaborative, vision/visioning, affordable, livable, walkable, consensus, stakeholder, International, regional, endangered species…
Reclaiming Our American Rights (ROAR!) is a Nevada County citizens group fighting Agenda 21. We have available a new slide show presentation entitled “What Is Sustainable Development?” It is intended as an introduction to Agenda 21, a subject we need to understand if our freedoms are to survive. To join ROAR or to arrange a showing for your group, big or small, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Understanding Sustainable Development – Agenda 21- For the People and their Public Officials," Freedom Advocates, 2010, www.FreedomAdvocates.org
"Sustainable Development or Sustainable Freedom?" Henry Lamb, 2010; www.sovereignty.net
Judi Caler lives in Nevada City. She founded AnimalSave and co-founded ROAR!