Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bringing Craziness to the Local Level

I preface this post by stating "I am not an agent of the United Nations nor any other anti-American conspiracy nor am I a social engineer."

There are lots of valid reasons to favor or oppose concepts like sustainable development, stretch building codes, and local historic districts, but labeling proponents as representing "the coordination of local governments by global entities and the U.N. with social engineering as a true objective" seems a bit of a stretch.

From the NY Times, February 3, 2012

Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot

Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.
They are showing up at planning meetings to denounce bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances — efforts they equate to a big-government blueprint against individual rights.
“Down the road, this data will be used against you,” warned one speaker at a recent Roanoke County, Va., Board of Supervisors meeting who turned out with dozens of people opposed to the county’s paying $1,200 in dues to a nonprofit that consults on sustainability issues.
Local officials say they would dismiss such notions except that the growing and often heated protests are having an effect.
In Maine, the Tea Party-backed Republican governor canceled a project to ease congestion along the Route 1 corridor after protesters complained it was part of the United Nations plot. Similar opposition helped doom a high-speed train line in Florida. And more than a dozen cities, towns and counties, under new pressure, have cut off financing for a program that offers expertise on how to measure and cut carbon emissions.
“It sounds a little on the weird side, but we’ve found we ignore it at our own peril,” said George Homewood, a vice president of the American Planning Association’s chapter in Virginia.
The protests date to 1992 when the United Nations passed a sweeping, but nonbinding, 100-plus-page resolution called Agenda 21 that was designed to encourage nations to use fewer resources and conserve open land by steering development to already dense areas. They have gained momentum in the past two years because of the emergence of the Tea Party movement, harnessing its suspicion about government power and belief that man-made global warming is a hoax.
In January, the Republican Party adopted its own resolution against what it called “the destructive and insidious nature” of Agenda 21. And Newt Gingrich took aim at it during a Republican debate in November. 

Read the whole article here:

This is all rather humorously paranoid, except it's straight out of the John Birch Society playbook of the 1950's and 60's....and, according to the Bill Hudak for Congress website, the Newburyport Republican Committee featured an 'information session' on Agenda 21.

January 12, 2012 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join Bill at the Newburyport RTC Meeting at Stripers in Salisbury for an important information meeting regarding Agenda 21.

Throughout our Country, in MA, and right now in Newburyport, the rights of homeowners are under attack with increased momentum. This is not a coincidence. Please read below to learn about the factors that result in fewer property rights for families across America.

Please attend the local information session to learn more about the methods and organizations behind the goals of reducing choices and liberties of private property owners and increasing the power of government officials.

Local Agenda 21: Coming to Your Neighborhood.
An information session on Agenda 21 by leading expert, Hal Shurtleff.
Thursday , Jan. 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Stripers Grille Restaurant Function Room
175 Bridge Road, Salisbury. MA 01952

Agenda 21 has infiltrated Newburyport as well as hundreds of other towns. Elected Mayors and town officials are solicited and encouragement (often with taxpayer funded grants) to participate in the many Agenda 21 programs. These programs often come to a city with nice names like The Green Communities Act, Sustainable Development, and ICLEI. They result in mandates like stretch building codes and the mentality that accepts powerful local historic districts. These organizations appear locally driven, but they represent the coordination of local governments by global entities and the U.N. with social engineering as a true objective.

Mayors and city legislatures may not comprehend what they are endorsing when committing a city to an Agenda 21 Program. Regardless of the specific Agenda 21 program, citizens soon realize their choices become limited, homeowner rights are restricted, and they lose economic progress in their city.

Please go to this website if you are looking for more information.

Please email Colleen Fallon,, with any questions or comments.
How crazy is this....?  If the anti-Agenda 21 folks are correct, will we be seeing this headline in the Newburport Daily News?
UN Security Council Passes Resolution Opposing New CVS in Newburyport


Anonymous said...

Don't forget this:

NRC Monthly meeting
Please plan to attend the NRC Jan. meeting,Thurs, Jan 12.

Function room at Stripers Grille ( function room ) in Salisbury.
7:00-7:30 Social
7:30-8:30 Guest speaker is Hal Shurtleff. Mr. Shurtleff is an expert on the UN program called Agenda 21. He will discuss how Agenda 21 limits American liberties by diminishing private property rights.

Agenda 21 is a direct assault on private property rights, as a means to control the activities of populations.(Populations of People, like you and me!) Many area towns (like NBPT, N. Andover, Lowell, Amesbury) have already adopted Agenda 21 programs. A major concern is the deceitful way agenda 21 programs are introduced to and adopted by towns and cities. Most local governments would not pass regulations created by the UN as an effort to control and diminish the rights of private property owners. Because of this, Agenda 21 leaders have devised clever ways to promote their progressive initiatives. These usually involve the lure of federal grant money using friendly names like the Green Communities Act, Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, ICLEI, Historical Preservation, Public Private Partnerships, and many more. Please click the link below to watch this video to learn the truth and history of Agenda 21.

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Michael Sales and Anika Savage said...

Ed, I am so pleased to read this blog. I had never heard of Agenda 21 until yesterday, when I read the article in the Times and sent it to some others. I am a strong supporter of the modest LHD proposal which will be coming up for a vote in the Newburyport City Council. I have been flabbergasted at the level of vehemence of some of the opponents. There are legitimate objections to the LHD, and they should be discussed and negotiated. But some of the raw hate that has been directed toward proponents of the LHD was very suspicious to me. When I read of the John Birch Society type hostility to a variety of local initiatives, what's been happening in Newburyport fell into place for me.

Of course, it is notable that Bill Hudak, who brought shame and ridicule on himself by questioning President Obama's citizenship and then denying that he had done so, is leading the charge on this.

Thanks for your post here.

Hal Shurtleff said...

Mr. Cameron: Newburyport joined the ICLEI. The ICLEI is a government to government entity, and by joining, Newburyport violated the U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 10 and Article 4,Section 4.

All the name calling won't change the fact that people from all sides of the ideological spectrum are starting to take notice of Agenda 21 and fighting back. Yes, there are liberal Democrats fighting Agenda 21 as

Hal Shurtleff said...

This is a link to a short Youtube video entitled Agenda 21 for Elected Officials.

Mary Baker Eaton said...

Hi Ed,

To quote a reader of The Newburyport Blog, ” ‘The John Birch Society Comes to Newburyport City Hall’ (yours and Ed’s blogs) has to be one of the scariest things I have read in a long time….what is going on out there?”

ct said...

Hal Shurtleff thinks that citing the U.S. Constitution authoritatively carries the argument. You decide:

colleen fallon said...

There is a new language that has emerged by careful manipulation. It all sounds so wonderful! Sustainable development. Historic preservation.Smart growth. But each of these, and others, are designed, some as agenda 21 initiatives, to take away the rights of private homeowners. What is crazy or scary? Not the fact that Agenda 21 was discussed in NBPT, but rather the "head-in-the-sand" mentality that would rather give up individual liberties than stand up for them.

Anonymous said...

As citizens of this great country we need to understand and embrace the liberties provided us by the US Constitution.
If you have not done the research on Agenda 21 I strongly urge you to do so.
My research confirm that the program strips away more of out rights and violates the Constitution.