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UN environmental initiative is the Tea Party’s new nightmare

Tea Party activists have started to sound the alarms over a United Nations initiative most Americans have never heard of, but one that many in the movement see as one of the greatest threats to America’s sovereignty.

“Americans are so focused on Congress and Obama at the federal level of government right now that most are overlooking the socialism creeping in at the local level through Agenda 21,” the Tea Party publication the Tea Party Tribune warned readers on July 2.

Agenda 21 is a UN initiative that 178 governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) adopted in 1992 under the auspices of saving the environment. It bills itself as a coordinated plan of action to help nations and local government ensure “sustainability.”

“Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment,” the U.N. website explains.

While the aim sounds innocent enough, Tea Partiers argue that it is just a means to an end. The end, they say, is the usurpation of American sovereignty, a planned economy and redistribution of the wealth.

The media may be quick to dismiss this as the breathless caterwauling of a minority of Americans, but American Policy Center president Tom DeWeese says not so fast. According to DeWeese, these concerns are legitimate and repercussions of Agenda 21 are already visible, in urban growth schemes across the country.

“This is as vast, complicated issue that invades every corner of our lives. Al Gore promised us a ‘wrenching transformation’ of our society — this is it,” DeWeese told TheDC. “What we are fighting is a move toward top down control–the exact opposite if the system America started with. Special interests, NGOs [Non-governmental organizations], and quasi official government groups like the American Planning Association are descending on local government and changing it through the establishment of non-elected boards, councils and regional governments. They don’t answer to the people.”

Congress has never approved the implementation of Agenda 21, though Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush all signed executive orders to implement it.

Tea Partiers aware of the initiative are eager to get the word out and stop what they see as an encroachment of an international agenda, manifest in local planning programs such as smart growth, land use policies, and green building codes.

“Agenda 21 usurps sovereignty, property rights, economic liberty, and basically hands over power, resources and land to unelected elitists … to control the populations of every country in the world,” North Carolina military mom and self-described “concerned citizen,” Cheryl Pass said at a local Tea Party meeting in mid-June. “Agenda 21 purports to address environmental issues, but calls for wealth redistribution, resource redistribution, food redistribution, energy restrictions, supposed social justice, and more. It is NOT about the environment, though it pretends to be.”

According to international public policy consultant Wendall Cox,  while policies promoting “sustainability” are a threat to personal liberties, it is not the international conspiracy some believe it to be. Cox says the homegrown “green” phenomena is the truly dangerous threat.

Cox told TheDC it is a mistake to blame the move toward “sustainable” growth on the international community when 99 percent of local urban planners are already aggressively pushing for it.

“[The local green agenda] is not being imposed by the United Nations. That is being imposed by local elected officials who are being misled by radical environmentalists and their urban planners to do this,” said Cox. “We need to make sure we understand what we are fighting here, and we are not fighting the United Nations.”

Either way, the Tea Party remains troubled by Agenda 21’s mere existence.

“Agenda 21 is the United Nation’s blue print for the complete restructuring of nations and local communities to fit into a proper mold for global governance,” said citizen activist Donna Holt at an event for the Virginia Campaign for Liberty, “It outlines, in detail, the UN’s vision for a completely managed society, dictating the process to be used for industry, agriculture, housing development, and especially education. It’s an all-encompassing plan to rule from an all-powerful central government.”

As more members of the Tea Party become aware of the perceived threats of the U.N.’s Agenda 21, politicians will likely begin speaking to their concerns.

Mother Jones noted in a recent article mocking the Tea Party’s concerns that even this past election cycle Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes brought up U.N. control through the implementation of a bike sharing program.

As the Tea Party continues to become more entrenched, expect more discussion about the U.N. and Agenda 21.

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  • DocFreeman

    All of this is quite simple. Do you believe in America and her laws? Do you believe that people have the right to freedom? Do you believe people have the right to work hard and keep the money they make?
    Or do you think that every one should put their money they worked for in a big pot and have it handed out to everyone, even those who are to lazy to work? This is what the U.N. is basically purposing, except that most of the money would come from the U.S. since we are considered the wealthiest country on earth. How did we get here, well the Founding Fathers developed the Constitution and the form of government know as a Republic. So which one works the best do you think? Which one do you live in. Which one do you want to live in? If you live in the U.S. then we live in a Republic (at the moment).

    communism [kómmyə nìzzəm]
    classless political system: the political theory or system in which all property and wealth is owned in a classless society by all the members of that society Example Old USSR

    Marx·ism [mrk sìzzəm]
    Marx’s theories: the political and economic theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, in which class struggle is a central element in the analysis of social change in Western societies

    so·cial·ism [sṓshə lìzəm]or So·cial·ism [sṓshə lìzəm]
    political system of communal ownership: a political theory or system in which the means of production and distribution are controlled by the people and operated according to equity and fairness rather than market principles . Example North Korea

    de·moc·ra·cy [di mókrəssee](plural de·moc·ra·cies)
    free and equal representation of people: the free and equal right of every person to participate in a system of government, often practiced by electing representatives of the people by the majority of the people, Example Iran

    re·pub·lic [ri púbblik](plural re·pub·lics)
    political system with elected representatives: a political system or form of government
    in which people elect representatives to exercise power FOR THEM. Example U. S. of A

  • truebearing

    Marxism is a transnationalistic ideology. The only answer Marxists have ever come up with to explain the abject failure of every Marxist government is that capital fled the country when their ideology was imposed, so the revolution failed for lack of money. In other words, there weren’t enough hosts for their parasitism. I guess they would call it a host deficit.

    Their conclusion is that in order for Marxism to work, the whole world has to be under the same Communist government, thereby cutting off the wealthy from escape. Typically sick thinking from the left.

    Since the United States has been the world’s biggest economy, most powerful military, and is the greatest bastion of individual freedom and capitalism, it stands to reason the Commies need to put an all out effort into subordinating this nation to a transnational government, or their international scheme won’t work.

    The US is also a stronghold for Christianity, the ultimate target for destruction by the left, as well as by their Islamic allies. That is why we are under attack from both fronts.

    The UN is a foul, corrupt, evil organisation, which recently made North Korea the president of the UN Arms Control Commission. If that isn’t reason enough to oppose anything the UN is involved in, you better check to see if you’ve become someone’s doormat.

    George Soros is a transnationalist, and a cursory review of his Open Society Institute’s agenda makes that abundantly clear. He, among others, is the power that got Obama elected. Hillary is another transnationalist, as are all of the Progressives in the Democratic Party. Al Gore, the environmental movement, the anti-gun movement, the radical homosexual movement, etc are all fronts in the fight for the dissolution of this republic and subordination to a global government.

    Obama’s economic policies are part of a greater strategy of strangling this nation’s economy until we are too weak to resist. Flooding the nation will illegal foreigners is an electoral strategy to weaken the power of the patriotic voting bloc. People with no loyalty to this country won’t sacrifice for the good of the country and are easily manipulated with promises, also known as Marxist lies. Once the balance is tipped with illegal and illiterate voters, the leftists have what is close to a permanent majority, even though elections would become nothing more than political theater once our sovereignty is forfeited to a global government.

    Sound grim? It is. Welcome to Obama’s Grave New World.