Gina Miller
May 29, 2012
Agenda 21 primer for a small town mayor
By Gina Miller

After reading Ocean Springs, Mississippi Mayor Connie Moran's rebuttal to a letter to the editor in our local newspaper, I was compelled to respond. In the spirit of temperance, I am willing to give the Democrat Mayor Moran the benefit of a doubt and assume that she is simply uninformed rather than disingenuous. I will also overlook her condescending tone and her calling those of us who have researched and studied this issue "conspiracy theorists" who are "proliferating" under a "delusion" about the promoters of the tenets of Agenda 21.

Putting all that aside, I would like to take a few moments here to give an overview of the United Nations' (UN) Agenda 21. This globalist program is no secret. It is not a theory; it is a verifiable fact, and it is being implemented by more than 150 countries, including the United States. In speaking of the UN, we must remember that the UN is a largely communist organization, and many of its policies are antithetical to the United States Constitution, our freedoms and our national sovereignty.

Agenda 21 is a type of treaty agreement that has never been debated or adopted by the US Congress, yet it is still being implemented all across America right down to the local village level, including here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In a nutshell, its purpose is Marxist-style wealth redistribution and the severe restricting — or theft, if you will — of private property rights and individual freedoms, all under the guise of "saving the environment."

This is not hyperbole, and anyone who is actually interested in the facts can very easily find them. The UN's own website is full of information on Agenda 21 and the methods for implementing it outside of legislation, through non-governmental organizations such as citizen advisory boards, "visioning councils," and other such planning committees.

The history of this movement goes back decades, at least to the early 1970s, but a key year was 1987 when the nebulous term "sustainable development" was coined in a report titled, "Our Common Future," which came from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development.

In 1992, the UN's Conference on Environment and Development, the "Earth Summit," held in Rio de Janeiro, produced three documents: The Convention on Biological Diversity, The Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Agenda 21. As one of his last acts in office, President George H.W. Bush signed on to what were called the "Rio Accords." After all, who needs congressional review?

According to Henry Lamb, who is one of our nation's foremost experts on the UN's global governance plans,

"Agenda 21 contains 288 pages of specific policy recommendations which, when fully implemented, will result in what its authors consider to be 'sustainable development.' Chapter two calls for the creation of a 'national strategy' for the implementation of Agenda 21 recommendations. Within months of his election (July 19, 1993), President Clinton complied with the recommendation of Agenda 21 by issuing Executive Order 12852 which created the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD)."

This was the year 1993, the very same year that Mayor Connie Moran's highly-praised and defended Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) was created. Perhaps not surprisingly, on the board member page at CNU's website, it is reported that board member Scott Bernstein (who happens to be at the very top of the page) was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the PCSD. Bernstein is a champion in fighting the hypothesis of anthropogenic (man-made) "global warming," or the more euphemistically named, "climate change."

The CNU is one of many dozens of similar non-governmental organizations — with non-profit status, of course — that have sprung up here in the United States in the wake of Agenda 21, and that are aggressively pushing its recommendations. The CNU's charter has the same goals for American cities and communities as Agenda 21.

So, what exactly are the goals of Agenda 21, and what makes them sinister? Agenda 21 is Marxism on a global scale, and on the surface the goals and terminology may seem noble to the uninformed. We have seen Agenda 21 terms infused into our common lexicon. The whole "green" movement is part of it. "Smart growth," "smart codes," "sustainable communities," "environmental justice" and all things "environmentally sound," are parts of it. The subtlety of these ideas is that many people think these are good things, but they do not see what these things truly mean for our freedoms and way of life.

Ultimately, it is about abolition of national sovereignty and the strict control of land use, which all but eliminates private property rights. It calls for the drastic reduction of energy and product consumption by wealthier nations. It also prescribes for collectivist redistribution of money and natural resources from "developed" countries to "developing" countries. Never mind that many of the "developing" countries are ruled by tyrants who deliberately keep their people in poverty, and that no amount of money and resources poured into these black holes will change that. Agenda 21 nevertheless undertakes to "spread the wealth" in a futile and deceptive effort to make all nations "equitable."

This plan goes all the way down to the local community level here in the United States, as in every other country under its sway.

As Henry Lamb writes,

"Whatever the program is called in any community in the country, the outcome will be the same. Recommendations will be developed which call for a reduction of fossil fuel energy use with specific recommendations to apply special taxes to fuels and to automobiles based on miles driven. Mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian paths are called for, while automobile travel is penalized. Education is to include 'lifelong learning' opportunities and embrace principles of 'sustainable living.' Land use is to be strictly governed to prevent 'urban sprawl' and to provide for 'ecosystem management' — irrespective of the wishes of private property owners. It is nothing short of amazing that the various plans from the various communities all come out looking so much alike, and so much like the recommendations contained in Agenda 21.

... Across the land, Agenda 21 is being implemented. Elected officials at every level are being co-opted by the sophistication of a well-devised international strategy that is being implemented locally. Absent from all these visions of the future are the fundamental values on which America was built: freedom for individuals to live where they choose, drive what they choose, and do what they choose. ... Sustainable communities will ensure that individuals and nations pursue the future only along the paths deemed 'sustainable' by those self-appointed bureaucrats who think they know what is best for the world."


The good news in all this is that more and more of us freedom-loving Americans are becoming aware of these schemes and are taking action at the local level to stop and reverse the trend and to vote out politicians who support these plans. We are working to educate local leaders like Mayor Connie Moran, who may or may not understand what is at stake. There are, however, many people in leadership positions, both Republicans and Democrats, who do understand and yet still support these leftist UN goals. We have our work cut out for us.

Another daunting aspect of this is the fact that this program has been taught to our school kids for many years now. Environmental extremism is certainly part of the "green" curriculum in our government-run public schools.

In an excellent essay titled, "Agenda 21: The Blueprint to Advance Sustainable Development," Daniel Beckett writes,

"Problem is, most of the Think Global — Act Local socialists realize that most adults are smart enough to see through their utopian pipe dreams. Their solution? Brainwash the school children. It's not education anymore. It's indoctrination. That's why it's so important to have good teachers in the system. The local Packard Foundation (billions of dollars in assets at last check) funds a great many projects related to sustainable development. The next generation is being prepared to live in a new controlled society, where people are discouraged from reaching their personal best. All this is being done with the help of our tax money."

Finally, I will say that Mayor Connie Moran is either uninformed or disingenuous when she states,

"The idea we are promoting these things because the UN said to is laughable."

No, Ms. Moran, it is not laughable; it is quite serious. And, I hope that in the next election, the voters in Ocean Springs will remember Ms. Moran's strong support for the very recommendations of Agenda 21, as well as her derisive attitude toward those of us who understand and are alarmed by it, and then I hope the residents of Ocean Springs will vote accordingly.

© Gina Miller

 

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