Below is a letter sent to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors from the Carroll County, MD Commissioner, Richard Rothschild.
TO: Board of Albemarle County Supervisors
FROM: Commissioner Richard Rothschild June 7, 2011
On behalf of concerned citizens of the United States, I implore you to vote against involvement with the ICLEI and HUD’s sustainable communities planning initiatives.
During the past 90 days, Carroll County. Maryland withdrew from the ICLEI, and six more municipalities across the United States followed us out. These counties and municipalities are located in California, New Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. This is not an accident, and contrary to hysterical rhetoric injected into the discourse by intellectually dishonest media editors, these decisions to withdraw were the product of calm, deliberative, moderate leadership action.
Biased media outlets want you to think these decisions to withdraw were acts of radicals that “oppose zoning laws or believe in absolute property rights.” Nothing could be further from the truth. The vast majority of leaders that oppose the ICLEI support zoning laws, and believe the rights to use land for private purposes carry a grave responsibility to ensure private uses do not impinge on the environmental and property rights of others.
So what is the real story?
The sustainability movement has been hijacked by Federal and State agencies that view it as an opportunity to extend their reach into areas that would otherwise exceed the reasonable (and constitutional boundaries) of government. I recently gave a presentation entitled, “Master Plan or Master Manifesto?” Although Master Plans traditionally provide broad guidelines for land use, the new plans being encourage by the EPA; HUD; and State Planning agencies extend much further. They include provisions for government control of housing stock; transportation; agriculture; energy use; lifestyle choices; and general “behavior control”. These overreaches were first devised in the United Nation’s Agenda 21 document.
Please remember, our fellow countries in the U.N. are not bound by our United States Constitution. Our founders believed in the concept of unalienable rights from God that are to be protected by government. Instead, the U.N. Agenda 21 document operates from a premises that government is the creator and arbiter of all rights. Agenda 21 also advocates hyper-democratic processes wherein the majority is empowered to take away rights of the minority. This is exactly what our forefathers feared, and is exactly the reason our founders hated democratic processes and instituted a republic form of government with “unalienable rights of life, liberty, and property.”
For most of us, “sustainability (with a small “) simply means “taking steps to ensure our environment can endure for a long period of time.” Please understand the agenda being promoted by federal and state agencies is different. It is Sustainability with a capital “S”. This is a socio-economic political movement that comes from the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs. It was adopted by the Clinton administration in 1993. The members of his sustainability council included individuals with Marxist leanings and radical notions of environmentalism.
A quick read of this Agenda provides ample evidence it has little to do with the environment, and much to do about implementing government-centric control of the private sector. For example, Section 3 of the Agenda is entirely devoted to something I refer to as “Identity Politics.” It attempts to appease groups including labor unions; youth; women; etc. It is completely silent on individual rights, and brings to mind rhetoric similar to that used in the mid-twentieth century from the likes of Stalin and Hitler.
Other Sections of Agenda 21 speak of determining appropriate levels of production and consumption. This should concern everyone in America regardless of party affiliation, because I can assure you one thing with 100% certainty… The decision as to what constitutes appropriate levels of production and consumption will NOT be made by you.
I know this letter may come as a shock to you, and you may be confused as to how you could have missed these issues in your prior experience. Perhaps the following two quotes will provide context and demonstrate the TRUE nature of Agenda 21 and the ICLEI:
– Maurice Strong, U.N. Undersecretary of the Rio Earth Summit, “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, the use of fossil fuels, electrical appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable.” …”Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
– J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, “Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy- fixated groups and individuals in our society… This segment of our society who fear ‘one-world government’ and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined ‘the conspiracy’ by undertaking LA21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.”
Clearly, the roots of this movement are suspect, and clearly deception has been engaged.
In closing, this is not a Republican or Democratic issue. This is an American issue. Yes, I am a conservative republican. However, you don’t have to take my word. There are democrats that oppose this movement with equal passion. I encourage you to visit http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/ and decide for yourself.
I encourage you to oppose these initiatives.
Richard Rothschild, Commissioner
Carroll County, Maryland