MA South Coast Residents Learn About “Agenda 21”, “Smart Growth”, and “Sustainable Development”
By Tom Wholley
Sixty SouthCoast Residents learned about Agenda 21, SmartGrowth, Sustainable Development and other threats to their constitutional right to own property at an informative presentation at the Fall River Public Library in Fall River, MA. Monday evening, May 14, 2012. This group of patriotic and concerned citizens took time out of their busy lives to learn the facts about a devious plot hatched at theUnited Nations in 1987 under the guise of “saving the planet and the environment”, called Agenda 21.
They had all heard the horror stories of communities and businesses severely inundated by ridiculous environmental regulations and restrictions from a vast array of government agencies, regional councils, and NGO’s (non-government agencies filled with environmental extremists), none of whom have any accountability what-so-ever to the voters.
Some of the attendees were political activists I had seen holding signs at standouts for conservative political candidates in the past, and others appeared to be their friends and neighbors, but all had an interest in developing a better understanding of the “sustained development mania” that has been taking place all around us for many years now with little resistance, at least until recently.
The presentation was divided into two segments. Hal Shurtleft, the Northeast Regional Field Director of the John Birch Society, was the first to raise eyebrows in a presentation entitled “The Dangers of Agenda 21″. He was followed by Dave Kopacz, a ponytailed conservation officer for the town of Ware, MA and member of the Massachusetts Liberty Preservation Association. Mr Kopacz, who is also the President of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly (MARA), succinctly pointed out the shame of people being denied their constitutional rights as property owners to pass on to their children their hard earned legacy in the form of much of the land that dotes the beautiful country side and hills of Central and Western Massachusetts, where he has spent his whole life, as that would be considered an act of social injustice.
Social justice , as described by true believers in “sustained development” policies, is the supposed right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment . Private property, you see, is considered to be a social injustice since not everyone can build wealth from it.
The audience also learned that purveyors of this misguided and irrational worldview also consider national sovereignty to be a social injustice, which is why the America-hating United Nations is working at break neck speed to see that it is eliminated. as a problem, by forming a one-world government with the UN in charge. No joke!.
President George HW Bush wasn’t just using rhetoric when he spoke of ” a new world order” and signed on to Agenda 21 for the United States at the UN Earth Summit in 1992 along with 178 other nations. Nor was Bill Clinton when he signed Executive Order #12858 in 1995 to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to “harmonize” US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21.
Barrack Obama wasn’t kidding either when he signed Executive Order #13575 on June 9, 2011, establishing a White House Rural council for facilitating the federal coordination of sustainable development at the local community level.
In fact, Mr Shurtleft began his presentation explaining how the term “sustainable development” was first introduced to the world in the pages of a 1987 report (Our Common Future) produced by the United Nations World Commission on Environmental and Development , authored by Gro Harlem Bruntland, VP of the World Socialist Party. The term was first offered as Official UN policy in 1992, in a document called Unsustainable Development Agenda 21, issued at the UN’s Earth Summit,, today referred to simply as Agenda 21.
He spoke of how one of the radical masterminds of Agenda 21, Maurice Strong, considered the lifestyles of America’s middle class to simply be “unsustainable”, except for him and his like, of course.
As Secretary General of the UN’s Earth Summit, in 1992, Strong was quoted as saying: “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable”
Mr Strong, who at one time, owned vast amounts of property in the Western United States, was speculated to be a candidate to become Secretary General of the UN, but is now hiding out in China, according to unconfirmed reports.
Shurleft recommended several books and cds including one book which he seemed to focus on entitled