The wrenching transformation of America – Part 2
By Tom DeWeese
web posted April 27, 2009
Part one of Tom DeWeese's speech can be found here.
Perhaps the most egregious action item offered in the Urban Environmental Accords dealt with the topic of water. Action item number 19 called for adoption and implementation of a policy to reduce individual water consumption.
The UN document begins by stating: "Cities with potable water consumption greater than 100 liters per capita per day will adopt and implement policies to reduce consumption by 10% by 2015." There is no scientific basis for the 100 liter figure other than to employ a very clever use of numbers to lower the bar and control the debate over water consumption.
You must be aware that 100 liters is equal to about 26 gallons per person, per day. According to the UN, each person should have less than 26 gallons each day to drink, bathe, flush toilets, wash clothes, water lawns, wash dishes, cook, take care of pets, and more.
But, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, Americans actually need about 100 gallons per day to perform these basic life functions. The use of the 100 liters number versus 100 gallons is a direct attempt to mislead and actually cut water use by 75%.
Consider also that there is no specific water shortage in most parts of the United States. Water is not an international issue – it is a very local one.
Perhaps the most outrageous promise of action by the mayors is action item number 16, in which they agreed to, "Every year, identify three products, chemicals, or compounds that are used within your city that represents the greatest risk to human health and adopt a law or eliminate their sale and use in the city."
There you have it. The mayors had to promise to ban something every year. That's the UN's version of a free society.
But here are some questions for the mayors. What if there isn't a "chemical or compound" that poses a risk? What if the community actually needs them? What if jobs are at stake? What about private property or free enterprise?
Not a consideration. The mayor has gotta ban something anyway – he signed an agreement. That's not to be taken lightly, with environmental protection at stake.
Consider this bit of real life insanity as an example of how serious it can get. In the 1990s, Anchorage, Alaska had some of the most pristine water in the nation. It literally had no pollution.
Yet, because of government-mandated clean water standards, the federal government ordered the city to meet strict federal rules that required the city to remove a certain percentage of pollution for its water. The city simply couldn't do it because there wasn't that amount of pollution to be removed. But the government insisted that the law be upheld – no exceptions.
Therefore, in order to meet the federal requirements (and avoid huge fines or jail terms) Anchorage city officials were forced to pollute its pristine water by dumping fish parts into it so they could then clean out the required quota.
So, it is not far fetched to say that, if your mayor has to ban the ink in your fountain pen to meet his quota – ban it he will.
Again, the UN's meeting with the mayors took place in 2005. Today in 2009, what are the consequences? Plenty.
Many Americans ask how dangerous international policies can suddenly turn up in state and local government, all seemingly uniform to those in communities across the nation and around the globe.
The answer – Meet ICLEI, a non-profit, private foundation, dedicated to helping your mayor implement all of his promises.
Originally known as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), today the group simply calls itself "ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability."
In 1992, ICLEI was one of the groups instrumental in creating Agenda 21. The group's mission is to push local communities to regulate the environment – and it's having tremendous success.
According to a report published by the Capital Research Center, ICLEI is now operating in more than 400 cities in 48 states (excluding Hawaii and South Dakota). The group is shooting for 1,000 member cities in the next three years. ICLEI is there to assure the mayors keep their promises and meet their goals.
Climate change, of course, is the ICLEI mantra. ICLEI's programs are designed to decrease each city's "carbon footprint," no matter what it costs the taxpayers.
Here's just some of the programs ICLEI provides cities and towns, in order to spread their own particular political agenda in the name of "community services" and environmental protection:
They include: Software products and associated training to help set the goals of "greenhouse gas" reductions;
Access to a network of experts, newsletters, conferences and workshops – to assure the indoctrination of city employees is complete;
Toolkits, online resources, case studies, fact sheets, policy and practice manuals, and blueprints used by other communities – so you know you are not alone;
Training workshops for staff and elected officials on how to develop and implement the programs --Wanna bet they never seem to mention that thousands of scientists around the world now say man-made global warming is a myth and none of these programs are necessary? Probably doesn't make it into the workshop;
And, there's Notification of relevant grant opportunities – this is the important one – money – with severe strings attached;
As the Capital Research Center's report says, "Local governments gratefully outsource their work to ICLEI, which even offers hiring advice. They recommend that the community hire A full time "sustainability manager," who, even in small towns, can devote 100% of his time to assure that every nook and corner of the government is on message.
As I said, it's not about protecting the environment; it's about reinventing government with a specific political agenda. ICLEI and others are dedicated to controlling your locally elected public officials to quietly implement an all encompassing tyranny over every community in the nation.
The United States is not a global village run by elders who hand down the rules from on-high. We are a nation of governments elected by the citizens.
There is supposed to be discussion, debate and disclosure so that all citizens know where, when and why a law or regulation is being presented – and then we are to vote on it.
However, global forces which do not accept the unique American form of government sneak behind the curtain, avoiding controversy and honest debate.
They target unknowing local officials, wine and dine them, and blind them with power and influence. The only possible result can be the tyranny of a powerless electorate stripped of their rights, property, and self determination.
Mayors across the nation must be clued into the fact that ICLEI and its ilk are not their friends, rather the purveyors of a self-made crisis hysteria using fear rather than truth and logic to impose their agenda of top down control. Sustainable Development.
The entire agenda of Sustainable Development is based on the argument of man-made climate change – global warming.
But, if there is no man-made global warming, as true science is now beginning to prove, then there is no need for the policies that are locking away our natural resources, forcing reduction of our use of energy, and shutting down industries like timber and mining.
We all want a clean environment. That's why the United States has spent more than a trillion dollars on environmental clean up. The fact is we have the cleanest air and water in the world. We have a national commitment to a clean environment.
But everything we do to sustain our lives has an impact on nature. The fact is, for a positive, happy life, a big "environmental footprint" is an enormous positive. It means better roads and computers, new factories and power plants and hospitals to assure a better life.
Frankly, if you have no carbon footprint you are dead. But to the environmentalist, the size of your "footprint" is a measure of your guilt.
I will say it again and again – the policies of climate change and Sustainable Development are not about a clean environment, conservation or good stewardship. They are about the politics of control.
Under Sustainable Development there is no private property, no individual liberty and no free enterprise. Period.
So, as I said, when you ask your elected officials where they now stand on the issue of climate change, their answers will truly tell you what they are really after.
In the name of conservation, we are experiencing a wrenching transformation of our nation, into what can only lead to a new dark ages of pain and misery. What we are dealing with today is not politics as usual. It's insanity.
Elected officials can no longer play ignorant about this policy. It is their duty to represent the people and protect them from these piranhas that are devouring our way of life. To save it you must now take action. And understand that the main battle is being fought, not in congress, but on the local level. Right here.
So, if a local politician utters the words "sustainable" or "community visioning" -- or looks at your rural neighborhood home -- scoffing about urban sprawl – he or she is your enemy. Rip their political careers out by their rotted roots. Fire any official who even suggests the creation of non-elected commissions, or boards. Stop efforts to create regional governments and leave your political boundaries alone. Above all, refuse federal or state money or new sustainable programs and get rid of the old ones.
And if ICLEI is now running things in your town – throw them out! Stop payment of dues, disband anything they have built and start looking for some high grade tar and feathers. Nameless, faceless bureaucrats wielding power in the backrooms, untouchable and unseen, is not freedom.
This is not a friendly political debate. This is the battle to determine nothing less than the future of our free society.
But, please know: in spite of all I've told you tonight, the situation is not hopeless. There is opportunity today like never before to expose these very dangerous policies and to fight back.
The economic meltdown that we are experiencing has been brought on in no small part by Sustainable policies. $4 per gallon gas this past summer helped to awaken a lot of Americans.
They are mad and many are ready to finally listen to our message of freedom. They want change and we are the only ones offering it. Now is our time.
But you cannot win this battle if you don't understand that what you face is not a bunch of random issues -- but a complete agenda of control.
We must understand that the so-called environmental agenda is based on lies and deceit – that Sustainable Development is truly a Trojan horse for a policy of tyranny and that it is the exact opposite of limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty.
And if you believe in those ideals then know that Sustainable Development is your enemy, no matter what form it takes. And fight it wherever it raises its ugly head.
Finally, we must organize. Too many of us are satisfied to simply write a letter, make a phone call or participate in a local rally about an issue. Then go home and think we've done our part.
The other side simply waits until you leave and then goes ahead with the plan. That's why we lose.
I am constantly hearing from activists about how hopeless their fight is because elected officials just won't listen. No matter how hard they work – it's all for nothing. That's because we have accepted the premise that we can do nothing to get rid of those officials. Bunk.
Our Founding Fathers gave us a Silver Bullet for victory – but we seldom use it. It is still there – rusting under this massive government machine. The silver bullet is called precinct captain – local organization in the neighborhoods.
Today – now -- before the next election -- is the time to organize your neighborhood. Learn who is most likely to vote for your candidate – those who are willing to work.
Do it today and in the next election, put that organization to work. Literally herd our people into the polls and assure victory. It is a massive job – the other side has already done it. That's why they win. If we don't create a local structure, neighborhood by neighborhood, we will never beat them. But it works – if we start now.
Make it your goal to get rid of those elected officials who won't listen. Make them pay for their actions. Do it just a couple of times and you will see a fast change of attitude by the rest.
Together, if we stand vigilant, if we speak the truth, and don't allow it to hide in some political double speak – if we stand by our principles – because we are right – we can – and we will – take America back.
Tom DeWeese is the President of the American Policy Center and the Editor of The DeWeese Report. The DeWeese Report is now available online, for more information click here.