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Mattie Lawson has given FTTF permission to share her essay with you. If you are not familiar with Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development, Mattie's essay, with its extensive notes and links gives the reader an excellent overview of how far we have already progressed toward she calls,

The "New Normal":

Not Living Free But Living Sustainable



Evolving to a “New Normal”

“The Constitution was written by men who could not conceive of an America that would reject Christianity. This assumption is becoming our founding document’s greatest liability.” (1) Abandoning our country’s founding principles in response to culture shifts has positioned the rights of our citizens to be vulnerable to a variety of threatening, morbidly seductive, ideologies. Covertly, like the proverbial frog sitting unawares in a gradually warming pan of water until it is cooked, our way of life is evolving away from freedom toward a “new normal”; the serfdom known as “sustainability”. 

Encroachments on Freedom

We must get permission from four different government agencies to dig a ditch or remove a tree on our own private property.  Government-paid teachers legally take under-age girls to get abortions without parental knowledge.  School children are suspended for taking an aspirin or drawing a picture of a gun.  High achieving students are not rewarded for their successes to shelter underachieving students from hurt feelings.  We work hard to feed our families yet unemployed neighbors fare better with “free” government aid.  Subsidized flood insurance premiums, upon which millions of homeowners and businesses have become dependent, suddenly rise dramatically to pay down the flawed National Flood Insurance Program debt with no balancing requirement for the agency to right itself.  Criminals gun down children and the government solution is to make law-abiding citizens more defenseless.  Thousands of wild creatures are brutally killed and the local economy damaged to save a handful of non-indigenous birds.  Access to federal grant money is skewed toward “green” programs unproven to work and/or economically unfeasible without long-term dependence on federal funding.  Mandated ethanol use causes world-wide food shortages yet the mandate continues.  Our country imports costly oil from enemies of freedom instead of harvesting it more cheaply and reliably on our own soil for our own use and resale. Our government continues to frivolously spend, spend, spend, thrusting upon our future generations the responsibility for paying off massive debts incurred to other nations, including communist countries, on the full faith and credit of the United States government for no good reason.

Instead of pushing back, we free citizens have allowed the government that created this regulatory and bureaucratic nightmare to convince us the government is capable of correcting itself.  Or, if it doesn’t, then the government will tell us what to do next.  That is what the government is for, isn’t it!   Americans have become not only increasingly dependent on our big government to tell us what to do and think, we demand it. 

Founding Father Principles

Dependency on big government is the opposite of our nation’s founding principles.  The US Constitution says, among other things, 1) God knows best, not government, 2) government must to be strictly limited by the rule of law and 3) individual rights (“We the People”) take priority over the rights of the collective.  When we adhere to it, the US Constitution protects the rights of free citizens (“People’s Law”) from our primary political enemy: tyrannical dominance by big government (“Ruler’s Law”).  The undeniable nature of all governments is to be self-feeding and to expand in the direction away from freedom and toward tyranny. (2) History records multiple millions of innocent lives murdered under the ruthless reign of godless tyrannical big governments.  Examples are Nazi Germany, North Korea and Cuba.  Death becomes “sustainable” when tyranny rules.

Global Government

Internal threats to our country’s stability started as soon as the US Constitution was signed but increased with the influence of communism and its One World Government proponents in 1913.  That year our elected representatives changed the US Constitution to give our big government the power to tax our incomes (a “direct tax” forbidden by our Founding Fathers).  Income tax laws started modestly but quickly grew to impact nearly every aspect of our daily lives. 

Also, in 1913 our elected representatives assigned the responsibility for our nation’s money to a non-governmental agency – a cartel of domestic and foreign bankers - called the Federal Reserve (a central bank forbidden by the Founding Fathers).  The Federal Reserve operates with no accountability to our citizens and with limited accountability to our big government. (3) 

Since 1971 the Federal Reserve has been injecting money into our economy based on nothing, called “fiat money”. (4) This devious scheme was effected by the FED’s quantitative easing (QE) – the purchase of toxic assets from the banks. The FED created “money out of thin air” and used that “money” to buy the toxic assets at face or book value from the banks, notwithstanding they were all junks and at the most, worth maybe ten cents to the dollar. Now, the FED is “loaded” with toxic assets once owned by the global banks. (5)

United Nations and Agenda 21

Fast forward to 1992 when our elected leaders blessed the grand plan proposed by the United Nations (UN) Conference on the Environment and Development, the Rio Earth Summit, to make the governments of industrialized wealthy nations, like the United States, fork over money to help poor nations by way of the pockets of UN leaders elected by countries who hate us and powerful individuals (mostly bankers) with a history of extracting money from really stupid, naive people.  This is known as the redistribution of wealth.  It is fueled by class envy. The scope of attendance at this historic meeting in 1992 was the largest face-to-face meeting of national leaders in the history of international diplomacy.

The genius of the scheme is “The Agenda for the 21st Century” or “Agenda 21”.  The radical Rio 92 Declaration and Earth Charter were the basis for Agenda 21.  The rallying mechanism of choice was an environmental crisis (we all live here on the same planet so “Mother Earth” is something we all care about protecting – a great idea!).  The created crisis was carefully packaged, manipulated and sold to make every guilt-ridden person living in a wealthy nation thankful for the chance to pay lots of their own and other people’s money, give up the rights to their own private property, risk their own health and life, and even “rat on” and enslave their own family members “to save the environment” “for the good of the collective”.  We confidently comply because our big government promotes it as a neat idea by funding trillions of taxpayer’s dollars into “green” grants for businesses, schools and individuals including foreign countries to “save the environment” before it is too late.  The phenomena is that the money keeps flowing in even when the oft-repeated threats of sure peril are not scientifically proven and don’t happen.  We obediently comply and write checks bankrupting our society as the threats are soundly contradicted by solid science.

The slogan of Agenda 21 is to protect the rights of future generations and all species against the potential crimes of the present.  This is a world-wide blueprint for international totalitarian control of all the earth, and its resources — including "human resources". It is an urgent problem that must be solved now, regardless of the existence of proof.  “The Earth, the UN claimed, is in danger. And as always, it’s your fault. Humanity is the enemy. There are simply too many people consuming too many resources, and they would eventually bring about a cataclysm. However, if the global population promptly submits to the international body’s myriad demands, the UN implausibly alleged, it might still be possible to save the world.” (6)  

“The purpose of Agenda 21 to curtail this supposed "threat", by pushing for governments to implement policies, restricting populations of people from engaging in risky behavior that these globalists deem as lacking "sustainability". What behavior is considered risky or lacking "sustainability"?  Virtually every behavior in which one engages in a free society. And that is the problem. Under Agenda 21, land, water, minerals, the air, the population itself all must be tightly managed. Relocation of populations of people to "sustainable communities" is a necessary part of the "sustainable" equation. If "sustainable development" is achieved, freedom will be nothing more than a fading memory on the global U.N. plantation. Instrumental in the implementation of world-wide "sustainable development" — which is nothing less than world-wide Marxism — are numerous Non-Governmental Organizations. (7)

The loss of individual rights, including the right to private property, is said to be for the greater good. As an omnipotent entity, the state may usurp the rights of the individual in the name of the collective good. “From this philosophy and the intellectual traditions of Louis Blanc and Karl Marx spring the modern notions of collective rights.” (8)

Embraced by the US

While no treaty has been signed by the US Senate, the US State Department has been preparing to support the UN's efforts to convert the non-binding Agenda 21, into a legally binding Covenant on Environment and Development, enforceable by the International Criminal Court.  It has become a “soft law” that has crept into US law to a substantial degree.  The United States has been participating in Agenda 21 in stealth mode since its adoption.  “The Bush and Clinton-Gore Administrations began implementing it through third party, non-profits (i.e. public-private partnerships).  The third parties are Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's).” (9)

“It would be an outrageous statement to imply that the EPA supports Agenda 21, but they do. Once again, the UN leaders speak themselves, saying that “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a major conduit through which Agenda 21 programs and policies flow into the United States, without the benefit of Congressional debate or decision” (Agenda). Agenda 21 planners say that EPA regulations are not enough. They believe that there needs to be a reorientation of all governments and peoples, and they act as if they are the only ones that can do it”. (10)

One of many examples involves the highest office in the land.  Consider Executive Order 13547 --Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes signed by President Obama in July 2010.  This order cites international law and the Law of the Sea Convention, not the US Constitution.  This ambitious, expensive overreaching (quite probably unconstitutional order) “establishes a national policy to ensure the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources, enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies, preserve our maritime heritage, support sustainable uses and access, provide for adaptive management to enhance our understanding of and capacity to respond to climate change and ocean acidification, and coordinate with our national security and foreign policy interests.”  (11) 

Rights of the Collective

While the US Constitution protects the rights of “we the people” there are no rights of “we the collective” within the document.  This gaping hole presents the perfect opportunity for the One World Order supporters to use Agenda 21 initiatives to insert legislation invisible to the jurisdiction and accountability of the US Constitution and therefore outside the reach of our elected representatives. When we support the concept that “it takes a village to raise a child” we’ve opened the door to allowing the notion of “common good” – whatever that means - to take precedence over our individual rights. “[B]ecause the rights of the community are not defined in a constitution they can change without warning or notice: one’s individual rights are balanced against a continuously redefined amorphous rulebook.  . . . the rights of the individual are called selfish and those who would fight for them slurred as immoral.” (12)  

Sustainable Development, Smart Growth and Social Justice

Using the neutral sounding names of “Sustainable Development”, “Smart Growth” and “Social Justice” the UN scheme to dramatically change the way Americans live and think has been remarkably successful.  Without firing a shot in resistance, the free citizens of the United States willingly participate - are even joyously proud of the opportunity to participate - in the draining of/cordoning off our great country’s public and privately owned resources.  The UN plan is being pushed into America’s churning big government machine without the need for any review or discussion by Congress or the American people. 

Foreign and domestic enemies of the US Constitution attack our God-given rights to private land ownership.  Land is not viewed an asset to be under the control of individuals where it can be allowed to be influenced by the marketplace.  Private land ownership is tied to wealth and is therefore viewed as a social injustice (“fairness”, “equal results for all”, “class envy” and of course “wealth redistribution”).  Allowing private land ownership is a threat to the planning and implementation of sustainable development.  Land must be reserved for use by the community (including the “future” community) and certainly not for private use under the control of individual citizens.

A related term is “sustainable communities” where people (called “units” or “organisms”) are housed together, in camps or communes, rather than in single family homes.  A sustainable community is an urban, suburban, or rural community that has dense housing and transportation choices, is closer to jobs, shops or schools, is more energy independent using the ruse that it protects clean air and water.  This is accomplished by removing property rights, global re-education of children toward “green” programs, forcing people into cities and de-population using regulated birth control, forced abortions and euthanasia.

Our constitutional framework of state and federal governments is being replaced by regional hubs.  Regions serve to isolate the people and confuse the real source of governance.  Local officials are duped into supporting global regional development with help from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). Many local and regional planning boards belong to ICLEI or use consulting services recommended by an ICLEI organization.  The advisors may be funded directly or indirectly by grants awarded by the US government. 

Sustainable Development is promoted at the citizen level using the "consensus process" known by its professional facilitators as the “Delphi Method”.  This form of consensus making is defined as “neutralizing expressed opposition”.  This group-think manipulation technique mimics public support for the principles of sustainability via contrived “citizen input” sessions. The process is designed to take public policy-making away from elected officials and place it instead into the hands of non-elected officials.  It is used to impose restrictions on otherwise legal rights to private property ownership. 

Enforced Sustainable Development

To enforce its controversial vision, the UN said will assume vast new powers, including global regulatory authority and enforcement to ensure compliance. National regulations will be replaced with global ones. Other global powers include carbon taxes, trillions of dollars annually in wealth redistribution, population-reduction schemes, and programs dealing with everything from economics and re-education to health and natural resource allocation.”  (13)

The precautionary principle provides the philosophical basis for governments to enforce Agenda 21: “if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action.” (14)   This is not the free rights concept of innocent until proven guilty but the opposite. 

Implementation of sustainably development takes the form of more and more restrictive laws and regulations.  The government criminalizes everyone.  In many towns simple ordinances defining everyday behavior have been criminalized with stiff fines and jail time.

Leadership Example: Maurice Strong

To put a face on the UN’s objectives consider leader Maurice Strong.  “Strong's most significant role at the U.N. to-date has been his position as Secretary General of the 1992 U.N. Conference on the Environment and Development, the Rio Earth Summit. He said: "The concept of national sovereignty has been an immutable, indeed sacred, principle of international relations. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new imperatives of global environmental cooperation. It is simply not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation states, however powerful. The global community must be assured of environmental security."  

“Strong is also involved in the U.N. Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Through his work in UNESCO, Strong promotes Gaia, the Earth God, among the world's youth. Strong is also the director of The Temple of Understanding in New York. He uses The Temple to encourage Americans concerned about the environment to replace Christianity with the worship of "mother earth."”

“Strong also directs the U.N.'s Business Council on Sustainable Development. Under his leadership, the council tries to affect peoples' lives through U.N. policies that attempt to reduce the availability of meat products; limit the use of home and workplace air conditioners; discourage private ownership of motor vehicles; encroach on private property rights; and work to reduce the number of single family homes.”  (15)   

Victim Example: Martha Boneta

“Martha Boneta had a business license for her tiny farm store in scenic Paris, Virginia, yet she was threatened with fines of up to $5,000 per violation per day for selling organic tea and wool products crafted from her rescued animals, and for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls.

“Officials from Fauquier County using zoning ordinances to bully Mrs. Boneta never obtained a warrant nor set foot on her property to gather actual evidence.  Instead a county bureaucrat relied on unscrupulous, unlawful methods to make these charges against Mrs. Boneta.  Her store remains closed out of fear of further uncertain charges carrying even criminal penalties.  The bullying bureaucrat ignored due process of law and American rules of evidence because she thinks she is the law, which is a common phenomenon used to intimidate citizens into forfeiting their rights.

“The county also tried to cite Martha for having a boarding facility without a permit. It appears that the county did not like the fact that she and Christian college students interning on Spring Break openly prayed over the crops and farm animals.”  (16)     

Standing in Opposition

In opposition to the threat of the unconstitutional takeover of our private property and loss of rights, the state of Alabama has passed a bill to counter it.  Last May, the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature became the first to pass a state bill barring the enactment of any policy recommendations traceable to Agenda 21. (17) 

“In late March 2012 Oklahoma’s house also passed legislation against it.  Before that, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Tennessee adopted a resolution blasting the dubious UN agenda as a radical “socialist” plot at odds with individual liberty, private-property rights, and the U.S. Constitution. Lawmakers in Kansas followed suit. Numerous other state governments, under heavy pressure from activists across the political spectrum, are also working to ban the “sustainable development” scheme in their jurisdictions. City and county governments, meanwhile, are taking action to protect residents, too. 

“Rep. Kern pointed out that as many as 10 federal agencies under multiple U.S. administrations — George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama most recently — have been working to implement the UN scheme. She also offered numerous examples of the agenda being foisted on Oklahoma, noting that other states have passed similar legislation to protect citizens as well.

“A handful of Democrats, apparently ignorant about UN Agenda 21, sounded confused during the questioning session on the House floor, asking bizarre questions such as whether or not cities would be barred from building bike lanes. Rep. Kern answered well. While noting that it is important to protect the environment, Kern said Oklahoma should not be subservient to outside forces — plus, as countless analysts have pointed out, Agenda 21 has little to do with protecting nature anyway.

“One of the goals of the United Nations Agenda 21 Initiative is to influence governments,” Kern explained “My constituents are concerned about that influence and about their property rights being infringed upon by government regulations that originated from Agenda 21. My legislation addresses those concerns by protecting individual property rights.”  (18) 

As of July 2012 “{T}he Washington State GOP platform is the tenth state platform to come out against Agenda 21. North Carolina included an anti-Agenda 21 resolution in its platform passed at the State Convention in Greensboro on June 2, 2012“. (19)

Stopping Sustainable Living

 “[T]hink about where, education or government, you wish to put your time and resources. Then study their pieces-parts to decide a more specific target. Begin to go to meetings, talk to anyone who knows anything, and begin to build alliances and strategies to save our precious Republic. When you get discouraged, know, if George Washington and his men were able to survive through the winter in Valley Forge to eventually create the greatest free nation on earth, that we can do no less.” (20)  

Other Sources:

The internet is flush with sites detailing the progress of Agenda 21.  One notable source is Henry Lamb. 










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(12)Behind the Green Mask U.N. Agenda 21 by Rosa Koire published by The Post Sustainability Institute Press Copyright 2011


(14)Behind the Green Mask U.N. Agenda 21 by Rosa Koire published by The Post Sustainability Institute Press Copyright 2011.