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Alabama Fights a UN Land Grab
Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2012 | Townhall.com Staff

Posted on 05/31/2012 7:56:03 AM PDT by Kaslin

Editor's Note: This column was authored by Justice Gilpin-Green

Individual rights must take a backseat to community interests. Sound familiar? That’s probably because it’s been the ideology that American presidents have been agreeing to since 1992.

Enter Agenda 21, the 40 chapter document from the United Nations that establishes environmental “principles” at local, national, regional, and international levels-and the object of Ayn Rand’s nightmare.

Defined these days as “sustainable development,” Agenda 21 seeks to transform humanity with “new global ethics.” At the most basic level, beyond the soft words like “sustainability” and “eco-friendly environments”, Agenda 21 takes away private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership, individual travel choices, and privately owned farms. These socialist ethics, as described by Mikhail Gorbachev at the UN Rio Conference in 1995, mean that “we should restrict and limit our consumption and also reassess our way of life, we should be more modest.”

“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market,” Agenda 21 says. “Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of the society as a whole.”

Don’t worry, you measly little humans. You and your property rights no longer have to go “unchecked”! Luckily, the UN has created the Commission on Sustainable Development to check up on everyone annually!

Unluckily for the UN, some states in the U.S. aren’t taking this without a fight.

In Alabama, Senate Bill 477 was recently passed unanimously in both houses, barring the state from taking over private property without due process, thereby preventing Agenda 21 from infiltrating their state lines. It reads, “[t]he State of Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to ‘Agenda 21,’”. It seems that Agenda 21 does actually bring people together in communities- just not in the way the U.N. had hoped for.

However, there was one problem with the passage of this bill: Governor Robert Bentley took days to sign it, reflecting a hesitance to fight this policy. Why would a Republican governor consider rejecting a bill that has drawn overwhelming support from the RNC, State Legislature, AND the citizens of his state? It took hundreds of phone calls (so many that his office began complaining about lines being tied up), before the bill was said to be signed.

“Someone had to have threatened the governor with loss of all federal funding,” Ben Crawford, member of the State Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party, said in a phone interview with Townhall. “States that get on the wrong side of Agenda 21 will lose federal funding.”

Ken Freeman, chairman of Alliance for Civil Rights (ACR), a group that focuses on and combats legislative threats to Alabama’s constitution, also recognized the relationship between federal funding and the governor’s delayed decision.

“Every time you take a dollar of federal money, there’s strings attached,” Freeman said in a phone interview with Townhall. “We were originally walking soft on this issue, to tell you the truth, because when things were going our way, why change anything?” After winning unanimous support from both houses for the bill, Freeman never dreamed that he would have to work harder for the governor’s support as well. However, after a conversation with an insider at the governor’s office revealed that Bentley’s delay was because of his legal team’s fears of loss of federal funding for the state, Freeman could no longer continue “walking soft on the issue.” Barely sleeping, he typed out long emails and newsletters to citizens, warning them of the potential for a pocket veto and imploring them to voice their opinions to the governor.

Ultimately, Freeman’s hard work led to public outcry and the governor signed the bill. This made Alabama one of the first states (the very first was New Hampshire) to officially be protected from Agenda 21. Although Alabamians have witnessed a happy ending with safe property rights, the fear remains for other states that may have weaker politicians and less-informed citizens.

Starting with President George H. W. Bush, the first president to enact ‘sustainable development’, Republicans have been slow to label Sustainable Development as a real threat. Although this could simply be due to ignorance of the underlying message behind the flowery phrases and broad goals in Agenda 21, some say that money dominates the battle for our freedoms. With Alabama as an example, it appears to be easy to ignore how socialist this Mother Nature appears to be when the big bad government is threatening to take away your allowance.

That is, until you wake up and half of your yard is no longer your own. That crazy, conspiracy theory-sounding idea almost became a reality for Alabama-native, Rose Shannon, when the National Forest Service attempted to rezone some of the residential land on her 452 acres, making it state property. Shannon, the Executive Director of Citizens for Protecting Constitutional Rights, fought the restrictions, followed it to Washington, and won her case.

“They could rezone my property however they wanted (if Agenda 21 took over Alabama),” Shannon said, in a phone interview with Townhall. “They could zone my property as residential or commercial, they could make the same land worth more or less…There are so many different scenarios.”

Funnily enough, the U.S.S.R. Constitution did that too. Chapter 2, which promulgates the importance of common property to improve “purity of air and water”, “plant and animal kingdoms”, and “improve the human environment”, is ironically entitled “The Economic System.” Even the Soviets openly admitted that their “environmental concerns” were purely means to an end of state wealth after taking over private land.

If you, like the UN, haven’t picked up a history book lately, don’t let me spoil that ending.

Hopefully other states can mirror Alabama’s determined nature in passing their Anti- Agenda 21 legislation. It was citizen awareness and direct action that finally brought about the needed changes last week and that same awareness and action will be needed for the future of every other state. After all, in the words of Ayn Rand, “The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.”

Justice Gilpin-Green is a Townhall Editorial Intern


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: 2012; agenda21; alabama; bloodofun; donttreadonme; nwo; privateproperty; property; propertyrights; statesrights; un; unitednations

1 posted on 05/31/2012 7:56:07 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

This has to be fought... hard... at EVERY level!


2 posted on 05/31/2012 8:04:41 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Kaslin

Is it time to start shootin’ the (UN) b@$t@rd$ yet?


3 posted on 05/31/2012 9:14:22 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: lonevoice

The time to move on Agenda 21 is now.


4 posted on 05/31/2012 9:18:36 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: Kaslin

Time to move Agenda 21 to Area 51.

(Then leave it there. Forever.)


5 posted on 05/31/2012 9:20:48 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: Nachum; steelyourfaith

A ping for your lists.


6 posted on 05/31/2012 9:25:19 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: JimRed; All
"Is it time to start shootin’ the (UN) b@$t@rd$ yet?"
only when you can see "the whites of their eyes"
...then shoot/shovel/shut-up

7 posted on 05/31/2012 9:25:32 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: Kaslin

It is highly likely that the local planners will ignore the law and do whatever is hip. The real problem is that these brainwashed idiots have too much power.


8 posted on 05/31/2012 9:28:31 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There has not been a conservative American government for 90 years.)
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To: Kaslin; TEXOKIE

Of interest Agenda 21.


9 posted on 05/31/2012 9:28:51 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin

BTTT!


10 posted on 05/31/2012 9:45:48 AM PDT by Pagey (B. Hussein Obama is weak, and is a worse human being than F.D.R., on multiple levels.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I wonder if this somehow relates to that incident in Massachusetts where an ice cream stand was visited by gun carrying EPA police and shut down because the owners did some work on the property? There have been a number of these outrageous “Empire Strikes Back” kind of assaults on personal freedom in the news recently.


11 posted on 05/31/2012 9:50:19 AM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom
Yep. Remember how Wayne Hage was forced off his water allotments by 40 Federal agents in armored vests? That was in the early 90s. The sociological phenomena you describe has been blowing through the Coast Guard for decades, and the Army for about half as long.

These former military make dandy "eco warriors."

12 posted on 05/31/2012 10:15:11 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There has not been a conservative American government for 90 years.)
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To: Kaslin

Sec. 1982. Property Rights of Citizens.

All citizens of the United States shall have the same right, in every State and Territory, as is enjoyed by white citizens thereof to inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property.

42 USC 1982


Sec. 1983. Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights.

Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

42 USC 1983


“The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right against unreasonable searches or seizures. A law enforcement official using his authority provided under the “color of law” is allowed to stop individuals and even if necessary to search them and retain their property under certain circumstances. It is in the abuse of that discretionary power that a violation of a person’s civil rights might occur. An unlawful detention or an illegal confiscation of property would be examples of such an abuse of power.”


Title 42, U.S.C., Section 14141:
makes it unlawful for state or local law enforcement agencies to allow officers to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives persons of rights protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. This law is commonly referred to as the Police Misconduct Statute. This law gives DOJ the authority to seek civil remedies in cases where it is determined that law enforcement agencies have policies or practices which foster a pattern of misconduct by employees. This action is directed against an agency, not against individual officers. The types of issues which may initiate a Pattern and Practice investigation include:

Lack of supervision/monitoring of officers’ actions.
Officers not providing justification or reporting incidents involving the use of force.

Lack of, or improper training of officers.

A department having a citizen complaint process which treats complainants as adversaries.

Under Title 42, U.S.C.:
Section 1997, DOJ has the ability to initiate civil actions against mental hospitals, retardation facilities, jails, prisons, nursing homes, and juvenile detention facilities, when there are allegations of systemic derivations of the constitutional rights of institutionalized persons.

Also see Department of Justice:
8-1.000 CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION


13 posted on 05/31/2012 11:17:47 AM PDT by phockthis (http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm ...)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
The time to move on Agenda 21 is now.

Absolutely! I'm surprised Idaho and Texas haven't moved on this yet. Hopefully Alabama is the first of many states that will move to protect the property rights of its own citizens!

14 posted on 05/31/2012 12:13:41 PM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: Kaslin
(Article) Enter Agenda 21, the 40 chapter document from the United Nations that establishes environmental “principles” at local, national, regional, and international levels-and the object of Ayn Rand’s nightmare.

And Aldous Huxley's. And George Orwell's.

You'll know the bastards are winning when teachers begin to bad-mouth Huxley, Orwell, and Rand in middle-school and high-school classrooms.

We there yet?,p>

15 posted on 05/31/2012 1:32:51 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: JimRed
"Is it time to start shootin’ ..."

The time is long past...Which brings to mind the old American idiom about "closing the barn door after the horse has bolted".

16 posted on 05/31/2012 7:18:15 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Carry_Okie

Wayne Hage won his lawsuit against the Feds. I don’t know if they have been paid yet the over $14 million + interest the Hage family is owed.


17 posted on 05/31/2012 7:23:29 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles
Wayne Hage won his lawsuit against the Feds. I don’t know if they have been paid yet the over $14 million + interest the Hage family is owed.

Thanks for telling me. I knew Wayne personally. He had read my first book.

18 posted on 05/31/2012 7:40:55 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There has not been a conservative American government for 90 years.)
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To: ridesthemiles
Wayne Hage won his lawsuit against the Feds. I don’t know if they have been paid yet the over $14 million + interest the Hage family is owed.

Oh, and if you think I didn't know about it, well, you are quite mistaken.

19 posted on 05/31/2012 7:52:01 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There has not been a conservative American government for 90 years.)
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To: Kaslin

Because societies that restrict private property have always done so much better for “the people”.

This story is Evidence A for why the GOP-proposed move toward ‘block grants’ from the federal to state governments as a means of delivering ‘social services’ is such a bad idea.

Keep that tax collection and distribution of whatever to the states and local communities! Get the feds out of education, healthcare, retirement funding and all of that altogether!


20 posted on 06/02/2012 5:00:48 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Kaslin

What is Romney’s position on Agenda 21?


21 posted on 06/02/2012 5:04:37 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: phockthis

You quote law, they carry weapons, the law be damned.


22 posted on 06/02/2012 1:10:05 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period.)
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To: Kaslin
Any person that votes for, or signs into legislation a transfer of ANY Sovereign rights guaranteed by the constitution should be guilty of treason.
23 posted on 06/02/2012 3:03:48 PM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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