If you are conservative, you are probably reading about Agenda 21, The Smart Movement, Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, The Green Program – they are all one and the same, and there are many other innocuous sounding names – the latest, The The White House Rural Council. Your eyes likely glaze over when you see Agenda 21 staring back at you, I know mine do. Nevertheless, we MUST talk about it. Agenda 21 is so convoluted and so protected by World Leftists that there is no single way to get to the bottom line of this program that plans for your streets to be smaller, your yards to be smaller, your rights to water to end and…on and on.
Under the guise of â€œpreserving open space,â€ unelected bureaucrats ignore the property rights of the people who own the open space, and write regulations that sometimes require as much as 40 acres to build a single home. ~ Henry Lamb
Obama’s Plan to Remove Family Farmers from their Land
Henry Lamb @ GulagBound
Al Gore was beside himself when the SenateÂ failed to ratifyÂ the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1994. Gore had spent the first two years of his Vice-Presidency developing what he called his â€œEcosystem Management Policy.â€ This new policy was nothing more than preparing the agencies of government to implement the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and Agenda 21. These three policy documents were adopted in Rio de Janeiro at the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development.
Agenda 21 was the only document that was not an international treaty. It was, instead, a non-binding â€œsoft-lawâ€ document that was designed to avoid the necessity of Congressional debate or Senate ratification. Bill Clinton issued an Executive Order to create the Presidentâ€™s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) â€” especially to implement Agenda 21 administratively â€” without oversight or interference from Congress. The agencies of government have done a masterful job of infecting almost all urban communities with some form of government control under the guise of â€œSustainable Development,â€ which is the objective of Agenda 21.
Now, the Obama regime intends to impose the same kind of control over rural America through his White House Rural Council, also created by Executive Order.
The rather bland 18-pageÂ Convention on Biological DiversityÂ came with an 1140-page instruction book called the Global Biodiversity Assessment. Page 993 of this instruction book says that the Conventionâ€™s plan for protecting biodiversity is â€œâ€¦central to the Wildlands Project recently-proposed in the United States.â€ Page 15 of the Wildlands Project says:
â€¦ at least half of the land area of the 48 conterminous states should be encompassed inÂ core reserves and inner corridor zones â€¦ assuming that most of the other 50 percent isÂ managed intelligently as buffer zone.
Since the Presidentâ€™s Council on Sustainable Development was created, agencies of the federal government, and complicit environmental organizations, have been working overtime to get people out of rural areas, and into â€œstack-â€™n’-packâ€ high-rise so-called â€œsustainableâ€ communities. Under the guise of â€œpreserving open space,â€ unelected bureaucrats ignore the property rights of the people who own the open space, and write regulations that sometimes require as much as 40 acres to build a single home. Quite often, development of any sort is absolutely prohibited. These regulations are typically delivered to a community through a comprehensive land use plan.
In more rural areas, especially in the farming and ranching parts of the country, these measures have not been as successful as the government wants. Thatâ€™s why a new extension of the PCSD is needed. This time, however, they are calling it the White House Rural Council.
This Council, chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, and consisting of the heads of 25 government departments and agencies, is charged with extending â€œsustainabilityâ€ to that part of the country that has not already been subdued by the measures implemented by the PCSD.
How will they do it? Let us count the ways.
Consider the Department of Transportationâ€™s recent announcement of its intention to reclassify farm vehicles and implements as â€œcommercialâ€ vehicles and require all drivers of these vehicles to hold a Commercial Driverâ€™s License. Applicants for a CDL must be 21 years of age; submit a medical record, a complete driving record from any state in which a license has been obtained; and pass rigorous written and driving tests. CDL holders must keep a log of their activities available to law enforcement at any time; must not work more than 12 consecutive hours; must carry at least $750,000 in liability insurance; and many more requirements that farmers and ranchers just canâ€™t meet.
Farm children have always helped by learning early how to drive farm vehicles. Grandpa could drive the tractor, when he could not do the heavy lifting he did as a youngster. This DOT regulation will end farming and ranching as it has always been known in this country. Farmers and ranchers cannot afford to pay professional CDL holders to come plow the fields, mow the hay, or harvest the corn. Farmers and ranchers who can no longer make a living from the land will have no choice but to sell their land and move to a â€œstack-â€™n’-packâ€ sustainable community. The only potential buyers for these farms are corporate agricultural conglomerates, land trusts, or the government. Since comprehensive land use plans, or other government regulations preclude the possibility of development in the open space, farmers and ranchers will never get the real value of the land.
To add to the hardship on rural families, the Department of Agriculture is still planning to require every farm animal to have an electronic identification ear tag, which will add more costs and bureaucratic red tape to farming and ranching operations.
Every agency that is a member of the White House Rural Council can, and will, find some regulation that rural land owners must comply with in order to stay on their land. This new Executive Order has but one purpose: to further tighten regulatory control over people in rural communities to ensure that their life-style becomes â€œsustainable,â€ or in plain language, government-approved.
End Henry Lamb article.
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