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By Marilyn M. Barnewall
June 19, 2011

As you read this article, keep these words in mind:

“No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto law, or Law impairing the obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.” -Article 1, Section 10, The United States Constitution

That Section of the Constitution prevents membership of states, cities and counties in an organization called International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)… but I’ll bet many readers of this article live in a city, town, or county that belongs to ICLEI because ICLEI has more than 600 active members throughout the United States. Those members are cities, counties, and states, not individuals.

To see if your city, county or state is a member of ICLEI, click here.

If your state is spending your tax dollars to violate Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution to pay for membership in ICLEI, you need to do something about it. The Constitution says no state should enter into an alliance with a group devoted to supporting international policies unfriendly to America.

Many readers have not yet heard of Agenda 21, also known as Sustainable Development, though columnists Tom DeWeese and Dr. Michael Coffman, two of the nation’s journalistic experts on the topic, write of it. In a recent article, DeWeese provided some quotes of individuals involved with ICLEI. This should explain ICLEI’s philosophy quite clearly:

“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” -Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI. The Wildlands Project

“We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness tens of millions of acres or presently settled land.” -Dave Foreman, Earth First.”

The entire DeWeese article can be found here.

If you haven’t been reading about Agenda 21, you’d better start… unless you dislike owning private property or prefer city living to a more rural country setting. Maybe you own a small farm or orchard. If you do and aren’t aware of Agenda 21, you are probably unwittingly participating in the demise of your own lifestyle.

Perhaps you’re more familiar with the name “George Soros” than with “ICLEI.” Well, guess who funds parts of ICLEI? In 1997, Soros’s Open Society gave ICLEI $2,137,415 to support its Local Agenda programs. This same Soros group – Open Society – has destabilized and overturned several nations… Yugoslovia in 2000, Georgia in 2003, and Ukraine in 2004. Bringing a mere American city or county to his way of socialist thinking points out how well Soros has schooled himself in the communist philosophies of Antonio Gramsci who said to seek out the emotionally ill and socially abused to achieve global government objectives. Even Mussolini feared the power of Gramsci’s philosophies and had him imprisoned.

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA is devoted to cities and counties engaged in sustainability, climate protection, and clean energy initiatives. They represent, among others, the Greenies of the world – those wanting to eliminate any job having to do with fossil fuels (it doesn’t bother them that international economies still rely on fossil fuels; “People will adjust,” is their mantra – “Many people will die while they are adjusting” is my mantra). ICLEI followers recently met and decided that rocks and weeds should have equal rights with humans. It takes the word “anthropomorphic” to a new level.

The Rio + 20 meeting that is upcoming in 2012 celebrates the 20 year anniversary of Agenda 21, created in Rio in 1992. Yes. Most of the unwanted changes in your American lifestyle result from decisions made and included in Agenda 21. The words “sustainable development” came from that meeting… and ICLEI to which many of your communities belong is devoted to those very changes you hate. And your tax dollars are paying for the destruction of your values and your prior lifestyle.

Why do you allow it?

The Soros plan uses operatives to infiltrate countries. They talk about things that sound SO humanitarian – clean air, good schools, saving the forests, making our water clean … everything any sane person responds to positively. He insists on an “independent media” (meaning one that broadcasts news and views that supports his communist philosophy), and works to destabilize the nation by manipulating business and finance – his destruction of the Bank of England serves as a good example (and he’s working overtime on our banking system).


His current attempt to destroy both the dollar and the euro is another. The last phase of the Soros strategy is to take to the streets with activists… we’ve seen that with the Wisconsin union protests – Wisconsin Democrat legislators hiding in Illinois during activist demonstrations.

One of the things ICLEI supports is sustainable management of “open spaces.” They don’t bother to tell you that as of this moment the “open spaces” they want is private property belonging to people who live there. The plan is to herd the current residents on that land into major metropolitan centers – your state’s biggest cities – and off of the land those people own. Monsanto can do a much better job of farming their genetically altered fruits and vegetables than family farmers can, after all.

ICLEI helps communities plan how to use the newly vacated/stolen land – they figure out who will use it, and how. They want no human footprints in rural areas. They achieve this objective through highly-regulated land use.

The ICLEI open spaces plan merges nicely with what Barrack Obama and Joe Biden call “high-speed rail” programs. For over two years, I have questioned why they call what are obviously rapid transit programs “high-speed rail.” The more I understand about the Agenda 21 plan to remove people from the land and move them into buildings – pack ‘em and stack ‘em condos, as they’re called -- the more I understand about Obama’s “high-speed rail” boondoggle. There will be no cars on the streets – there will be no room for them (and the “Green” version of cars is so costly, those who work for a living can’t afford them, anyway).

There will be the ideal “Green” environment where rocks and trees enjoy the same rights human beings do. You can walk, ride a bicycle or take mass transit to work… from your multi-story condominium.

The “social engineering” of communism confiscates land and homes for agriculture. Don’t take my word for it. Read the history of Russia. The communists forced people to move into multi-storied apartments and they commuted by bicycles or public transit – which, of course, creates the need for rapid transit programs (Obama likes to call them “high-speed rail” so it sounds like he’s trying to compete effectively with China).

The idiots from the United Nations who created Agenda 21’s Sustainable Development plans in Rio in 1992 believe that what they offer is “smart growth plans.” The Environmental Protection Agency is very involved and can deny grants to states and cities and impose other penalties on those that reject their offers… again, a violation of States Rights.

Agenda 21 will be 20 years old in 2012. George H.W. Bush (and 177 other world leaders) agreed to it in 1992. Bush Senior was the first world leader to use the words “New World Order” – and America hasn’t been the same since. I don’t trust a single thing the man did while serving as Director of the CIA, the Vice President, or as the President.

The U.S. Senate rejected the Agenda 21 Treaty, but Bill Clinton signed Executive Order #12858, creating a Presidential Council on ‘Sustainable Development.’ This effectively pushed the UN plan into America’s large, churning government machine without the need for any review or discussion by Congress or the American people.

The American people need to elect a Congress that will put some reins on Executive Orders. What the Congress willingly avoids, Presidents pass through the power of Executive Orders. That, in turn, effectively by-passes all of the Constitutional protections put in place by our founding fathers relative to the balance of power between the judicial, the executive and the legislative branches of government.

How does Agenda 21 impact you? If you’ve purchased a new washing machine, you’ve already had some experience with it. The new eco-friendly washers provide too little water and clothes don’t get washed (or rinsed) well. If you want a decent washing machine, get one now because soon, thanks to ICLEI programs, you’ll be stuck with the eco-friendly variety - just as you've been stuck with phosphate-free laundry detergent and toilets that don't flush.

Or, perhaps you live in a part of the country that already has energy intrusion capacity. This neat ICLEI program – destined to be a hit with all – allows your local utility company to determine the temperature in your home through "smart grid" technology. If it’s too warm, they can turn your thermostat down; if too cool (by their standards, not yours), they can turn the air conditioning down.

These things aren’t “coming soon.” They are happening “now.” What do you do about it? Get a petition signed preventing cities and counties in your state from spending your tax dollars on ICLEI membership. Go to the City Council or County Commissioner meetings and give your elected officials hell for violating your constitutional rights!

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Living a bare-bones, waste not-want not, "sustainable" lifestyle entails having your life and the lives of your loved ones micromanaged through an internationally governed system of laws and mandates purportedly designed to ensure the equitable redistribution of wealth, but which, in truth, will totally destroy our Republic and our U.S. Constitution and all the protection it was designed to give to the American people.

As the old saying goes (my saying): Nothing is going to change as long as you sit on your butt.

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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career in 1956 as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 years (plus) as a banker and bank consultant, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, was U.S. Consulting Editor for Private Banker International (London/Dublin), and other major banking industry publications. She has written seven non-fiction books about banking and taught private banking at Colorado University for the American Bankers Association. She has authored seven banking books, one dog book, and two works of fiction (about banking, of course). She has served on numerous Boards in her community.

Barnewall is the former editor of The National Peace Officer Magazine and as a journalist has written guest editorials for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Newsweek, among others. On the Internet, she has written for News With Views, World Net Daily, Canada Free Press, Christian Business Daily, Business Reform, and others. She has been quoted in Time, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and other national and international publications. She can be found in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Business, and Who's Who in the World.

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The Soros plan uses operatives to infiltrate countries. They talk about things that sound SO humanitarian – clean air, good schools, saving the forests, making our water clean … everything any sane person responds to positively.