Vermont is home to one Democrat Senator (Patrick Leahy) and one self-called socialist independent (Bernie Sanders – no relation!) and one Democrat member of Congress. It is one of the most liberal states in the Union. But even here, there is signs of life: Two great anti-ICLEI blogs.
The first is Vermont for Evolution, a website that seems to transcend left and right and may be truly libertarian with a small “l”. They have a great article on ICLEI. Highlights:
ICLEI’s website openly admits that its Local Agenda 21 Model Communities Program will “aid local governments in implementing Chapter 28 of Agenda 21, the global action plan for sustainable development.” Former Clinton administration adviser J. Gary Lawrence later worried that there might be some who discover that the ICLEI effort constitutes “an attack on the power of the nation-state.” At a seminar in England, he told a British audience,
The segment of our society who fear “one-world government” and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedoms might be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined [in our effort.] So, we’ll call our processes something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management, smart growth.
After commending Carroll County and Edmond, OK, the article concludes like this:
While some Americans now realize that Agenda 21 and its numerous stepchildren pose a danger to their communities and their nation, many more must be made aware. Far more than considerations about the cost and control associated with involvement, the more important overall threat posed byAgenda 21 is loss of independence at the community, county, state, and national levels.
This is excellent analysis; Vermonters who value independence and liberty ought to kick ICLEI out of the Green Mountain State!
The second blog, Vermont Commons, calls for Vermont to secede from the Union! (to paraphrase Voltaire, I don’t agree with secession but I’ll fight to the death your right to do it!) The writer of this blog is the same one as the writer at Vermont for Evolution. I invite Simha Bode to use any or all of my stuff on ICLEI any time he wants as logn as he gives me credit (Which he will I am sure!).
ICLEI is bad news and people are rising to it – even in Vermont!