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I got this gem from a wonderful patriot – Hal Shurtleff – of Camp Constitution fame!

Shurtleff advised me that St.Lawrence County in upstate New York is OUT of ICLEI!  That’s right:  OUT OF ICLEI!

There was ONE activist that spoke with facts to his representative and the representative was shocked about what ICLEI was doing!  He had no idea!  But now we have a educated and informed legislator who will keep an eye on this sort of thing in the future.  The official reason for the non-renewal of ICLEI in St. Lawrence County is budgetary (always keep that in your quiver of reasons – it also gives cover for local officials to do what they know is right.

UPDATE:  That activist was none other than Scott Terry!  He gave me ok to use his name.  Scott, keep up the fight!

Another county that I better not name yet is considering it and Shurtleff thinks it’ll go too.  Let pray and work!  Few work harder in more of our nation to bring it back from the abyss than Hal Shurtleff!

Meanwhile, the pro-ICLEI Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey wrote a recent column where he thinks the Old Dominion might be a flashpoint for state-wide anti-ICLEI legislation.  Casey suggests the Tea Party activists are hypocrites to their cause of smaller, more local government and again gets his “facts” from Don Knapp, ICLEI spokesman:

I also ran the Virginia legislation scenario by Don Knapp, a California-based spokesman for ICLEI.

“I find it highly ironic that because of this conspiracy theory, local activists would push legislation to take away local control,” he said.

It would be ironic. But it wouldn’t be unprecedented.

Casey believes this is a conspiracy theory.  I tell people:  I don’t believe in conspiracy theories – I believe in the UN.   That’s conspiracy enough.   Try this from Casey:

In some places, such as Albemarle County, they’ve won over a majority of supervisors with a paranoid conspiracy theory that ICLEI membership is a step toward United Nations control of local land-use planning. James City County and Abingdon have also dropped their ICLEI memberships.


One state — Alabama — enacted such a law this year. It outlaws anything related to the U.N.’s Agenda 21, which ICLEI is tenuously linked to. Arizona almost passed a similar measure, until the chamber of commerce there began fighting it. Similar bills have been floated in New Hampshire, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. Most of those are based on model legislation promoted by the John Birch Society.

Let’s go over this again:  ICLEI has a foreign policy, it was founded at the UN building – here is an admission by the Roanoke County chapter of the Sierra Club:

Some pubic misconception exists about whether ICLEI is part of or is in some way connected with the UN. There is no such connection. The founding of ICLEI did occur at a UN World Conference (1990), but the ICLEI organization has never had any official connection with the UN.*

Let’s see:  ICLEI seeks to “represent” its members at foreign climate conferences, and it has no ties to the UN?  Another reason to discount the policy goals of the Sierra Club!  Finally, ICLEI implements Agenda 21!  Thousands of people read Dan Casey’s columns and laugh at the Tea Party and patriot activists.  I’ve had it.  I’ll be glad, as family and other obligations allow, to debate Dan Casey on whether ICLEI is an organization ANY US city, town or county should belong to.  Find a site in Roanoke.  Better yet, let’s get it covered on the TV or radio!  ICLEI is an UNCONSTITUTIONAL FIFTH COLUMN that no US local government should be a member of.  Local governments in the US are leaving ICLEI like flies from the flyswatter.  They should continue.  Let’s get ICLEI out of the US and the US out of ICLEI!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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