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Agenda 21 Is Being Rammed Down The Throats Of Local Communities All Over America

Michael Snyder
The Economic Collapse
December 24th, 2012
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Have you ever heard of Agenda 21?  If not, don’t feel bad, because most Americans haven’t.  It is essentially a blueprint for a “sustainable world” that was introduced at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992.  Since then, it has been adopted by more than 200 counties and it has been modified and updated at other UN environmental summits.  The philosophy behind Agenda 21 is that our environmental problems are the number one problem that we are facing, and that those problems are being caused by human activity.  Therefore, according to Agenda 21 human activity needs to be tightly monitored, regulated and controlled for the greater good.  Individual liberties and freedoms must be sacrificed for the good of the planet.  If you are thinking that this sounds like it is exactly the opposite of what our founding fathers intended when they established this nation, you would be on the right track.  Those that promote the philosophy underlying Agenda 21 believe that human activity must be “managed” and that letting people make their own decisions is “destructive” and “dangerous”.  Sadly, the principles behind Agenda 21 are being rammed down the throats of local communities all over America, and most of the people living in those communities don’t even realize it.

So how is this being done?  Well, after Agenda 21 was adopted, an international organization known as the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives” (ICLEI) was established to help implement the goals of Agenda 21 in local communities.  One thing that they learned very quickly was that the “Agenda 21″ label was a red flag for a lot of people.  It tended to create quite a bit of opposition on the local level.

As they try to implement their goals, they very rarely use the term “Agenda 21″ anymore.  Instead, they use much more harmless sounding labels such as “smart growth”, “comprehensive land use planning” and especially “sustainable development”.

So just because something does not carry the Agenda 21 label does not mean that it is not promoting the goals of Agenda 21.

The goals of Agenda 21 are not only being implemented in the United States.  This is a massive worldwide effort that is being coordinated by the United Nations.  An article that was posted on RedState.com discussed some of the history of Agenda 21…

In simplified terms, Agenda 21 is a master blueprint, or guidelines, for constructing “sustainable” communities. Agenda 21 was put forth by the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development, and was adopted by over 200 countries (signed into “soft law” by George Bush Sr.) at the United Nations Rio Conference in 1992. In 1994 the President’s Council for Sustainable Development was created via Executive Order by Bill Clinton to begin coordinating efforts at the Federal level to make the US Agenda 21 compliant.

The same year that Bill Clinton established the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, the International Code Council was also created.

The International Code Council has developed a large number of “international codes” which are intended to replace existing building codes all over the United States.  The following is a list of these codes from Wikipedia

  • International Building Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Fire Code
  • International Plumbing Code
  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • International Energy Conservation Code
  • ICC Performance Code
  • International Wildland Urban Interface Code
  • International Existing Building Code
  • International Property Maintenance Code
  • International Private Sewage Disposal Code
  • International Zoning Code
  • International Green Construction Code

These codes are very long and exceedingly boring, and those that write them know that hardly anyone will ever read them.

And for the most part, they contain a lot of things that are contained in existing building codes or that are common sense.

But a lot of poison has also been inserted into these codes.  If you read them carefully, the influence of Agenda 21 is painfully obvious.

Unfortunately, even most of the local politicians that are adopting these codes don’t take the time to read them.  Most of them just assume that they are “updating” their existing building codes.

So what often happens is that there will be fights in local communities between citizens that are concerned about the encroachment of Agenda 21 and local politicians who regard such talk as nonsense.  The following is an example of what is happening all over the nation

Summit Hill Borough Council last night unanimously adopted the “2012 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code,” but not before some audience members expressed vehement opposition to it.

An overflow crowd of 34 people attended the meeting, with some there to specifically voice their displeasure.

Sandy Dellicker, a borough resident, said she was against using an “international” maintenance code, arguing that it falls under the plan of Agenda 21 of the United Nations; an agenda for the 21st Century.

She said, “UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the action plan to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world.”

“This is not a conspiracy theory,” she told the council. “This is for real.”

She said the International Property Maintenance Code had been adopted in Montgomery County, but the county “has already gotten rid of it” because of its dictatorial direction.

“This is not what Summit Hill and the United States is about,” she said.

Council members pooh-poohed her assessment. “In my opinion, the International Property Maintenance Code is to protect citizens,” said Council President Michael Kokinda.

It would be great if these codes were just about public safety.  But that is simply not the case.  Sadly, these codes are often used to fine or even imprison homeowners that haven’t done anything wrong.  Sometimes “code violations” are even used as justification to legally steal property from law-abiding homeowners.  A post on the Freedom Reigns Radio blog detailed some of the things that are often done in the name of “code enforcement”…

1) The ‘Code Official’ – anybody the jurisdiction calls – a ‘Code Official’ – is the sole interpreter – no due process – Gestapo!

2) Every day an offense occurs is a separate mandatory misdemeanor – $555/day and/or a month in jail in Charleston, W.Va. They can fine you out of your home and jail you at their whim!

3) Anything the ‘Code Official’ says is not in good working condition – sticky window, dented or plugged gutter, torn window screen – whatever he says is not in good working order – hundreds of dollars of fines per day and/or jail time – usually a month – for every day the offense occurs.

4) Any unsanitary condition – whatever the ‘Code Official’ says is an ‘unsanitary condition’ – empty pop cans – puddles – dog droppings on your property – same deal – same fines and/or jail time – every day.

5) Any plant that the ‘Code Official’ says is a ‘noxious weed’ – same deal – same fines and/or jail time – every day. He can steal raw land.

6) He can fine you out of your home and jail you with no due process. Any court proceedings are window dressing as there is no remedy associated with this ‘code.’

7) It can be ‘adopted’ – just by an ‘administrative decree.’
WITHOUT COURT ACTION OR NOTICE THE CODE OFFICIAL CAN:
1) Enter your house whenever he – the sole interpreter – deems reasonable.
2) Prevent you from entering your house.
3) Tear your house down with your stuff in it.
4) Bill you for the demolition.
5) Place a lien on it for fines and/or demolition charges – steal it.
6) And ‘best’ of all, no insurance I know of will cover your losses.

You’re left w/a house and your ‘stuff’ in a landfill – and any remaining unpaid mortgage, any remaining fines, any remaining taxes, and any remaining demolition charges after they steal your property

These codes restrict what homeowners can do with their own properties in thousands of different ways.  If you rebel against one of the codes, the penalties can be extremely harsh.

And there is often “selective enforcement” of these codes.  That means that they will leave most people alone but they will come down really hard on people that they do not like.  You could even end up with a SWAT team on your doorstep.

Just ask some of the people who have been through this kind of thing.

Even if you have your mortgage completely paid off, that doesn’t mean that you really “own” your property.  If you don’t pay your taxes and obey the “codes”, you could lose your property very rapidly.

The philosophy behind all of this is the same philosophy behind Agenda 21.  The elite believe that you cannot be trusted to do the “right thing” with your own property and that your activity must be “managed” for the greater good.  They believe that by controlling you and restricting your liberties that they are “saving the planet”.

Unfortunately, you can probably expect this to get a whole lot worse in the years ahead.  Our society is shifting from one that cherishes individual liberties and freedoms to one that is fully embracing collectivism.  So our politicians will likely be making even more of our decisions for us as the years move forward.

Do any of you out there have any “code violation horror stories” to share?  If so, please share them with us by posting a comment below…

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    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/05/3584169/supporters-of-79-year-old-clover.html

    Supporters of 79-year-old Clover junk man outraged by his jailing

    Korean War vet gets 30 days in jail for junk

    CLOVER Patty Ramsey walked down the steps outside her mobile home all by herself Friday. She walked slowly with a cane. She did not smile.

    She walked alone, forlorn and more than a bit upset, because her husband is still in jail.

    Johnny Ramsey, 79 years old, a disabled Korean War veteran who sold junk to pay for the light bill and for Patty Ramsey’s medications, was jailed Thursday night for the crime of having too much junk in his back yard. The punishment after he did not comply with a court-ordered cleanup for more than eight months was 30 days in jail to be served on weekends.

    “Clover just did Johnny wrong,” Patty Ramsey said. “I think the code enforcer and the judge have got it out for Johnny for some reason.”

    Patty Ramsey said her husband did some work out here to clean it.

    “A bunch, four, five, six loads were carted off,” she said. “It just is not true he hasn’t tried or that he hasn’t done anything. John is a good man. Generous. He helps people. It is not right to put a 79-year-old man in jail for trying to take care of himself and me.”

    Friday, Patty Ramsey sent her husband’s migraine headache prescription medications to the jail, but has not yet talked to him on the telephone.

    “I hope he’s all right in there – he’s a strong man, but he’s 79 years old,” she said. “They put a 79-year-old man in the jailhouse for something that just is not right, and I do not like it one bit.”

    Patty Ramsey is not alone in Clover, or across York County or even the country, as the decision by Clover Town Judge Melvin Howell to jail Johnny Ramsey for 30 days has caused howls of discontent and a raucous outrage toward perceived heavy-handed government for something as simple as junk in a yard.

    Ramsey’s front yard is clean and well-cared for, filled with flowers, play horses, a carrousel, and welcome signs.

    Howell ruled that Ramsey had more than eight months to clean up the rest of the property after being found guilty in a January trial where Ramsey was convicted of violating Clover’s junk law. Ramsey refused to clean up to the satisfaction of the town, and despite several extensions, was sentenced to 30 days for contempt of court in refusing to comply with a judicial order.

    Howell said, repeatedly in court Thursday, that Ramsey’s refusal to comply with a court order for months left him no choice but to jail him.

    But many, including several who attended the court hearing, say that decision to send an old man to jail was dead wrong.

    “The decision to send Johnny Ramsey to jail is ridiculous, and doesn’t just bother me but has me sick,” said Terry Byrd, a Rock Hill member of Elevation Church who attended the hearing after building a privacy fence around Ramsey’s property Wednesday.

    Yet Byrd had never met Ramsey, or even heard of Ramsey, until reading in The Herald about the stand-off between Ramsey and the town over the junk. Only after Ramsey was threatened with jail did Byrd get donated materials and build the fence himself.

    “But even that wasn’t enough to keep this old man trying to survive out of jail,” Byrd said Friday. “They are punishing a man for trying to live like a decent human being. This is America, man.”

    And yes, in Clover, South Carolina, America, a 79-year-old veteran selling junk to pay his bills is in jail. Clover officials know that the case and now the sentence, after extensive coverage in The Herald that has spread over the Internet, has put the community under a national microscope that is not flattering and downright negative in the eyes of many.

    Many at the town have received nasty electronic messages or phone calls, said Granita Boyd, a Clover Town Council member. But Ramsey had months to comply and did not, Boyd said.

    “I understand his military service, his dedication to his wife, but it doesn’t change the facts,” Boyd said. “He has been ordered to clean up. And he, Mr. Ramsey, has to decide to clean up.”

    Boyd said she does not second-guess the town judge’s decision to jail Ramsey, because Ramsey had months to comply and was given several extensions by the judge. Yet Ramsey never met the conditions of the sentence, Boyd said, so she supports the judge taking actions required by town law.

    But despite outrage from people who are claiming that the town of Clover has gone too far, as of Friday afternoon only Terry Byrd, Byrd’s son and a friend of Byrd had helped Ramsey clean up.

    The one wild card is that Ramsey, himself, has to decide to clean the place up. It was Ramsey alone who defied the court order and did not pay the fine before Thursday’s court date.

    Ramsey has always been outspoken and honest, but clearly would not yield, either.

    Some groups, including some York County veterans, offered to help him clean up after his January trial conviction, but Ramsey did not take the offers. Ramsey waited, stubbornly refusing to do what the courts ordered him to do for months because he believed he was doing the right thing to make money for his family by keeping the junk and selling it.

    Johnny Ramsey waited himself right into a jail cell.

    Ramsey has said, in court and out, that he believes the town unfairly targeted him and had it out for him.

    Patty Ramsey, his wife, said no clean-up work will be done before Ramsey gets out of jail Sunday.

    “It’s his stuff, he has to decide what to do with it, where it goes,” Patty Ramsey said. “Nobody is touching anything until he gets out.”

    Assistant Public Defender Toni Johnson, Ramsey’s lawyer, said Friday that Ramsey must clean up the property to have any chance to shorten the sentence and avoid further citations.

    “The judge had the authority to rule as he did, and Mr. Ramsey knows what he has been ordered to do,” Johnson said.

    Howell, the judge, ordered both Johnson the lawyer and the town code enforcement officer to report back to him next week with a status report on what progress is made on the property before he makes any decision on potentially cutting the 30-day sentence.

    Many are also concerned for Ramsey’s health while he is in jail.

    Most inmates serving weekends are sent from the county jail to the nearby county prison camp, where inmates work jobs during incarceration such as at the county recycling center and other tasks, said Johnson, Ramsey’s lawyer.

    But a spokesman for the York Count Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Friday that Ramsey refused to work at the prison camp Friday, so Ramsey will serve the weekend at the county jail.

    It is unclear what job or jobs were expected of 79-year-old Johnny Ramsey, a disabled war veteran who had a leg, ankle and foot broken in Korea, said his wife, Patty. Ramsey had already seen the jail nurse Friday morning.

    “He can’t work, his legs swell, and his knee, the one he broke a couple of years ago, the metal they put in there, the wire, it seemed like before this it was about to come through the skin,” Patty Ramsey said late Friday.

    Johnson, Ramsey’s lawyer, said Friday the county jail has a nursing staff that should attend to Ramsey should he need it. Yet Johnson hopes that all these people who have stated support for Ramsey will act on those good intentions.

    “What would work this in Mr. Ramsey’s favor is for the property to be cleaned up to what the town requires, then we can move forward from there,” Johnson said.

    However, Ramsey can’t clean anything up at home while in jail.

    And it is Ramsey being sent to jail that sent the stand-off between Ramsey and the town from a dispute over junk into a local and now national debate over the role of government in the lives of people and whether an old man should go to jail for junk.

    Ramsey admits is he is a reformed former Ku Klux Klansman who served a stretch in prison decades ago for burning a cross on the former York Police chief’s yard. That conviction was later overturned, and Ramsey said he was the fall guy for others. But Ramsey has never denied his past.

    More, Ramsey has never denied he sold junk, or denied that he was standing on principle for so long in not cleaning up. He admitted everything, for months.

    It is the fact that Ramsey was sent to jail that has enraged so many, though. A retired Air Force technical sergeant from Tennessee, Randolph Kruger, said over the telephone Friday that putting a veteran in the county lockup at age 79 for some town junk law is “just plain stupid,” whether Ramsey is being stubborn or not.

    “He can’t be allowed to be a scofflaw, but jail is not where you send that guy at his age, for what he did,” said Kruger. “I don’t know this guy. But his yard is cleaner than mine. The judge had all kinds of options.”

    Howell, the judge, stated in court he spent months trying to keep Ramsey out of jail. But finally the town of Clover judge did sentence Johnny Ramsey to jail, and now more than a few people in this little town and across the country are upset over junk – and over jailing a 79-year-old man over junk in his yard.

    Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/05/3584169/supporters-of-79-year-old-clover.html#storylink=cpy

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