I've been away from here for over a week, but for good reason. You see the "GREEN" bureaucracy never sleeps and its cancerous totalitarianism is infesting every nook and cranny of American life, even in this mid-size city in North Carolina. Actually, it has metastasized into all of America, so we either succumb to the death throes of massive control over the minutiae of daily life, or we pick up our gumptions and stick this "GREEN" bureaucracy in the juggler. That is what I have been trying to do this past two weeks. (It's bleeding but not dead yet....explanation to follow.)
Issue after issue keeps coming at us in a blinding blizzard of "RED" tape proposals....all for your own good, of course. Now that I think of it, "RED" tape is the appropriate color for what pretends to be "GREEN." There is a reason the color "GREEN" is used to describe sickness and moral turpitude. "GREEN" around the gills." "GREEN" with envy. But on with the story....
The latest happening here is happening in every town and city in America. It is straight from the "Sustainable Communities Initiative," contrived in a Federal partnership between HUD, DOT, and the EPA. We have this under the radar layer of appointed "governance" in North Carolina called "Council of Governments." (COG) Every state has them these days. To give COG a feeble semblance of legitimacy, some of the appointed are elected representatives from local councils and commissioners. Added to that are some business, non-profit, and planning department appointments. This little cabal is hell-bent to presume control over land-use, transportation, buildings, water, and all else they can get their grubby hands on. The trick is that these COG cabals don't get that control unless our elected officials let them. Lazy elected officials looking for money from ANY source are all too happy to bless the COG cabal if they think they can get money and also get out of actual control over their own areas of responsibility.
In walks the COG to both our City Council and our County Commission with an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding - read "contract') that creates yet another layer of bureaucrats in a fictional "region" spanning 14 counties and 2 states. This particular MOU represents a $4.9 Million Federal grant handed to this COG to implement "Sustainable Communities." This MOU proposes a new CONSORTIUM to "plan" for land-use, transportation, buildings, water, and all else tangible you can imagine. Gee...do we vote in all of those other counties? No. Do we vote in a "region?" No. Do we vote in another State? No.
Voters? What voters?? Why do we need voters when we can TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN?
What plan does this new CONSORTIUM wish to impose? You guessed it! Agenda 21 - Sustainable Development - Smart Growth....including rationing of water resources across 14 counties and 2 States, all of the usual transportation schemes with bike lanes, walking trails, and mass transit, land restrictions requiring "open space" and high density development, "green" building only, etc. In fact, the entire scheme is verbatim out of Agenda 21 and ICLEI (Local Agenda 21). Our tax dollars hard at work. Most of the major cities in this CONSORTIUM proposal are already members of ICLEI, just to put more nails in the coffin. Charlotte, NC, member of ICLEI ...and location of the DNC. Coincidence? Nah.
Of course they didn't leave out the "Stakeholder" meetings. You know, those cute little events where they invite people to come and get brainwashed with propaganda and refuse to allow any dissent. Yep, that's in there, too.
I am not known for my public speaking skills. Terror strikes me right in the heart when even thinking of speaking to a room full of people. But I forced myself to do it, thankfully, with several wonderful other citizens and some Tea Party friends. We went. We spoke. And we managed to get the MOU tabled at both the City Council and the County Commissioner meetings. Tabled is not dead, however. Tabled is just delayed. This means we are not off the hook and are going to be going through this ordeal of confronting the Council and Commissioners again within a month.
So that is what I've been doing among other countless duties having to do with stopping our government from more of this over-reaching disenfranchisement of freedoms.
If you are new to my blog, I am relaying to you that this "Sustainable Communities Initiative" is part of the attack on our freedoms. Warning you. There are many among us who are too stupid to recognize the "War on Carbon" is a complete fictional fabrication from would-be totalitarians. It is this ignorance and the purveyors of it we are fighting, at the same time fighting off those who see this as an ego-stroke of power. In case you are wondering why your votes don't matter any more, this is why. Get after your local officials and stop them from implementing Agenda 21!! Get out of "regional government" organizations! Your way of life depends on it.