Development’ is the Evil You Face
On July 23, 2004, Tom DeWeese,
president of the American Policy Center, addressed the fifth annual
Freedom 21 Conference in Reno, Nevada. The following is his address
on the agenda, the threat, and the defeat of "Sustainable
By Tom DeWeese
My friends, we come here today from
many walks of life. A wide variety of reasons got each of us started
on the road to activism.
Some of us started simply because we
noticed something funny about our child’s curriculum in school. Some
of us were outraged by government trying to take away our guns. A
good many of us suddenly found government agents and members of
private groups plotting to take away our land. Some have had their
livestock confiscated. Some have found themselves facing jail just
for doing what their fathers and grandfathers have done on the same
land for decades.
Some of us just wanted to be allowed to
go to church, pray to God and celebrate Christmas without being
fined for it. A few of us would even like to be able to go to a
restaurant and order food we like – even if it is greasy, fattening
and full of carbs and calories.
All of us just want to live in
an America where our rights and pursuit of happiness is protected.
And so we fight. And now we’ve found ourselves here today in a room
with hundreds of others in the same boat.
I have one thing to tell you. You are
not going to win. Because the other side has cut us up into little
pieces. They’ve divided us and conquered us.
They’ve succeeded because you
think your fight is against gun control. Because you
think your fight is against bad schools. Because you
think your fight is against the Endangered Species Act and
roadless programs, and wetlands regulations, and water rights and
Heritage Areas. Because you think your fight is against
Democrats and not Republicans. Because you think it’s a fight
between evil liberals and good guy conservatives.
You’re wrong. Your fight is against a
well-planned, well orchestrated agenda for the complete
transformation of America. And unless you learn that fact now,
today... and unless you fully educate yourselves to every aspect of
that agenda and fight it on the proper terms… then you cannot win!
I’m here to tell you that every one of
these issues you are facing is interrelated. There is an agenda
being implemented before your very eyes. It’s called Sustainable
And I will tell you now, if you want to
keep your guns, your property, your children and your God… if you
love liberty… Then Sustainable Development is your enemy!
So what is Sustainable Development?
Imagine an America in which a specific "ruling principle" is created
to decide proper societal conduct for every citizen.
That principle would be used to
consider everything you eat, what you wear, the kind of homes you
live in, the method of transportation used to get to work, the way
you dispose of waste, perhaps the number of children you may have,
even your education and employment decisions.
Sustainable Development is that "ruling
principle" for the implementation of what former Vice President Al
Gore said we must all suffer through in order to purify our nation
from the horrors of the Twentieth Century’s industrial
In his book, "Earth in the Balance,"
Gore called it a "wrenching transformation of society." Those are
pretty powerful words that should concern anyone who values liberty.
It’s a warning that the rules are changing. That a new power elite
is taking control.
Perhaps you are beginning to notice
such changes as you go about your daily routine, but haven’t
understood where those changes, and the ideas behind them, are
coming from. But Sustainable Development is a very difficult concept
to grasp. It’s written in an almost foreign language – designed to
mislead and refrain from alarming you.
Let me put it in the simplest language
I possibly can. The Atkins Diet is not sustainable. Now, why
do I say that? Because on page 350 of the UN’s Global Biodiversity
Assessment Report it says that the grazing of livestock, including
cows, sheep, goats and horses is not sustainable. One reason for
that concept is because Sustainablists contend that the animals
pollute and damage the banks of streams.
Getting us to stop eating beef is a
major effort needed to fully implement the Sustainable Agenda. Since
they are cowards who fear your reaction to an outright banning of
eating meat, they have to try to trick you into thinking that not
eating meat is your idea. So they use scare tactics. For years they
have told you that eating meat raises your cholesterol. Fat is bad
for you. Meat causes heart attacks. With PeTA’s help they were
succeeding in turning us all into little sissies eating
Then along comes Dr. Atkins who shows
us that a low carb beef diet will help you lose weight in a healthy
way. Suddenly the nation has gone Atkins crazy. Beef sales are sky
rocketing. The Sustainablists are in a tail spin. They’ve lost
control of your eating habits.
Now watch what they are doing to get
you back on track. Suddenly reports are being published in leading
women’s magazines about Atkins being dangerous to your health.
Lawsuits have begun to pop up against the diet.
Do you see how it works? That’s how the
Sustainable Development agenda is implemented. Behavior modification
based on fear. Freedom of choice is not part of Sustainable
Development. And so I repeat, - the Atkins Diet is not
Now, perhaps you’ll understand why
there are Sustainable Development papers, guidelines and regulations
to impose the ruling principle:
On our public education system –
to prepare our children to live in a sustainable world.
On our economy – to create
partnerships between business and government, making sure business
becomes a tool to help implement the policies.
On the environment – leading to
controls on private property and business.
On health care – the new drive
against obesity is leading directly toward controls on what we
On farming – Sustainable
Development policies affect farmers’ ability to produce more crops
by regulating or banning precious chemicals, biotechnology and
genetic engineering in the name of environmental
On our social and cultural
environment – where political correctness is controlling policy
hiring practices, immigration policy, multiculturalism, marriage
On our mobility – with emphasis
on carpools and public transportation and away from the freedom of
And on public safety – where the
rule of law and the court system is being challenged by new
regulations that affect the right to privacy and unreasonable search
It’s important to understand that these
leading issues we face today are not just random concerns
that find their way into the forefront of political debate. They are
all interconnected to the policies of Sustainable
And you must understand that
Sustainable Development is the official policy of the government of
the United States of America – and every state, city and small burg
in the nation.
It is completely bi-partisan. It is
being equally implemented by Republicans and Democrats. No matter
the outcome of any election - the Sustainable Development agenda
moves forward unabated.
What we are telling you here today, my
friends, is that Sustainable Development isn’t just some land use
policy. It is a complete transformation of American society; away
from the rule of law; away from the ideals of property ownership,
free enterprise, free travel and even free association.
Sustainable Development. It’s a life
plan. Planned by someone else. Not you.
And Sustainable Development is not a
myth, or a theory or a conspiracy – as I’ve heard some in our own
movement call it.
Since the 1970’s literally hundreds of
issue papers, charters, guidelines and treaties have been presented
at scores of international meetings, each becoming a building block
in the creation of what would eventually become Sustainable
Finally in 1992 the UN’s Earth Summit
in Brazil brought all of these ideas together in two major documents
called "Agenda 21" and the "Biodiversity Treaty." Here the ideas
were officially presented to world leaders that all government on
every level, needed to be transformed into top-down control over
housing, food production, energy, water, private property education,
population control, gun control, transportation, social welfare,
medical care, and literally every aspect of our lives.
To get the full picture, add to these
the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on
the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, both
of which create UN-mandates on abortion, child rearing and
government interference on families.
In 1993 President Clinton created the
President’s Council on Sustainable Development. From that
Council came a flood of policy papers and recommendations to enforce
it as government policy.
And the Clinton Administration didn’t
need Congress to get into the act. All Cabinet officials had to do
was change some wording of existing programs and reroute
already-approved funding to begin to implement the agenda – without
Congress and without debate. Former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown
told a meeting of the President’s Council that he could implement
67% of the Sustainable Development agenda in his agency with no new
legislation. Other agencies like Interior, EPA, HUD and more did the
same thing. To help it all along, Clinton issued a blizzard of
The American Heritage Rivers Initiative
was born that way. So were roadless policies designed to stop
logging in national forests. National parks have become core
biosphere reserves designed to shut out any human activity. And the
buffer zones around them are designed to shut off existing human
activity, allowing the core to continually grow like a cancer tumor.
Any possible excuse to control human
development or activities began to sprout up - from rails-to trails
bikeways - to wet lands regulations - to historic preservation
projects. Endangered species, real or made up, have been used to
close down industry and steal private lands. Valuable natural
resources have been locked away in national parks and preserves.
In this way an international agenda to
transform the world into global governance under Sustainable
Development policy took hold and became official policy of the
United States of America.
Liberty Over Sustainable Development
By Tom DeWeese
The red states from the 2000 election
are made up of the desperate Americans who rushed to the polls
hoping to get a breath of fresh air – a champion to turn these
smothering policies around. But in four years, other than throwing a
few bones on roadless areas, President Bush has yet to undo a single
Clinton Executive Order on Sustainable Development. It is still the
official policy of the United States government.
Every day more of the agenda is
implemented. This is what you are fighting at home – no matter what
the issue. Almost every community in America now has some sort of
"visioning statement" designed to control development and property
use, while dictating rules for business, transportation, water use,
food production, and much more.
Our public schools have been
transformed, away from academic institutions, becoming instead
factories that pump out a worker class to fill the needs of a
centrally-controlled sustainable economy.
Christianity has come under attack
because it is the foundation of Western civilization, which is the
root of the ideas of limited government and individual freedom.
Those ideals must be crushed in the new Sustainable world where
individual thought would turn the well-ordered society of
Sustainable Development into chaos. And in such a world, you dare
not have any armed citizens. As I said, it is all one crushing
transformation stemming from Agenda 21 and Sustainable
But so many of us fail to see that. We
just focus on our one issue, refusing to see that we are fighting a
massive power structure.
Do you think it’s just a coincidence
that school curriculum makes no sense? If so, you’re looking at it
all wrong. You still think the schools are supposed to teach your
children academics. You think your job is just to fix some misguided
policies. The fact is the public school system is working perfectly
for what it was designed to do. And, if you understand the
Sustainabilist agenda, it will all make perfect sense.
Do you think it’s just a coincidence
that all of these environmental regulations have popped up to lock
away the land? Read Agenda 21 and you will find that every issue
your facing, from endangered species, to wetlands, to grazing policy
to water policy to smart growth to the expansion of national parks
are all described in detail. Read it and everything will be as clear
as a road map. Ignore it and you will be rolled on your single
If you don’t grasp the fact that you
are dealing with an agenda that is driving all of these issues – and
that they are not just single issues – then you cannot win! I am not
saying change the issues you are involved in. Of course, keep
fighting on your individual issues as you always have, but just know
that there is an over–all agenda behind your adversaries.
Can you imagine what we could do if we
all "got it"? If we all came to the realization that we are fighting
the same foe, the same agenda? Divided we lose. United we can blow
down their house of cards. Because that’s what it is, a house of
cards built on lies and very bad policy.
Do you know that, as we sit here
feeling down and somewhat hopeless, that the other side is terrified
of you? They fear that you will finally understand their agenda and
that you will unify and begin to fight back as an effective force
rather than in a bunch of splinter groups.
Did you know that the web has been
burning up with e-mails and memos about Freedom 21 meeting here this
week in Reno, at the Nugget? You see, the Nugget was the site of a
series of meetings in the nineties called the Wise Use Movement.
Those meetings were the first attempts for property rights
advocates, and ranchers, and the timber, mining industries to
organize and fight back. Those meetings were what brought me and
lots of other folks in this room into the fight.
The Sustainablists did everything
possible to vilify us as violent reactionaries who just wanted to
pave the Earth. They call us the "astro-turf crowd." Now, here we
are again with some of the original organizers of the Wise Use
Movement on our program. That has set off the alarm bells in
But now there are three times more of
us and we’re not just ranchers and timber people. I believe that the
inclusion of Niger Innis and the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE)
is one of the most important developments in the past ten years for
our movement. In addition, we’ve joined forces with Second Amendment
advocates and academic education activists and many more.
Down at the politburo their heads are
spinning. One of the groups which has been sending out hysterical
briefing memos on Freedom 21 is the Anti-Defamation League, one of
the most vicious groups in the nation. There are many more such
groups involved, but I have personally seen those from the ADL, so I
mention them. They view themselves as the keepers of moral thought
and they view you as equal to the KKK.
Some of their lackeys may be among us
today with the mission to report back to their handlers about what
is said here at Freedom 21. Well here’s the message I want them to
take back. Tell them that this week at Freedom 21 our movement has
Tell them that property rights and
multiple-use activists understand that the Sustainable Development
agenda is the core of all of the individual land use issues facing
us; property rights activists "get it" and choose liberty over
Tell them that education activists now
understand that the true agenda isn’t just misguided education
policies, but a transformation of the process to implement the
Sustainablist agenda. Education activists "get it" and choose
liberty over Sustainable Development.
Tell them that Christians understand
that the assault on their religion is necessary to destroy Western
Culture in order to replace it with Sustainablism. Christians "get
it" and choose liberty over Sustainable Development.
Tell them that gun owners understand
that the universal drive to disarm the nation is necessary in order
to implement the Sustainablist agenda. Gun owners "get it" and
choose liberty over Sustainable Development.
Tell them that Niger Innis and the
Congress on Racial Equality understand that Sustainable Development
is starving and killing blacks in Africa and around the world. CORE
"gets it" and chooses liberty over Sustainable
That’s the message I want the lackeys
to take back to those who are working every waking hour to enforce
their philosophy of death on free Americans.
Now, let me quickly give you one idea
that we might use to effectively fight back and stop Sustainable
Development. There is a flaw in their implementation system. The
fact is Congress does not pass laws making regulations mandatory for
implementation of the Sustainable Development agenda. That would be
a violation of the 10th Amendment.
To get around it, Congress sets up a
system of grants that come with strings. In order to get the money
you have to "voluntarily" comply with the rules that go with it. The
system has been set up with the help of groups like the Sierra Club,
the National Education Association and Planned Parenthood, to name a
They all fully understand the
game and its rules. And they have over 12,000 fellow organizations
on the state and local level to agitate and enforce those rules by
applying pressure to local community councilmen and commissioners.
That’s how the Sustainable Development agenda is being implemented
in every single community and school in the nation.
My friends, there are about 3,300
counties in this nation. I propose that as we continue to pressure
Congress and State Houses on our chosen issues, that we spend a
major part of our efforts to elect county commissioners and city
councilmen. We have to find men and women of integrity who
understand the Sustainablist agenda. They would have to be activists
who could resist the pressure and not accept the federal Trojan
Horse of grant money. If we could do this successfully in just 10 or
even 5 counties in the country, the news would spread like wildfire
and more would join us.
No, it won’t stop the Forest Service
and the Park Service S.W.A.T. teams from invading your land, but it
will begin to change the dynamics of the battle. Congress will
respond. Whether you’re supporting a third party or doing it through
one of the two major parties, we would build an unstoppable power
base that would spread across the nation.
I can tell you now, that if we keep
trying to pressure Congress as our only tactic or try to elect a
President who will listen, we will fail.
To save liberty in America, Sustainable
Development must be stopped. We have to start at the local level
where our grassroots efforts are strongest. Where it’s easiest to
win. We can find five county commissioners. We can get them elected
one at a time. And then get more to join them. And we can begin to
build a prairie fire across the nation.
Do these things my friends; first
understand that whatever issue you have chosen to fight for
is actually part of the Sustainable Development scheme.
Arm yourselves with that knowledge, and
then step-by-step work to elect local representatives who will
resist the Sustainabilist agenda and its money. The money is the
key. Take back your communities and in that way, step-by-step, take