Agenda 21 ‘tentacles’ reach beyond environment
Thank you for running the Agenda 21 article last week. It is a topic of interest to millions of people worldwide, both leftist and conservative. Without a doubt, the 1992 U.N. document has infiltrated U.S. energy, labor, and environmental policy, and its language continues to trickle into the vocabulary of local governments, boards, and commissions.
I had to laugh, though, at Mr. Cole’s definition of sustainable as "self-sustaining." Rule number one of defining a word, as I recall from third grade, is that one never uses the word in the definition. A more accurate definition would be, in this case, "something to hold on to or to uphold."
While Agenda 21 is focused upon the environment, it has long tentacles (like most government-produced documents) that reach into unrelated social aspects such as eliminating poverty (impossible), empowering labor unions (political), balancing the sex ratio of our youth (unnatural), using science to justify climate change (in reality, still global warming). The larger picture is economic and political, with the unspoken goal being an empowered global government that makes the U.S. and every other nation’s government subservient.
Concerning its impact upon Mathews County, the fact that we have a Middle Peninsula Planning District and a Mathews County Planning Commission is sufficient evidence that Agenda 21 ideologies (and similar ones that predate Agenda 21) are accepted by the public as necessary for its own good. Neither of these boards is needed, for communities across the Commonwealth survived for centuries without them, and any extension of government by appointment impinges upon the freedom of our citizens. Let us as individuals look out for our own interests rather than allowing a board to "look out for the interests of all the citizens of Mathews." I concur with Mrs. Machen that no one turned to Agenda 21 when creating the current Comprehensive Plan, but I agree with the Concerned Citizens group when they say that they don’t trust their local supervisors to make wise planning decisions for the county.
Again, thank you for helping create awareness about Agenda 21. I would urge people to read the actual document, but, more importantly, I would urge them to become involved in their government on every level.
Robert B. Thompson