Richard Rothschild Battles Local Agenda 21

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Richard Roth­schild was the first coun­ty com­mis­sion­er to offi­cial­ly oppose the Unit­ed Nations’ Inter­na­tion­al Coun­cil for Local Envi­ron­men­tal Ini­tia­tives (ICLEI), also known as Local Gov­ern­ments for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty.  In fact, Mr. Roth­schild won the Novem­ber 2010 elec­tion in Car­roll Coun­ty, Mary­land based on his oppo­si­tion to ICLEI, which is the local UN Agen­da 21 Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment action plan that attacks prop­er­ty and Con­sti­tu­tion­al rights.

Find out why Roth­schild is opposed to Agen­da 21 and ICLEI:  [8 minute video]

Com­mis­sion­er Roth­schild’s most pro­found obser­va­tions since tak­ing office have been that the fed­er­al and state gov­ern­ments use coer­cive grant mon­ey to expand their pow­er beyond Con­sti­tu­tion­al lim­its and that all of the process­es of gov­ern­ment are geared toward spend­ing mon­ey, which leads to bud­gets that spin out of control.

Car­roll Coun­ty is a rur­al area that is under threat of urban­iza­tion, mixed-use build­ings (com­pact apart­ment-like hous­ing also called “stack ’em and pack ’em” units) and social engineering.

Mr. Roth­schild is devot­ed to pro­tect­ing Car­roll Coun­ty’s cit­i­zens’ Con­sti­tu­tion­al rights.  He has encoun­tered force­ful oppo­si­tion in his pur­suit of uphold­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion and respect for prop­er­ty rights from the pho­ny envi­ron­men­tal­ist poli­cies of the US gov­ern­ment and the State of Maryland.

How­ev­er, he has been able to make some sig­nif­i­cant changes in Car­roll Coun­ty’s Munic­i­pal Mas­ter Plan, the foun­da­tion for devel­op­ment, that include steer­ing his coun­ty away from mixed use devel­op­ment and abol­ish­ing cer­tain social­ist lan­guage like “social equity”.

While Car­roll Coun­ty plan­ning and zon­ing offi­cials have been coop­er­a­tive with Com­mis­sion­er Roth­schild, he has been restrained in ful­ly pro­tect­ing cit­i­zens’ rights because of fed­er­al laws, most­ly hand­ed down by the EPA, and state laws that attack prop­er­ty rights.  The State of Mary­land encroach­es on local gov­ern­ment juris­dic­tion through covert zon­ing and build­ing regulations.

An exam­ple of this is a new Mary­land state reg­u­la­tion that pro­hibits build­ing any­thing with­in 100 feet of a stream.  So, if a landown­er wants to build a a home or oth­er struc­ture on his or her land, the par­cel bet­ter be big enough to accom­mo­date the state’s new reg­u­la­tion or they are plain out of luck.  Imag­ine the effect of down-zon­ing on prop­er­ty value!

The good news is that peo­ple are wak­ing up to the rot­ten UN Agen­da 21 Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment plot.  Alaba­ma is the first state to offi­cial­ly ban Agen­da 21!  Gov­er­nor Bent­ley reluc­tant­ly signed the res­o­lu­tion under extreme pres­sure from activists.

Sev­er­al oth­er states are in the process of con­sid­er­ing and/or pass­ing res­o­lu­tions against Agen­da 21.

Many local gov­ern­ments have reject­ed ICLEI and oth­ers have silent­ly refused to renew the pro­gram con­tract (click here for the full list).

Addi­tion­al­ly, a num­ber of Repub­li­can groups are active­ly fight­ing Agen­da 21 (click here for list).


Alaba­ma proved that efforts by activists can make all the difference.

Com­mis­sion­er Roth­schild rec­om­mends spend­ing time to go through your Munic­i­pal Mas­ter Plan plan­ning and zon­ing reg­u­la­tions to weed out the ones that are stran­gling cit­i­zens’ rights (espe­cial­ly landown­ers).  Oth­er activists have been suc­cess­ful and tak­en action by pres­sur­ing law­mak­ers to pro­tect their rights and their property.


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