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Norman Tea Party Goes out On a Limb for Bobby Cleveland Who Prefers to Skirt the Issue Entirely

Kaye Beach

June 25, 2012

Received in my inbox tonight from the Norman Tea Party;

“It is with sadness that I have to report that Kaye Beach wrote information about Bobby Cleveland that we do not believe to be misleading

A Freudian slip?  I am almost positive that they meant to convey that I wrote information that they believe to be misleading.  That would account for the sadness.  Misleading information is indeed a saddening thing.

I never made the assertion about the town of Slaughterville being a member of the National League of Cities.  In fact, I told the Harvey’s, leaders of the Norman Tea Party,  that I did not know is the town is a member or not.  I don’t have that information.

The information I do have is presented on my blog.  It is accurate and documented.  Cleveland was a member of the NLC’s Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee.  This is a position that does not just fall out of the sky but is one that a person would apply for and/or be appointed for.

The history, facts and associations of the NLC are all carefully documented and factual. But there is a gap in the story and that is one only Mr. Cleveland can fill in but he will not address it directly.  Here is where he throws up the smokescreen.

Why and how Mr. Cleveland got mixed up with this organization and how much mixing he actually did is something he can provide and that could all be cleared up with one phone call or even an email. Yet none have been received. Instead Cleveland apparently denies any knowledge of the organization at all but seems loathed to go on record with that claim.

If I were him I would be intensely curious as to how I came to be listed as a member and participant of this policy committee at all.  I would also be quite eager to make clear to the writer of the article that there had been a mistake.  I would also want to take the opportunity to make it abundantly clear that I certainly did not support the decidedly progressive policy stances produced by the policy committee that bore my name.

But Bobby Cleveland has done none of those things.  Why not?

The article was posted June 21st but the excuse I have been given is that Mr. Cleveland is so busy dealing with the fallout from the article that he does not have time to pick up the phone and explain the mistake which I would promptly correct.

You can read the article I wrote about Cleveland and the NLC here.

Here is the email sent out by the Norman Tea Party, forced to try and defend their benefactor who has given them precious little but excuses and his long worn thin word to do so.

Tea Party Patriots,

We have a good number of members who are running in this election for various seats.  As a tea party we have not endorsed anyone, although we passionately care that good people get elected.  It has come to our attention that there have been some misleading statements made about one of our local conservatives.  It is imperative that the truth be told, so we can make up our minds based on accurate information.

It is with sadness that I have to report that Kaye Beach wrote information about Bobby Cleveland that we do not believe to be misleading.  We Googled the net, talked with Bobby , and then talked with Kaye . The facts as we understand them are as follows:

Kaye has made the assertion that Slaughterville, the city in which Bobby is Mayor, is a member of National League of Cities, a very leftist organization that supports Agenda 21. She went on to accuse Bobby Cleveland of leftist leanings. We Googled the organization and found that the NLC has representative organizations in each state, of which the Oklahoma Municipal League is one. We asked Bobby about this and he said that he and Slaughterville were members of the OML, primarily because they offered free legal assistance for small municipalities with limited funds. Bobby told us that he has never heard of NLC.  When informed of the OML’s affiliation with the NLC, he informed us that he was unaware of the connection. He also said that he was a nominal member who did not regularly attend meetings and had only attended an annual convention in OKC once. He could not explain why his name appeared on a transportation committee for the NLC.

Bobby is also a member of ACOG as representing Slaughterville, along with his son Rod, and they have been known to vigorously oppose many of the egregious proposals that have been brought before the organization. This has been independently verified by another member of ACOG from Logan County .

In view of Bobby ‘s activities over the past several years, we are inclined to believe that he was unaware of the connection between the NLC and the OML. Other Conservatives have been accused of Agenda 21 involvement but as it turned out they were just as innocent of Agenda 21 knowledge as we were in the beginning; it is only since 2009 that we were fully aware of the pervasive nature of Agenda 21 and its involvement in just about every aspect of local politics.

Bobby has worked hand in glove with us on a number of issues and has helped us by informing the Cleveland County Republican Party about some of our events.  He personally has attended a number of meetings, including the Agenda 21 Conference.  I believe him to be a strong, true Conservative.  The Clevelands , both Bobby and his son, Commissioner  Rod Cleveland , have been assets to the Conservative movement here in Cleveland County . Our only motive for sending out this explanation of events is in the interests of truth. Both Bobby Cleveland and Paul Maus , our other Conservative candidate in the House race, have been involved in Norman Tea Party activities in the past and we believe both to be good candidates.

We trust that Kaye , who is also a friend and a vital asset to the Conservative movement, did not realize that her statements did not tell the entire story. It is unfortunate that they were issued at a time when it is too late for Bobby to respond with any kind of rebuttal. Others have picked up on this story and are using it adversely. It is important for us Conservatives to know the totality of the circumstances before engaging in a circular firing squad.

Jim & Mallory

Oklahoma HD 20 Candidate Bobby Cleveland’s Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

Kaye Beach

**Update June 23, 2012.  I am being told that Mr. Cleveland denies any connection with the NLC.  I find it hard to believe that his name repeatedly appears as a member of the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure & Services Policy Committee on their 2010/2011 final policy and deliberation documents as well as the NLC’s website (all amply documented below) without any knowledge or approval by Mr. Cleveland.  I have investigated the procedures for becoming a member and clearly the selection process for members is a proactive one.  For example;

I am awaiting a call from Mr. Cleveland to explain his actual role in the NLC Policy and Advocacy committee and his stance on the positions advocated by the NLC.  When that happens, I will immediately report the outcome on this blog.**

June 21, 2012

Bobby Cleveland claims he is a conservative and a “constitutionist.”  He wants voters to believe that will take a stand against Agenda 21 however his track record proves otherwise.  Bobby Cleveland, in cahoots with national and local organizations,  has advocated for a number of things that are neither constitutional nor conservative.

For example, as a member of the National Municipal League’s Transportation and Infrastructure & Services Policy in 2010,  Cleveland promoted (among other things);

  • Red Light spy cameras
  • The 3 e’s of Sustainable Development
  • Federal incentives for random warrant less roadside drug and alcohol checks
  • Allowing federal and state governments to issue tax-exempt or tax-credit bonds

Bobby Cleveland is running on a platform he calls the ‘Bob Cleveland 3 C’s’

“Christian, Conservative and Constitutionist”

Looking at his membership with two organizations, The National League of Cities and ACOG, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, one might reasonably ask if a more accurate platform for Bobby Cleveland might be the Three E’s;

Economy, Environment and Equity

The three E’s of Sustainable Development

 

Equity (what could be wrong with that?!)

Equity means;

“individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective” –Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chair of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), and Clerk of the Circuit and County Court in Miami-Dade County, Florida

Both organizations, ACOG and the NLC, openly advocate for the UN’s model of  Sustainable Development (not the more sensible US model which promotes good stewardship of our natural resources) which runs contrary to our system of government.

Cleveland has been a member of ACOGS INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION POLICY COMMITTEE (ITPC) since at least March of 2008 and is also a member of ACOG’s Board of Directors.

Now, If Bobby Cleveland was running on a platform of Humanist, Progressive and Globalist, I probably wouldn’t have said anything.  If he had just kept it to ‘Republican’, I could have probably contained myself.  But at recent campaigning events he has actually pitched himself as the “anti-Agenda 21” candidate.

This is just asking too much.  Do the facts matter?

Let’s look at the facts beginning with the National League of Cities.

The National League of Cities, in particular, worked hand in glove with ICLEI to bring the United Nation’s Agenda 21 policy home to the United States. 

The NLC and ICLEI are both well known for their role in bringing socialist planning techniques to our communities.

This organization has been working alongside of ICLEI since the 90′s to inject the principles of the UN’s Agenda for the 21st Century into government policy on the local level.

CITIES FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION

The Urban CO2 Reduction Project

February 15, 1993

ICLEI plans to undertake a de-centralized campaign that seeks to generate enthusiasm and commitment among national and sub-national municipal associations worldwide. The first step was involving the following national and regional associations as co-sponsors of the aforementioned Summit:

. . .National League of Cities (US)The “world campaign” will initially work closely with the municipal associations that attended the Summit and with whom ICLEI already has close relations, such as the National League of Cities in the US.

http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=1651

Implementing Agenda 21 ICLEI Acts in Responce to UNCED

The UN’s Agenda 21 held its coming out party in the US in 1994 at the National League of Cities’ Annual conference.

The United States campaign [for the UN’s Agenda 21 Sustainable Development] was introduced in November 1994 at the annual conference of the National League of Cities.

http://www.un-ngls.org/orf/documents/publications.en/agenda21/04.htm

The NLC continues to work closely with ICLEI to bind cities to sustainable development guidelines that do not respect property or individual rights.

ICLEI USA initiated the STAR Community Index–with our partners the National League of Cities, U.S. Green Building Council, and Center American Progress–to hasten the progress of communities toward sustainability. STAR will provide a national, comprehensive rating system for cities to assess their sustainability performance and guide decision-making by connecting economic, environmental, and social concerns. (the 3 e’s) http://www.icleiusa.org/sustainability/star-community-index/sponsor-opportunities/star-sponsor-opportunities

This is the organization Mr. Cleveland has chosen to work with.  He could be forgiven for not knowing the history of the NLC but there is no excuse for supporting the policies of the organization that are at the very least obviously not conservative and at worst subversive to our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The NLC explains the method of selection and the role of members of its Policy and Advocacy Committees;

State municipal leagues appoint the members of the seven policy and advocacy committees, which meet twice each year. At the Congressional City Conference, NLC’s legislative conference, committee members are called upon to advocate for NLC’s legislative priorities on Capitol Hill, as well as help set the policy agenda for the year. At the Congress of Cities, committee members review and approve policy proposals and resolutions. These action items are then forwarded to NLC’s Resolutions Committee and considered at the Annual Business Meeting, also held during the Congress of Cities.” link

Below are the results of the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure & Services Policy Chapter that were  approved in 2011 at the NLC’s Congress of Cities.

2011 Transportation Infrastructure & Services Policy Chapter

Highlights;

•Public Private Partnerships

•More stringent seat belt laws

•Red light Spy Cameras

•The 3 e’s of Sustainable Development

•More federal involvement in local planning

•More federal funding for local planning

•Federal standards for local planning efforts Federal funding and incentives for alternative modes of travel such as bikes and pedestrian as well as beautification, landscaping projects and environment retrofitting.

•Federal incentive grant program for random roadside drug and alcohol inspections.

•Congestion pricing

•“NLC urges repeal of Amtrak’s statutory self-sufficiency requirement, since no known passenger rail system operates without government subsidies.”

•NLC supports high-speed rail development

•“NLC further urges the federal government to redefine the responsibility and funding mechanisms for maintaining tracks that carry both freight and national intercity passenger rail traffic.”

•Allowing federal and state governments to issue tax-exempt or tax-credit bonds for financing rail improvements.

Bobby Cleveland is also listed as a member of the  National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure & Services Policy Committee  in 2012

2012

I have yet to review the latest policy papers or resolutions but here they are;

View the policies and resolutions crafted by and voted on by the Transportation Inrastructure & Services Committee:

2012 Transportation Infrastructure & Services Policy Chapter

2012 Transportation Infrastructure & Services Resolutions

Some problems with the policies that Mr. Cleveland as part of the NLC’s policy committee advocates for is as follows;

Public Private Partnerships.

The problem with public private partnerships is that the government becomes corrupted and no longer represents the taxpayers when it accepts funding from private interests.

Remember, any private stakeholder is in it for the money and when government enters into this partnership,  that means your tax money!   The natural result of public private partnerships is the fleecing of the tax payer and diluted government that is not representing the interests of the people. 

There is nothing conservative or constitutional about public private partnerships.

Then you have Bobby Cleveland advocating for more stringent seat belt laws.  Really?  More nanny state laws regulating private behavior is not very conservative either.

Red Light Cameras

This is a public-private privacy nightmare!  The lure of revenue split between the government and their private partners, the red light companies, has led to instances of shortening the yellow light and less attention on simple and cheap engineering fixes at intersections which study after study has shown to radically reduce the number of red light runners.

Both citizens and public officials all over this country  have been in an uproar trying to get the cameras out of their communities because these type of public-private shenanigans have caused  new safety issues like rear end collisions causing them to lose faith in the cameras originally accepted as safety devices.

And far from simply snapping a picture of the offending driver, red light cameras are video cameras that roll 24 hours a day capturing thousands of innocent motorists’ comings and goings.

Electronic police state policies that diminish safety while lining the pockets of private corporations is not conservative.

Bobby Cleveland advocates for more federal involvement in local planning, more federal funding for local planning and more federal standards for local planning.

With Cleveland in office, we will surely be saying goodbye to state sovereignty!

These stances are certainly NOT conservative! 

 NLC members, including Mr. Cleveland, also actively lobby in D.C. to promote these issues.

According to the NLC;

“Throughout the year, committee members participate in advocacy efforts to influence the federal decision-making process, focusing on actions concerning local governments and communities.”

How could anyone claiming to be a conservative run around DC lobbying for issues like more federal involvement, funding and standards for local planning?

View the policies and resolutions crafted by and voted on by the Transportation Infrastructure & Services Committee (and Member, Bobby Cleveland)
2011 Transportation Infrastructure & Services Policy Chapter
2011 Transportation Infrastructure & Services Resolutions

Both ACOG and the NLC advocate for regional governance.

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIESPOLICY AND ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

Regional governance adds yet another layer of government and unelected bureaucrats to bedevil citizens with taxes and regulations.

This is not the Republican form of government that We The People are guaranteed!

The National League of Cities works to promote regional governance across the nation is also a source of vexation for citizens who prefer the more traditional republican form of government that makes our country unique and was formerly the source of our strength.

From the Greater Gaston County Tea Party blogsite;

Looking into the National League of Cities website is enough to send chills down my spine. This is yet another layer of tax deferred grant writing by special interests, corporations, and interference into local government.  I’m guessing Gastonia council joined this to get more grants. I don’t remember voters being asked to join this NLC.  Not to be overly dramatic, but it is “Public Private Partnership” and “regional governance” …all unelected bodies once again…handing out grants for compliance with a “regional” structure that the voters have no say on whatsoever.   Our council applies for and receives grants from “regional” government organizations without consulting voters.  Grants come with strings attached.  Read more

The NLC George Soros and Gun Control

The NLC flexes its muscle to promote gun control promoting resolutions and model policies to cities that ban guns in public places and promote gun registration.  The NLC promotes policy that restricts access to guns and ammunition, supports a ban on all semi-automatic weapons and 30 day waiting periods.

See for yourself-read the NLC Policy and Resolutions Papers http://www.nlc.org/influence-federal-policy/policy-committees/public-safety-crime-prevention

Has Bobby Cleveland gone on record opposing the NLC’s position on gun control?

 ‘Emmy-winning reporter and radio host, Shad Olson, investigates the connection between state Municipal Leagues, the National League of Cities and liberal overlord, George Soros. Advancing antigun, antifamily, anticapitalist policies that cost taxpayers millions of dollars, Shad reveals how the National League of Cities is doing the work of the extreme left in the ‘bottom-up,’ remaking of America.’

The National League of Cities is involved in arguably one of the most effective anti-gun lobbies, advising city leaders, even in conservative states to ban guns in city parks and then doling out expensive legal advise when those policies are deemed unconstitutional” –Shad Olsen

While it is unclear to me exactly what the connections are between George Soros and the NLC,  it is not hard to believe that Soros and the NLC are working in tandem on certain issues.

Some of the best advice I have ever gotten in politics is to never listen to what a politician says, pay attention, I was advised, to what they do.

In future articles, I will be doing exactly that.  Looking at what Bobby Cleveland does rather than what he says.  Specifically, I will show you some of what ACOG has been up to with nary a peep out of our “Anti Agenda 21 candidate”, Bobby Cleveland.

Given his history, what assurance do voters have that if elected to represent HD 20, Mr. Cleveland will legislate in the best interests of his constituents?

Actions- not words is what matters and Oklahoma voters have the right to know the facts so that they can cast their votes accordingly.

Second Amendment Subversion-The National League of Cities and Municipal League

Kaye Beach

Nov. 2, 2011

George Soros and Second Amendment subversion by the National League of Cities and the Municipal League?

The National League of Cities is well known for their role on bringing socialist planning techniques to our communities.  This organization has been working alongside of ICLEI since the 90’s to inject the principles of the UN’s Agenda for the 21st Century into government policy on the local level.

Implementing Agenda 21 ICLEI Acts in Responce to UNCED

North America

The United States campaign was introduced in November 1994 at the annual conference of the National League of Cities. Eight months later, the local councils of 15 cities had agreed to the campaign commitments.

http://www.un-ngls.org/orf/documents/publications.en/agenda21/04.htm

CITIES FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION

The Urban CO2 Reduction Project

February 15, 1993

ICLEI plans to undertake a de-centralized campaign that seeks to generate enthusiasm and commitment among national and sub-national municipal associations worldwide. The first step was involving the following national and regional associations as co-sponsors of the aforementioned Summit:

. . .National League of Cities (US)The “world campaign” will initially work closely with the municipal associations that attended the Summit and with whom ICLEI already has close relations, such as the National League of Cities in the US. Through this de-centralized process of deliberation, consultation, and local advocacy, ICLEI hopes to enlist 100 municipalities worldwide by 1995 that account for one billion tonnes of global CO2 emissions

http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=1651

The Nation League of Cities work to promote regional governance across the nation is also a source of vexation for citizens who prefer the more traditional republican form of government that makes our country unique and was formerly the source of  our strength.  From the Greater Gaston County Tea Party blogsite;

Looking into the National League of Cities website is enough to send chills down my spine. This is yet another layer of tax deferred grant writing by special interests, corporations, and interference into local government.  I’m guessing Gastonia council joined this to get more grants. I don’t remember voters being asked to join this NLC.  Not to be overly dramatic, but it is “Public Private Partnership” and “regional governance” …all unelected bodies once again…handing out grants for compliance with a “regional” structure that the voters have no say on whatsoever.   Our council applies for and receives grants from “regional” government organizations without consulting voters.  Grants come with strings attached.  Read more

Their work in undermining our right to keep and bear arms, however,  is a new one on me.