**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?!)
“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 NLC and ICLEI are both well known for their role in bringing socialist planning techniques to our communities.
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.
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.
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.
•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.
•“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
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.