*L* – Local, *S* – State, *F* – Federal, *I* – International
SD CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY
Elects Officers for 2023 Leadership
Rapid City, SD (January, 2023) – SD Citizens for Liberty, Inc., an active local tea party organization, has finished board elections and has elected it’s officers for the new year.
SD CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY RELEASES
2022 CONSERVATIVE SCORECARD
Group raises the bar on state legislator evaluation
Rapid City, SD (June, 2022) – SD Citizens for Liberty, Inc., an active local tea party organization, has released the 2022 Legislative Scorecard – which rates both State House and Senate members on their votes on bills in State government. Scorecard is available here, as well as previous scorecards from other years.
SD CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY RELEASES
2017 CONSERVATIVE SCORECARD Group raises the bar on state legislator evaluation
Rapid City, SD (October 9, 2017) – SD Citizens for Liberty, Inc., an active local tea party organization, has taken the familiar practice of rating state legislators’ performance to a new level. “There are lots of scorecards out there, but most of them are more narrowly focused than ours.” said Mike Mueller, President of SD CFL. “We evaluate the votes of all 105 legislators over a broad spectrum of bills that represent issues people care about.” The group uses the provisions of the South Dakota and US Constitutions and the planks of the state and national Republican Party platforms as an evaluating guide. What is unique to this effort is the inclusion of committee votes in the group’s in-depth online chart that features links to the bills and the legislator’s state website page.
“Our parliamentary system can effectively serve the people when properly used, but too often committee hearings provide political cover for lawmakers to advance an agenda or kill an important bill before it proceeds to the floor of the House or Senate”, said Tonchi Weaver, the group’s project director. “Other groups look only at floor votes when creating scorecards; because all the strategizing goes on in committees, we included those votes as well”.
This project has taken several months to complete and was complicated by the need to include the special session called by Governor Daugaard in mid‐June. The color‐coded chart is heavily footnoted to indicate the references used to evaluate the votes. It also includes notations on past political affiliation of many Republican legislators.
“People want to compare how their legislators are voting in office versus what they said when they ran for office”, Mueller said. “Our scorecard plays an important role in keeping legislators honest – and keeping the citizens informed.”
SDCFL Inc. RESOLUTION CONCERNING AGENDA 21 *I*
The 2017 South Dakota Conservative Scorecard as well as the 2017 Second Amendment Scorecard published earlier this year can be accessed on SD Citizens for Liberty’s Facebook page, or on the website sdcitizensforliberty.com
The United Nations is an organization of nations that was formed in 1945 to promote peace, security, and international cooperation. The UN has routinely overstepped its original mission and in 1992, at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the UN declared it would undertake the task to protect the rights of future generations and all species against the potential crimes of the present. The plan to accomplish this new goal, which goes far beyond the original UN charter, is found in Agenda 21.
The three cornerstones of United Nations Agenda 21 are; Economy, Ecology and Social Equity. United Nations Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan to institute policies of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control.
United Nations Agenda 21 describes social justice as the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded by society and the environment. United Nations Agenda 21 proposes to achieve this definition of social justice by instituting a socialist/communist-style redistribution of wealth worldwide. According to United Nations Agenda 21 national sovereignty is deemed a social injustice.
United Nations Agenda 21 documents state that individual rights, which will be determined by a globalist governing body, will be subordinate to the needs of communities. United Nations Agenda 21 calls for governments to take control of all land use, including distribution of water and production of food, and remove any decision making from the hands of private property owners.
Neither the U.S. government nor any state or local government is legally bound by the United Nations Agenda 21 treaty, signed by Pres. George H. Bush, in that it has never been ratified by the U.S. Senate.
United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America by the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), now calling itself “Local Governments for Sustainability”. The ICLEI is aided by the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) which was founded by Pres. Bill Clinton. ICLEI encourages local governing bodies to establish local “sustainable development” policies, such as Smart Growth, the Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and many other “green” or “alternative” projects.
SDCFL Inc. believes that United Nations Agenda 21 is in direct conflict with the protections afforded citizens by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of South Dakota. SDCFL Inc. therefore opposes any attempts to implement United Nations Agenda 21 in any level of government: town, city, county, state and national. SDCFL Inc. is committed to exposing the dangerous intent of United Nations Agenda 21 and to educating the public and elected officials about its infiltration into local, state and federal government agencies.
AN ACT relative to the United Nations Agenda 21 and the non-governmental organization International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, also known as ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability.
ICLEI is not a United Nations agency or controlled by the U.N. in any way. ICLEI is an independent non‐profit organization.
Working with elected officials, we help voice local government needs and priorities during international negotiations and agreements, such as the U.N. climate negotiations, here ICLEI serves as the official representative of local governments, or the U.N. talks on biodiversity.
Agenda 21 is a sustainability action plan of the United Nations — not ICLEI — that came out of the U.N. “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. At the Summit, governmental leaders around the world agreed on the need to become more sustainable — to meet today’s needs without sacrificing our future. Agenda 21 presents a vision for how all levels of government can take voluntary action to improve sustainability and quality of life for people, addressing issues such as pollution, resource conservation, and poverty.
ICLEI and sustainability
Frequently asked questions about what sustainability is, what it means for local governments and how ICLEI is working toward sustainability.
What is sustainability?
Sustainability is often defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” So from this definition, we can say that certain activities are sustainable, like replanting trees or investing in education, while others are unsustainable, like massive deficit spending or dumping harmful pollutants into waterways.
Sustainability balances the aims of three interrelated pillars: environmental, economic, and social. Sustainability promotes the idea of viewing issues holistically, rather than just through narrower environmental or economic lenses.
Resilience and Adaptation
Global goals and targets the Rio Conventions:
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity,
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification
the Habitat Agenda
the Millennium Development Goals
the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation
WHEREAS, for the purposes of this act, a “political subdivision” means all state, county, incorporated city, unincorporated city, public local entity, public-private partnership, or any other public entity thereof; and
WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control that was initiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992; and
WHEREAS, neither the U.S. government nor any state or local government is legally bound by the United Nations Agenda 21 treaty in that it has never been ratified by the U.S. Senate; and
WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America through the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), now calling itself “Local Governments for Sustainability,” through local “sustainable development” policies, such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other “Green” or “Alternative” projects; and
WHEREAS, this plan of radical so-called “sustainable development” views the American way of life of private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms all as destructive to the environment; and
WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded by society and the environment which would be accomplished by a socialist/communist-style redistribution of wealth; and
WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, national sovereignty is deemed a social injustice; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Newell is prohibited from implementing programs of, expending any sum of money for, being a member of, receiving funding from, contracting services from, or giving financial or other forms of aid to ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability, or any other organization promoting the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 21, sustainable development, or smart growth.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of this body recognize the destructive and insidious nature of the United Nations Agenda 21, endorse rejection of its radical policies and of any grant monies attached to it, and recommend exposing to the public and public policymakers across the country the dangerous intent of the plan.