Worldview WeekendBy Henry Lamb Click here to listen
There is nothing ambiguous or uncertain about this statement:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." (10th Amendment)
Where in the Constitution does Senator Christopher Dodd find any authority to even propose his "Livable Communities Act?"
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 authorizes Congress "to lay and collect taxes for the common defense and general welfare" of the United States. The next 17 paragraphs define the specific area of activity the founders considered to encompass the "general welfare." To ensure there was no misinterpretation, or misunderstanding of their intention to limit the power of the federal government, the founders included the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights.
There is no Constitutional authority for the federal government to be involved in how state and local communities organize themselves.
Global governance, however, says that:
"All countries should establish as a matter of urgency a national policy on human settlements, embodying the distribution of population, and related economic and social activities, over the national territory."
Agenda 21, Chapter 10 declares that:
"Expanding human requirements and economic activities are placing ever increasing pressures on land resources, creating competition and conflicts and resulting in suboptimal use of both land and land resources. If, in the future, human requirements are to be met in a sustainable manner, it is now essential to resolve these conflicts and move towards more effective and efficient use of land and its natural resources."
Why is Dodd proposing legislation to comply with global governance requirements rather than honoring the limitations of Congress imposed by the Constitution? Organization of local communities should be a local issue; the federal government should get its nose out of local affairs.
Anyone who reads Chapter 10 of Agenda 21, and then reads Dodd's bill, will immediately conclude that the bill is designed to comply with the recommendations of this United Nations document.
Typically, the actual authors of such legislation deny any connection at all the U.N., and claim that those who try to make a connection are just black-helicopter conspiracy theorists. Their denial assumes that the average person will never take the time to read Agenda 21, chapter 10, or the other U.N. documents that recommend comprehensive land use planning and the creation of sustainable (or "livable) communities.
This is how global governance overwhelms the Constitution. We have elected a majority of Senators and representatives who have abandoned the idea of limited government, who believe that their election entitles them to do whatever they wish.