Why are the Republican Sarasota County Commissioners violating their own Party Platform?

Many Sarasotans are wondering about their County Commissioners. In particular their support for policies that are directly violating their own party’s platform. On June 5th, 2014, Sarasota County will be hosting the United Nations 2014 World Environment Day (WED). Why? Because the County Commissioners have fully embraced the UN’s agenda on climate change and sustainable communities. But this is in direct violation of their own party platform.

The 2012 Republican Party platform states:

Since the end of World War II, the United States, through the founding of the United Nations and NATO, has participated in a wide range of international organizations which can, but sometimes do not, serve the cause of peace and prosperity. While acting through them, our country must always reserve the right to go its own way. There can be no substitute for principled American leadership.

The United Nations remains in dire need of reform, starting with full transparency in the financial operations of its overpaid bureaucrats. As long as its scandal-ridden management continues, as long as some of the world’s worst tyrants hold seats on its Human Rights Council, and as long as Israel is treated as a pariah state, the U.N. cannot expect the full support of the American people.

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We strongly reject the U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty, and we oppose any form of U.N. Global Tax. We oppose any diplomatic efforts that could result in giving the United Nations unprecedented control over the Internet. International regulatory control over the open and free Internet would have disastrous consequences for the United States and the world. [Emphasis added]

Many are calling for the Sarasota County Commission to opt out of any participation in or support for World Environment Day.

The Sarasota County website on sustainability is promoting the United Nations WED and its efforts for “sustainable communities“. According to its website, “Sarasota County government is committed to environmental, cultural and economic sustainability.”

The Sarasota County Roadmap to Sustainability reads, “Planning for a sustainable community is the overarching theme of the Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan. Sarasota County government is committed to lead by example, promote public participation and work in community partnership to improve our quality of life and protect the natural systems that support life. – Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan 2006”

Sustainable development is a UN initiative. According to the UN sustainable development website:

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda (click here for information on different work streams). It was decided establish an “inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly“.

The Sarasota County Commission and United Nations are in full compliance with the Rio+20 outcome document, where member States agreed that sustainable development goals (SDGs) must:

  1. Be based on Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
  2. Fully respect all the Rio Principles.

Bottom line: The all Republican Sarasota County Commission is fully aligned with UN Agenda 21, and in direct violation of their own Republican Party platform. They are not, by their party’s own definition, principled American leaders.


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