F.R. Duplantier reporting Behind The Headlines

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September 2, 2001
The President's Council on Freedom?

F.R. Duplantier

by: F.R. Duplantier

Bill Clinton sought to undermine our freedoms with his President's Council on Sustainable Development. Shouldn't President Bush reverse the process with a President's Council on Sustainable Freedom?

Attendees at the recent Freedom 21 Conference in St. Louis are urging President Bush to create a President's Council on Sustainable Freedom. The proposal is part of an effort to undo the damage done by Bill Clinton, who used his President's Council on Sustain able Development to "implement policies administratively" that he could not get through Congress. "Those policies remain embedded throughout the federal agencies," observes Henry Lamb of Sovereignty International, sponsor of the Freedom 21 Conference. "Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development featured representatives of environmental organizations, to the exclusion of property rights and constitutional advocates," he notes. "Bush's Council on Sustainable Freedom should feature representatives of organizations that promote sovereignty, free enterprise, and individual and property rights." The Freedom 21 Conference attendees make their proposal in a letter to the President, which reads as follows:

Dear President Bush:

Shortly after Bill Clinton assumed the presidency, he created, by executive order, the President's Council on Sustainable Development. The purpose of the Council was to recommend policy modifications to bring the United States into conformity with the policy recommendations set forth in Agenda 21, the sweeping document adopted at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development.

We believe the policies recommended in Agenda 21 fail to adequately respect the fundamental principles of freedom set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Consequently, many policies implemented pursuant to Agenda 21 infringe upon those freedoms to which every American is entitled.

Therefore, we urge you to consider creating, by executive order, a President's Council on Sustainable Freedom. The purpose would be to examine and evaluate existing policies against the standards and principles of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and to recommend any changes necessary to more accurately reflect the application and use of these standards and principles in public policy.

We certainly support sustaining our healthy environment and a robust economy; we believe that neither can be sustained without first assuring that our individual freedoms are respected and practiced, and not inadvertently compromised through regulatory policies.

We hope you will give this request serious consideration. We stand ready to assist in any way possible to assure that all citizens of the United States are able to realize life, liberty and pursuit of happiness in their daily lives, as envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

The letter was originally signed by Henry Lamb and 255 other participants at the Freedom 21 Conference, including Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, Daniel New of UN Watch, and Ray Cunio of Citizens for Private Property Rights. Lamb urges all who share these sentiments to add their names to the letter online at freedom21.org.