Obama Using Agenda 21 “Regionalism” to Covertly Destroy America’s Suburbs

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently announced formation of a regional planning document, so as not to lose out on federal funding, called the State Strategic Plan that will be voted on in November. 


By Rachel Alexander | October 5, 2012
Obama Using Agenda 21 “Regionalism” to Covertly Destroy America’s Suburbs
Mike Kruglik, first executive director of Building ONE America meets with President Obama at the White House
Photo: Lee Stranahan

President Barack Obama has not left the radical mentors from his community organizing days behind. Rather, he has quietly, without announcements, brought them with him to the White House and put them in charge of policy using disguised program names. This has enabled him to avoid scrutiny and objections over his radical objectives. A primary goal of Obama’s radical friends is to eliminate the suburbs and cram people into the cities. This is being done using the justification of vague environmental concerns coupled with claims that the suburbs are full of racist whites fleeing the inner cities.

Obama describes his programs using innocuous sounding words like “regionalism.” It entails handing over local control to the federal government and unaccountable regional boards and organizations run by Obama’s radical friends. Much of this program comes from the United Nations’ Agenda 21, a massive plan masquerading under the generic sounding term “sustainability,” which promotes environmental conservation through heavy government regulations, while undermining the sovereignty of nations. If Obama openly called this massive redistribution of wealth and forcible taking of land from Americans for what it is, communism or socialism, it would be soundly rejected by freedom-loving Americans everywhere. Instead, Obama uses pleasant sounding words to hide what is really going on. The conservative writer James Delingpole describes the hidden underbelly this way, “The ‘sustainability’ movement is a lot like a watermelon: green on the outside and red on the inside.”

In order to force people to live within cities, no-growth boundary lines are being created around each metropolitan area, prohibiting the use of land outside it for anything other than farming. New residential developments will be required to include a quota of low-income housing units. This kind of approach to improving the lives of the poor does not work, however. According to conservative urbanist Howard Husock,

Regionalists imagine that middle-class habits will rub off on the poor if government drops them into middle-class neighborhoods, rather than understanding that it is the incentive of reaching a better neighborhood that encourages the habits of thrift and industry.

In fact, Building ONE America’s position paper entitled, “Strategies and Policies for Defending and Expanding the Middle Class in Metropolitan America,” is intended to provide a blueprint for ‘global neighborhoods’ that will ‘transform’ America as we know it.

Stanley Kurtz, the author of Radical-in-Chief, has written another book exposing the far-left agenda of Barack Obama. Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities thoroughly exposes Obama’s connections to his former radical mentors and how he is now using them to effect White House policy. In his book, Kurtz relates how Obama’s autobiography, Dreams From My Father, credits “Marty Kaufman” as a mentor who greatly influenced Obama. Kaufman, however, is actually a composite of three far-left radical mentors. Obama purposely disguised their identities so readers could not connect him to people so extreme. The most controversial of the three is Greg Galluzzo of the far left Gamaliel Foundation. Since Gamaliel would have set off warning bells if Obama tried to utilize the organization as president, a shell organization called Building ONE America was formed to implement their agenda under cover. Through it, Obama has been secretly carrying out his socialist redistributionist schemes.

For example, on July 18, 2011, Building ONE America was privileged to hold an event at the White House called the White House Forum on First Suburbs, Inclusion, Sustainability and Economic Growthaddressed by numerous high ranking administration officials. Afterwards, the organization’s executive director Mike Kruglik met with Obama. “Building ONE America’s founding Executive Director Mike Kruglik was summoned (in the midst of intense debt ceiling talks) to the West Wing to meet with President Obama in the Oval Office. The two community organizers discussed the Building ONE America event and Mike listed for the President all the states and metropolitan areas that were represented.”

Obama learned from 1960s radical Saul Alinsky that in order to push the leftist agenda successfully, it must be done stealthily. Alinsky purposely avoided becoming a member of the Communist Party, because he knew it would scare people. Instead, he worked within the Democratic Party and more mainstream organizations that had power, pushing them to the left. Kurtz describes it this way, “Alinky’s technique was to advance a far-left agenda piece by piece, without announcing a larger goal or providing an ideological justification.”

Each piece of the agenda must be sufficiently disguised. Kurtz cites a description of Building ONE America from its website:

To stabilize and revitalize communities, reinvigorate local economies and promote regional opportunity through broad-based mobilization, leadership development, and the direct engagement of policy-makers at the state and federal level. .

After the description, he writes, “Got that? Don’t worry, you weren’t supposed to.” The motives of the anti-sprawl crusade have been left “deliberately fuzzy,” to create an “optimal amount of fog,” writes Kurtz. This explains why Obama has not fully embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement. Although he agrees with its radical agenda, he does not want to be as transparent about how far left his goals for government control really are.

Moreover, Obama uses misleading words to disguise his education agenda. “While the public language of Obama’s education policy is ‘standards, standards, standards,’ the actual plan is ‘federal control, federal control, federal control.’” Obama is able to push his education agenda through Congress by attaching the funding for it to a massive stimulus package. Passed rapidly, there is little time for debate or discussion on the merits, or whether the transfer of control to the federal government violates the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution.

Obama is even more radical than his former Pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Kurtz writes, “When Obama confronted Wright with the claims that his church was “too upwardly” mobile,” his pastor-to-be replied, “That’s a lot of bull.’” Obama wanted to use Wright’s church for political confrontations.

Obama’s “regionalism” agenda is being forced down to states and localities, usually in the form of mandates coming from the executive branch. If local governments do not accept the mandates, they lose out on funding. Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) recently announced the formation of a regional planning document called the State Strategic Plan. In a speech introducing it last October, Christie announced that new homes and businesses in New Jersey should be built in cities and towns, not farm fields and open space. He created a new regional board to oversee its implementation. The New Jersey Regional Coalition, happens to be one of Building ONE America’s members. The Plan will be voted on before November 13, 2012. Tea Party groups and conservatives are speaking up against it because it will redistribute wealth and usurp private property rights.

One of the vague goals listed in the Plan is sustainability, which contains a purposely vague description:

Sustainability: The State of NJ will plan for and respond to current and future challenges and opportunities through adaptive decision making that accounts for social, economic and environmental protection and enhancement. .

The Plan disguisedly calls for public-private partnerships, which are little more than inefficient, government-sanctioned monopolies that do the bidding of government: “The State of NJ will work with the private sector, higher education and all levels of government to ensure that State assets are leveraged in strategic locations.” It relies upon the liberal Washington think tank called the Brookings Institution for its “regionalism” recommendations:

The Brookings Institution offers a useful organizing definition for this new development. “Regional Innovation Clusters” or RICs are defined by the Brookings Institution as a “regional assemblage of firms along with suppliers, trade associations, educational institutions and related coordinating organizations working in the same field.”

The entire Plan is full of the UN’s Agenda 21 language, discussing how businesses will be given incentives or penalties in order to force them to locate in highly urban areas, which are renamed “priority industry clusters” in order to disguise what is really going on. “Values” include “Advancing Equity,” which means redistributing wealth in the areas of housing, jobs and schools. Another “Value” is “Environmental Protection and Enhancement,” which compels more environmental regulations: “Reduce energy use, carbon emissions, water degradation and other impacts of development.”

Although Governor Christie may have been fooled by the misleading, feel-good language of Agenda 21, the Republican Party as a whole has not. In August 2011, the party proposed a non-binding resolution in its platform rejecting Agenda 21 for being “aggressively erosive of American sovereignty.” By August 2012, theresolution was adopted as part of the Republican Party Platform” in Tampa.

It will take a lot more than the Republican Party and Tea Parties to stop Agenda 21. Its language is so disguised, and the implementation is being done so underhandedly that even Republicans like Christie support it. Few realize that Obama has not become more mainstream since leaving community organizing. Instead, he has made community organizing and its goals of redistributing wealth through Agenda 21 more mainstream by simply applying different pseudonyms.


Rachel Alexander is the founder of the Intellectual Conservative and an attorney. Ms. Alexander is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis .