Category Archives: Congressman Morgan Griffith

ARC + SWVA=Agenda 21






The Crooked Road, ‘Round the Mountain and the other colorful-sounding spin-offs of our

new-fangled “asset based economy”—the Appalachian Regional Commission dubs it their ”creative cluster”— take their foundation in Sustainable Development/UN Agenda 21. How do we know this? From their own account.

RESPONSE TO ANTHONY FLACCAVENTO’S CHALLENGE : The Washington County Tea Party  doesn’t need to make this stuff up, when the facts so clearly speak for themselves! We accept your challenge by reporting the truth.


What Sustainable Development Is and Is Not


A Challenge to the Washington County Tea Party

Prepared by Anthony Flaccavento, January 23, 2011

Materials gathered by the Washington County Tea Party portray “sustainable development” as a sinister effort to undermine American values and install socialist policies that eliminate private property. Based on nearly 20 years of work, research and writing in this field, I am putting forth this challenge to their attack on sustainable development. It is divided into four sections, corresponding to four core elements of their “argument”.

Sustainable development is being driven by the United Nation’s Agenda 21

· Contrary to the WCTP’s contentions, “Agenda 21″ and the UN have absolutely nothing to do with the vast majority of sustainable development (SD) projects and initiatives in Washington county, neighboring states or the nation as a whole. Out of a dozen sustainable development initiatives in the Appalachian region and more than 30 nationwide with which I am personally familiar, not a single one was launched or driven by Agenda 21, or is managed or directed by it. In fact, all of these initiatives were started at the grassroots, by a broad base of community people including local businesses, farmers, civic leaders, elected officials, etc. In 20 years of work and consultation with SD groups around the nation, I have never once heard “Agenda 21″ even mentioned.


We suggest that you start here, Mr. Flaccavento, and get it right from the horse’s mouth—as some of us quaint folks say around here in Appalachia!



Prepared for: Appalachian
Regional Commission
Building on the concept of sustainability,
a new corporate philosophy and ac-
counting form has emerged that takes
into consideration not only the tradi-
tional economic “bottom line,” but also
considers less quantifiable indicators
that measure social and environmental
The concept of the triple bottom line
originated from the notion of sustainabil-
ity and sustainable development. Ecol-
ogically sustainable development (ESD)
thinking was first espoused in the
Brundtland Report (World Commission
on Environment and Development,
1987) and reiterated during Agenda 21
and the Rio Declaration on Environment
and Development (1992)……………….
Social and Environmental Justice:
Advocates of social and environmental
justice stress the need to promote op-
portunity and equity within our society,
between societies, between genera-
tions, and between species………………….
This broader perspective, sometimes
called sustainable development or the
Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is relevant to
the types of economic development
projects typically funded by ARC within
the tourism program……………………
[The Ford Foundation] felt that the ARC
work would provide a platform for build-
ing a better understanding of the oppor-
tunities and challenges for adopting a
TBL perspective in rural areas including
…new government policies and new
government roles will be needed to
change existing organizations into more
flexible and fluid entities that will support
sustainability…Developing this compre-
hensive approach will be a
central governance challenge……..
A recent study was completed of the Crooked Road portfolio of projects. Since ARC has
provided funding for virtually all of the Crooked Road projects (mostly in tandem with
other Federal, state, or local funds) it provides a test of the value of using a more strategic
project funding that could be encouraged in other ARC states.
…..first-rate TBL uses relevant, common indicators to make it easier to
compare performance or “value added” across organizations and requires honest, open and
transparent disclosure. Ideally, it has been suggested that TBL should lead to improvements incorporate performance. TBL reports should include key goals for improving organizational
performance into the future – preferably quantitative and time-bound goals. The Global
Reporting Initiative, a program developed under the auspices of nearly 20 agencies including the
World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the United National Environment
Program and the World Resources Institute, standardizes TBL measures and areas to be reported
and currently has more than 1,300 participating organizations.

Here is another analysis of Sustainable Development and The Global Reporting Initiative………





I spent several hours navigating through the myriad of resources, data, and links. I am sure, most Americans do not have the interest or the time to research what is happening to their country.

GRI is encouraging organizations to report (read snitch) on Sustainable Development compliance in their countries.

The list of past supporters includes….The Ford Foundation.

“The Global Reporting Initiative and the United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding
in 2008 to set internationally recognized sustainability reporting
standards. It was done to foster sustainable development in developing
countries and transition economies.”
The real ultimate goal is to spread the wealth and arrest development
in countries like U.S.

Should United Nations dictate to the rest of the world what economic justice is? I do not wish to receive lectures on respect for diversity from UN totalitarian governments that disrespect women, other religions, and repress minorities through genocide.
We had informants under the communist system—it allowed the
totalitarian government to better control the masses. We have whistleblowers
in capitalism; we do not need UN’s rules to control us
through organized snitching……I fail to see how a private corporation
is obligated to report anything to the United Nations.
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh


Where did the love go? Part 2

“Office Policy” vs Constitution

Griffith said his staff didn’t call the police on the protestors. They simply, in accordance with a new policy enacted after the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., let the police know ahead of time that a crowd was anticipated.    Bristol Herald Courier

A tea party supporter from Patrick County stopped by Morgan Griffith’s office on Wednesday, March 16th on his way to Blacksburg. His wife had told him about the protest. When the gentleman decided to talk to some of the nice office ladies about some of the issues and asked Griffith’s office manager why the police were there, he was told that the DC office instructed them to “phone the police and have them insist on a permit or disband.”

So Griffith’s staff didn’t call the police on the protestors—only they did.  Because of this ‘new policy’. So, here’s the question:  Does ”Office Policy” trump the US and Virginia Constitution?  Ninth District Liberty Coalition member Phil Spence, after speaking at length with Griffith’s Chief of Staff, Kelly Lungren,  isn’t satisfied with the Congressman’s response.

So he asks the Governor. Here is his letter:

P O Box 333                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 New                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             New Castle, VA 24127-0333

The Honorable Bob McDonnell

GovernorP.O. Box 1475

Richmond, Virginia 23218

Governor McDonnell,

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, the Ninth District Liberty Coalition, in conjunction with members from The New River Valley TEA Party, arrived in front of U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith’s office to peaceably protest his recent house votes.

Upon arrival we were met by the Christiansburg Chief of Police who informed us that Representative Griffith’s office had notified his office of our planned visit.  Police Chief Sisson stated that we must have a permit to assemble or we would be cited with disorderly conduct.  We asked Chief Sisson if we refused a permit and refused to disperse after a citation, would he arrest us, Representative Griffith’s constituents?  His response was that he hoped it would not come to that.

At this point, it must be stated that Chief Sisson treated us respectfully and behaved with professionalism.  We believe Chief Sisson was put into a position that was unfair to him, that of being called to the scene by Representative Griffith’s office.

Sir, this behavior by our “representative” is seen by us to be a constitutionally questionable action which is unacceptable to us, the citizens of Virginia.  The response coming from Representative Griffith’s office was that this is now “office policy” and that the Sergeant-At-Arms had “privately” advised House members to follow this policy.  This too is wholly unacceptable to us in that rules which concern us are being made in “private”—and that we are not able to see or access these rules, or this process.  Where is the constitutional justification for this process?

Speaking for my own conscience, I did not on this day seek a permit, and at no point in the future shall I ever ask permission from my “representative” or any other form or face of government, for any behavior, speech or action, that I as a sovereign citizen of this commonwealth undertake.

                                          Article 1, Section 2, Constitution of Virginia

 That the freedom of speech and the press are among the great bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained

 except by despotic governments, that any citizen may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all

 subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; that the General Assembly shall not pass any law

 abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, nor the right of the people peaceably to assemble and

 petition the government for the redress of grievances.


As the Governor of this Commonwealth and past Attorney General, how, in the light of this passage, can any county or corporate subdivision whatsoever have or enforce a statute that could in any way supersede my birthright of freedom of assembly?

Today we know not the names of or how many patriot martyrs paid in blood for this guarantee of our liberty preexisting:

                                 Article 1, Section 1, Constitution of Virginia

 That all men are by nature equally independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into

 a state of society, they cannot by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely the enjoyment of life and

 liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.


Where is the compact that we the people have acceded to, whereby the corporate entity of Christiansburg, may for one moment by any corporate by-law or statute presume upon the liberties of the people?

Sir, your endorsement of U.S. Representative Griffith indirectly enjoins you in this matter.

Your standing as first civil magistrate on the Commonwealth of Virginia with a constitutional trustee obligation to the people of Virginia directly enjoins your response.

At this time we place the issue forward and stand in necessity of your answer and direction

We anticipate your speedy reply of assurance that you stand with us as we proceed in this situation.  As always, our hand of cooperation is extended to help propel Virginia forward.

With Highest Regards,

Phillip H. Spence

CC:     Attorney General, The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli

The Honorable Mr. George Allen

Here is Attorney General Cuccinelli’s reply:

Dear Mr. Spence:

Thank you for contacting the Office of Attorney General Kenneth T.
Cuccinelli, II.

This office however is prohibited by code from providing legal
opinions or advice to private citizens.  Section 2.2-505 of the Code
of Virginia is the statutory provision that authorizes the Attorney
General to render official advisory opinions.  The statute provides

A.  The Attorney General shall give his advice and render official
advisory opinions in writing only when requested in writing so to do
by one of the following: the Governor; a member of the General
Assembly; a judge of a court of record or a judge of a court not of
record; the State Corporation Commission; an attorney for the
Commonwealth; a county, city or town attorney in those localities in
which such office has been created; a clerk of a court of record; a
city or county sheriff; a city or county treasurer or similar officer;
a commissioner of the revenue or similar officer; a chairman or
secretary of an electoral board; or the head of a state department,
division, bureau, institution or board.

The General Assembly has not authorized the Attorney General to render
an official opinion except as expressly provided.  I regret that this
Office is unable to respond to your request.




Audrey D. Jackson

Director, Legislative and Government Affairs

Office of the Attorney General

900 East Main Street

Griffith Protest 3/16 Abingdon/C-Burg

It wasn’t much of a honeymoon.

Protests will take place at Congressman Morgan Griffith’s offices in Abingdon and Christiansburg on Wednesday, March 16th at 12PM. Griffith’s office staff will be presented with copies of the Mutual Pledge of Support signed by Morgan Griffith and representatives of six Southwest Virginia Tea Parties along with the  King-Bachmann pledge to Congress to remediate the $105 Billion pre-appropriated ObamaCare funding buried in the Health Care Legislation as part of the March 18th Continuing Resolution.

In exchange for the support of tea parties all across Southwest Virginia, on October 14, 2010 Candidate Morgan Griffith signed a pledge to defund ObamaCare and to work diligently to restore fiscal conservatism and constitutionally limited government.  While Congressman Griffith’s March 14th statement professes repugnance for the Pelosi Congress’ penchant for “breaking the rules”—to the tune of hiding billions in pre-appropriated health care funding in the unpopular bill—his constituents of the 9th District object to the effete Republican response to the issue and Griffith’s abnegation of the promise he made to voters.

FOX Radio 910 Roanoke talk show host Marcus Wagner will join protesters in Christiansburg and videos of each demonstration will be posted on youtube.

For Immediate Release                                         Contact: Beth Breeding

March 14, 2011                                                        202-225-3861

GRIFFITH STATEMENT ON OBAMACARE AND THE CRWASHINGTON – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement today regarding the defunding of ObamaCare through the Continuing Resolution (CR):

“One of my first votes in the U.S. House of Representatives was to repeal ObamaCare.  While the repeal passed the House, the Senate has failed to take action.  In order for legislation to become law, it requires passage by both chambers and the President’s signature.

“I support defunding this egregious law, but using the Continuing Resolution to do so is not the proper vehicle. House rules do not allow for it. The appropriate legislative mechanism is one where mandatory spending, such as the $105.5 billion allocated for ObamaCare implementation, can be altered.

“I do not want a Nancy Pelosi style of government where we disregard the rules and run roughshod. Instead, I want a government that follows the rules, preserving the integrity of the institution. Following the rules can be frustrating at times, but it is one aspect of the 112th Congress that differs from the 111th.”


and WE want leadership that will take a

LEADERSHIP role in addressing the theft of

taxpayer BILLIONS that must be borrowed from

China to fund legislation that guarantees the

 further hobbling of our diminished economy.

But then, you guys in Congress have your built-in



Tea Party Letter to Griffith

March 11, 2011

2 pages VIA FACSIMILE to: (202) 225-0076

Dear Congressman Griffith,

The Southwest Virginia Tea Party Patriots of Abingdon and Bristol held a meeting last night during which your letter addressing the national debt ceiling was read. In summary, we are not satisfied with political doublespeak and demand to know your position.

Attached is your colleagues’ letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor and Chairman Rogers from House Representatives Steve King and Michelle Bachmann. They are seeking the commitment of their fellow members to strike the $105.5 Billion theft of taxpayer money from FY11CR. Here is an excerpt of that letter:

  • We recognize the work to defund ObamaCare began with the inclusion of language in HR 1 to restrict annual appropriations from being used to implement the law. However, we recognize that even this language, if enacted, leaves on the table the $105.5 Billion in automatically appropriated funds for the law’s implementation. We cannot successfully defund ObamaCare without shutting off these automatically appropriated funds.

As Candidate Morgan Griffith the pledge that you signed along with six Tea Party representatives from all across Southwest Virginia in exchange for our support includes promising fiscal conservatism, diligently working to cut the size of government and the commitment to defund and repeal the Health Care Bill. We feel that the position you are taking on this issue as Congressman Morgan Griffith should already be decided.

We fully expect that in honoring our pledge that you will join the efforts of Bachmann and King in excoriating the egregious crime that continues to be perpetrated on our country, known as ObamaCare.

We would like your immediate reassurance that this is, in fact, the case.

In God-Not-Government-Granted Liberty,

SWVA Tea Party Patriots, Abingdon / Bristol VA

What’s In A Hand Shake?

UPDATE, 2012: Congressman Griffith is in serious default! Griffith has ignored invitations to hear property rights experts Don Casey and Tom DeWeese, while sucking up to The Crooked Road Organization to put all of District 9 under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service: Along with Senator Mark Warner (a Progressive/Marxist with a voting record to prove it) Griffith is co-sponsoring the designation of Congressional District 9 as a National Heritage Area.

There are 49 such areas in the US and  demonstrated, documented evidence of property rights abuses. Not only that—but your local Board of Supervisors is totally circumvented in this designation. That means YOU, the voter, are completely left out of the process. WHERE IS THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED, without even knowledge that the abuse is taking place?

Congressman Griffith is now in serious default of the following pledge. He has not bothered to acknowledge invitations to presentations by property rights experts Don Casey and Tom DeWeese, while sending representatives to the HOAX that The Crooked Road organization is masquerading as  “public outreach”. (There were 12 public meetings. A total of 30 people was the largest group in attendance. No information was available about how this will affect land use and zoning in ALL 19 counties in District 9—-by “The Crooked Road” Management group that will work with the National Park Service in making these decisions. YES! That’s right! It won’t be YOUR ELECTED BOARD: They  are well on their way to becoming totally irrelevant. IN FACT, THEY HAVE BEEN ENTIRELY UNAWARE OF THIS DESIGNATION PROPOSAL, until our efforts to alert them!!!)


On Thursday, October 14th, 2010, Tea Party Patriot from Abingdon/Bristol, Wytheville, Galax/Fancy Gap, Wise County, Pulaski/Dublin and Jeffersonville District groups pledged to support Morgan Griffith as their 9th District candidate for Congress in acceptance of his vow…

1.  To diligently work to cut the size of government.

2.  To uphold the 10th Amendment, state’s rights and sovereignty.

3.  To defund and repeal the Health Care Bill.

4.  To promise fiscal conservatism as it applies to Article 1 Section 8 of the

Constitution by levying no new taxes.

5.  To pledge to work to secure, defend and protect our borders.

6.  To pledge to co-sponsor and support and HR 450, the  Enumerated Powers Act.

7.  To grant access for meeting with Tea Party Patriot leaders as

necessary and appropriate.