Agenda 21 – Sustainabilizing Your Freedom!By
In the big July 14 Republican Congressional runoff, Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson are squaring off for the privilege of facing Democratic nominee Hayden Rogers. They both recently attended a Tea Party forum to elaborate on their stances. The resulting report from the AC-T brings a lot of information voters ought to know, and the most interesting piece of information is that both candidates believe there is a United Nations conspiracy to take your freedom from you through sustainability. That conspiracy is named Agenda 21.
The Cherokee County 9-12 Project starkly explains the threat at their website:
We can no longer accept any compromise in our battle to stop this environmental agenda whose thinly-disguised goal is to create a socialist one world order run by self-appointed arrogant elitists under the banner of the United Nations.
Good Lord! The United Nations stealing my property rights? Arrogant UN Socialists environmentalizing my freedom? These must be the ravings of a wild-eyed fringe of the Republican Party. Thank goodness the leadership doesn’t go in for that kind of nuttiness. AC-T:
Mark Meadows, a candidate in the July 17 Republicans runoff for the 11th Congressional District, said at a forum that a U.N. attack on U.S. sovereignty through Agenda 21 “is not around every corner, but it’s real.”
His opponent, Vance Patterson, claimed during a Henderson County Tea Party forum that “Agenda 21 takes away your land, and when you lose your land, you lose your freedom.”
At Agenda21Conspiracy.com, you can see the depth of the paranoia and illogic at work, and you can see the source for this unhinged view:
Glenn Beck sounded the alarm last year, claiming that the term “sustainable development” is actually code for “centralized control over all of human life on planet Earth.” The ultra-conservative John Birch Society drafted a resolution for the upcoming Republican National Convention in opposition to Agenda 21, calling it “a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control.”
Why are our Congressional candidates carrying Glenn Beck’s conspiracy theory and using it to frighten people in western North Carolina? It demonstrates one of two things – either a true belief that the black helicopters are going to fly in and invade your freedom or a cynical, twisted ploy to win the votes of the misguided. John Boyle took a swing at the loose screws who perpetrate this kind of nonsense,
“When it comes to Agenda 21, the paranoia and conspiracy theorists just muddy the waters on sustainability, which basically is an effort to develop responsibly while maintaining the world’s beauty, which we’ve got plenty of here in the mountains.
“As a friend said to me, ‘if not sustainability, do you want unsustainability?’ If not ‘smart growth,’ do you want the opposite?” Gibson said.
Clearly, he’s a commie.
I’m going to be asking the candidates this year whether they believe that Agenda 21 is a real conspiracy or a fevered pile of steaming crazy. You can, too. If candidates or voters are against protecting the environment, then so be it, but to whip up this John Birch style fear is irresponsible.