Here's the real danger of 'Agenda 21'

If your fear of the future is:

a bleak, cold world where the ruling elite force healthy people to walk on treadmills to produce electricity while the elderly and disabled are strapped to conveyor belts and incinerated,

or

an overheated, arid planet where healthy people wear masks to avoid breathing polluted air as factories in India and China belch smoke to provide their people with millions of gas-guzzling cars.

If the first scenario sounds more plausible than the second, you have probably read Glenn Beck's book, "Agenda 21," a dystopian vision of the future.

A group of true believers lobbied a legislative committee Tuesday for a bill banning any implementation of the actual "Agenda 21," a 20-year-old United Nations document about environmental conservation and sustainability.

The real Agenda 21 is a stupefyingly long and naively idealistic statement urging nations to put aside their self-interest and work together to save the planet.

The U.S. is a signatory, but Agenda 21 is not a treaty and has no force of law. More than 500 U.S. communities have voluntarily participated in Agenda 21 programs to receive sustainable development advice and information.

And that's what worries Agenda 21 opponents in Maine.

"It's an awful, awful, awful thing," Blaine Richardson, a former Republican candidate for Congress, told the Legislature's Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

The U.N. document is a blueprint for destroying our Constitution, national sovereignty and America itself, said Henry Joy, a former Republican Congressional candidate.

Joy pointed out that the U.S. gives the U.N. a large part (22 percent) of its operating budget, more than any other nation. Yet he passed right over the obvious: Why would the U.N. destroy what Joy himself called its biggest "cash cow?"

The ultimate goal, Agenda 21 opponents said Tuesday, is to strip anyone, anywhere of private property rights and reduce the earth's population to 500 million.

Since we now have seven billion souls on spaceship earth, the elitists behind Agenda 21 would have to incinerate a massive number of people, none of whom we suspect would go quietly.

Neither goal appears in the text of Agenda 21. You must read between the lines, and a lot creativity has been used, not only by Glenn Beck, but others, to weave this complex conspiracy theory.

The contra-conspiracy would be that conservatives like the Koch brothers, who have earned billions by extracting natural resources, and oil company executives have heavily funded the groups spinning these yarns.

You could say Agenda 21 was designed to inspire the rest of the world to meet our relatively higher standard of environmental protection.

Or you might believe tougher environmental regulations demonstrate we are simply a long way down the road to one-world government and enslavement.

The biggest danger isn't Agenda 21, it's that the conspiracy theorists will convince enough people that using any of the words or ideas presented in Agenda 21 are evidence of the creeping Agenda 21 conspiracy.

Henry Joy, a former state representative from Crystal, was well on his way to that point Tuesday.

"You have an organization, well two of them as a matter of fact — one called the DEP and one called LURC," Joy said. "And both of those organizations are implementing many things which go along with this Agenda 21."

Could those be Regionalism? Sustainability? Reducing carbon footprints? Conservation? Environmental policy? Land management? Pollution control. Enforcement?

LURC and DEP documents and programs contain a lot of those words, but you see what's happening here:

If the U.N. is evil, and the U.N. uses those words, then anyone using those words is evil. That's right, folks, all part of the conspiracy.

That is so Glenn Beck.

rrhoades@sunjournal.com

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Steve  Dosh's picture

Here's the real danger of 'Agenda 21'

ed. friday 15:00 hst
. .and here we all thought agenda 21 was the attempt to lower the drinking age to 18 again http;//www.data.org After all , if you can can fight in combat you can drink , too , right ?
" The U.N. document is a blueprint for destroying our Constitution, national sovereignty and America itself, said Henry Joy, a former Republican Congressional candidate. " uh huh . .as if. .and if you believe this i have a bridge in Brooklyn i'll sell you Hank
A: No l o l , alarmists and yes , Barack Hussein Obama is American
People will believe almost n e thing they read in print sometimes • Area 51 ? uh huh . . Martians ? S u r e . Psychic powers ? Right . If they are our psychic friends how come they don't call - us - up on the phone ¿ UN Global Warming Climate Change domination ? Right and the UN-cola is made from limons , too :)
The UN peacekeepers wear baby blue colored helmets
No worries here <- ?
/s Steve

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It is?

"The contra-conspiracy would be that conservatives like the Koch brothers, who have earned billions by extracting natural resources, and oil company executives have heavily funded the groups spinning these yarns."
The National Cancer Institute's study concluded that the Tea Party was created as an astro-turf group funded by Freedomworks and the Americans for Properity which in turn emerged from Citizens for a Sound Economy which was funded by the Koch Brothers (they and their dad were the primary funding source for the John Birch Society) and Phillip Morris. That's no conspiracy; that's history. Political Movements do not emerge out of nowhere. The Tea Party came to notice in 2009 after rallies funded by FreedomWorks. They quickly ramped up drawing support from Republicans opposing the Bush "wreck the economy" strategy of cutting taxes while inflating federal spending (They loved the tax cuts but went nuts over the spending); racists (example Joe "you lied" Wilson, head of a Southern group idendified by the SPLC as "Confederate" or Roger Ailes' Obama is lazy); and Glen Beck neo-John Birch Society conspiracy theorists. Koch's and others provided the funds that turned these crackpots into a political movement. The Koch and others did so because a small federal government would let them control of state governments giving them what the republicans call "economic freedom" to end corporate regulation. No one needs to read between the lines here. You only have to follow the money.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Here we go!

Here we go again, Jonathan is sporting his foil hat again and ranting about conspiracy. His Koch brother conspiracy; the Koch brothers are the puppeteers of the Tea party – talk about Glen Beck conspiracies, look no further.

Never a though that Tea Partiers, like republicans, democrats, libertarians, ...,etc, share a common view on the what role government should play in our lives.

Buy stock in Reynolds; I predict a spike in foil sales.

 's picture

I didn't make the charge, The National Cancer Institute did.

as I noted. Backed by documentary evidence. Internal communication. and a well established record that matched the plans uncovered. All contrary to a Glen Beck conspiracy.
Some democrats and even a few establishment republicans do understand the rightful role of the Federal Government in our lives as defined in the US Constitution and then there are the Tea Party puppets and the libertarians who comingle the Articles of Confederation, the Constituton of the Confederate States of America, and the US Constitution with a little Declaration of Independence spice in a modern re-write of that role..

MARK GRAVEL's picture

1. Glen Beck has

1. Glen Beck has conspiratorial evidence too. The takeaway is that there are too many people with similar believes to attribute to two men, the Koch Brothers. Thinking so is foil hat territory. It is statistically improbable.

2. Both Tea Party and libertarians (including myself) also see a role for Federal Government. We also believe that the Federal (State and local too) also overstep their role. Take for example, the 32oz drink ban in New York City that takes effect today. The City will be spending money to police food establishments; really, is that the best use of taxpayer’s resources.
Betting living through smaller government (notice it does not say NO government).

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Didn't I see this befor???

People on conveyor belts feeding some huge machine? Wasn't that "Soilant Green"? Now that was cinema, to this day I feel funny eating a tortilla chip.......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

“I feel funny eating a

“I feel funny eating a tortilla chip.......”

Watch out for the green ones. They are not really guacamole flavor. What do you think the rick do with all those people they let die in the streets because they hoard wealth?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

As General Anthony Clement McAuliffe said, "Nuts"

The biggest danger isn't Agenda 21, it's that the conspiracy theorists will convince enough people that using any of the words or ideas presented in Agenda 21 are evidence of the creeping Agenda 21 conspiracy.

Simply put...Republicans + Koch Brothers = Nuts

MARK GRAVEL's picture

There are many points of

There are many points of view. The great thing about freedom is that you are free to pursue yours and I mine.

It becomes problematic when the force of government is used to pick others pockets to fund your vision of the world.

Your comment about republicans and Koch brothers, which is just another point of view, shows your mental age – adolescent at best.

Timothy Cox's picture

Agenda 21

I think if you take your head out of the clouds and really looked at what has and is happening in America, Glenn is closer to right than wrong, We continue to drive toward collapse and dont fix any of the problems facing this country, spending taxes ,welfare, nanny state, gun control, none of this works and has no hope of working, the goverment has a war on drugs, a war on poverty, laws on everything and enforces none, just creates more laws to what end? Our elected officials come back and campaign against the laws and taxes that they passed and we send them back to Washington or Augusta expecting a different outcome. Look at world history and then compare to what we are doing now, then ask if Agenda 21 is so far fetched in some form or another as you suggest.

Jason Theriault's picture

It's crazy talk

"Look at world history and then compare to what we are doing now, then ask if Agenda 21 is so far fetched in some form or another as you suggest."

...Yes, it is far fetched. It is pretty much the ramblings of one who has no connection to reality.

First off, it is a non-binding agreement. It has no force of law
Secondly, the Constitution is the high law of the land, if it violated that, then it is null
Third, This has been on the books for over 20 years. It was agreed to by President GHW Bush in 1992. So this isn't some Democratic Agenda.
Fourth, It's been on the books for 20 years, if it was going to hatch some nefarious plan, they sure had some foresight. I mean, the plan hasn't even kicked in yet and it's 20 years later.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

While Agenda 21 is not a

While Agenda 21 is not a treaty, treaties can trump the constitution. Your second point is not 100% correct.

 's picture

The Constitution is the high law of the land?

AG Holder and his boss missed that bulletin. So ObamaCare is null and we can look at rational alternatives. Good.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Be careful, you are striking

Be careful, you are striking at his idol.

Jason Theriault's picture

That's cute

Just because you say it's unconstitutional doesn't mean it is. SCOTUS, the final arbiter on such things, has said it is.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

SCOTUS never makes mistakes?

SCOTUS never makes mistakes?

 's picture

I'm certain Beck thanks you for the free publicity.

Jimmy Carter, Sean Penn, and Oliver Stone all said Chavez was a wonderful man and leader, so it must be true. That is so ... well, you fill in the name.

Steve  Dosh's picture

filled in --> Mike Leblanc ,

filled in --> Mike Leblanc , Shh . You don't say ? All you tea partiers . Just because you are terminally paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you ? What was in that tea n e way ? Just went through Sanford , Flori-duh [sic.] • b t w /s Steve :D

MARK GRAVEL's picture

While each political party

While each political party has fringe elements, I think you are missing the core message behind of the Tea Party.

Less government, which means less government spending and regulation and control. Their views lean libertarianism.

All that said, I can now play your own card and ask: Why are you paranoid of the Tea Party? In my opinion, those who cry about fear and paranoia are those who have the most fear and paranoia.

Tell the readers - in clear text if you can. The stage is yours.

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