Ted Cruz’ Absurd Agenda 21 Conspiracy

Like most of the Christian right, Ted Cruz seems to buy most any conspiracy theory that comes down the line. In the grand tradition of the John Birch Society, this is especially true when it comes to anything involving the United Nations. The National Journal looks at Cruz’ false and, frankly, ridiculous conspiracy theory involving Agenda 21.

But then there’s this, a now gone Jan. 20, 2012, blog post authored by Cruz, titled “Stop Agenda 21: The Constitution should be our only ‘Agenda.’ ”

Agenda 21, in its most straightforward definition, is a nonbinding United Nations agreement intended to encourage nations to increase environmental sustainability efforts that was adopted by 178 governments, including the United States, at the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development.

But even though it has no legal authority, Agenda 21 has long been a target for conspiracy theorists who see it as a basis for global governance. This dates back to Tom DeWeese’s founding of the American Policy Center in 1998, intended to focus in part on “the United Nations and its effect on American national sovereignty.” The Daily Beast cites a report quoting DeWeese calling Agenda 21 a “blueprint to turn your community into a little soviet.”…

It’s that 2012 resolution that inspired Senate candidate Ted Cruz to take to TedCruz.org.“Under the guise of world sustainability the plan establishes a regime of rules that attempt to bypass Congress and the American people, handing over power over vast areas of the U.S. economy to unelected U.N. bureaucrats,” he wrote.

Cruz also pinned responsibility for the agenda on a reliable boogeyman. “The originator of this grand scheme is George Soros…. He has given millions to this project.” Cruz went on to write that Agenda 21 “attempts to abolish” things like “golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads.”

“In the U.S. Senate, I intend to continue leading the fight, to stop Agenda 21 and any other globalist plan that tries to subvert the U.S. Constitution and the liberties we all cherish as Americans,” Cruz concluded. “We need fighters in the Senate, who will stand and defend We the People.”

This is straight out of John Birch Society rhetoric. For more than half a century now, the far-right has been claiming that we are on the verge of being taken over by the United Nations — aaaaaaaaaaaany day now; stop laughing, we mean it! Such a claim is absolutely laughable. The UN is our lapdog and it was designed that way on purpose. When the UN agrees with us, we talk in grandiose terms about the weight of world opinion. When it doesn’t, we do whatever the hell we want to do and there’s nothing they can do to stop it. The stage manager for the Dukes of Hazzard musical has as much authority over this country as the UN.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • 4ozofreason

    “We’re the John Birch Society

    Come and join our ranks!

    To get this movement started

    We’ll need lots of tools and cranks”

  • Georgia Sam

    The great majority of Xian right-wingers do not object to the idea of a global government, if it fits their fantasies of the future. Ask one of them whether they believe in the Millennium. If they do, ask them how the world will be governed during the Millennium. If they’re like the like the millennialists I know, they will describe a unified world-wide kingdom wih Jesus as its monarch. They talk a lot about freedom, liberty, & democracy, but they are really monarchists.

  • MikeMa

    The words ‘Ted Cruz’ and ‘Absurd’ work in almost any context.

  • snafu

    Wait, what? There is a Dukes of Hazard musical?

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    For more than half a century now, the far-right has been claiming that we are on the verge of being taken over by the United Nations — aaaaaaaaaaaany day now; stop laughing, we mean it!

    They’ve been saying the same thing about the apocalypse for two millennia now so you know we’re in this one for the long haul too. Buckle up!

  • busterggi

    This is the super-competent UN not the incompetent UN, right? The right-wingnuts claim both exist but I can’t tell which is which.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I’ve been laughing at you clowns ever since Congressman Schmitz wrote the Introduction to “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” in 1971. https://archive.org/details/NoneDareCallItConspiracy

    Nearly fifty years later your politicians are still selling conspiracy theories to a gullible public. But it’s a proven winner. Why bother with truth when conspiracy theories guarantee success.

  • wscott

    @ busterggi: I’ve actually had some success with rightwingers by explicitly pointing out that contradiction. “I was there when the UN tried to “take over” Somalia, and again in Haiti, and they couldn’t manage either. Yet I’m supposed to be afraid they’re going to take over the US? Get real.” A couple of times that’s brought their cognitive dissonance into sharp enough focus that they can recognize the absurdity.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    I have heard people claim on the radio that because Agenda 21 is nonbinding, i.e. voluntary, it is actually more dangerous to America than if it was imposed on the USA by the United Nations.

    It’s bizarre how this initiative has become an article of faith for these people. It’s as though they have to immunize themselves for learning anything about what it actually states.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    THE END OF THE WORLD IS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

    *eventually.

    Agenda 21 is scary on account of it being an agenda. All agendas are scary.

  • StevoR

    @4. snafu asks : “Wait, what? There is a Dukes of Hazard musical?”

    Well, there’s a music clip at least :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSBG5Qz3ZhI

    If there ain’t a musical of it then there should be!

    The UN is a massively flawed dictators debating club and pretty corrupt and in need of scrapping and replacing in my view but the “agenda 21” BS conspiracy theory is total crap.