TN GOP Copies John Birch Society Legislation

TN GOP Copies John Birch Society Legislation March 21, 2012

The latest faux freakout from the loony right over the United Nations is that Agenda 21, a longstanding UN project to encourage countries to think about sustainable development when making policy. To the far right, this of course means that the UN will be invading the country, confiscating their guns and forcing them to have abortions, or something. And the wingnuts in the Tennessee legislature have a resolution opposing it, which Right Wing Watch reports is taken directly from model legislation pushed by the John Birch Society. Here’s the Tennessee bill:

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 587

By Brooks K

A RESOLUTION relative to United Nations Agenda 21.

WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control that was initiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America through the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) through local “sustainable development” policies such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other “Green” or “Alternative” projects; and

WHEREAS, this United Nations Agenda 21 plan of radical so-called “sustainable development” views the American way of life of private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms all as destructive to the environment; and

WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment which would be accomplished by socialist/communist redistribution of wealth; and

WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, national sovereignty is deemed a social injustice; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that the General Assembly recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21 and hereby exposes to the public and public policymakers the dangerous intent of the plan.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that neither the U.S. government nor any state or local government is legally bound by the United Nations Agenda 21 treaty in that it has never been endorsed by the U.S. Senate.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the federal government and state and local governments across the country be well informed of the underlying harmful implications of implementation of United Nations Agenda 21 destructive strategies for “sustainable development,” and we hereby endorse rejection of its radical policies and rejection of any grant monies attached to it.

And the model resolution from the John Birch Society:

A MODEL STOP AGENDA 21 BILL FOR STATE LEGISLATURES

AN ACT relative to the United Nations Agenda 21 and the non-governmental organization International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, also known as ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability.

WHEREAS, for the purposes of this act, a “political subdivision” means all state, county, incorporated city, unincorporated city, public local entity, public-private partnership, or any other public entity thereof; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control that was initiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992; and

WHEREAS, neither the U.S. government nor any state or local government is legally bound by the United Nations Agenda 21 treaty in that it has never been ratified by the U.S. Senate; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America through the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), now calling itself “Local Governments for Sustainability,” through local “sustainable development” policies, such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other “Green” or “Alternative” projects; and

WHEREAS, this plan of radical so-called “sustainable development” views the American way of life of private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms all as destructive to the environment; and

WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded by society and the environment which would be accomplished by a socialist/communist-style redistribution of wealth; and

WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, national sovereignty is deemed a social injustice; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the state of ___________ and all political subdivisions are prohibited from implementing programs of, expending any sum of money for, being a member of, receiving funding from, contracting services from, or giving financial or other forms of aid to ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability, or any other organization promoting the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 21, sustainable development, or smart growth.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of this body recognize the destructive and insidious nature of the United Nations Agenda 21, endorse rejection of its radical policies and of any grant monies attached to it, and recommend exposing to the public and public policymakers across the country the dangerous intent of the plan.

With the birth of the Tea Party movement, the John Birch Society has once again gained influence on the right, decades after William F. Buckley got them thrown out of the mainstream conservative movement. It seems to me that once you’ve declared Eisenhower to be a secret Communist spy, your credibility should be gone with any sane person forever.


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  • It seems to me that once you’ve declared Eisenhower to be a secret Communist spy, your credibility should be gone with any sane person forever.

    There are two reasons this declaration did not eternally discredit the John Birch Society:

    (1) Most right-wing nutbags don’t even remember who Eisenhower was.

    (2) Those that do can never forgive him for criticizing the “military-industrial complex.”

  • It seems to me that the Republicans need another highly-respected general to lead the way. The last one they had was quite sane on most things…at least compared to the Republicans who came since.

  • Chuck

    the American way of life of private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms

    Don’t forget our precious bodily fluids!

  • slc1

    Re VeritasKnight @ #2

    Somehow I don’t think that former general and current CIA director David Patraeus, who has been mentioned in this regard, is that man. General Patraeus has a PhD in political science from, gasp, Princeton. Can’t have any of those Ivy League know it alls.

  • kevinalexander

    VeritasKnight,

    Colin Powell was respected right up until he shit the bed hallucinating yellow cake in aluminum tubes.

  • “the American way of life of private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms.”

    So, estateists, condo developers, car rental/leasing agencies, commercial airlines and agribiz are unMurKKKin? Whognu?

    “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when from out of the past come the thundering nonsense of the Reactionary Wing of the GOP! Joe McCarthy rides again!”.

  • raven

    It seems to me that once you’ve declared Eisenhower to be a secret Communist spy, your credibility should be gone with any sane person forever.

    I’ve run into a few old wingnuts who still babble on about commies and the Commie Menace. They get confused if you point out that the Soviet Union ceased to exist a few decades ago and most of what we buy is made in Red China.

    Philomath to decide on fluoride in water | kgw.com Portland

    ww.kgw.com/…/Philomath-to-decide-on-fluoride-in-water-140495…

    26 Feb 2012 – Voters in the small city of Philomath in Oregon’s Benton County will decide next month whether to restore fluoride to the city’s municipal water supply. … Philomath’s water had been fluoridated since the early 1980s, but the City Council decided last May to stop adding fluoride to the municipal water supply.

    The Tea Party is also going after that famous cause of yesteryear, fluoridation of the water supply. This town council in Oregon just decided to stop fluoridating their water because of stuff someone found on….the internet. Oddly enough, for the second time, the voters reversed the decision after a petition driven call for special election.

  • w00dview

    Wingnuts always blather on about environmentalist extremists while (a) never making clear what they think is their idea of a “moderate” environmentalist and (b) think that all environmental policies are a part of some insidious government plan for tyranny is a reasoned opinion backed up by plenty of evidence and not paranoid tin foil hat batshittery.

    Not to mention, when they see some utterly polluted wasteland with poisoned rivers, smog filled skies and the residents suffering a multitude of health problems, all caused by unregulated corporate greed, do they get all teary eyed and go “See this? This is pure FREEDOM in action! Isn’t it wonderful? Not a bit of bureaucracy in sight, God Bless America!” I mean surely these people must enjoy going to National Parks and just appreciate nature without grumbling about taxpayer dollars being wasted? Or do they think Teddy Roosevelt was just a goddamn tree hugger who paved the path to socialism? I honestly cannot get anti-environmentalism.

  • Trebuchet

    Colin Powell was respected right up until he shit the bed hallucinating yellow cake in aluminum tubes.

    For which he has since apologized, I believe. Powell was the last Republican candidate or potential candidate I’d have considered voting for. He’d have had a good chance of beating Clinton in ’96 if his wife hadn’t talked him out of it.

  • raven

    Doesn’t seem like old delusions and monsters in the closet ever die. Some of them are thousands of years old by now.

    Roughly half of the US population believes in demons.

    Some of them believe in the demon theory of disease and refuse to see medical doctors.

    A staple of the fundie xians is the belief that satanists exist who kidnap children and kill them for their blood used in their horrific rituals. They actually got the FBI to investigate this one in the late 20th century. The FBI never found a single case. They still believe it and that the FBI is part of the conspiracy.

    A common fundie belief is that UFO’s exist and are piloted by demons from hell.

    I suppose if it wasn’t for our liberal imposed laws, they would be out hunting down and killing witches.

  • raven

    I honestly cannot get anti-environmentalism.

    It’s the belief that living in a trash strewn yard, with a decrepit falling down house, breathing polluted air, drinking polluted water, and eating questionable food is…a good thing.

  • Actually, Raven, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s the belief that anything liberals like must be bad. That’s pretty much the whole philosophy; them standing as noble warriors, opposing the Other in the manichean fight between Good and Evil. Add a layer of Supply Side Jesus, erase concepts like “historical fact”, varnish with hypocrisy, and you’ve got reactionary conservatism.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Trebuchet @ # 9: For which he [C. Powell] has since apologized, I believe.

    Whose apologies can be considered as sincere as any other lying, murdering Republican’s.

    Consortium News tells the Powell story that other media obfuscate.

  • DaveL

    What does it mean to say you can’t spend money on or contract services from organizations that promote or implement sustainable development? Does that mean all new government buildings must be constructed of plastic reinforced with the bones of rare snow leopards? That toilets in those buildings must flush continuously with effluent running untreated into the street?

  • Chris from Europe

    Will this nonsense be effective?

  • leonardschneider

    Take it away, Chad Mitchell Trio:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG6taS9R1KM

    (“We only hail the hero

    From whom we got our name

    We’re not sure what he did

    But he’s our hero just the same!”)

  • leonardschneider

    Whoops, almost forgot this one from Cracked.com. See number 4.

    … Although I can hear the Birchers now: “They only want everybody to think they’re incompetent! It’s all part of their master plan!”

  • jnorris

    Ed, the key words are ‘sane person’. Neither the Republican Tea Party or the Birchers are anywhere near sane this decade.

  • dan4

    “…the American way of life of private property ownership….”

    Huh? Just two paragraphs before this was a mention of Agenda 21’s “GLOBAL political control” (my emphasis), and yet the “American way of life” language implies that it’s only focus is the U.S.A.