Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Newt Gingrich Name-Drops Sustainable Development Conspiracy Theory

Agenda 21 Evil

Newt Gingrich has been leading recently in the polls indicating he is the comeback king so far in the GOP race for the 2012 Presidential nomination. My friend Tony Newbill sent a Mother Jones link in which Newt speaks specifically against Agenda 21. Conspiracy Theorists believe the United Nation’s Agenda 21 is a program that trends the world’s nations to enter into a one world government. Most often Conspiracy Theory is kind of out there; however Agenda 21 is active with UN policy being instituted not only in the nations of the world but right here in America NOW.

I view Mother Jones as Leftist on the political spectrum. So I am certain that Mother Jones reporting on Newt is a criticism rather than a moment of praise; nonetheless the article provides a great abbreviated description of Agenda 21 as Conservatives perceive the global conspiracy to eradicate sovereignty and render the U.S. Constitution into an ineffective document of history.

JRH 11/23/11
Newbill writes:

Newt Gingrich Name-Drops Sustainable Development UN Agenda 21; Go Gettem NEWT!!!!

Then Newbill provides the Mother Jones link (which he sent 11/15/2011 4:47 PM} which below:
Newt Gingrich Name-Drops Sustainable Development Conspiracy Theory

Sat Nov. 12, 2011 5:51 PM PST

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spent much of Saturday's foreign policy debate doing what he does best: haranguing moderators Scott Pelley and Major Garrett for asking him questions he doesn't like. But in the middle of one such effort, he did offer a revealing insight in his views. Gingrich rattled off a list of subjects on which President Obama's policies have been harmful (it was a long list), and then dropped a bomb: President Obama, he explained, was wrong to support something called "Agenda 21."

The response drew loud applause from the audience. Here's why: Agenda 21 is a United Nations agreement that has never been considered by the Senate, and more or less just calls on signatories to promote sustainable development practices. But in the eyes of tea party activists, it's a stepping-stone to a one-world government, which will lead to forced population control and mass displacement. My colleague Stephanie Mencimer covered this subject in an excellent 2010 piece for the magazine:

Virginia activist Donna Holt is among those who believe that Agenda 21—unveiled during the UN's "Earth Summit" in 1992—is really a plot to curtail private property rights and deprive Americans of precious constitutional freedoms. In reality, the document will do nothing of the sort, but it has nevertheless been the target of conspiracy-minded UN haters for years. Holt and other tea partiers are taking their cues from people like Henry Lamb, a WorldNetDaily columnist and founder of Sovereignty International and Freedom21, groups designed to fight Agenda 21 and its ilk. He has been arguing for decades that the UN is secretly plotting to herd humans into crowded cities so that the rest of the world can be devoted to wildlife preservation. (Lamb declined to comment for this story because back Mother Jones once included him in a story called Wingnuts in Sheep's Clothing, and another article that described his role in Astroturf lobbying against the Kyoto treaty.)

Long the subject of fringe groups, Agenda 21 has taken on more prominence in recent years. Michele Bachmann fought against it as a Minnesota state senator, and again as a congresswoman. As she said in 2008 of congressional Democrats, "They want Americans to take transit and move to the inner cities. They want Americans to move to the urban core, live in tenements, [and] take light rail to their government jobs. That's their vision for America." The non-profit education watchdog she worked with in Minnesota even went so far as to oppose International Baccalaureate, the worldwide advanced placement system, on the grounds that it undermines national sovereignty and furthered the goals of Agenda 21.

In Florida, tea party groups are currently fretting that, under the guise of Agenda 21, the United Nations will forcibly displace Americans to protect the endangered manatee. (One Republican congressman, Rep. Rich Nugent of Florida, has even introduced legislation to address these concerns.) Other activists are concerned that they'll be forced to live in underground, earthen "Hobbit homes."

Does Gingrich really believe any of this—or is it just a pander to the far-right?
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