News that members of the Georgia State Senate were paid to attend a meeting hosted by a conspiracy theorist warning of a UN takeover and Barack Obama employing mind control methods to accomplish it, has generated widespread criticism, especially of Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers who gave the gathering his blessing.
The idea that Agenda 21 is a UN plot to take away American freedoms has been going on for sometime. To be fair, it’s possible to read anything one wants into Agenda 21, as is the case with most of the UN’s long-winded declarations. Part of the problem is that documents like Agenda 21 were written by 178 nations. That means there is a lot of garbage going in. Agenda 21 has many things that are unappealing. Nevertheless, it remains a document meant to promote sustainability. It is nonbinding and voluntary. It was also signed by George H.W. Bush but never ratified by the Senate.
Agenda 21 has good points and bad points, but if this is the way that the UN plans to take over the United States, then we should be thankful that our “enemies” are this dull-headed, bookwormish and unimaginative. That seems to scare the hell out of conspiracists like Alex Jones, but so do vaccines.
Yet it is one level of concern when people roam the media warning of Agenda 21, but another level when elected officials like Rogers organize an “educational meeting” to promote craziness that the President of the United States is behind the plot and using 1950’s consensus-building techniques as mind control. This meeting by Rogers also compared Obama to Stalin and Mao. There is nothing educational in promoting that rubbish. People like Rogers give legitimacy to this wackiness, encouraging further adventures into conspiracy wonderlands instead of dealing with real problems of real Americans.
“Our office was contacted by a group of constituents and asked for help obtaining a room and notifying senators of an educational meeting on Agenda 21. There have been a number of meetings held at the Capitol the last couple years on this issue, including one during the last session,” Rogers explained.
Those previous meetings usually have a link to Rogers somewhere. Rogers has also repeatedly pushed anti-Agenda 21 legislation in the Georgia Senate on matters involving land use and other sustainable-issue topics. For Rogers to suggest that he is simply taking care of his constituents is disingenuous.
With Obama’s election for another four years, it doesn’t look like the advocates of misinformation have any intention of easing their one-sided and twisted propaganda. Yet there may be one good thing that has come from this episode. Rogers announced that he would not seek another term as Senate Majority Leader. His argument is that he wants to spend more time with his family. Perhaps so. Or perhaps he took enough heat from his conspiracy thinking that he wants to take a step back from the spotlight. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that he has learned anything from this except to be more discreet next time.