TN Democrats Defend Agenda 21, Critique GOP Resolution

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party:
Tennessee House Republicans, led by Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) found more ways to avoid focusing on the one topic that Tennesseans desperately need them to focus on, the economy.
In a 35 minute debate on the House floor the Republicans hit every major talking point of extremist conspiracy groups such as the John Birch Society in decrying “Agenda 21,” a plan passed 20 years ago passed by the UN and supported by every President, Democrat or Republican since. The agenda was designed and implemented to promote sustainable development and smart growth practices throughout the world to reduce the harmful effects of overcrowding and mismanagement of resources.
Below is a list of the wild-eyed conspiracy theories promoted in the resolution, followed by what Agenda 21 actually does:


FICTION: 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.
FACT: Agenda 21 is a non-controversial plan supported by nearly every Democratic nation on Earth to research ways to help local and national governments voluntarily implement policies that protect natural resources and reduce the negative impacts of overcrowding. It is supported by non-partisan and conservative organizations such as the Sierra Club, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Planning Association, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
FICTION: 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.
FACT: There is nothing “covert” about it. The United Nation’s Division for Sustainable Development works openly with many different groups to help design and implement policies that are voluntarily adopted by local and national authorities to help their citizens cope with pressure on environmental resources.
FICTION: 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
FACT: Nothing in the document prohibits Americans from driving their own car, truck or SUV, nor does it seek to eliminate single family homes. There is nothing more controversial than supporting better public transportation systems and more sustainable urban development, which most major cities and business groups support.
FICTION: 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 according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, national sovereignty is deemed a social injustice
FACT: There is nothing in the Agenda 21 plan that calls for the implementation of a communist or socialist society, evidenced by the support of the plan by major conservative and free market groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce, and many capitalist countries who have supported the plan.
BACKGROUND
The UN Website on Agenda 21 http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/index.shtml
Southern Poverty Law Center – Antigovernment Conspiracy Theorists Rail Against UN’s Agenda 21 Program http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2012/spring/behind-the-green-mask
New York Times – Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/us/activists-fight-green-projects-seeing-un-plot.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all
HRJ587 – Republican resolution on Agenda 21 http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HJR0587
The radical John Birch Society’s “Agenda 21 Action Kit” http://www.jbs.org/news/new-stop-agenda-21-action-kit

6 thoughts on “TN Democrats Defend Agenda 21, Critique GOP Resolution

  1. pccministry

    UH OH! I reckin’ the proof is in the pudding and the minority (teeny handful) of Democrats that voted against the resolution just told on themselves. LOL I love America!

  2. Matthew Rensen

    If you don’t think the UN Agenda 21 is a threat to your freedom you need a brain scan.
    Does anyone really want to adopt a plan by the most corrupt and inept organization on the planet? Putting that aside why would anyone want to surrender their freedom to Communism which this really is? Only the ignorant and power hungry will indorse this insidious plan.

  3. Cheryl Lynn

    I checked the website for Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 and it is dot com.
    It’s a great website and is non-partisan. Shows how all Americans can come together to fight this plan. Really it is about creating a shadow government to restrict and monitor us. The idea is to make it all sound so good that we’ll go along with it quietly. It’s being sold as an economic boost to create these regional governments out of unelected boards and commissions. Non-governmental non-profits and corporations are running government. That’s the end game of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development.
    I also watched some videos on the Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 dot com website that were excellent. Lots of great info that really shows this article to be a bunch of propaganda.

  4. Cheryl Lynn

    I checked the website for Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 and it is dot com.
    It’s a great website and is non-partisan. Shows how all Americans can come together to fight this plan. Really it is about creating a shadow government to restrict and monitor us. The idea is to make it all sound so good that we’ll go along with it quietly. It’s being sold as an economic boost to create these regional governments out of unelected boards and commissions. Non-governmental non-profits and corporations are running government. Redesigning government and cutting out the people. That’s the end game of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development.
    I also watched some videos on the Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 dot com website that were excellent. Lots of great info that really shows this article to be a bunch of propaganda.

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