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Alabama Defeats Communism with Anti-Sustainability Law

By Leah Nelson on June 6, 2012 - 3:50 pm, Posted in Conspiracies, Extremist Propaganda

With chronic budget shortfalls, dangerously overcrowded prisons and the nation’s biggest municipal bankruptcy filing, we here in Alabama have a lot on our minds.

But at least we can cross one worry off the list: Our property cannot be confiscated by the United Nations or any of its myriad stealth agents in the name of “sustainability,” “smart growth” or “environmentalism.”

For that, we can thank our hard-working state legislators, who in mid-May voted unanimously – yes, they did – in favor of a bill barring the enactment of any policy recommendations traceable to the U.N.’s Agenda 21 that infringe on property rights, at least without “due process.”

That’s right. Thanks to the legislation sponsored by GOP state Sen. Gerald Dial, Alabama farmers who have been planting less produce this spring due to labor shortages caused by the state’s draconian anti-immigration law (the latest version of which includes a “scarlet letter” provision requiring the state “to post a quarterly list of the names of any undocumented alien who appears in court for a violation of state law, regardless of whether they were convicted”) can feel confident their fallow fields won’t be taken over by agents of the “New World Order.” Families can enjoy the benefits of the newly shortened school year (enacted this spring over a gubernatorial veto by state legislators who claimed longer summer breaks will encourage tourism and generate revenue), secure in the knowledge that they will not return from their vacations to discover their property has been seized by blue-helmeted troops.

And while banks will still be allowed to foreclose on and evict folks for failing to repay their loans, at least our land will be safe from the clutches of the so-called “environmentalists” whose true goal is to deliver Americans into the hands of a global government run by shadowy, unelected elites who will move us around like chess pieces and control every aspect of our lives.

In reality, Agenda 21 is a non-binding, completely voluntary plan for global sustainability signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 after the U.N.’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. But it’s seen by radical-right conspiracy theorists as a sort of Trojan horse for the New World Order.

As far as we know, there is zero evidence of anyone’s property in Alabama being taken away for any sort of sustainability effort or environmental initiative without due process.

The executive director of the Alabama Republican Party noted the passage of the so-called “Due Process for Property Rights Act” in a newsletter, stating that the law “is intended to shelter Alabamians from … a sustainable development initiative that some conservatives see as a precursor for the creation of a world government.”

Reached by phone, a spokesperson for Alabama GOP said she didn’t know enough about the bill to say if the party is worried about the creation of a world government or whether there is any evidence whatsoever that anyone is trying to move in that direction. Otherwise, it received practically no attention from the mainstream media.

The news didn’t slip through the cracks completely, however. On Monday, there appeared on the website of The New American a long article celebrating Alabama’s new law as a victory for “citizens who had been terrorized by Agenda 21-linked schemes targeting their private property.”

“[G]rassroots pressure paid off,” it said. “Alabama became the first state to be officially shielded by law from UN-linked anti-property rights scheming.”

The New American is published by the John Birch Society (JBS), a far-right organization best known for accusing President Dwight D. Eisenhower of being a secret communist and for opining that fluoridated water is a communist plot to poison America. For a short time in the early 1960s, it was an influential force in the Republican Party – until William F. Buckley Jr., the intellectual architect of postwar conservatism, led a campaign to “excommunicate” it from conservative circles, warning Republicans against “acquies[ing] quietly” to the JBS’ “false” “rendition of the causes of the decline of the Republic and the entire Western world.”

Buckley died in 2008, and the JBS has been making a steady comeback since. With the Cold War over, it has gotten creative: These days, it frets about door-to-door gun confiscations, FEMA concentration camps and martial law. It claims the Federal Reserve is a massive conspiracy and warns of plans to create a “North American Union” that will subvert U.S. interests and destroy the Constitution.

Since September, the JBS has sponsored a national lecture tour on the supposed dangers of Agenda 21. Using slideshows replete with images of Karl Marx and Alger Hiss, the accused communist spy who helped draft the U.N. Charter, JBS scare-mongers have fanned out across the country to warn locals of the evils of the U.N.’s sustainability initiative. Agenda 21, they claim, calls for “a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced.” According to the JBS, the ultimate purpose of this decades-old plan is nothing less than a new world order in which rural regions will be depopulated and foreign bureaucrats will mandate family size here in the United States, imposing forced abortions as they do in communist China.

Apparently, these threats were enough to spook the Republican National Committee, which in January passed a resolution opposing Agenda 21, decrying the nonbinding measure as “a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control.” Counties in various states have adopted similar resolutions, as has the Tennessee House of Representatives. According to The New American, activists in New Hampshire are lobbying to pass anti-Agenda 21 legislation. Arizona’s state Senate this spring passed a bill similar to Alabama’s, but it died before the session ended.

Community sustainability efforts are coordinated through something known as ICLEI – the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives. Under its auspices, more than 1,000 cities and municipalities around the world, including hundreds in the U.S., have received grants (or bribes, if you agree with the JBS version of the story) that will help implement local sustainability proposals.

News of the Alabama passage heartened anti-ICLEI activists across the nation. The headline on one Virginia blog, for example, reads:  “VICTORY! ICLEI BAN PASSED ALABAMA LEGISLATURE! YEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Read it and weep, globalists!”

The Alabama cities of Birmingham and Huntsville are both ICLEI members (though depending on how this law is interpreted, they may not be for long). As their residents gear up for another long, hot Deep South summer, they – and the rest of us Alabamians – can breathe a sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that the communist menace of environmental protection has been beaten back from our doors.

  • Reynardine

    Well, Bob, I can believe we have been dumbed down.

    Redneck, the elder Bush was the older type of conservative. When all was said and done, he was intelligent and cosmopolitan enough never to doubt the planet was round, billions of years old, and went around the Sun, and he governed himself (and, to a degree, the nation) accordingly. Where he was with Barbara when they made W., I don’t know, but the evidence suggests disporting themselves in an overchlorinated pool.

    Jeb gave signs of considerably greater intelligence, but was not in line for the throne, either because of birth order, or (it is whispered) because his half-brother might be Vicente Fox.

  • redneckbluecollarwhitetrash

    Wait SPLC. George Herbert Walker Bush, supported Agenda 21? I’m confused. I thought the entire Bush clan (Klan?) was under the control of the “Radical Right?”

    So the Bushes aren’t considered right-wing racists if they support “smart-growth” policies that usurp private property and constitutional rights? Got it.

  • Bob

    Thank God someone understands the outright THREAT to our nation the UN poses! Agenda 21 is NOTHING more than an effort to make us all equal and all must fit into a single mould. NO allowance for those who work hard, or put their talents to use in extordinary ways. No allowance for those who will take the risks necessary to obtain big rewards.
    We can work with the sane ideas which the UN has, NOT those of the two-bit dictators who think they need to bring us down to their level even though we are paying too many of their bills and for lots of the things they steal from those who we are donating to.
    We have dumbed down our next generation enough to think that simply giving up the rights our forefathers fought for and gave their blood for is a good thing if we can simply live like others do.
    Well, just look at Europe collapsing, that is just a precurser to what will happen to us if we don’t IMMEDIATELY doing what they continue to prove does NOT work! But the lessons which have been repeated many times throughout history are going to be repeated as the self-appointed elite make promises they can’t keep while they steal our money and live VERY well themselves.

  • CoralSea

    Creating a threat and then taking action to “thwart” it is a time-honored tradition among scoundrels. Unfortunately, there are people — often a lot of people — who believe this tripe. Definitely an argument for beefing up public education to equip the generations that are coming up to question nutty statements.

  • Ramses

    It’s just as crazy with the Iowa GOP’s platform. They have stated that they will oppose the creation of the Amero, the North American Union, and fight Agenda 21. I guess craziness is highly infectious.

  • CoralSea

    Oh, dear, Carbonicus — You really need to lay off the talk-show screamers. They have filled your head with strange notions that fail to track with reality.

    I am an environmental consultant and I work almost exclusively with Fortune 500 companies. The majority of their concerns about environmental regulation is to ensure that they are applied equally to all emitters (that’s emissions to the air, land, and water) so that they aren’t competitively disadvantaged. You see, at the plant and national level (with the exception of some C-suites), the environmental, safety, and operations managers all live here. While environmentalism was once a “fringe” thing, the vast majority of manufacturers are proud of the gains they have made in reducing pollution and making manufacturing cleaner and more efficient.

    Regulation isn’t done on a whim. It involves drafts, comments on drafts, comments on new drafts, etc. The U.S. EPA has a fact sheet on the process. I would advise anyone who bitches about regulations, but knows nothing of how they are made, ought to check it out. It will make you a lot less easy to talk-show crazies to manipulate you.

    I can also tell you, from first-hand experience (and I have been at this for 25 years), that it doesn’t matter who they are — Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Socialist, Black, White, You-name-it–if people believe that their drinking water is contaminated with carcinogens, they want it fixed, pronto! (They also are often furious that “the government” didn’t do more to protect them, because, all of a sudden, they understand why regulators and regulations can protect them in the security of their own homes and persons.)

    This concept that we cannot have productivity and a clean environment was debunked years ago. “Waste not, Want not,” isn’t some socialist mantra — it’s damn good business, and it makes sense on a household level, too.

    Yes — there are some players in industry (and some industries — don’t want to mention here) that are still dangerously out of control and need to be reined in in regard to poor (or criminal) environmental performance. However, as I already stated, the thing that gets MY corporate clients going isn’t that they must comply with regulations — it’s when others slip out of them (as happened with electrical utilities in 2001 when Pres. Bush let them off the hook for air regulations that other sectors, such as the chemical industry, had already spent the big bucks complying with).

    Some of the stuff touted as sustainability is silly — but it is heading in the right direction. It’s a shame that you are apparently too much swayed by the imbeciles of Fox News and/or talk radio to realize that using resources wisely is smart for everyone.

    Also, what could possibly be a greater human right than the ability to live, work, learn, and play in a safe and clean environment? I’m glad SPLC is paying attention to this. Environmental Justice helps all of us — even you, sir.

  • Sam Molloy

    In the 1960′s, a last ditch selling point to permit construction of a Mall was that, in case of nuclear war, with a few feet of plywood, a Mall would make a good fortress for what’s left of the local government to operate from. Likewise, in an economic catastrophe, it’s likely any Fema camps, empty sports stadiums, or what have you would only be accessible for people of means, who could afford the admission fee, and the rest of the population would be the ones left “wild in the streets”, as they say.

  • Sam Molloy

    The next time, can we force them to secede and not let them back in?

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Mike,

    I think his solution starts with a ‘D’ and ends with ‘eath camps.’

  • Reynardine

    Think it done expired, Mike.

  • ModerateMike

    It’s been 2 days since your post, Carbonicus, and you still haven’t provided us with any sources. Hurry up, now, because your credibility is on the line…

  • Reynardine

    Aron, I suspect it’s the one where the only real source of pollution on earth is low-albedo people.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    So Carbonicus,

    What’s ‘pragmatic environmentalis?’ Because I get a strong feeling it’s a whole lot more Malthusian than anything the ‘sustainalchemists’ are pushing…

    Also, you sure made a lot of claims in your post. But did you present a single piece of evidence to back up said claims? I’m hearing crickets and watching tumbleweeds roll though town, friend.

  • Reynardine

    Carb, you gave us no damn facts or link to them. I can’t tell if we’re dealing with the Oligocene or oligophrenia, here.

  • Carbonicus

    Snarky article. Sustainabilchemy isn’t going to save anybody or any species from anything. In geologic terms, regardless of our “carbon footprint” or “deforestation”, in a few million years the earth will shake humans off like a bad case of fleas….a surface nuiscance.

    What you really have here in the environmental movement overreaching, with the light of day finally being shone on the wrong priorities and misanthropic policies of Leftists.

    Those of you who are on the sustainabilchemy kick, one example to prove my point (one. there are dozens).

    The US government has spent over $100 BILLION of taxpayers money on “climate policy” since 1999. (Eco-socialists, please do not challenge this figure. This is an Obama administration CBO number). Meanwhile 1-2 billion people on this planet live off less than $1.50/day, live in poverty, have insufficient clean water, food, are dying from easily-preventable water-borne diseases, and cook their food over dung when they’ve cut down all their trees for fuel. And guess what, environmentalists; instead of actually targeting these environmental ills effecting humans, you wasted $100 BILLION on something that is inconsequential to humanity.

    Worse, it is documented that because of your “carbon” (Kyoto) and “sustainability” policies, people in Africa and India have been killed in the name of carbon offsets and population control.

    Meanwhile, the best you people can do is link to thinkprogress and rightwingwatch.

    The story behind the snarky Leftist article here is that the gig is up. We are exposing your environmental Malthusianism and socialism one non-crisis at a time. And when this happens, it ain’t about the GOP in Alabama, it’s about you environmentalists.

    Here’s a tip for you neo-environmentalists: You are not fighing the “fossil fuel lobby”. You are fighting empirical evidence, logic, reason, the laws of physics and economics, the sunlight disinfecting your green utopia.

    You will be dragged back to pragmatic environmentalism, kicking and screaming or willingly. Your choice.

  • James Staples (JimRinX

    And this is how we DO NOT deal with such problems as 200+ “Dead Zones”, at the mouths of 200+ Rivers around the world……but then that’s due to the over-use of Agri-Chem, to feed a Too Large, Too Quickly Growing Glbal Population; and, well, we wouldn’t want to do anything like Tell Property Owners that they can’t spray so much crap on their lands anymore, or Spend Federal Dollars buying Condoms for people too poor to buy their own…oh no, no, no, Not THAT!
    Why That Would Be Doing What Jesus Would Do!
    I guess these guyz n galz (Shrimpers?) down in Alamaby never heard oof any of dem dar ‘dead zones’, of Jezuz…

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Lewis,

    Farrakhan is not associated with the NAACP in a leadership position. He’s associated with the Nation of Islam, which the SPLC does list as a hate group.

    Not that we’d expect you to actually READ THE DAMNED WEBSITE or anything…

  • Reynardine

    You’re right, Red Diaper Baby, but that little bit is called Mobile, and it’s re-e-e-al low.

    I know about North Carolina, by the way. Maybe their legislature doesn’t like Cape Hatteras much. Also, the Chincoteague ponies are good swimmers, but they better get better.

  • Gregory

    @ Lewis Loflin,

    Try a little reading before you make an ass of yourself on your first visit.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-i.....-farrakhan

  • Gregory

    The port of Mobile, Alabama will be surprised to find out that they are not on the coast.

  • Erika

    Once again, Virginia says “thank you Alabama for making us look slightly less foolish.”

    But the funniest thing about this is that apparently no one in the Alabama State Legislature has ever heard of the “just compensation” clause of the Fifth Amendment.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Louis Farrakhan is not left-wing. He also doesn’t hold much political power in this country, at any level. State GOP representatives are more likely to infringe on someone’s rights than Farrakhan. Does that help you understand?

  • red-diaper baby 1942

    Uhh, Gottlieb: Alabama doesn’t really have a sea coast, except for a little bit at the bottom, on the Gulf. You’re probably thinking of North Carolina, where the legislature has apparently made climate science illegal: coastal communities are not allowed to consider the projected rise in sea levels in their plans. (http://thinkprogress.org/clima.....g-science/).

  • Terry Washington

    Since it’s been 21(as of this December 26th)years since the USSR folded up due to its own contradictions, one wonders how long the Paranoid loons of the right will continue to flog “a dead horse”?

  • http://www.sullivan-county.com/main.htm Lewis Loflin

    Why is this issue even addressed at the $PLC to begin with?

    I guess it too is right-wing hate.

    By the way, why isn’t Louis Farrakhan at the NAACP not make them a hate group? Any Republican group that allowed in David Duke would be classified as such by the $PLC in five seconds.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYame5yVkuw

    There are serious credibility issues at the $PLC.

    Why not address left-wing hate? That’s OK here it seems.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    CM, I still think I’m the only person in the world who enjoys drinking straight tonic water. I like the sweet and bitter combination :)

  • Gottlieb

    I assume this Alabama law will keep the sea level from rising along the Alabama coast from climate change since the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is involved with this global event.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “John Parmelee said,

    ON JUNE 8TH, 2012 AT 1:53 AM
    If we Complain about his WHITE-Half, is it STILL Racist?”

    Uh….WHO are you talking about here?

  • Reynardine

    NAFTA,

    Alabama is not a sovereign nation.

    Misty,

    I’m not jewish.

    Coral Sea,

    I spent my first nine years in Florida living on Coral Sea Road.

  • Mike Best

    I don’t mean to burst any bubbles, but Alabama isn’t the only laughing stock to emerge out of this right-wing drift toward idiocy. I’d say that the entire country is made the laughing stock of the entire civilized world by the blathering of the most moronic and cerebrally challenged among us.

    Not quite sure as to where the blame lies within the scheme of things, but I don’t recall this country being in the type of tailspin it is in at this moment before the various religions began to insert themselves into the political discourse of the country. I’d say we are shooting ourselves in the foot from the pulpit.

  • Robert C. Moyer

    “Here’s to the State of Mississippi…
    Mississippi (or Alabama) find yourself another country to be part of”
    – Phil Ochs

  • John Parmelee

    If we Complain about his WHITE-Half, is it STILL Racist?

  • CoralSea

    Norm — In regard to allowing interracial marriage, obviously, they didn’t want to rush into anything.

    On a more serious note, I find it distressing that sound resource management is somehow viewed as not only political, but “evil” by some of these folks. Businesses pretty much embraced the principals of waste minimization and pollution prevention in the 1990s when they realized that it SAVED MONEY. As for climate change, the U.S. military has had it on its radar screen for at least 15 years, as they view the dislocations and upheaval it is likely to cause (through rising sea levels, floods, droughts, and other changes in weather patterns) a major threat to national security and global stability.

    The politicization of science can have far-reaching consequences. Societies have, at various times, turned their backs on exploration, science, or technology and knowledge is lost. This happened during the dark ages, when knowledge of navigation and map making was all but lost when the Catholic Church of the Dark Ages banned anything that wasn’t in the Bible. Fortunately (and ironically, considering some players in current radical Islam), Muslim scholars had preserved a lot of this knowledge and technology, such as the Astrolabe, and it was reintroduced into Europe. I keep a working Astrolabe on my desk to remind me of the importance of core technology.

  • CM

    Aron,

    Tonic water? Yuck. I’d rather have malaria.

    Come to think of it, I might rather have socialism than what apparently passes for government in Alabama these days.

  • NAFTA Refugee

    Paul Ehrlich would agree with agenda 21. There are too many people on planet earth. Eventually world leaders will have to deal with overpopulation meaning…. making unpopular decisions. Nothing new under the sun here.
    Albama is declaring it’s soveriegnty. Good on them.

  • Misty

    Reynardine,

    Q. How is copper wire made?

    A: Two Jews fighting over a penny.

  • Shadow Wolf

    American-born/American-raised President Obama should win Alabama by a landslide victory. After losing momentum in Wisconsin recently. That is if, the Alabamians wake up and open their eyes.

    Evidently, Republicans is not in the best interests of Alabama. Time to turn Alabama into a blue state.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Matt, I hope you’re being ironic. Because if not, I think your logic might be a bit faulty…

  • Kate

    I expect there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in Alabama when they will be entirely unable to hire people to pick their crops, owing to new laws that make no prisoner labor available as a subsitute for unpaid workers.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Judging by statistics, if there’s a God, he has damned Alabama.

  • Norm

    What else can be expected from a state that in the year 2000 finally took laws off the books making interracial marriage illegal, after it had been found to be unconstitutional in 1967.

  • Matt

    God bless Alabama!

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    CM,

    There’s nothing comical about that routine. I’ve been drinking straight tonic water for years. And I’ve never once gotten malaria! Obviously it works. And the fact that I live in New England has NOTHING to do with that fact.

  • CM

    This reminds me of the old lion-repellent routine:

    Straight Man: What are you doing?
    Funny Man: Repelling lions.
    SM: There are no lions around here!
    FM: See? It works!

    But seriously, when you look at who’s really behind this nonsensical Agenda 21 hysteria – the Koch-founded JBS and the Koch-funded Tea Party – it’s easy to see what the real “agenda” is: no limits on the consumption and combustion of fossil fuels, and thus no limits on the profits of the corporate warlords. All of it masquerading as anti-communist zealotry, in order to suck in the ignorant and/or paranoid among the citizenry.

  • Sam LeMaster

    (1) This kind of wasteful legislative activity is evidence that Alabama’s budget crisis is much smaller than it really is, and (2) it provides fodder for comedians who make fun of us all the time.

    This is truly another black eye for a state that has cemented itself as an international laughing stock.

  • RMB

    Nope, I can’t see the UN any time soon discarding due process to unilaterally impose their will on the world through force without true accountability – partly because the US government has beaten them to it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    Leah Nelson,

    I agree. They’re wasting all our time. They’re fighting a non existent threat here. Much like the nonexistent threat that Anti Muslim bigots claim is posed by Sharia Law to our freedoms here in America and the west in general.

    Speaking of which, did you hear about this?

    Did you hear about this new far right conspiracy theory that combines Agenda 21 hysteria and anti Muslim, and anti sharia hysteria?

    The Ultimate Obama-Islam-Sharia-Agenda 21-Immigration-Debt Conspiracy
    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/.....conspiracy

  • Gregory

    And the good citizens of Alabama wonder why the rest of the nation makes fun of them. /sarcasm

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    It’s ironic that Alabama(aka America’s Shame) laughs at “globalists” seeing as how the only way these states attract jobs is by bending over and taking it from multinational corporations, offering them a docile, poorly paid workforce with no rights or benefits so as to attract factories.

    States like Alabama need to put up or shut up- Let’s see your stats. If your policies are indeed positive, you should be leading the country in wages, low unemployment, health, and so on. Moreover, you should be paying more in federal taxes then you receive. So how about it, Alabama?

  • Reynardine

    Q. What do you get if you cut a Florida Cracker brain in half?
    A. Two Georgia Cracker brains.
    Q. And then, if you cut each Georgia Cracker brain in half, what do you get?
    A. Four Alabama Cracker brains.

    I’m starting to understand that mean old joke.