Via Politics in Minnesota's Morning Report, we learn that many male progressive's favorite conservative twit, John Hugh Gilmore, wants you to think that the party's fantods over Agenda 21 is somehow new. It's not.
Gilmore's post, Agenda 21: Because There's More Room For Crazy, echoes Agenda 21 and looming battles over urban development an earlier Minnpost column by Marlys Harris.
Before the lazier members of the Twin Cities twitterati who loves themselves some Gilmore adopt this meme as the new shiny crazy from right, perhaps a few thoughtful reporters and editors might consider how Republican fretting over Agenda 21 is nothing new nor particularly fringy.
Let's review. As Bluestem noted back in May, Agenda 21-phobia isn't simply something that popped up in brochures at the Republican convention.
Republican Agenda 21-phobia has a legislative history in Minnesota. Companion bills in the Minnesota Senate and House take up these fears, proposing a Legislative Commission on United Nations Agenda 21, and the Senate version was heard and approved in Mike Parry's State Government Innovation and Veterans committee and passed on to the Finance Committee.
David Brown is chief author in the Senate, with Parry, Dave Thompson and retiring one-term senator Al DeKruif serving as co-sponsors. None are sponsors of the raw milk bills that so chafe Mr. Gilmore's tender sensibilities (for the record, Bluestem sides with the cooked milk side of the debate).
Mike Parry is running for Congress in CD1, where no selection was made as he and Allen Quist (another Agenda 21 phobe) battled to a standstill at the endorsing convention. Quist is the Tea Party and Kurt Bills favorite--but both men have Agenda 21 syndrome.
In the House, freshman state representative Mary Franson and veteran lawmaker Sondra Erickson are sponsors. Gilmore is a Franson ally--perhaps he only looked to her public woes but not to legislation she authors.
And the notion that the Tea party forces Republicans into accepting Agenda 21-phobia? Utter poppycock. Long before the North Star Tea Party Patriots were a glimmer n Walter Hudson and Cindy Pugh's eyes, Michele Bachmann, Allen Quist and other conservative Republicans were sounding the alarm.
You'll no doubt read Gilmore's frame repeated by his dear friends in the conventional media and the blogs, but repetition of the original thimblewit assertions by a Minnpost columnist makes them no more true. This isn't a new shiny crazy--but one that's sparkled openly on the right for years.
One wonders: who gains by the pushing of this patiently false meme? Agenda 21 phobia is malarky, but it's nothing new among Minnesota's conservative Republicans like Bachmann and Quist--nor have Brodkorbians like Mike Parry rejected it. Far to the contrary.
Image: Michele Bachmann was on to Agenda 21 before she was elected to Congress.