While MinnPost's Marlys Harris and Minnesota Conservatives would have Minnesotans believe that Fear of An Agenda 21 Planet is the new shiny thing for Minnesota Republicans, Bluestem has documented how it's nothing new for key conservative Republicans like Michele Bachmann and Allen Quist.
Indeed, the better argument is that these right-wing Republicans brought the conspiracy theory to Minnesota's Tea Party. Bachmann brought it up yesterday at a Central Minnesota Tea Party meeting in St. Cloud when a member of the audience asked a question about possible connections between health care reform and a United Nations conspiracy with George Soros and the EPA.
The St. Cloud Times Mark Sommerhauser reports in Bachmann: U.S. sovereignty at risk to 'global authority':
Bachmann also said it’s important to fight U.N. Agenda 21, a plan adopted in 1992 that relates to sustainable development.
Agenda 21 is a leading cause among some tea party groups that view it as a bid to infringe on individual property rights. The Republican National Committee passed a resolution against Agenda 21 earlier this year, calling it “a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control.”
One audience member did go beyond the ordinary Bachmann-Quist Agenda 21 paradigm to claim that the United Nations, in cahoots with a cabal that includes George Soros and the EPA, wrote the enabling legislation for Obamacare:
At least one person who attended the tea party meeting, Lenore Felix of Collegeville Township, believes the health care law has its origins with the United Nations. Felix’s question to Bachmann prompted the congresswoman’s comments about the U.N.
Felix, of Collegeville Township, said she believes the health care law was created by an international group that includes the United Nations, George Soros — a billionaire who donates to liberal political groups — and the Environmental Protection Agency. The health care law is part of a bid by those groups to reduce the world’s population, Felix said.
“Everything leads to that conclusion,” Felix said.
And here we thought that the Heritage Foundation and Mitt Romney had something to do with the ideas behind the policy. Silly us.
Photo: Michele Bachmann, still ranting about the UN after all these years.
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