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Agenda 21’s goal: Help to sustain planet

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 9:16 p.m. CDT

Amanda Norris writes [“Agenda 21’s impact topic of meeting,” The Reader’s Voice, May 29] that citizens who attend a tea party meeting will be surprised how the United Nation’s Agenda 21 “affects your daily lives.”

She writes that individual property rights might be eliminated by U.N. Agenda 21 based on, she goes on to say, environmentalism, social equality, and preservation and restoration of biodiversity.

Watch out for the tea party and its own agenda; it’s hardly patriotic.

In at least three places in her letter, the standard tea party lexicon uses “feel good,” “sounds noble,” and “infiltrate,” to try to lead readers into thinking that they have a reason to mistrust government and believe that there is a U.N. world conspiracy to take away your property rights.

The U.N.’s Agenda 21 is a non-binding agreement. It does not take supremacy over U.S. law or any of the laws of some 178 countries who agree that the Agenda is something worth working toward to sustain the planet.

The culprit is the tea party itself, for its inability to see how greed trumps good stewardship of the earth and the loss of some property rights, and to do something constructive to rectify this pervasive problem.

I will admit that private property taken for a capitalist venture is unconstitutional. However, the people whose individual rights the tea party members say they champion are those very people who fund and invest in money-making redevelopment ventures. They are well-connected with elected and appointed government officials at every level.

Their doings require scrutiny, regulation and oversight, but instead of doing their jobs to change America for the better, the tea partiers are just taking up space in Washington.

For the sake of the U.S., lay your U.N. and government conspiracies to rest.

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