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Thursday, November 15, 2012

How insane are Republicans? This insane

Mother Jones - 'Top Georgia GOP Lawmakers Host Briefing on Secret Obama Mind-Control Plot'

Mother Jones:

President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as “Delphi” to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities. That’s according to a four-hour briefing delivered to Republican state senators at the Georgia state Capitol last month.

On October 11, at a closed-door meeting of the Republican caucus convened by the body’s majority leader, Chip Rogers, a tea party activist told Republican lawmakers that Obama was mounting this most diabolical conspiracy. The event—captured on tape by a member of the Athens-based watchdog Better Georgia (who was removed from the room after 52 minutes)—had been billed as an information session on Agenda 21, a nonbinding UN agreement that commits member nations to promote sustainable development. In the eyes of conservative activists, Agenda 21 is a nefarious plot that includes forcibly relocating non-urban-dwellers and prescribing mandatory contraception as a means of curbing population growth. The invitation to the Georgia state Senate event noted the presentation would explain: “How pleasant sounding names are fostering a Socialist plan to change the way we live, eat, learn, and communicate to ‘save the earth.’”


The meeting consisted of a PowerPoint presentation followed by a 90-minute screening of the anti-Agenda 21 documentary, Agenda: Grinding America Down. It was emceed by Field Searcy, a local conservative activist who was forced out of the Georgia Tea Party in April due to his endorsement of conspiracy theories about the president’s birth certificate and the collapse of World Trade Center Tower 7. The presentation also featured a special video cameo from conservative talking-head Dick Morris in which the former Clinton aide warns that Obama “wants to force everyone into the cities from whence our ancestors fled.”

“Obama, of course, has taken no steps to bring the United States under the control of a United Nations sustainable-development-themed dictatorship,” MJ reports. I guess you have to say that.

Rogers is, in fact, the Georgia Senate majority leader — meaning he is the Republican mainstream in Georgia. If you doubt that, then ask yourself why most of the people at the meeting didn’t shout, “This is fucking insane!” before rushing out.

And it’s not just Georgia:

…In May, the Kansas Legislature approved a resolution blocking Agenda 21 from being implemented in its state, following in the footsteps of Tennessee. Rogers, the Georgia Senate majority leader, introduced legislation in January that would have blocked the nonbinding UN resolution from being applied to his state. Among other things, the resolution noted that, “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 by society and the environment which would be accomplished by socialists and communist redistribution of wealth.”

If it seems as if Rogers is just repeating John Birch Society conspiracies, he is—literally. As in Tennessee, large portions of his 2012 bill, SR 270, were lifted word-for-word from draft legislation prepared by the Birchers.

This should be less shocking than a lot of people will think. After all, it’s no more or less insane than the idea that the US is on the verge of being ruled by sharia law — the last global conspiracy theory fad from the GOP’s local yokels. It’s fun to point and laugh — and by all means do — but also be warned that a significant chunk of actual elected Republicans are completely unhinged basket cases.

You know how GOP leadership are trying to tell their base to stop being so freakin’ nuts? Yeah, good luck with that. Saying “knock it off” is not the cure for mental illness.

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