Judy Burges, Republican State Senator, Claims Agenda 21 Will Turn Arizona Into Commie-Land
The perfect example of how loony this conspiracy theory is was when tea partier Wes Harris took the microphone to explain his support of Burges' bill.
"You wanna see what Agenda 21 is?" he asked. "Just take a tour of downtown Phoenix."
Harris cited light rail, as well as "high-density apartments with Agenda 21 business establishments on the ground floor."
Harris continued to rant about "sustainability" -- a word he says "doesn't exist."
Harris continued to rant about how Arizona State University offers degrees in the supposedly imaginary field of sustainability, and somehow involves high school kids in it. After continued ranting, Harris got to his point.
"The U.N. is transforming your kids into climate change agents," he said, as we nearly pissed ourselves with laughter.
In response, Democratic Senator Steve Farley gave Harris a well-deserved (verbal) bitch-slap for his conspiracy theory about Phoenix already undergoing Agenda 21 implementation.
"Is it not possible that some of this development in downtown Phoenix is because people want to do that, because they can make some money in our capitalist system, because people like living in a loft space, being surrounded by lots of stuff to do, because they like not having to spend $12,000 a year owning and maintaining a car?" Farley asked. "Is it possible that people -- Americans -- could like to have a choice of something different, and want to live in a place like this?"
Harris' retort was that Agenda 21 forces everyone to live like people do in downtown Phoenix, because, um, because Agenda 21.
Several speakers, from state and local government organizations, insisted that their legal analysts found this bill conflicting with a lot of laws, since the language is really broad. When it was noted that all of the people speaking in opposition of Burges' bill had knowledge of the working of government, Republican Senator Kelli Ward suggested it's because they have been "rewarded" by the federal government and "other entities" for implementing Agenda 21.
It's Arizona, so don't kid yourself and think sanity prevailed in the end. The committee passed the bill 4-3.