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July 03, 2012 4:25 PM U.N. Out of Alabama!

By Ed Kilgore

Back in the day, long before its return to semi-respectability via the Tea Party Movement, members of the John Birch Society often signaled their lonely presence with yard signs or bumper stickers reading: “UN OUT OF US!”

Now similar sentiments are being expressed by an entire state government, as evidenced by this breathless report from the JBS magazine, the New American:

Alabama became the first state to adopt a tough law protecting private property and due process by prohibiting any government involvement with or participation in a controversial United Nations scheme known as Agenda 21. Activists from across the political spectrum celebrated the measure’s approval as a significant victory against the UN “sustainability” plot, expressing hope that similar sovereignty-preserving measures would be adopted in other states as the nationwide battle heats up.
The Alabama Senate Bill (SB) 477 legislation, known unofficially among some supporters as the “Due Process for Property Rights” Act, was approved unanimously by both the state House and Senate. After hesitating for a few days, late last month Republican Governor Robert Bentley finally signed into law the wildly popular measure — but only after heavy pressure from activists forced his hand.
Virtually no mention of the law was made in the establishment press. But analysts said the measure was likely the strongest protection against the UN scheme passed anywhere in America so far. The law, aimed at protecting private property rights, specifically prevents all state agencies and local governments in Alabama from participating in the global scheme in any way.

It’s anybody’s guess why this insane resolution was adopted unanimously; presumably Democrats and rational Republicans either didn’t bother to read it or realized it had no effect, being aimed at an entirely imaginary threat, just as many voted for the ludicrous “state sovereignty” resolutions kicking around southern legislatures in 2009-10.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Leah Nelson observed via Alternet:

The executive director of the Alabama Republican Party noted the passage of the so-called “Due Process for Property Rights Act” in a newsletter, stating that the law “is intended to shelter Alabamians from … a sustainable development initiative that some conservatives see as a precursor for the creation of a world government.”

As I mentioned in post last month, Republican primary candidates in neighboring Georgia are attacking each other for allegedly being pawns of Agenda 21, in the context of a regional transportation sales tax referendum that might indirectly encourage one-world communist ideas like “planning” and “public transportation” and “bike paths.”

Next time you hear Republicans scoff at the idea that the GOP has gone on an ideological bender of late, and suggest it’s just a fine upstanding mainstream political party fighting the anti-Clintonian extremism of Obama’s Democratic Party, ask about Agenda 21. Betcha they’ll know exactly what you are talking about. With any luck, you might even see them blush.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Hedda Peraz on July 03, 2012 5:03 PM:

    Black helicopters, fluoridated water, internment camps, Sharia Law, Agenda 21- this what happens when you elect a Kenyan Muslim president!

  • delNorte on July 03, 2012 5:17 PM:

    Meanwhile, it's okey dokey for multi-national corporations to seize private land, as long as it's in the name of Oil:


    How about some "sovereignty-preserving measures" to protect us from a threat more real than the UN.

  • howie on July 03, 2012 5:30 PM:

    I live in Carroll County MD, south of Gettysburg, west of Baltimore, and we can't get through a Board of Commissioned meeting without Agenda 21 coming up. Of course the Commissioners love it because the more we talk about that, the less we notice how they're selling us out to developers.

  • Ron Byers on July 03, 2012 5:40 PM:

    How do we find out more about Agenda 21. It seems to have the wacko right up in arms. Ed, I have read your two posts, but not much more on this incredible "effort" by the Keyanian socialist atheist regime. I mean why have I been left out of this. I thought I was on the short list. :)

  • martin on July 03, 2012 5:42 PM:

    Oh, goody. We're #1.

    And, BTW, we still have US Out of the UN signs around the state.

  • rdale on July 03, 2012 6:04 PM:

    Pfft, this is old news in Utah! The state lege regularly tries to shut down IB programs because they "teach the UN/socialist agenda," and LaVerkin, a town in southern Utah ("Utah's Dixie!") passed a law saying that the UN was not welcome within the city limits (and that every resident was required to have a gun). The city of St. George made the elementary schools take down the UN flags so the kiddies wouldn't be brainwashed. So we're waaaay ahead of Alabama (yay!) on this one.

  • Mimikatz on July 03, 2012 6:07 PM:

    These anti-Agenda 21 measures sound like a good way to block the NAFTA superhighway, too.

    Seriously, these people have no idea the amenities they are missing, and no idea why they score highest on obesity in the South.

  • TCinLA on July 03, 2012 6:11 PM:

    To see a Republican blush about anything, they would have to be experiencing shame at the thought. But since they are utterly shameless with their political insanity, you'll never see it.

    You might see them blush about things sexual, since they are so uptight and guilt-ridden about sex, due to their upbringing in their loonie-tunes Southern fundamentalist religion, where anything outside of twice a year/missionary position only, procreation-only sex with wifey submitting to hubby's "headship" is considered "perversion." And of course it's why they all go ape at their various conservative conferences when they are out of town, and can download porn on the hotel cable system.

  • castanea on July 03, 2012 6:51 PM:

    Whenever the stupidity of the rightwing is exposed, the first response by any sane person usually is laughter.

    However, these sorts of things are seldom cause for chuckles.

    Unlike some on the left who curl their lips in a sneer at any Democrat who doesn't meet their purity standards, rightwing buffoons have enough solidarity to vote for the most electable rightwinger on the ballot.

    Every time.

    Their ignorance is matched by their patience and discipline, and they will continue to crush the left. The ox is slow, but the earth is patient.

    That is perhaps the biggest reason why the rightwing holds so much sway in America today, and perhaps the biggest reason why we find ourselves at the end of the republic.

  • Ken on July 03, 2012 7:51 PM:

    I do have one question. What if Agenda 21 includes something that the good citizens of Alabama want? I haven't read it (neither, I suspect, have the legislators), but I could see it including something like clean water standards. Are Alabama's governments now prohibited from setting such standards?

    I have similar questions about the anti-Sharia laws; e.g. can any state with such a law ban things that are illegal under Sharia like (say) homosexuality?

  • Anonymous on July 03, 2012 9:11 PM:

    Another fine example of Republican job creation efforts at work for you. Busy wasting precious time with "non-binding voluntary action plans" the UN drew together some 20 years ago in order to help communities in under developed parts of the world combat things like poverty and resource depletion.
    Are Alabamans fearful they're slipping into third world status and will soon need outside help just running basic governance? Or is this just more smoke and mirrors for the Faux News mob to drool at while the state legislators bend them over and take what little they have left?

  • martin on July 03, 2012 9:55 PM:

    Are Alabamans fearful they're slipping into third world status and will soon need outside help just running basic governance?

    Crossed that bridge years ago. We're already third world and not much gets done without a Federal Lawsuit. But, hey, the French are going to build a factory.

  • pj in jesusland on July 04, 2012 4:25 AM:

    From: http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/


    Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.

    Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.

    The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of UNCED, to monitor and report on implementation of the agreements at the local, national, regional and international levels. It was agreed that a five year review of Earth Summit progress would be made in 1997 by the United Nations General Assembly meeting in special session.

    The full implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Commitments to the Rio principles, were strongly reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September 2002

  • pj in jesusland on July 04, 2012 4:46 AM:

    Agenda 21 calls for environmentally sustainable development around the globe and describes the various policies neccessary to make this happen. Among them is a call for trade "liberalization," or the elimination of trade barriers, tarriffs, unfair competitive practices.

    Perhaps the Alabama legislature reads this as a threat to their federal soy, corn, cotton and peanut subsidies. After all, who would possibly want cotton farmers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali to be able to compete with subsidized Alabama cotton in their own countries. That's un-American.

    Happy Independence Day to all!

  • DAY on July 04, 2012 6:54 AM:

    Thanks, pj for some hard info.
    A similar controversy has been going on in the senate, regarding the Law of the Sea treaty.
    A few right wing Republicans don't want the U.S. to sign it, fearing a loss of sovereignty, with nations like Somalia telling us what we can and can't do. Poor Dick Lugar sits there like a man without a country!
    For the strongest nation on the planet, they sure are afraid of a lot of things.

  • pj in jesusland on July 04, 2012 12:39 PM:

    Following Alabama's attempt to enforce federal immigration laws with harsh state laws, their failure to provide voter registration materials at all state offices providing public assistance and now their preemptory expression of contempt for the United Nations I'm getting the distinct impression Alabama's government and elected officials don't like foreigners. Which is odd because foreign investment is exactly what Alabama needs to revive its economy. Something has to give.