Sustainability is a word that people who are worried about our
planet, and people who feel that we must tackle issues like poverty, education,
and disease on a global level use because they believe that we are all
connected. We are all connected in ways we never were – by speedy travel, by
the media, by the internet, by business and military concerns. We didn’t make
this connected-ness happen by deliberately deciding to go global; our interests
became global because of all the ways we began to interconnect.
The Pope talked about sustainability. The UN talks about
sustainability. But there is a right wing campaign to make ‘sustainability’
into a word that represents the “dark side”. Ultra-Conservative Republicans are
telling people that there is a government/UN conspiracy to herd us into dense
urban centers, to get us to abandon the suburbs to the nefarious projects of
these two groups. They poo-poo the idea that providing expensive infrastructure
to ever more far-flung suburbs is costing us more than we can afford to collect
in taxes from hard-pressed citizens.
If you search the term sustainability I am sure you will run
across articles about Agenda 21. In fact, Glenn Beck, the extreme right wing
talk show host, wrote a book called Agenda 21. I have not read his book because
Glenn Beck gives me a stomachache, but it is a fiction book about the
apocalypse that will result if we implement Agenda 21 (the 21 refers to the 21st
century). There is also a follow-up book, Agenda 21: Into the Shadows. 
Our poor planet is plundered, abused, trashed and will soon
house 9 billion people. It is not as if anyone has come up with a better plan
besides the UN Agenda 21 and the steps they suggest to promote sustainability.
The extreme right wing, of course, does not offer an alternative plan because
they deny that our planet is in jeopardy. They wish to continue plundering.
They have pursued the same tactics against the Affordable Care Act without
offering any plan except the old private insurance model that we had before the
ACA. They are akin to a marauding army that does a slash and burn as they go
and offers no quarter to people caught in the power struggles of the wealthy.
These same extremist in the right wing are demonizing the UN
while others who are not so extreme say that the UN may have little clout, but
that it is sincerely trying to address whole-planet issues because these
concerns affect all member nations. There are people in my own community who
publish a newspaper called The Patriot
(I wrote a blog about this paper) and in this paper they speak about “The
Luciferian Church of the UN”. That is a very literal example of what people
mean when they use the word demonizing. So taking a piece of emotional
propaganda and turning it into an institution, however fictional, proves that
the attack on Agenda 21 and sustainability is real. Do some reading about
sustainability yourself – make up your own mind. Don’t just accept the negative
things the right wing peddles on these subjects. Read Glenn Beck’s books if you
must, but keep in mind that they are fiction and that, as far as I know, Glenn
Beck has no superpowers.
Pope Francis addressed the UN while he was in NYC and the UN
revealed their 17 Global Goals for the years between now and 2030. The graphic
at the top of the page counts through these 17 important goals. You can find
this graphic in a larger format and you can find it broken out piece by piece
if you want more detail. I cannot imagine how it could hurt human life on earth
or damage the earth itself if we were to pursue any of these goals. Is
sustainability a plot to deprive you of your goods or your rights? Here are
some links if you would like to read about this matter some more.
By Nancy Brisson

Rubbing Elbows with the Tea Party

I have a friend from out-of-town who comes to my neck
of the woods to ice skate at the local ice rink. Then we meet to play
Scrabble. When she came to meet me this week she had a newspaper in tow, a
newspaper called The Patriot: A
Grassroots Newspaper
.  A headline on
the front page immediately caught my eye The
UN is Preparing to Manage Mass Casualty Events Under Jade Helm
.  I had not thought that this kind of wingnut
Conservatism was popular in my central New York area. But I was wrong.
There are many code words of Conservative conspiracy
(gossip, made-up nonsense, fear mongering, choose a noun) talk in this 16 page
edition of The Patriot for July,
2015. It is an actual newsprint newspaper and is available for free at the ice
rink where my friend enjoys skating. She also seemed shocked to find this here.
The UN is an organization that Conservatives suspect is a front for a new world
order and they fear that the UN will usurp America and corral us all into dense
urban habitats in the interests of sustainability which, since they don’t
believe in climate change, they see as a very bad thing. This is directly
related to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh who demonize the UN, sustainability and
Agenda 21. I have written about paranoia and Agenda 21 before.
Another term these folks like to throw around is
Illuminati, again expressing a fear that there are sinister powerful forces
plotting to destroy America and turn us into what? Russia perhaps. This article
is entitled Ukrainians Dispossessed:
Americans are next.
On the facing page is an enumeration of the powers of
the Federal Government as delineated in the original Constitution and an article in which the
newspaper editor asks members to be sure to elect people who will bring us
back into line with our founding documents. Next article is a lengthy
discussion of human exceptionalism which I confess that I just could not read.
Next up is Ready or Not…Here Comes the Antichrist!
Ready or Not…Here Comes the Lawless One! “The antichrist is also called the
Lawless One. Lawless… contrary or without regard for the law. Wow, you don’t
have to look far for that. Baltimore? Ferguson? Businesses burning, looting, no
self-control…police being shot. On a world scale…Isis beheadings, children and
women being raped, murdered…we have never seen a time like we’re seeing today.”
(scriptures follow).
On page 11 we have in big bold caps SOVIETIZING OF AMERICAN SOCIETY (here
we are talking about preschool education) followed by THE NEW WORLD ORDER (41) THE ULTIMATE CONFLICT.  This is where we are introduced to The
Luciferian Church of the U.N.
I’m sorry…to me this is doo-doo-doo-doo territory and
yet people also advertise in this newspaper. I do believe in free speech, but
sometimes I wish I didn’t.
Here is their mission statement:
Mission Statement Our mission is to organize, educate,
and inform our fellow citizens for the purpose of securing public policy
consistent with our core values. We will unify and we will exercise through all
legal means available, our power to effect the election of local, state, and
federal candidates who espouse our core values but we can not endorse any
candidates through the CNY Patriots website. Principals of the CNY Patriots CNY
Patriots as an organization believes in the Constitution of the United States,
Free Markets, Limited Government, and Fiscal Responsibility. We recognize and
support the strength of grassroots organization powered by activism and civic
responsibility at a local level. The CNY Patriots is a non-partisan grassroots
organization of individuals united by shared core values derived from the
Declaration Of Independence, the Bill Of Rights, the Federalists Papers and the
Constitution of United States of America. Core Values • Uphold the Constitution
• Free Markets • Limited Government • Fiscal Responsibility 
America is getting weird, don’t you think this might be part of the reason?
This is
the view from the cheap seats.
Nancy Brisson