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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Inside the Gold Dome's wacky Agenda 21 meeting

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

On Oct. 11, a depressing display took place at the Georgia Capitol.

On the third floor of the Gold Dome, in Room 341, a stately room where state lawmakers during the legislative session can be found discussing the budget and cobbling policy, seven Republican senators, including Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, gathered for a four-hour information session, courtesy of a small group of community activists, about Agenda 21.

If you haven't heard of Agenda 21, here it is in a nutshell: it's a nonbinding "action plan" approved by the United Nations in the early 1990s that encourages the development of sustainable communities that respect everyone. The 300-page document has also become the latest bogeyman keeping far-right conspiracy theorists and angry white men up late at night. (Alabama's prohibited its local and state government from participating in Agenda 21.) Critics argue it's a plot by the unelected, unaccountable global organization to shove socialism down liberty lovers' throats and eliminate the concept of private property, among other notions.

On that day in the Capitol, the press which, as far as I could tell that day, was just me was politely asked to leave the room. It was a Senate Republicans caucus meeting, we were told. Unfortunately the unauthorized person with the video camera was not given the same message until about one hour later. Here's a 52-minute video he shot, which was posted by Better Georgia, a progressive advocacy group:

Agenda 21 Full Video from Bryan Long on Vimeo.

According to our tipster, the man invited to lead the discussion is Field Searcy, a former member of the Georgia Tea Party. The clip includes a guest appearance by GOP pundit Dick Morris who says President Barack Obama declared a "war on the suburbs." Also in attendance: state Sen. Jack Murphy of Cumming, who chairs the Banking Committee despite being the director of a failed bank; and state Sen. Bill Heath of Bremen, who wanted to require the state's license plates to read "In God We Trust."

(H/T to Jim Galloway)

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