Ah, to be a Democrat in Arizona. A bill that House Minority Leader Chad Campbell is calling "the most poorly crafted bill in this state" is nearing Governor Jan Brewer's desk.
Senate Bill 1507 seeks to outlaw government support of Agenda 21, the 1992 United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Proponents say they are fighting against a U.N. conspiracy to infringe on states' rights. Critics like Campbell point out, "It's so broad and overreaching, we're not sure what it could impact."
Among the U.N. declaration's non-binding principles are calls for sustainable development, environmental protection, eradicating poverty, eliminating unsustainable production and consumption patterns, economic growth and the participation of women in government decisions.
State Senator Judy Burgess sponsored the bill — you might remember her as the senator who sponsored last year's "birther" bill, which would require U.S. presidents to prove their U.S. citizenship. (Hint, hint.) Governor Brewer actually vetoed that bill. (It's probably worth doing some self-reflection if Jan Brewer thinks you're going too far.)
Campbell told MSNBC that, "The tea party and conspiracy theorists run the state now." And while that might sound extreme to some, SB1507 does indeed include some vague accusations of a global conspiracy.
The United Nations has enlisted the support of numerous independent, shadow organizations to surreptitiously implement this agenda around the world.
But hey, maybe Rep. Terri Proud is right in her assertion that the U.N. declaration "will take away our rights as Americans by allowing the United Nations to mandate laws on our soil. ... It's very real and it is happening."
And maybe tinfoil hats really do protect your thoughts from alien mind-readers. The point is, you don't know.
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