The positive aspect of the Tea Party movement is that when you need a conspiracy-minded moron to illustrate exactly what’s wrong with American politics, you now know exactly where to look for one.
“Agenda 21 is an elusive enemy that floats in and chokes you gradually,” said Saul, of the Cedar Valley Tea Party in Cedar Falls, Iowa. “They want to destroy the middle-class way of life.”
“Agenda 21 aims to undermine your property rights and force you” to live in cities, Jake Robinson told Tea Party members at a meeting in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in April.
For Joe Dugan, leader of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party in South Carolina, “Agenda 21 is nothing short of treason.”
If you don’t know what Agenda 21 is, you’re not alone – only about 15 percent of Americans do. It is a nonbinding U.N. resolution signed by more than 170 world leaders (including Republican U.S. President George H.W. Bush) at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to promote sustainable development in the face of a rapidly growing global population.
When history finally has a say in all of this, I suspect that it’ll tell us that the ultimate downfall of the the GOP was the day a bunch of Republican hucksters with deep pockets decided to create a ‘grassroots’ movement of misinformed loons they lovingly named the Tea Party. After winning back the House for Republicans in 2010, teabaggers soon became synonymous with intolerance, ignorance and obstructionism and has come to represent everything that is wrong with the Republican platform.
While every political party has a fringe element, few ever allow the crazies to actually dictate policy. Republicans have done exactly that. When buffoons like Allen West are viewed as heroes of the party, you know that the crazies have literally taken over the asylum.
The day Mitt Romney made the decision to cater to the Tea Party’s brand of radicalism, is the day he lost any hope of becoming president.