March 26, 2013 — I received many responses from both sides of the issue to the two pieces I wrote last week about the TEA Party meeting where the dangers of the United Nations’ Agenda 21 were discussed. One was straight reporting; the other was opinion. Some folks loved them, and some folks didn’t. No one seemed to be on the fence.
For example, I found an email waiting for me first thing Tuesday morning that contained the subject line “Plllleeeeaaaassssseeee.”
On Wednesday, an elderly woman called and subscribed to the paper because of the TEA Party story. Later that day an elderly man called and praised me for the freedom of speech stance I expressed in the My Turn I wrote.
Another reader called and said he couldn’t believe the era of “censorship” at the newspaper had ended and it was finally printing “the truth” about this important issue. He referred me to a website that just today (March 21) outed Obama as “the head of Al Qaeda worldwide.” (I couldn’t locate the story he wanted me to read — something about armed Russian guards in American military uniforms protecting an United Nations Agenda 21 preserve in the southern United States).
Several people I ran into last week read the story and thought the TEA Party folks were the biggest loons on the planet. One person asked me if I thought they actually believed all that Agenda 21 stuff.
I said, “Yes, I think they do.”
He shook his head in disbelief.
But the biggest response came in a 3,200-word email (and a number of follow-up emails) from someone who said she used to be a liberal until the Branch Davidians were massacred by the government near Waco in 1993. She was surprised I could attend that TEA Party meeting and not come away convinced of the dangers of Agenda 21. Obviously, she doesn’t know me.
She included links to information about the globalists, the Rockefellers, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, a number of books and articles about socialism and communism, the history of the Pledge of Allegiance, the history of eugenics in America, the illegality of the federal income tax, the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, the Georgia Guidestones, Bible verses, Bible verses pertaining to the 10 Kingdoms, Planned Parenthood, Henry Ford, Alfred Kinsey, the Denver Airport, Jesse Ventura and his “Conspiracy Theory” program, the “Coast to Coast” radio show, the FICA tax and more. Whew.
I responded this information seems much broader than the Agenda 21 presentation at the TEA Party meeting, and I suggested she could submit a letter to the editor if she could bring the word count down. She replied all this information is linked together, but she didn’t want to write a letter to the editor.
“Oh gosh, I don't think the average news reader is ready for that,” she replied. “I definitely would be the whacko then.”
I completely understand. This reader and the others may not realize it, but I’m already familiar with most of this not-quite-ready-for-the-mainstream stuff. While she first became concerned about the government overstepping its authority in 1993, my concern began much, much earlier when I was a student in college during the turbulent, mind-blowing 1960s.
I had friends who were beaten, clubbed, gassed and arrested at the famous antiwar strikes at San Francisco State College (1968-1969) and the People’s Park demonstrations in Berkeley on “Bloody Thursday” (May 15, 1969). One man was killed, another blinded and hundreds were injured and arrested when law enforcement officers opened fire on the protesters with tear gas and shotguns. The cops chased the protesters for blocks.
And how could I forget the horror I felt about a year later on May 4, 1970 when four college students were gunned down at Kent State after President Nixon announced the escalation of the Vietnam War and the bombing of Cambodia.
I was absolutely dumbstruck and felt as if I were living in some South American dictatorship. Guardsmen killed students protesting the war at their own school in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Really?
According to an FBI report, “ … 96 men of Companies A and C, 145th Infantry and of Troop G, 107th Armored Cavalry, were ordered to advance. Bayonets were fixed and their weapons were ‘locked and loaded,’ with one round in the chamber … ”
Somebody tell me, how could American soldiers point their guns at a bunch of American kids and pull the trigger — even if they were just following orders? I just couldn’t get my 20-year-old brain around that one. I still can’t, even today. California Governor Ronald Reagan closed every college in the state for a week fearing the kids would burn them all down.
And then just 11 days later in a less remembered event, police and highway patrolmen at Jackson State College in Mississippi shot and killed four more students. Author David Halberstam called that time “the era of us against us.”
So I think I understand the rage and fear these TEA Party folks feel. I’ve been there. It’s actually quite curious how the political pendulum shifts. Today these global elitists allegedly are involved in some great leftist, socialist, communist conspiracy. That’s funny. The antiwar folks always saw these very same groups as globalist elitists conspiring from the corporate, money-grubbing, military-industrial complex of the right.
Hmmm. Same gripe, same suspects, different century, different side of the political spectrum. Go figure.
Thankfully we don’t live in the 1960s anymore, but the country is probably nearly as divided as it was back then. I love my country, and I’m deeply saddened by the political chasm that separates us. The views from the left and the right are like different, alternate universes, and we have forgotten our motto, E pluribus unum.
But for me, this whole protest-the-evil-government thing is a case of been there, done that with a little bit of deja vu thrown in. I’m not very inclined to walk in those shoes again these days.
Frankly, I have a whole different set of concerns regarding the globalist agenda, but those will have to wait for another time and another column.
Thank you for your comments, everybody.
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