The Three E’s of Sustainability

Conservative state legislators rallied to strip Agenda 21 language from the Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council charter renewal but fell short by six Republican votes.  Rep. Glen Bradley submitted an amendment to SB 491 that would have renewed the Council’s charter after removing all pro-Agenda 21 language. The amendment garnered the support of most Republicans and two Democrats but ultimately failed 51-63.  Thirteen Republicans voted NO on the Amendment including House Majority Leader Paul Stam.  To bolster their position, Pro Agenda 21 forces used the media to demonize their opponents and promote their agenda, as required by the progressive playbook, and the compliant media delivered on cue.

The media, while attacking conservatives in their usual fashion, showed their support for Agenda 21 but unwittingly bolstered the conservative argument against it.  Craig Jarvis of the News & Observer said in his blog that the SLFAC,“sounds like a good idea, right?”  He lamented that the term ‘sustainable’ has become an obscenity.  Jarvis called ‘sustainability’ something that “encourages environmental stewardship” but said that conservatives see it as an evil ‘plot’ to control the world.

Jarvis goes, on, however to quote an Agriculture Dept analyst who unwittingly showed her hand,

“Joy Hicks, a policy analyst with the agriculture department, told the committee the bill caught the council off guard. She said the word was taken from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “a base definition people were familiar with, not knowing this controversy existed.”  She said  some members of the council might be concerned if the word was edited out, because it represents interests they support.”

Question:  to what interests is she referring?  Who has an interest in the pro-Agenda portions of the SLFAC’s mission, Ms. Hick?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Other elitist media outlets piled on.  WRAL‘s Laura Leslie belittled the important debate and headlined the story this way:

In her story, she referred to the Council as the “Local Food Advisory Council”, cleverly omitting the word ‘Sustainable’.  This was also done by the legislators who promoted the bill when they titled the renewal legislation, “Continue Local Food Advisory Council”.  This is a standard progressive tactic, the omission of words they wish to conceal.  Here in Dare County, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area is constantly referred to only as ‘Cape Hatteras National Seashore’ by pro Agenda 21 forces who don’t want you to know that the CHNSRA was chartered for human recreation.

Fifty-one right thinking legislators voted for Bradley’s amendment, including eastern NC Reps Bill Cook, Norm Sanderson, George Cleveland, Jeff Collins, Phil Shepard and Jean Preston, while thirteen Reps voted NO.  Even Republican Agriculture Secretary Steve Troxler supported renewal of the charter with the ‘sustainable’ language. Are these elected representatives willfully ignorant of Agenda 21 or complicit in the plan to implement it? That’s up to you to find out.  Several of those who voted for Bradley’s amendment did vote YES on final passage. Notable among those were Carolyn Justice and Stephen LaRoque. LaRoque had an interesting exchange with Truth or Dare on the Lenoir County Republicans Facebook page over this issue:

Remember the names of those who voted NO on Bradley’s amendment.  They need to be primaried in 2014 if they continue to deny that Agenda 21 is real and is happening right beneath or noses.

Rep. Paul Stam – 919-733-2962
Rep. Bill Brawley – 919-733-5800
Rep. Larry Brown – 919-733-5607
Rep. Jimmy Dixon – 919-715-3021
Rep. Mike Hager – 919-733-5749
Rep. Mark Hollo – 919-715-8361
Rep. D. Craig Horn – 919-733-2406
Rep. James Langdon, Jr. – 919-733-5849
Rep. Bill McGee – 919-733-5747
Rep. Chuck McGrady – 919-733-5956
Rep. Efton Sager – 919-733-5755
Rep. Ruth Samuelson – 919-715-3009
Rep. John A. Torbett – 919-733-5868

House Majority Leader Paul Stam should be held to account for his vote against the Amendment.  In return for his vote on this and his other transgressions against liberty such as bottling up all of Bradley’s pro-liberty bills in Committee, Stam was recently un-invited to a Tea Party event in Eastern NC, Camp Liberty. Prominent Tea Party Leader and conservative activist and blogger, Diane Rufino, characterizes Stam this way:

He is the most unconstitutionally-minded GOP leader.  He has become our enemy.  He cares nothing for the liberty interests of the people of North Carolina and that is just inexcusable.

On an ironic and puzzling note, SB 491, before it was gutted by the House and replaced with the charter renewal language, was originally passed in the Senate as the “Sedimentation Pollution Control Act Exemption” bill, a bill sponsored by US Congressional Candidate David Rouzer.   Rouzer is also the sponsor of SB 851, “Boards & Commissions Efficiency Act of 2012″ which would have completely eliminated the SLFAC (before it was amended in Committee).   Ironically, then, Rouzer’s own bill was used against him.  The puzzling part is that Rouzer voted yesterday for final passage of the revised SB 491.  How does he reconcile the sponsorship of the bill to eliminate the council and the later vote to renew its charter?