Thursday, May 2, 2013

AGENDA 21: Batshit Crazy Comes To Sutton's Bay, Michigan

Debra Rushton
Get your tinfoil ready, folks!

The Kook Queen of Leelanau County stuns Traverse Bay EDC with talk of "one-world government"

Alex Jones in drag?

You be the judge.

Sounding like conspiracy shock-jock Alex Jones (left), Debra Rushton jumped on a rolling crazy train during an April 8 Leelanau County Commission meeting.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports today that Commissioner Rushton cited the Agenda 21 conspiracy theory during the meeting about a plan for economic growth in Leelanau County. The county was considering contracting with the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation on a new jobs strategy for county residents.

Rushton, after listening to presentations from economic development officials, said she heard "buzzwords" from Agenda 21, which warns against a one-world government controlled by the United Nations.

“Somebody mentioned the word Agenda 21, the so-called theory of Agenda 21,” Rushton said during the public meeting. “But when I listen to you people speak, some of (our) board members, some of the guests, some of the facilitators, I hear all the buzzwords. Words have meaning. Words have meaning.

“So, to say that that theory or that agenda is not present here today, I disagree,” Rushton said.

Rushton is the second county commissioner to cite Agenda 21 in their decision to vote against the economic development proposal. Commissioner Karen Zemaitis, in an interview with the Record-Eagle, also cited Agenda 21 as one of the reasons she voted no. 

Miss Fortune will file this under "WTF"!

Fueled by Glenn Beck and media coverage of local government actions, the topic of Agenda 21’s purpose and reach is percolating. Agenda 21 is an easy target for UN naysayers and isolationists since most people have never heard of it, let alone know the nature of the document. Why should they? It’s an obscure document that’s 20 years old!

Let’s get some facts straight:
  • Fact: Agenda 21 was a document adopted unanimously by 178 countries – including the U.S. represented by George H.W. Bush – at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro (also known as the Earth Summit). Agenda 21 reflects a broad international consensus that worsening poverty and growing stresses on the environment require greater integration between environmental and development concerns.  
  • Fact: Agenda 21 is not a treaty and is not legally binding. Agenda 21 has no legal authority or precedent over a local U.S. jurisdiction or over a citizen. It is a blueprint or vision for development that simultaneously promotes economic growth, improved quality of life, and environmental protection. Even the conservative Heritage Foundation concurs that this is a nonbinding agreement.
  • Fact: Agenda 21 does not call for the elimination of private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership, individual travel choices, or family farms. It is fully consistent with personal freedoms and the rights of citizens to own property, homes, cars, and farms.
  • Fact: Agenda 21 does not take supremacy over U.S. law. National governments are in charge of their own development.
So why the focus all of the sudden? In many ways it has been propelled by a larger conversation in the U.S. – one that is a backlash against “big government.” Ironically, nuts like Rushton and Zemaitis are using this global conspiracy theory to pressure local elected officials on decisions that are being made locally.

Activists have attacked the UN in states such as: New Hampshire; Virginia; Florida; Texas; and Missouri, accusing it of making local government decisions and denying individual rights. The media in turn sees a “juicy” story and keeps the conversation going despite the misinformation.

Twenty years ago Agenda 21 launched a conversation about how national, state, or local governments think about the environment when they make planning decisions. When a city decides to put more efficient lights bulbs in the street lamps, it makes the streets safer, saves the money, and is better for the environment. The UN doesn’t have anything to do with common sense decisions like this that local governments make every day.

Karen Zemaitis
The next thing you know, Rushton and Zemaitis will be telling us that John Wilkes Booth chopped down a cherry tree with George Washington's wooden dentures.

And in case you were still wondering, the UN doesn’t own any black helicopters.

Not Karen Zemaitis


  1. Thank you for your entertaining blog post about the Leelanau Kook Queen. I am a Lake Leelanau native and cannot believe the craziness going on up there.

    1. Thank you, Janet. It's always great to hear from my readers, especially those who agree with me! Gotta go now and get ready for my trip to Roswell.