Minnpost’s Marlys Harris, whose CV includes such stunning pieces of hard-hitting journalism as “How to Marry a Billionaire” and “Millionaires-in-Chief”, must have thought she had the scoop of the year when she was lit-dropped on the way to the loo:
Turns out, some people don’t see sustainability as a good thing. To them it is an evil conspiracy whose tenets are embodied in a 20-year-old United Nations resolution ominously called Agenda 21. I only learned about it last weekend at the state GOP convention in St. Cloud when a man in a dark blue sports jacket thrust a paper about it into my hands as I was entering the powder room and rudely suggested I read it on the potty.
The pamphlet may be the first shot across the bow in Minnesota on behalf of a movement sweeping the country. Anti-Agenda 21 and anti- sustainability, it has its roots in the Tea Party and other libertarian groups who oppose any kind of smart growth, urban planning, density, mass transit and environmental regulation.
“First shot”? No, just the first one that Ms. Harris happened to notice. As Sally Jo Sorensen points out:
Sadly no. This isn’t the first shot by nearly a decade.
Allen Quist, who led the balloting at the end of the epic 23-round Thrilla in Vanilla at the Republican CD1 convention at the historic Kato Ballroom, lately has been touring Minnesota’s Tea Party circuit for months, warning about the terrors of Agenda 21, as well as lecturing about it from the bully pulpit of his congressional campaign website, after being one of the founding fathers of the Blue Helmet Fear Club, Agenda 21 Chapter.
Warnings about Agenda 21 have been standard fare among Minnesota’s Tea Party gatherings, have been for months.
And then Ms. Sorensen goes on to list a whole bunch of efforts over the past year by various Tea Party Republicans, particularly Allen Quist, to demagogue Agenda 21. (Furthermore, just to show that crazed, fact-challenged balderdash about Agenda 21 isn’t just the purview of Allen Quist and his sizeable following, Sorensen does a followup post to point out that Mike Parry, Quist’s GOP primary opponent for the right to lose to Tim Walz this November, is a co-author of a bill introduced in February to demagogue Agenda 21.)
Once again, Sally Jo Sorensen shows herself to be the hardest working journalist in Minnesota. She also happens to be a journalist whose stories and scoops are often lifted without credit by many establishment media outfits.