Last night's Nevada County Tea Party meeting was an event not to be missed; speaking were NCTPP head Stan Meckler, Sixteen-to-One mine head Mike Miller, Dan Logue representative/ "political wet work" veteran Cliff Wagner, and in a surprise appearance, the Tea Party Patriots' Mark Meckler with an impassioned "Green is the new Red" talk in which he equated sustainability with tyranny.
- I guess I'll need to read up on ICLEI and the U.N.'s Agenda 21...
- Wagner & Mark Meckler in particular spoke with extreme frankness, and being sensitive to the potential for misunderstanding about the what's-public-what's-private boundary, I checked with Stan afterwards to verify it was ok to report what I'd heard.
Meckler's talk sounded almost as though he'd pulled talking points from Joe Bageant's book. Paraphrased & quoted from my notes -
"Our job is to fight for the oil companies" - they want to deliver us more and cheaper gas, if we can only get the bureaucrats off their backs. Plenty of oil is available off the coast of California, but we can't get any permits to drill it.The audience agreement with Meckler on the true goal of greens - that it's to curtail your freedoms - was whole-hearted and enthusiastic.
[Not mentioned: externalities, risk or limits.]
The people making their living off of natural resources are the real stewards of the earth; they used to be our heroes, but now they're seen as villains, and it's our fault (for not having stood up to defend them).
A single term covers the problem - Eco-Tyranny. The greens are driving our country into the ground. We're fighting a battle between tyranny and liberty; green is the new red. The environmental movement is about control - they don't want you to be free, they think they're better and smarter than you.
The United Nations' Agenda 21 - it's not just a kooky conspiracy theory; it's being implemented at the local level. ICLEI is infiltrating your government - they sell it as simple sustainable development, but it's actually a plan for one world government; when the UN is in control, who decides what we can do?
Yuba City has adopted ICLEI [Ed. note, added 2011-07-06: ICLEI doesn't know this, Yuba City's not on their member list] ; and it's already coming to Nevada City [this too might be worth checking]. But local governments don't know what they're doing when they adopt these things, and if you explain it to them, ...
When asked whether this "green is the new red" theme wasn't a dramatic shift from his previous Tea Party speeches (e.g. this one ), Meckler said that no, it's not a shift at all - the TPP has always been fundamentally a liberty movement.
[But that year-ago one was all generalities, and didn't mention the environment at all, that I recall.]
A woman asked "but what about the [giant multi-national corporations] of the world?"
Meckler's response was: the problem comes when the g.m.n.c.s get in bed with government; we need to keep big business out of bed with government, or else the regular people suffer; bring control back to the people.
[Meckler later refused to tell me whether these "people" should include corporations.]
"Our founders wanted to protect people from government; the constitution was to be used by the people to control the government."
[Meckler overlooked the points that a) the constitution was written before the explosion in corporate power; and b) when it's working right, the government is the best tool we have to protect us from corporations. See also: John Brunner, The Sheep Look Up (coming to a library near you...)]
So, that's what I heard; now it's audience participation time:
If you were there, what other points did Meckler make, that I've overlooked?
And whether you were there or not, what counterpoints would you make to his talk?
(I've got some, but first I'd like to hear what NCFocus readers see & have to say.)