By Cory Allen Heidelberger, South Dakota Magazine, Jun 27, 2012
Do you recycle your milk jugs and compost your kitchen scraps? Do you support using conservation easements to protect wetlands, shelterbelts, and the ongoing productivity of South Dakota farmland?
If so, you're a Marxist dupe.
At least, that's what one might read in a resolution passed by the South Dakota Republican Party last weekend.(read more)
I have mixed feeling about this. On the one hand I am pleased to see other Republicans come out against Agenda 21; I was really embarrassed when it was only Tennessee Republicans that were bat shit crazy. On the other hand however, I hate to see this craziness sweep the county. I am saddened to see the Party I love dance to the tune of the John Birch Society puppet masters. I always knew there was a nutty fringe in the Party, but now the nutty fringe is becoming the mainstream.
I don't remember the Red Scare but I know about it. There really were communist spies in important positions of influence. The Ronsenbergs really did betray their county and so did Alger Hiss and there were many many more. However the legitimate hunt for Communist also lead to a hysteria and many innocent people had their lives destroyed by being falsely accused of being Communist, or "security risk," or "fellow travelers" or "Communist sympathizers." To not be accused themselves of being a Communist sympathizer, people joined in denouncing others.
This Agenda 21 hysteria is also reminiscent of the flying saucer scare of the late 40's and early 50's when thousands of people were seeing unidentified flying objects and sightings made front page headlines. Many otherwise intelligent people thought an alien invasion was imminent.
Now, otherwise reasonable people are denouncing shady wide sidewalks and traffic roundabouts as a step along the slippery slope to the gulag. There seems to be a competition to see who can spot and denounce elements of Agenda 21. Lord help us.