What important, last-minute bills are your legislators busy tidying up this week? How about the “Restore the Foundation of Montana’s Heritage of Individual Liberty, Privacy, and Property Rights Act” (HB583)? This important legislation has been a silly part of each legislative session for the past decade and has gone exactly nowhere.
Yes, this is the traditional anti-agenda 21 bill that passed the House Judiciary Committee today on an 11-10 vote and now goes on to clog the workings of the entire Legislature. Agenda 21, if you don’t know by now, is a non-binding UN resolution signed by President George H.W. Bush and the leaders of 177 other countries representing 98% of the world population in 1992. The simple Agenda 21 planning document has no funding, is not legally binding on a single person on the planet and seeks only to “improve living standards, and manage the planet’s natural resources in an efficient manner.”
And yet, somehow over the last two decades this simple statement of principles has managed to become a Pavlovian bell used to induce a drooling fit in a small group of right-wing nutcases who believe it to be the root of all evil and a plan for a global Fascist dictatorship (what isn’t?). This, of course brings us to the Montana Legislature that manages to put this drivel on the agenda in each and every biennium. Rather than work on actual problems, which evidently aren’t really that important, or consider other serious nonsense, it seems that your representatives would much rather spend their valuable time and your valuable tax money foaming at the mouth over nonexistent conspiracies.