ANDOVER TWP. — More than 75 people attended a meeting on Tuesday night at the Farmstead Golf & Country Club to discuss concerns over Agenda 21, a worldwide plan for sustainability.
The meeting, which was hosted by Deputy Mayor and Republican Freeholder candidate Gail Phoebus, was led by Maggie Roddin, a host for Republic Broadcasting Network’s show “The Unsolicited Opinion.”
Roddin spoke against Agenda 21, a plan of action that was signed by 178 governments, including the United States, at a United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in 1992. These countries agreed to put in place local practices to help the
“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue — this is a globally objected issue,” she said. “That is just a strategy to fight one another and not (to fight) them.”
Roddin said that on a local level Agenda 21 is trampling on personal freedoms and is moving dangerously close to communism. She said sustainability practices in Agenda 21 are eliminating local control, abolishing private property, reducing the human population by 80 to 85 percent, replacing Christian values with pantheism, disarming citizens, allowing the United Nations to control the military, leading to a globalist ownership of natural resources, and leading to loss of national sovereignty.
“They are taking away your ability to fight back against them,” Roddin said about the right to bear arms. “That is why you see the daily, weekly, monthly fight against you for your right to bear arms.”
Roddin went on to deny global warming and say that Mother Earth should not have more rights than humans. She also explained that smart growth, a term she said is used in place of Agenda 21 and sustainability, is forcing people to move from rural areas into the cities and to give up cars in favor of mass transportation.
“I like my single family home,” she said. “I like heat. I like electricity. I like meat. I like all the accoutrements of 21st century living. Don’t all of you? These people want to be able to control you. They want to put you in stack ‘em, pack ‘em housing.”
She likened what is occurring in the United States with what has occurred in other countries under communism. At the end of the meeting, a former citizen of the Soviet Union spoke about his perception on communism, in which he claimed that President Barack Obama is a communist and that Agenda 21 practices are also heading in that direction.
Susan Williams, a Democratic candidate for freeholder, was not at the meeting, but said that she has read most of Agenda 21 after hearing “fear mongering rhetoric” surrounding it.
“When people hear the word sustainability, they equate it with taking away my rights,” Williams said. “But, how are we going to live on this Earth and have food, water and land for everyone, if we don’t plan for it? It will be unsustainable. We won’t have enough food, water and land for everyone.”
Roddin, in her talk, disagreed and said that “listening to these people you’d think we are running out of (land). We are not running out of it. Go on Google Earth.”
Williams also added that Agenda 21 is not about taking away personal freedoms, but instead it is about giving empowerment to communities and individuals, especially indigenous people, women and children.
But, Roddin said that even on a local level, government is trying to control citizens.
“It means that they will control everything,” Roddin said.