State of Missouri bans Agenda 21; What would Harry Truman Say?

Truman signing UN Charter/Public Domain

I wonder what Missouri's favorite son, Harry Truman, would think of his home state now. There he is, the first leader to sign the UN Charter in 1945. Now, in 2013, Missouri has banned Agenda 21, the United Nations document that promotes sustainable development. (more on Agenda 21 here) But Republican representatives and Senators think it is much, much more: John Celock writes in the Huffington Post:

"Agenda 21, a lot of people think it is a conspiracy theory, but it is a real book," state Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) said. "It deals with property rights and our food source. It deals with our ability to produce food and employ agricultural methods."

Fitzpatrick, along with Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-Cedercreek), the bill sponsor, argued that the U.N. is pushing the sustainability plan to take away property rights. Rowland said land decisions should not be made by the U.N., but by the state.

Agenda 21 apparently will force Americans to live in walkable communities, use push mowers, give up private property and stop playing golf. Stopping Agenda 21 will also help create jobs in Missouri as well by stopping pesky environmental regulations:

It may help Walmart by allowing the retail giant to build more stores in the state instead of abiding by land use regulations, said one Republican.

Here's the bill, passed in Missouri. Poor Harry is spinning.

1.370. 1. As used in this section, "political subdivisions" mean all state, county, incorporated city, unincorporated city, public local entity, public-private partnership, and any other public entity of the state, a county, or city.

2. The state of Missouri and all political subdivisions shall not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to Agenda 21, adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its Conference on Environment and Development or any other international law or ancillary plan of action that contravenes the Constitution of the United States or the Missouri Constitution.

3. Since the United Nations has accredited and enlisted numerous nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations to assist in the implementation of its policies relative to Agenda 21 around the world, the state of Missouri and all political subdivisions are prohibited from entering into any agreement with, expending any sum of money for, receiving funds from, contracting services from, or giving financial aid to those nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations as defined in Agenda 21.

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