Rogers defends Agenda 21 session; Cherokee legislator faces blowback from leaked video
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
November 15, 2012 12:00 AM | 8805 views | 14 14 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers speaks during a town hall in Woodstock in January. Rogers is standing by his decision to conduct a meeting last month on the dangers of a U.N. resolution called Agenda 21.<br>Staff/file
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers speaks during a town hall in Woodstock in January. Rogers is standing by his decision to conduct a meeting last month on the dangers of a U.N. resolution called Agenda 21.
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CANTON — Cherokee County’s top state legislator is standing by his decision to host an educational meeting on the dangers of Agenda 21.

After a video of an October session on Agenda 21 at the state Capitol was sent to the media Tuesday, Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) said the meeting was requested by constituents and won’t be the last one he intends to support.

Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntary U.N. resolution dating back two decades that encourages sustainable growth, including high-density, urban core development. Some decry it as being a threat to property rights and rural values.

Rogers distributed the “U.N. Agenda 21 Information Session” invitation to senators, which said the meeting would address: “how regionalism and public private partnerships are tearing down constitutionally limited self-government and free market economics.”

Additionally, during the 2011-12 regular session, Rogers co-sponsored failed Senate Resolution 730 to “recognize destructive and insidious nature” of Agenda 21.

“Our office was contacted by a group of constituents and asked for help obtaining a room and notifying senators of an educational meeting on Agenda 21,” Rogers said in an email to the Tribune on Wednesday. “There have been a number of meetings held at the Capitol the last couple years on this issue, including one during the last session.”

Rogers said his office works to help any constituent group wishing to educate senators on policy concerns.

“This is not the first time our office has facilitated this type of request and won’t be the last, I am sure,” Rogers said.

The video release by progressive non-profit group Better Georgia has come under scrutiny by some Cherokee residents and caught the attention of Atlanta media.

Linda Flory, a political activist from Ball Ground, said she does not think taxpayers should have paid to host the meeting or to have the senators attend.

“Any (senator) that attended received taxpayer money for being there,” Flory said, as senators can receive per diem reimbursement for their attendance at such meetings. “I don’t think that was a useful outlet for our tax dollars. I think its ludicrous that our senators are involved in listening to any kind of theory on that.”

The 52-minute video from the session includes a video presentation about Agenda 21, a plan allegedly driven by the United Nations to take over privately owned property through land use ordinances and rezoning passed by local governments.

In the video, former member of the Georgia Tea Party Field Searcy leads the presentation warning against regional governance as a means to carry out Agenda 21.

The video cites the failed Ball Ground Recycling deal that’s left Cherokee County citizens on the hook for $18 million as an example.

“This is another exmple of (public private partnerships) that has gone south,” Searcy told the audience of state senators. “…We’re trying to engage citizens to be aware of this but we need your help to protect the citizens from getting involved in this kind of thing.”

Seth Clark, a volunteer with Better Georgia, said no one at the meeting took issue with him recording the tape for about an hour.

“At about 52 minutes in, Sen. Rogers’ staff came in and asked me to leave and were extremely abrupt,” Clark said. “I turned my camera off and didn’t make a fuss.”

In his presentation, Searcy shows a clip of political consultant Dick Morris, who says President Barack Obama opposes the suburbs.

“He wants to force everyone into the cities from whence our ancestors fled,” Morris said in the clip.

Searcy also says in the video Agenda 21 is pushed by a mind control technique, called the Delphi Technique, which was developed by the Rand Corp. during the Cold War.

“Basically the goal of the Delphi technique is to lead a targeted group of people to a pre-determined outcome…” Searcy said.

Searcy has lost favor with the state tea p\arty for his extreme views.

On April 15, the Georgia Tea Party passed a resolution requesting Searcy resign from the board for reasons including “discussing so-called ‘birther’ and ‘truther’ theories” during volunteer meetings and “promoting issues and beliefs derived from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.”

Clark said Searcy was “very explicit” about blaming the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Chamber of Commerce for entering into public-private partnerships.

“(He said) they were eating away at our freedoms as Americans,” Clark said.

Clark said the intention of waiting to release the tape was so it did not get lost among the national election news.

“The most upsetting thing is (Searcy) was invited to the Capitol and Georgia state dollars were used,” Clark said.

In a Wednesday release by Better Georgia, a copy of the slideshow is presented, most notably a slide comparing President Barack Obama’s intiatives to Joseph Stalin’s Five Year Plan and Mao Tse Tung’s Great Leap Forward, citing both ended in famine and death.

“There’s no way to contextualize this stuff,” Clark said.

Flory also said it’s an “embarrassment” that the four senators who represent Cherokee County all attended the meeting, including Sen. Jack Murphy (R-Cumming), whose district no longer includes Cherokee after Jan. 1, Cherokee’s newest senator, Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) and Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell).

Other meeting attendees included Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler), Bill Heath (R-Bremen), Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) and, according to Clark, members of Georgia Tea Party and legislative staffers.

Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques, who serves on the ARC’s advisory committee on aging, said he was unfamiliar with the video and the issue as a whole and did not want to comment.

Henriques cast the tie-breaking vote at Woodstock City Council’s Sept. 24 meeting when the council voted to amend zoning ordinances to add a chapter of form-based code.

The original proposal was opposed by Ridgewalk Holdings LLC, the company that owns much of the land subject to change and includes the slated Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta. Former Gov. Roy Barnes has filed suit on behalf of Ridgewalk Holdings LLC claiming the zoning vote unconstitutional.

Henriques said Wednesday he has never heard from Rogers on the issue.
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Jimmy5Fingers
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December 04, 2012
Late breaking news this afternoon revealed Chip Rogers' refusal to take off his tin foil hat in the Capitol led to his resignation. Sources also say despite his attempt to deflect attention away from his fascination with Agenda 21 by citing "more time with his family," those with any intelligence at all realized Chip's days were numbered as he became more goofy over time.

Noted neurologists have revealed it is possible to avoid the calamitous influence of Agenda 21 by employing aluminum foil. Sources advise the following: proceed to the kitchen drawer where you keep the aluminum foil; tear a large piece of foil off the roll; fold it three times in a triangular-shape; then separate one of the folds and put it on your head.

These steps should leave you with a pointy hat that will protect you from solar flares, radiation, electromagnetic energy, alien thought manipulation or anything else your paranoid, over-sensitive mind can conger up.

anonymous
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November 18, 2012
Rogers is going down in shame and he has no one to blame but himself! He chose a career of sports booking and being a sports tout. He purchased a run down hotel and walked away from a 2.2 million dollar loan. He decided to help himself and several other senators to 140 thousand dollars from a trust fund for republican senators without informing all members of the caucus. He double dipped by turning in receipts to be reimbursed with our tax dollars for expenses that had been paid for out of his campaign account and then he corrected it with a smoke and mirror transaction that showed both a credit and a debit which means he didn't correct it at all. Let's not forget his bill to prevent our gov't from implanting micro-chips without our permission. Now he completely crossed the line over to the crazy world with his 4 hour meeting paid for with our tax dollars on Agenda 21. Please make it stop!!! He is embarrassing all of us here in Georgia with this nonsense.
bug fuzz
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November 16, 2012
Wouldn't it be proper for all the folks for Agenda 21 relocated inside the I285 loop as a show of their strong convictions. That way they would be contained and more easy to control. After a while they might even start eating each other.
Dlh749
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November 29, 2012
Agree. The facts regarding Agenda 21 are there but many folks will simply bury their ignorance even deeper.This is not a left or right issue but one that dates back and with all due respect those who called Mr. Jones, "shameful" are the ones who should be ashamed. It is you who dares to jeopardize my children's future and perhaps all of you for Agenda 21 should be herded inside the city so that you get what you deserve. God bless this country!!!
anonymous
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November 16, 2012
Hasn't he brought enough shame and embarrassment to himself, his family and Cherokee County!
TPilot
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November 15, 2012
Agenda 21 is a control movement wrapped up in a "Green" bow.

I am amazed and saddend by the amount of people willing to voluntarily give up their freedoms and be led by the federal government.

Also, look up the 100 year project; islams official plan to take over the west....

There is much more going on than most people know or care to listen to.

You have been warned!
Jack Staver
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November 15, 2012
Intetesting how all of the negative comments won't use their real name. Who has something to hide?
2011gsc6a6
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November 15, 2012
Hmmmm sounds mighty like what happened with Amendment 1 - lets consolodate power at the state level and subsidize the purchase of private property with taxpayer money. Oh and with no accountability to be found. Darn Chip is good at this kind of double talk. No wonder the public is confused and duped. And we thought the amendment was about the kids.......
GoodScout
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November 15, 2012
OK, Cherokee Countians. How long are we going to keep sending this tinhat-wearing whackjob back to the Gold Dome? Are you embarassed enough yet?
carybenn53
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November 15, 2012
So, will someone please explain to me how this guy got elected? He is a candidate for a Psych evaluation for Paranoid, Delusional Thinking, Schizoid Type. I mean, who votes for these kind of whack jobs?
Michael Fulton
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November 15, 2012
Senator Rogers has the courage to advance the concerns of his constituents by educating his fellow elected officials on the threats from a subliminal and insidious form of property rights control. He is providing a great service by laying a knowledge framework so that legislators can look for creeping control from the Federal government.

Thank you, Senator Rogers, for the courage to educate our representatives on Agenda 21.
Jack Staver
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November 15, 2012
I would ask that Ms. Flory and anyone else who really wants to know what happened do your homework regarding UN Agenda 21. It is easy to call people conspiracy nuts, talk about theory and wasting taxpayer money when you don't have the FACTS. The definition of ignorance is the lack of knowledge.
Alan Deans
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November 15, 2012
Ok Mr staver - what are the FACTS ??.
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