Tea Party meets locally

Ruben Perez, Reporter

The Bakersfield Tea Party had a meeting Jan. 26 to go over their new agenda with a top priority being the prevention of the high-speed rail.

The Tea Party movement got its notoriety with protests in Washington D.C., but now it has become a nationwide movement with an agenda.

The Tea Party has members that are generally conservative or libertarians that are brought together by the movement’s core values, which are: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.

Most of the meeting was spent viewing a lecture given by Michael Shaw of freedomadvocates.org called “The Ultimate War Globalism vs. America” about the United Nation’s Agenda 21.

Agenda 21 is a plan by the United Nations for worldwide sustainable development in the manner of which humans affect the environment. It was signed by 178 nations and has been supported by every American President since George Herbert Walker Bush.

The plan is laid out in such a way that affects federal, state and local governments. Each county actually has its own Local Agenda 21.

The agenda says that the environment is the most important thing that gives governments the authority to take property away from landowners and turn it into a natural wildlife preserve. It does not matter if the land had been passed down for generations or is currently being used for personal gain, the government would be able to take it away from you.

Shaw explains how one of the key points of the agenda is abolition of private property. Eventually we would all be moved to “smart growth areas,” be governed by one world power, and all resources would be evenly distributed throughout the governed region by the United Nations. Shaw even said how shockingly Orwellian this concept is.

Shaw expressed how important it is to learn your local Agenda 21 so that you can stop it locally before it reaches the national level and gets out of hand.

After the film, the group went over the current agenda topics, the first being the high-speed rail. Originally, it would be an electric train system that would cost about $33 million to build, but now, it’s a diesel train and would cost about three times that amount to build.

Also, the group is in opposition of bill SB810. This bill, which the group called, “California’s Obama Care,” already failed once 19-15 and is being brought up again. The bill only needs 21 votes to pass.

They want these struck down because they feel it is too much government taking away the land and choices of the citizens they should be representing.

As they see it, they have lost two battles already, the passing of the dream act and teaching contributions to history by homosexuals in schools.

In addition to all of the things on their agenda, they also have The Bakersfield Tea Party Book Club. They meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Coco’s on Rosedale Highway.

The group recently read the books “How Do You Kill 11 Million People” by Andy Andrews, “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat, and “Ameritopia” by Mark Levin.

Overall, the group wants people to be aware of what’s happening in our government and how to bring the power back to the people.

If you would like more information on The Bakersfield Tea Party, they have a Facebook page and the website bakersfieldteaparty.com.