When conspiracy kooks have actual power
Back in the mid-1990′s, a newly-elected Republican legislator in the North Carolina House made his first order of business upon arriving in Raleigh to introduce a resolution that purported to repeal a resolution passed by the General Assembly in 1941. We are not making this up.
The arch-conservative lawmaker thought that it was critical that legislators revoke an endorsement their predecessors had given more than a half-century earlier near the outbreak of world war that had called for the establishment of some kind of successor to the failed League of Nations. The lawmaker was convinced that the long-ago resolution was somehow abetting the world’s slide toward one-world government.
Although the 1995 resolution actually passed the GOP-led House, it died in the Senate and was quickly relegated to the dustbin of conspiracy kook ideas.
Now, flash forward to 2012. Amazingly enough the conspiracy kook movement is now revived — this time in the disturbed ravings of Wake County Commissioner and quite-likely-soon-to-be U.S. Congressman Paul Coble.
According to this morning’s Raleigh’s News & Observer, Coble is leading the charge to combat efforts to control runaway sprawl and to enforce some modicum of environmental protection in the county because he is convinced that they are all part of — you guessed it – a grand conspiracy to impose one world government!
It’s enough to make you fear for your country and your species,