[Ok-sus] Stop Fighting and Get to Work
TTillman2 at uco.edu
Wed Oct 31 13:25:37 CDT 2012
I have encountered Mr. Semands and his colleagues during Edmond's attempt to collect public input on the sustainability plan. Their tactics are consistent: disrupt public meetings, shout down opposition and deliberately misrepresent Agenda 21 as a Communist plot. Many of these folks are affiliated with or active members of the John Birch Society (who knew they were still around?) and are well versed in their strategies. I for one see no value in publicly confronting these people as they are well organized and thoroughly unscrupulous. I do intend to mobilize every friend, colleague and supporter to inundate Sally Kern's office with emails, phone calls and letters. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, please let me know!
From: ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org [mailto:ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org] On Behalf Of Harlan Hentges
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:36 PM
To: okc at lists.sustainableokc.org; ok-sus at lists.oksustainability.org
Subject: [Ok-sus] Stop Fighting and Get to Work
Sally Kerns and Robert Semand are using a popular and common tactic to divide people. The purpose of this tactic is to get people to fight instead of work together. Please reject this tactic because it threatens our
democracy, free market economy and liberty.
Semand assumes that "social justice" equals "socialism." Logically speaking, "social justice" is a goal for the "common good." Thus, supporting the "common good" is the same as "socialism."
Semand assumes "social justice" is the opposite of "freedom." The opposite of "social justice" is "social INjustice." Thus "freedom" is the same as "social injustice." "Greed" results in "social injustice," which is the same as "freedom." Thus, if you are for "freedom" you are for "greed."
Based on this ridiculousness, the culture war for the decade is "socialism vs greed."
This happened before when "pro-life v. pro-choice" convinced good people to work against -- and even hate -- each other. This tactic has no legitimate purpose. It only gives power to the power hungry.
Reject this tactic. Fighting is a foolish waste of time and resources.
Cooperate and work for the common good and promote freedom. Can't you hear your mom or dad saying "stop fighting and get to work." Good advice.
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[mailto:okc-bounces at lists.sustainableokc.org] On Behalf Of Bob Waldrop
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 9:42 AM
To: okc at lists.sustainableokc.org
Subject: Re: [OKC] Kern considers legislation to protect Oklahomans against U.N. initiative
On 10/19/2012 4:58 PM, Shauna Struby wrote:
> Semands said a laundry list of other terms is associated with the
> initiative, including social equity or social justice. "If someone
> says 'social equity' to me, I know I am dealing with a Marxist or
> someone who subscribes to that sort of theology," said Semands.
> Semands and Briesch said efforts at promoting light-rail also were
> part of the agenda because it was designed to become a predominate
> mode of transportation from one densely populated "human settlement"
> to another once cars were eliminated, according to the U.N. initiative.
When someone says "there is no such thing as social justice," I know I am dealing with someone who benefits from social justice and does not want to lose his or her favored and privileged position. Aristocrats throughout history have always denied that social justice was a matter of the common good, and that is just as true in our time as it was in
1789 in Paris.
Bob Waldrop, OKC
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