City Pages, a very cool newspaper in Minnesota, offers a list of the ten weirdest members of Congress. And it’s a pretty good list. Number ten is Sen. Ted Cruz, which is quite an achievement for a guy who’s only been in Congress for a few weeks. But this sums him up pretty well:
But it’s Cruz’s Agenda 21 conspiracy theory that sets him apart.
Agenda 21 is the kind of feel-good plan that’s made the United Nations a model of ineffectiveness for nearly 70 years. It’s a vaguely worded, nonbinding, 300-page resolution that reads like a fifth-grader’s wish list for a better world. (Combat poverty! Prevent deforestation!)
The measure is so innocuous that known radical George H. W. Bush signed on in 1992, as did the heads of 178 other countries. Since then, it’s been largely forgotten. Except by Cruz.
As he sees it, Agenda 21 is actually a conspiracy led by liberal financier George Soros to rob honest Americans of their property rights — two words sure to induce Pavlovian terror in anyone living west of the Mississippi.
Cruz claims Agenda 21 is a “globalist” plan to forcibly relocate rural Americans into urban “hobbit homes,” which are too small for necessities like a still or a firing range. He also believes it will lead to the abolishment of paved roads and golf courses, threats scientifically proven to unbolt the wallets of Republican donors.
There are a few Democrats on the list too, and justifiably so. I know partisan Democrats love Alan Grayson because he’s a bombthrower. They think it’s good to have a brass knuckle-wielding brawler like him on the left. But that leaves him doing the same thing we criticize so many Republicans of doing, oversimplifying complex issues and engaging in personal attacks rather than substantive ones. And sometimes he behaves exactly like them, as when he called his 2010 Republican opponent a draft dodger and started calling him “Taliban Dan.”
The other Democrats on the list are Sheila Jackson Lee, who is nuttier than a Stuckey’s pecan log roll, and Tom Harkin, the leading advocate of medical woo we’ve ever had in Congress. Other than them, it’s the usual suspects. Louis Gohmert is number five, Trent Franks is number three and, to no one’s surprise, Michele Bachmann is the grand champion.