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January 27, 2020

1/21/2015 12:43:00 PM
Eye on Augusta: Rural Maine, Urban Maine and the New World Order
by Andy O’Brien

"The paranoid spokesman sees the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms-he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. He is always manning the barricades of civilization," wrote the historian Richard Hofstadter in his influential 1964 essay "The Paranoid Style of American Politics."

Here in Maine, you can always count on Rep. Ricky Long (R-Sherman) and former Rep. Henry Joy (R-Crystal) to give voice to the state's far-right-wing conspiracy theorists as they battle what they call attempts by the United Nations to create a totalitarian, one-world government known as the "New World Order." Two years ago, Long put in a bill to ban "Agenda 21," a non-binding, voluntary environmental action plan developed by the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 to encourage sustainable growth. Supporters of Long's bill expressed the belief that the U.N. is behind a "secret agenda" to destroy American sovereignty through its national, state and local governments in an attempt to ban the freedom to travel and abolish private property rights.

This year, Long has submitted "An Act to Place Restrictions on Implementing the 'Global Diversity Treaty,' which likely refers to the "U.N. Biodiversity Treaty" that calls on member countries to develop plans to encourage environmental conservation and sustainable development. While Long did not return a request for comment, his other bill, "An Act to Study the Division of Maine into Two States," likely provides a clue as to his intent.

In 2010, Long's precedessor, Rep. Henry Joy, put in a similar bill that would have divided Maine into two states - Maine and Northern Massachusetts - in reaction to a proposed North Woods nature preserve near his district. Under Joy's plan, "Maine" would include the counties of Aroostook, Piscataquis, Somerset, Franklin, Penobscot, and parts of Washington, Hancock and Oxford. The newly created state of Northern Massachusetts would include the counties of York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Waldo, Knox and Kennebec. Hancock County would be split in half and Washington County would remain part of "Maine" except for a strip along the coast.

Joy, who has long been critical of what he sees as outsiders unjustly regulating land use in the unorganized territories, also submitted two-Maines bills in 1997 and 2005. The 1997 bill would have also put a two-year moratorium on all development in southern Maine. While the bill failed, the Legislature responded by setting up a special task force to "examine the disparity of economic development within the State." Proponents of the bills argued that northern and southern Maine are too culturally and economically different, taxes are too high and land use regulations are too strict. Opponents pointed out that more developed parts of the state are footing the bill for the rural areas as larger cities and towns are where most of the tax revenue comes from. To create a new state, the plan would first need approval by the full Legislature, followed by Congress.

In a written statement back in 2010 Joy said that the proposed nature preserve was part of a U.N. conspiracy to prohibit all development and seize private property without compensation. He assured reporters that the bill was no joke.

"It won't seem very funny when the environmental extremists get their way, and we see a forced relocation of the population of Northern Maine," said Joy. "That is exactly the plan of the 1992 Biodiversity Treaty, run by the United Nations. They want half of the United States to be returned to wilderness. Northern Maine would become part of the Northern Forest Bioregion, some 26 million acres of timberland running from New York to eastern Maine."

Since his retirement from the Legislature, Joy has continued to try to raise the alarm about secret globalist conspiracies concerning the North Woods. In the book "As Maine Went," Mike Tipping described Joy and the far-right "sovereign citizens" meeting with Governor LePage in 2013 to discuss "the illegality of income taxes, the sale of the American people as chattel to the International Monetary Fund, the buying up of ammo by the Department of Homeland Security as part of the government's preparation for the coming war against American citizens, and the UN's plan to depopulate the entire northern tier of Maine."

Of course, even if northern Maine did successfully secede from southern Maine to form its own "sovereign state," it would still be part of the US. Only true secession would liberate "real Mainers" from the shadowy grip of the U.N., our "unlawful fiat currency" and the nefarious machinations of the Bilderberg Group. But one step at a time, I suppose.

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