By now you may be getting tired of listening to the Tea Party ramble on about weird United Nations conspiracies and other threats to the American dream.
Recently they’ve come up with a new bogeyman, which over generations has subversively insinuated itself deep into the fabric of southern Appalachia: Bluegrass music.
On the surface, fiddlers and banjoers don’t look like the one-world government gang. But certain extremists view them as witting and unwitting tools in the latest devious land grab: efforts to have the Crooked Road heritage music trail designated as a National Heritage Area.
The Southwest Virginia Tea Party, which covers Abingdon, Bristol and Washington County, is leading the charge against this.
Bizarrely, they’re gaining traction. Last week, Russell County supervisors passed a resolution of nonsupport 4-3. This week, the Washington County supervisors agreed 5-3 to draft such a resolution.
As you might expect, opponents of the heritage-area designation link the Crooked Road to Agenda 21, the reputedly nefarious U.N. scheme to take over land-use planning all over the world. The facts are somewhat less alarming.
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