Cher McCoy is a Viriginia Tea Party member, member of the Virginia Federation of Republican Women, and a conspiracy theorist. As so many Tea Party members, McCoy thinks environmentalism is a UN-led agenda (in particular Agenda 21, the mandate and purpose and limits of which she doesn’t seem to fully grasp) to control the lives of good Americans and institute a New World Order. Obama is (was) one of their pawns. Tea Party activists like McCoy have accordingly rallied against any local or state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy, including expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space, claiming that such measures would be government measures controlled by the UN to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.
“They get you hooked, and then Agenda 21 takes over. Your rights are stripped one by one,” said McCoy at a Board of Supervisors meeting in Roanoke in 2012, and identified smart meters as a particularly nefarious part of the conspiracy: “The real job of smart meters is to spy on you and control you – when you can and cannot use electrical appliances,” said McCoy. The proper response would apparently be to strip the government of its powers to regulate companies’ rights to do business as they like.
Diagnosis: Perhaps we could suggest a tinfoil hat, just to make sure the smart meters don’t read your brainwaves, too, Cher? The scary thing is how many they are, the people who think – to the extent they think – like McCoy. Even the White House’s got one (or a few) of them.
Hat-tip: the Denialism Blog.