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post #1 of 8
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National Review magazine has an interesting piece this week (not online, print form.)

It discusses four international actions involving the UN that would change things as we know them, and not for the better IMO.

The Law of the Sea Treaty: would turn over maritime disputes involving US military to an international tribunal. It also calls for the transfer of technology AND wealth to undeveloped nations, which reeks of redistribution.

The Rights of the Child Treaty: would usurp States rights regarding penal code for minors, as well as granting children the right to communicate with anyone, anywhere without parental consent. The pedophiles will have a field day.

The Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): it all sounds good, but it's basically worldwide affirmative action or else. Feminism would effectively end. Right now, the US and most of the Middle East have opposed this.

The International Criminal Court: Specifically, the Rome Statute. Would allow American military individuals to be tried for war crimes. The use of weapons of mass destruction do not count as "war crimes" according to the ICC. The inconsistency of what qualifies as something this court would handle is boggling, and the lack of a trial by a jury of peers is plain scary.

All these actions requirem cast amounts of money to be contributed as well, which is definitely something the US simply cannot afford.
post #2 of 8
The world is globalized, and our industry is quite a large part of the reason why. To allow the rest of the world to pass us by would be a fatal error.

I also see no reason not to adopt most of that, without reading fine print.

Not joining the ICC has illegitimized us, I don't particularly want to be on the same side of a women's rights issue as the Middle East, children are a major sector of the criminals who really can be rehabilitated, and I don't necessarily believe that interpretation of the law of the sea one because of a) the source National Review and b) those have nothing to do with each other.
post #3 of 8
I can do without the UN in every way, shape and form imaginable. They are about as high on my list of "favorite" people as politicians and the media.
post #4 of 8
I feel ill.
But on the up side.
But I'm sure Europe will think we are sooooo enlightned now. Oh joy

All of those sound really bad so I'm sure Obma will institute them.
post #5 of 8
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And the hits just keep on coming...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn..._Comments.html

Sure. Let's just fund foreign abortions with our tax dollars in aid. Human embryonic stem cell research is not as successful as other stem cell programs, hence the private sector not being interested in supporting it. So by all means, we should spend federal tax dollars on it.

And none of this gets any oversight. Direct reversal of Executive Orders. So much for bipartisanship.
post #6 of 8
Any way in which the United States cedes any of its sovereign power, rights and authority to any so-called "higher" world-wide authority weakens this country like tying one hand behind our back in a fist-fight. I don't know the fine print of the proposals mentioned in the OP. On the face, they sound worrisome. Perhaps there are ways we could cooperate without giving up any sovereignty. But certainly not any proposal that would institute and subject us to any higher "global" authority.
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Originally Posted by coaster View Post
Any way in which the United States cedes any of its sovereign power, rights and authority to any so-called "higher" world-wide authority weakens this country like tying one hand behind our back in a fist-fight. I don't know the fine print of the proposals mentioned in the OP. On the face, they sound worrisome. Perhaps there are ways we could cooperate without giving up any sovereignty. But certainly not any proposal that would institute and subject us to any higher "global" authority.
Tim, I think that Ronald Reagan's administration opting out of them was one of the main reasons I gave pause to them. I deferred to the wisdom of those days.
post #8 of 8
Whatever Ronald Reagan thought is the right thing to do is just fine by me.
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