To the editor:
Some of your readers may wonder why I and so many others are concerned about the United Nations' setting policy for our country, instead of our U.S. Congress. Let me explain.
Right now, there are a half-dozen treaties floating around the world which, if ratified by our country, would give the United Nations almost complete control over significant U.S. policy-making.
The Supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article VI, Para. 2) says, in effect, that treaties supersede acts of Congress and the various state legislatures and American courts - and can't be repealed like U.S. laws can. And President Obama is eager to have the U.S. ratify these treaties.
Here's a thumbnail sketch of these treaties:
1) the Law of the Sea Treaty would give the United Nations control of the earth's oceans and seas, and all the minerals and fish underneath; and it would curb the U.S. Navy's ability to perform its historic mission of protecting freedom of the seas and vest the power in a tribunal appointed by the UN secretary-general;
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2) the Arms Trade Treaty would empower an international body to regulate the arms trade, eventually establishing a system of worldwide gun control (universal registration and licensing and possible confiscation);
3) the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would transfer important medical decisions from the parents of special needs children to United Nations' bureaucrats;
4) the Rio+20 Treaty (a.k.a. Global Environmentalism) would oblige the U.S. to contribute billions of dollars to a fund to help other nations cope with environmental change;
5) the International Criminal Court is a treaty giving such a court power over the U.S. Supreme Court and making the entire American judicial system subject to the rulings of an international court, with none of the constitutional protections Americans now enjoy; in addition, a new global crime of "aggression" would be established, defined as going to war without UN Security Council approval;
6) the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty would constrain the use of defensive anti-missiles, so important for the defense of our country.
What makes these possible treaties even more scary is the fact the powers contained in them would be vested in newly created global bodies in which all of the world's nations - corrupt or not, democratic or not, free or not, tiny or large - would have an equal say.