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Monday, March 2, 2009

Boxer -- Let's erode US sovereignty

Barbara Boxer, Democrat senator from California, is urging the ratification of a treaty with the UN that has languished in Congress for about 20 years. Now we all know that the UN is hardly an international body that should be taken seriously. They've got more skeletons in their closet than, well, a Democrat in President Barry's Cabinet and half the state of Illinois. So when we hear about this treaty or that treaty coming from the UN, we're always skeptical. If you're a parent, or even an American who believes in maintaining our national sovereignty, then this treaty should have you concerned if not outright worried:

Sen. Barbara Boxer is urging the U.S. to ratify a United Nations measure meant to expand the rights of children, a move critics are calling a gross assault on parental rights that could rob the U.S. of sovereignty.

The California Democrat is pushing the Obama administration to review the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, a nearly 20-year-old international agreement that has been foundering on American shores since it was signed by the Clinton administration in 1995 but never ratified.

Critics say the treaty, which creates "the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion" and outlaws the "arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy," intrudes on the family and strips parents of the power to raise their children without government interference.

Nearly every country in the world is party to it -- only the U.S. and Somalia are not -- but the convention has gained little support in the U.S. and never been sent to the Senate for ratification.
That could change soon.

Boxer has made clear her intent to revive the ratification process under the Obama administration, which may be amenable to the move. During a Senate confirmation hearing last month, Boxer said she considers it "a humiliation" that the U.S. is "standing with Somalia" in refusing to become party to the agreement, while 193 other nations have led the way.

The U.S. is already party to two optional pieces of the treaty regarding child soldiers and child prostitution and pornography, but has refused to sign on to the full agreement, something which has rankled members of Congress, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"Children deserve basic human rights ... and the convention protects children's rights by setting some standards here so that the most vulnerable people of society will be protected," Boxer said.

The convention has established a Committee on the Rights of the Child, an 18-member panel in Geneva composed of "persons of high moral character" who review the rights of children in nations that are party to the convention.

But legal experts say the convention does nothing to protect human rights abroad -- and that acceding to the convention would erode U.S. sovereignty.

Because of the Supremacy Clause in Article VI of the Constitution, all treaties are rendered "the supreme law of the land," superseding preexisting state and federal statutes. Any rights or laws established by the U.N. convention could then be argued to hold sway in the United States.

"To the extent that an outside body, a group of unaccountable so-called experts in Switzerland have a say over how children in America should be raised, educated and disciplined -- that is an erosion of American sovereignty," said Steven Groves, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

This is something the Left has been itching for for years -- the subjugation of the United States at the hands of the United Nations. Call me a conspiracy nut if you want, but who was behind the Law of the Seat Treaty? Democrats and the UN. This is just another step in that direction, and it is sure to undermine the basic sovereignty and rights of every American across the country.

Barbara Boxer is a hack and a dunce. She is exhibiting her lack of intelligence by pushing this treaty. The treaty is a disaster for this nation in more aspects than one. This elevates the child above the station of their parents, who are charged with raising and caring for their child responsibly. Boxer's arguments that with our acquiescence children around the world will be treated better is asinine. Need we remind this dingbat senator that the 193 nations signed onto the treaty were unable to prevent the sex scandals perpetrated by UN peacekeepers in Third World nations over the last decade, or so?

Her arguments make little sense, but is that any surprise, really? She's definitely not the brightest color in the Crayola box, and she's proving it by trying to ram this treaty's ratification through the Senate. Chalk this up to just one more aspect of resistance we have to mount against the overreaching Democrat majorities in Congress. Boxer was salivating at the chance to push this through, and make this nation subservient to a criminal, corrupt world body.

Publius II


Blogger zombywolf said...

It's like the Democrats can't get this stuff passed fast enough. They really are scaring me.

March 3, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

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