by Dick Morris | February 8, 2012 12:04 am
President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are entering negotiations over — or seeking ratification of — five treaties that could radically limit our national sovereignty and the reach of our democratic institutions. Particularly scary is that treaties, once signed and ratified, have the same status as constitutional law and cannot be altered or eclipsed by Congress or state legislatures. And their provisions must be enforced by U.S. courts.
Those who want to preserve our sovereignty and democratic control over our future must rally to block these treaties either by pressing Obama and Clinton not to sign them or by blocking their ratification.
— International Criminal Court
Hillary has reversed George W. Bush’s policy and entered into negotiations over U.S. participation in the court. Specifically, the leftists who are sponsoring the court want to create a new crime of “aggression,” which is essentially going to war without the approval of the U.N. If we submit to the court’s jurisdiction, our presidents and cabinet officials could be prosecuted criminally for going to war without U.N. approval.
This would, of course, give Russia and China a veto over our military actions. Hillary says she’ll stop our military’s hands from being tied, but we all must realize that once we accept the International Criminal Court, we go down a slippery slope. The court could even prosecute Americans who have been cleared by our own judicial system.
— Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)
It has been signed, and the Obama administration — with the aid of Republican-in-name-only Senator Richard Lugar — will push for its ratification as soon as Lugar’s primary in Indiana is over this year. LOST requires that the U.S. pay an international body half of its royalties from offshore drilling. The body would then distribute the funds as it sees fit to whichever nations it chooses. The U.S. would have only one vote out of 160 in where the money goes. LOST will also oblige us to hand over our offshore drilling technology to any nation that wants it … for free.
— Small Arms Control
Hillary is about to negotiate on a global ban on the export of small arms. It would apply only to private citizens but, of course, most small arms deals come not from individuals or private firms but from governments, specifically those of the U.S., Russia, China and Israel. The treaty will require each nation to adopt measures to stop exportation of small arms.
It’s easy to see how this could be a back-door way to require national registration of all guns and to assert federal regulation over firearms. It would also require the registration of all ammunition to track its source once a gun is fired. The Second Amendment be damned!
— Outer Space Code of Conduct
Under the guise of stopping debris from accumulating in outer space, the European Union has enlisted Hillary in negotiations over a code of conduct. The code would prohibit activities that are likely to generate debris in outer space — space littering. The code may inhibit or prohibit the U.S. from deploying anti-missile missiles on platforms in space, denying us the key weapon we need to counter Iranian, Chinese and North Korean missile threats.
European leftists reacted angrily when Bush-43 opted out of the ABM treaty banning defensive weapons. Now, they seek to re-impose it under the guise of a code of conduct.
— Rights of the Child
Even more fanciful is a treaty Hillary plans to negotiate setting forth a code of rights for children to be administered by a 14-member court set up for the purpose. The draft treaty obliges rich nations to provide funds for shelter, food, clothing and education for children in poor nations. This provision could create grounds to litigate to challenge the level of foreign aid we give as inadequate to meet our treaty obligations. Already, leftists in the U.K. are using the treaty to attack welfare cuts by the Cameron government.
European liberalism is advancing, masked, by pushing these treaties. Defenders of liberty must say no!
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