If Americans are Sick of the United Nations, Why are They Not Backing this Bill to Get Us Out of it?
In March of this year, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) introduced HR1205: American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2015, which was assigned to a congressional committee. The bill would effectively end the united States’ membership in the United Nations, but why is there no push to advance it forward?
“The U.N. continues to prove it’s an inefficient bureaucracy and a complete waste of American tax dollars,” Rogers said in a statement. “Although the United States makes up almost a quarter of the U.N.’s annual budget, the U.N. has attempted a number of actions that attack our rights as U.S. citizens.”
Among those actions that the UN has been engaged in are actions like the Law of the Sea Treaty, which according to Rogers “would subject our country to internationally-based environmental mandates, costing American businesses more money.” Additionally, Rogers pointed to the UN’s work to “re-establish an international regulation regime on global warming which would heavily target our fossil fuels.”
Furthermore, one of the most concerning and dangerous items the UN has advanced is the Arms Trade Treaty, which contrary to the Obama administration, would threaten the rights to keep and bear arms, which is protected by the Second Amendment.
“My legislation would end our country’s participation in the U.N. and any organizations affiliated with them,” said Rogers. “Why should the American taxpayer bankroll an international organization that works against America’s interests around the world? The time is now to restore and protect American sovereignty and get out of the United Nations.”
According to the bill, it would require the closure of the US Mission to the United Nations and would direct the President to terminate US membership in the UN, including any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body.
It would also completely repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and other specified related laws. Additionally, the bill would prohibit the following:
- the authorization of funds for the U.S. assessed or voluntary contribution to the U.N.
- the authorization of funds for any U.S. contribution to any U.N. military or peacekeeping operation
- the expenditure of funds to support the participation of U.S. Armed Forces as part of any U.N. military or peacekeeping operation, U.S. Armed Forces from serving under U.N. and command diplomatic immunity for U.N. officers or employees.
Alex Newman comments on the current sentiment in America regarding the UN. He writes:
While anti-UN sentiment is fierce and growing across much of America, in Alabama, where the legislation’s lead sponsor comes from, that animosity is especially pronounced. In 2012, for example, both houses of the state legislature voted unanimously to ban the deeply controversial UN “sustainable development” program known as Agenda 21 in what was hailed as a major victory for property rights and sovereignty. Since then, UN meddling in American affairs has accelerated dramatically, sparking even more outrage about the global organization across Alabama and beyond.
In the U.S. Senate, pro-sovereignty sentiment is also growing. Earlier this year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a leading contender for the 2016 nomination, blasted the UN and suggested it should be dismantled. “I dislike paying for something that two-bit Third World countries with no freedom attack us and complain about the United States,” explained the senator, who is also Ron Paul’s son. “There’s a lot of reasons why I don’t like the UN, and I think I’d be happy to dissolve it.”
The American public generally shares those sentiments, with a 2014 Gallup poll showing that a staggering 57 percent of Americans believed the UN was doing a “bad job,” versus 37 percent who thought it was doing a “good job.” More than two thirds of Americans were upset with the UN, and independents were also overwhelmingly opposed. But even among Democrats, half thought the UN was doing a bad job. The Obama administration, meanwhile, apparently out of step with the American people, has called for drastically expanding and empowering the UN and its scandal-plagued military forces.
While the bill currently sits in the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce (R-CA), one wonders why there has not been more talk about this bill and people pushing to get it to the floor for a vote. It also seems that during the presidential debates it would be a great time for Senator Rand Paul to bring this issue up and stir things up a bit with pointing to the languishing legislation in Congress.