You might be wondering how the United States Senate can even consider signing a treaty with an organization as corrupt as the U.N. They can because Progressives are running our government and they are enamored with the U.N. and global governance.
The United States is considering four treaties in fact, two of them are coming up this month – the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) and the Small Arms Treaty. Obama has made it clear he will enthusiastically sign both.
Twenty Republicans might vote for LOST and the treaty will likely pass.
LOST entitles ALL other nations to a percentage of our profits from development of our own sea resources and any we develop around the world. The money will allegedly be transferred by the U.N. to impoverished countries, but it’s more likely to end up in the hands of corrupt U.N. politicians, tribal chieftains and warlords. There is no apparent mechanism for oversight or control by the U.S.
The treaty supersedes our constitution though Progressives will say it does not.
The Navy wrongly thinks it will give them freer passage throughout the world though many countries are not signing up to the treaty and will not be obligated to abide by it. Oil and gas companies see a way to engage in profitable offshore drilling – it’s about money for them.
Upon the advice of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama has confirmed his intention to sign two controversial U.N. treaties — the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) and the so called “small arms” treaty.
Although many citizens and elected representatives are sounding the alarm about the small arms treaty, such as this entry Sunday at the Daily Paul, some political observers note that the treaty is unlikely to pass the Senate. But a very different scenario is developing for the Law of the Sea.
Twenty Republican senators are set to join with Democrats in upholding LOST.
The U.S. Constitution grants authority to presidents to enter into treaty agreements with other nations and entities. But due to the fact that a treaty, if approved, becomes the law of the land, the U.S. Senate must approve by an exact two-thirds majority rather than the simple supermajority of 60 votes. This means that 67 votes are needed in the Senate to approve a treaty.
Most political observers believe that all 53 Democrats in the Senate will vote to approve LOST. And if the 20 Republicans who have failed to indicate opposition to the treaty hold firm, the Senate will have more than the required 67 votes to pass.
The 20 Republicans who are apparently set to uphold the treaty are Enzi, McConnell, Hutchison, Toomey, Johanns, Ayotte, Graham, McCain, Lugar, Kirk, Snowe, Collins, Murkowski, Isakson, Grassley, Portman, Corker, Cochran, Brown, and Alexander…
The Hill reports that Leon Panetta is looking for support from foreign allies to get LOST passed. His audience is Asia in particular.
…Top lawmakers, like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), among others, have come out in support of the treaty, claiming it could be a much-needed check on an increasingly aggressive Chinese military in areas like the South China Sea.
A bloc of Senate Republicans opposing the treaty, led by Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and James Inhofe (Okla.), are also digging in, preparing to block any effort by the administration to lock in a ratification deal.
Those lawmakers claim the pact does nothing to guarantee regional security along the waterways in the Pacific.
The White House would also effectively tie the hands of the U.S. Navy to conduct operations in the region, since those missions would have to be reviewed and approved by treaty members, opponents claim.
“The few areas that make the Defense Department feel better in regards to maritime disputes are far outweighed by the negative implications to U.S. sovereignty,” Inhofe spokesman Jared Young told The Hill on Monday. “The treaty does not keep [China] in check. U.S. naval might does.”
Kyl suggested on Monday that Congress could enact a statute that takes certain parts of the treaty and codifies them as U.S. law, allowing the Senate to abandon ratification altogether.
“A statute, in effect, can separate the wheat from the chaff,” he said during a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “The United States [can then] contribute to the clarification of customary international law, by contributing its practices and legal opinions on the law of the sea.”…
More information about LOST can be found at Heritage.org
Currently, the Small Arms Treaty, is not likely to pass the Senate, but then again, I didn’t think that LOST had a chance of passing the Senate either. The Progressives or statists, whatever you want to call them, see their opportunity and they are going for it.
The small arms treaty is a concern as long as it is being considered. Obama, Holder, Hillary are very eager to pass this treaty which will forever limit our second amendment rights.
- Enact tougher licensing requirements, making law-abiding Americans cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to own a firearm legally
- CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL ‘unauthorized’ civilian firearms (yet firearms owned by the government are excluded, of course!)
- BAN the trade, sale and private ownership of ALL semi-automatic weapons
- Create an INTERNATIONAL gun registry, setting the stage for full-scale gun CONFISCATION