|I for one support this bill an Thank Dr. Ron Paul for submitting and introducing this.|
On February 24, Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Texas) introduced H.R. 1146, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2009 in the House and the legislation was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The bill was cosponsored by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R.-Tenn.) on March 19.
The stated objective of H.R. 1146 is to end membership of the United States in the United Nations. It would accomplish this end by initiating the following actions:
� Repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945;
� Require the president to terminate all participation by the United States in the United Nations, and any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations;
� Close the United States Mission to United Nations;
� Terminate the appropriation of funds for assessed or voluntary contributions of the United States to the United Nations or any of its affiliated agencies;
� Prohibit funding of contributions to any United Nations military operation;
� Prohibit any member of the Armed Forces of the United States from serving under the command of the United Nations;
� Prohibit employees of the United Nations from using U.S. government property;
� Suspend diplomatic immunity for officers and employees of the United Nations;
� Repeal acts authorizing U.S. participation in UN agencies such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization; the United Nations Environment Program; and the World Health Organization; and would end all participation in any and all conventions and agreements with the United Nations.
In �America�s Role in the United Nations,� a statement made before the House on September 18, 2000, Rep. Paul explained his reasons for introducing this legislation, which he has done in every Congress since 1997. A key part of his argument follows:
"To date, Congress has attempted to curb the abuse of power of the United Nations by urging the United Nations to reform itself, threatening the nonpayment of assessments and dues allegedly owed by the United States and thereby cutting off the United Nations' major source of funds. America's problems with the United Nations will not, however, be solved by such reform measures. The threat posed by the United Nations to the sovereignty of the United States and independence is not that the United Nations is currently plagued by a bloated and irresponsible international bureaucracy. Rather, the threat arises from the United Nation's Charter which � from the beginning � was a threat to sovereignty protections in the U.S. Constitution. The American people have not, however, approved of the Charter of the United Nations which, by its nature, cannot be the supreme law of the land for it was never 'made under the Authority of the U.S.,' as required by Article VI." (Emphasis added.)
Those unfamiliar with some of the problematic aspects of U.S. participation in the UN might consider the UN�s role on the side of tyranny in several historic contests. These include, but are not limited to:
� In 1961, when Moise Tshombe, the respected leader of the peaceful province of Katanga, tried to secede from the central government of the Congo controlled by the brutal thug, Patrice Lumumba, the United Nations sent in troops not to quell Lumumba's brutality but to suppress Tshombe's secession.
� In 1971, the UN General Assembly voted to oust Nationalist China (Taiwan) and welcome in its place the bloodiest regime the world has ever known, the dictatorship led by Mao Zedong, who had murdered in excess of 60 million of its own subjects since gaining power with U.S. help in 1949.
� UN forces in Rwanda actually abetted the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Peter Hammond of Frontline Fellowship in Holocaust in Rwanda, testified that Belgian UN troops stationed in a heavily fortified compound in Kigali �deceived the [Tutsi] refugees by assembling them for a meal in the dining hall and then [they] evacuated the base while the refugees were eating. Literally two minutes after the Belgians had driven out of their base, the Presidential Guard poured into the buildings annihilating the defenseless Tutsi refugees.�
Far from being mankind�s �last hope for peace,� the UN has consistently provided a forum for tyrants and tin pot dictators to spew their vitriol; has favored tyrannical regimes over free societies in many international conflicts; and has threatened the sovereignty of the world�s free nations, by entangling them in numerous compacts and conventions that are the building blocks of a world government.
The late Senator Robert Taft of Ohio, who had initially approved of the establishment of the UN, later on publicly lamented his action, claiming, �The UN is a trap; let�s go it alone!�
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