ASI News 4 February 2009

February 4th, 2009 at 4:06 am EDT

Cliff Kincaid
America's Survival, Inc.

We have obtained information indicating that the Obama Administration may attempt to “fast-track” several controversial sovereignty-destroying treaties. That is, they may attempt to bypass the Constitutional requirement that they need a two-thirds vote in the U.S. Senate to pass them. This is alarming.

You can read my article about this here. The advice for Obama to pursue this dangerous and irresponsible course comes from the Brookings Institution, headed by pro-world government advocate Strobe Talbott. 

Here’s how my article begins: “The liberal Brookings Institution has come up with a controversial way to get costly and unpopular treaties ratified by the U.S. Senate. Their answer is to bypass the constitutional requirement that treaties obtain two-thirds of the vote of the Senate before passage by redefining the treaties as statutes. Then, they would only need a bare majority for passage in both Houses of Congress, which just happen to be controlled by Democrats.”

This is not the first time that we have heard liberals suggest such a course. In an article in the liberal American Prospect, Thomas Geoghegan lamented that the Kyoto global warming treaty and the International Criminal Court "are among the great global projects of our day" but are not getting through the Senate because of the two-thirds majority required for passage. "So what's the way out of this bind? It's the same way out we used for NAFTA or for fast-track free-trade agreements. That is, we just pass a simple law," he said.

Geoghegan says the reason liberals can't get these measures currently passed in the Senate is because this body "over-represents" states like "Wyoming, Idaho and America's backwoods."  In other words, Red State Senators have too much clout under the Constitution. They are obstructing the "progressive" vision.

Geoghegan says legal justification for this new approach can be found in an article in the American Journal of International Law by Steve Charnovitz, an associate professor of international law at the George Washington University School of Law. The article complains about Senate inaction on such treaties as the feminist Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the anti-parent U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention on Biological Diversity, the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, and various U.N. human rights treaties.

We must spread the word about this new approach that may be taken by apologists for the United Nations.

On another matter, Google News solicited my opinion on the significance of the Tom Daschle scandal, in which another Obama nominee was caught cheating on his taxes. He withdrew his nomination.

I made the point that, with or without Daschle, the issue is whether we should adopt a national socialist health care plan.  I also called attention to a media conflict of interest in covering Daschle on the part of GE’s media properties NBC News, CNBC, and MSNBC. You can read my comments to Google here.

For America's Survival, Inc.,

Cliff Kincaid, President

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