Executive Order 13107, which, barring a congressional override thisweek will become the law of the land, is a perfect example of how globalgovernance is overtaking self-governance in the United States.
Despite the rejection by the U.S. Senate of the Convention on theRights of the Child, and the refusal of the Senate to even consider manyof the other 81 U.N. Human Rights Treaties, the president has laid thefoundation through this EO to implement the objectives of thosetreaties. The will of the U.N. is being implemented voluntarily by theClinton/Gore administration. The process was not initiated by thisadministration; George Bush, with his Environmental Protection AgencyAdministrator William K. Reilly, was eager to usher in the "New WorldOrder."
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Nor is the process limited to Human Rights Treaties. Thisadministration is actively implementing the unratified Convention onBiological Diversity, the Kyoto Protocol to the Framework Convention onClimate Change, and the policies of Agenda 21. With the implementationof each of these UN policies, another piece of America's nationalsovereignty is eroded.
Defenders of these policies say "so what, these are good policiesthat should be implemented." Not all Americans agree, and therein liesthe great danger to America. The U.S. Constitution provides a mechanismfor grinding the differences of opinion out of public policy throughpublic debate, and questions are resolved by the public, accountablevotes of elected officials. When public policies are adopted by electedofficials which differ from the will of the people, the people canchange their elected officials and thereby change the public policy.When public policies originate in Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, or Kyoto, andare implemented by executive order and administrative decree, those whodissent, or who may have a better idea, are silenced. Policies areimposed upon the people who neither give their consent, nor haverecourse to change those policies.
The process is bad enough, in that it bypasses the fundamentalprocess prescribed by the U.S. Constitution. But even worse is theunderlying philosophy of governance upon which U.N. policies are based.Consent of the governed is the empowering principle of Americangovernment; control of the governed is the empowering principle ofglobal governance.
The Kyoto Protocol exemplifies this principle: to achieve itsobjective, the UNdocument would allow the UN to control the use of energy in rich nationsin order to force industry to move to poor nations that have no controlson energy use. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rightsseeks to "create the conditions" to grant "freedom from want" to thosewho want. The only way to achieve that result is to "take" from thosewho have, and "give" to those who have not. Control of people is theessential ingredient in the implementation of virtually all U.N.policies because the underlying philosophy demands it.
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By contrast, the philosophy that underlies the U.S. Constitution isthe belief that people who are free to pursue their own survival andprosperity will create the interpersonal and business relationshipsnecessary to achieve their own objectives. In 200 years, this philosophyhas demonstrated its validity by producing national prosperity unmatchedby nations that have existed for thousands of years.
Proponents of global governance deny a desire to control people. Infact, they claim their objective is to ensure a greater degree offreedom and prosperity to those who are now denied even basic freedomsand live in crushing poverty. That, they say, is the purpose, hope, andobjective of the 81 Human Rights Treaties. What they fail to recognize,or admit, is the fact that neither freedom, nor prosperity, is acommodity that any government can give; they can only be limited,restricted, or denied by government. Any attempt by any government toexpand either the freedom or prosperity of some, necessarily requiresthat the freedom and prosperity of othersbe limited, restricted, or denied.
The American experiment in self governance is just over 200 yearsold. It has been incredibly successful -- so far -- a beacon of hope tothe world. The only hope of the developing world to escape the cycle ofimpoverished servitude is to follow America's example of casting offgovernmental constraints and allowing free people to use the resourcesprovided by their creator to pursue their own survival and prosperity.
Executive Order 13107 diminishes the candlepower of America's beaconof hope. What's worse, it allows the United Nations a larger measure ofcontrol over the beacon. If the trend continues, even for another fewyears, the United Nations will extinguish the light altogether, andAmerica will be stripped of its wealth in order to achieve "equity" inthe new "sustainable" millennium, by those who think they know howeveryone ought to behave.