Taking Back America!
One of the arguments that many of us made against the election of Barack Obama, and before him John Kerry, was that these two men would seek to farm out our national sovereignty to the United Nations should either of them be elected as our nation's chief executive. Of course, any one who put forward such an argument was immediately labeled as a paranoid crank and worse yet, "a racist." So guess what is happening now. John Kerry is helping Barack Obama to do just that. In the aptly anagramed Law Of The Sea Treaty, (LOST,) These two, "patriots," seek to sign away our Navy's rights to navigate or operate freely within our own territorial waters, let alone on the international seas. It seeks to have us pay a royalty on any oil recovered both within our territorial waters as well as anything found in the international seas. Any activity of free people on any open water, anywhere in the world would be subject to United Nations approval. Those areas considered open waters by the way include our coast lines, which has been considered our territorial waters since even before we were a country. How we all feel about the United Nations and its merry band of tin pot thugs does not need to be mentioned yet again. Even if most of us liked that body of Marxist dictators and the Muslim contingency which seeks to inflict a world wide caliphate upon all of humanity, giving them the keys to our sovereignty would be foolish. You can find the whole treaty by clicking here. The entire treaty is nothing more than a world wide wealth redistribution scheme designed to harm the United States and to weaken our ability to defend our sovereign borders should a world wide caliphate wish to intrude itself upon us.
I'd like to tell you that this bad penny is a new thing, but the fact is that Ronald Reagan refused to sign this treaty in 1982, and he took the further step to explain why. Thank goodness that the political stars have never aligned themselves for passage of this self destructive act since that time. Today is something different though. Barack Obama is sensing his own political defeat. Even if he believes that he will pull this out, there is still one more possible lame duck session of congress for which he will be able to rely on the mischief often associated with those. If he wins reelection, he will be a lame duck President anyhow, just about to begin his second and final term in office. If he loses the election, he will be a lame duck President with about 90 days to inflict his final damage upon us with a lame duck session of congress also known for chicanery. All they need do is keep this under wraps until the time for voting is upon us.
John Kerry has been a busy little bee working feverishly to sway the usual suspects of back stabbing liberals wearing Republican clothing. Once he turns Richard Lugar, who is now a lame duck, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, also a lame duck, and Lisa Murkowski, he will be close enough to get a vote done. Once treaties are ratified and signed, then they are even more difficult to get rid of than a newly created federal bureaucracy.
From the IBD article:
Like its Kyoto cousin, LOST is an attempt at the global redistribution of power and wealth, the embodiment of the progressive dream of the end of the nation state as we know it and the end of political freedom by giving veto over all of mankind's activities to a global body — in this case something called the International Seabed Authority, located in Kingston, Jamaica.
The ISA would have the power to regulate 70% of the earth's surface, placing seabed mining, fishing rights, deep-sea oil exploration and even the activities of the U.S. Navy under control of a global bureaucracy. It even provides for a global tax that would be paid directly to the ISA by companies seeking to develop the resources in and under the world's oceans.
As Heritage Foundation senior fellow Peter Brookes notes, the U.S. government now can collect royalty revenues from oil and gas companies that wish to drill on our extended continental shelf — the undersea areas beyond 200 miles of our coast. But if we ratify LOST, we'd have to fork over as much as 7% of that revenue to the ISA for redistribution to poorer, landlocked countries.
Maritime and jurisdictional disputes would be settled by the ISA, which presumably would tell the U.S. Navy where it could and could not go. Freedom of navigation has been guaranteed by the U.S. Navy and, before it, the British Royal Navy. Now it would be the ISA. This meets perfectly the definition of the "global test" Sen. John Kerry, a backer of LOST, said in 2004 that our actions must meet.
Call your Senators, and call them often over this one. John Kerry has started working on the usual suspects of Rino's in the Senate, so even if your Senator happens to be a Democrat, my hope is that there are at least one or two of them left who still hold patriotic feelings somewhere deep within themselves.
As the election draws closer, we need to make issue of this treaty. Since each candidate has been draping themselves in Reagan's cloak, let them prove themselves Reaganesque by vowing not to sign this treaty. Cross Posted at Musings of a Mad Conservative.