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Your Opinion: Treaties would endanger U.S. sovereignty

Your Opinion: Treaties would endanger U.S. sovereignty

June 8th, 2012 by Bernard Schanzmeyer, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Another reason why we need to defeat Obama in November.

Under the radar of our news media, Obama and Hillary Clinton are negotiating with the United Nations and the European Union seeking ratification of several treaties that could radically limit our national sovereignty.

International Criminal Court Treaty: George W. Bush refused to participate in this one, but Obama and Hillary are pushing to participate. It will create a new crime of "aggression" which allows countries to go to war only with the approval of the United Nations. Limit the right of our Navy to keep the seas open. The president and cabinet members could be prosecuted criminally, if they do not comply.

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST): Would require the U.S. to pay the U.N. half of its royalties from offshore drilling. Then the U.N. would distribute the funds to whichever nations it chooses. The U.S. will have one vote out of 160 as to what country gets it and also will oblige us to hand over our offshore drilling technology to any nation that wants it, for free.

Small Arms Control Treaty: This treaty would prevent the export of small arms. This would be a backdoor way to require national registration of all guns and assert federal regulation over firearms. It would also require the registration of all ammunition. This agreement would trash our Second Amendment.

Outer Space Code of Conduct Treaty: This treaty was formed under the guise of stopping debris from accumulating in outer space, called space littering. It would prohibit the U.S. from deploying anti-missile missiles on platforms in space denying us a key weapon we need to counter Iranian, Chinese and North Korean missile threats. Some European countries reacted angrily when G.W. Bush opted out of the ABM treaty banning defensive weapons. Now they seek to reimpose it under the guise of a code of conduct.

Particularly scary, these treaties once signed and ratified by the Senate only have the same status as constitutional law and cannot be changed or canceled by Congress or the president. Their provisions must be enforced by U.S. courts. Also, because Democrats have control of the Senate, it could be easy for Obama to get these treaties in place while he is still in office.

Please call our senator. Tell him/her to vote against these treaties.