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Surrendering Our Sovereignty

Monday, December 13, 2010

For the first time in history, the United States government has bowed before the United Nations with the Obama administration cravenly asking U.N. officials to question our great nation on what a State Department report confesses to be domestic "human rights" violations.

In submitting what amounts to an American guilty plea to the U.N.`s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Obama administration has effectively unsealed the protections of our Constitution to the predations of the United Nations.

Add to that the Obama administration`s agreement to aggressively pursue participation in the creation of a U.N. gun-ban treaty. In reversing President George W. Bush`s opposition to U.N.-mandated international gun control, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared, "The United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty that contains the highest possible, legally binding standards. …"

Included in the August 2010 submission of what the Obama-Clinton State Department considers America`s affronts against "human rights" is Arizona`s effort to enforce federal immigration laws—laws negated by the Obama administration`s refusal to seal our porous borders against the flow of criminal aliens, terrorists and international drug traffickers.

Until the "change" of the Obama administration, the U.S. has consistently refused to participate in the farce of U.N. "human rights" bodies that are comprised of rogue states like Syria and Cuba.

Remember Obama`s 2008 victory promise: "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." With this single step, he has shared that destructive effort with the United Nations.

The fire sale of our sovereignty came with the Aug. 20, 2010 "Report of the United States of America Submitted to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights In Conjunction with the Universal Periodic Review."

A fact sheet posted on the U.S. State Department website explaining the "Universal Periodic Review" should chill the heart of every citizen who believes in the sanctity of our shores and the freedom of "We the People."

It says the second step—following submission of the "human rights" report—is what the State Department reverently refers to as "The Review":

"The review of a national government takes place in a working group of the [U.N. Human Rights Council]… Each country under review undergoes a three-hour Q&A session webcast on the U.N. website, in which any U.N. member is able to ask questions and make recommendations."

Any U.N. member can question the United States of America on our human rights; Zimbabwe, perhaps, or how about Sudan, Iran, the Democratic Republic of the Congo or whatever they call the brutish regime in the former Burma.

"The reviewed national government is entitled to use one hour of that time to present its report, respond to any written question it may have received prior to the day of the review, respond to oral questions, comments and recommendations from the floor and present its conclusions."

I can give my conclusion right now. Why are we letting these people do this to our country?

Following this public inquisition, a group the U.N. calls the "troika of rapporteurs" will spend months in secret, preparing a human rights review of the U.S. with final recommendations for the Human Rights Council. This coming spring, American representatives, perhaps Hillary Clinton, will appear before that body to receive international criticism.

Among the U.S. delegation to the U.N. is recently appointed former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels—a radical charter member of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg`s gun-ban cabal who ranks among the worst of NRA "F"-rated politicians in America.

According to the State Department, with that final step in the review, the U.S. "has the primary responsibility to implement the recommendations … the international community will assist … in consultation with the country concerned."

All of this is insane. We are the beacon of the world when it comes to human rights. No nation on earth comes close to our example.

But this isn`t about human rights; it`s about putting the U.S. under the heels of George Soros` global governance. It`s about knocking a huge hole in the most impregnable border of all—our national sovereignty—all under the phony excuse of "human rights."

A 2006 United Nations policy paper on "Human Rights and State Sovereignty" declared, "Today the principle of respect for State sovereignty, like other principles of contemporary international law, should be interpreted on the basis of the Charter of the United Nations and other international instruments. …"

That manifesto says international governance comes into play "when a State acknowledges the supremacy of international norms over national legislation."

"International norms?" That phrase, often pushed by the likes of Soros` global gun-ban groups, defines the forced disarmament of the good citizens of Australia and Great Britain.

Prostrating our country and our people before the U.N. is an official act by our government that has far-reaching consequences for the nation`s 80 million gun owners.

By using "human rights" as a means to breach our national sovereignty, the Obama administration has cleared the way for U.N. action on our Second Amendment rights.

The U.N. is already using "human rights" as an excuse for domestic civil disarmament, demanding powers to "ensure the protection of human rights by preventing small arms and light weapons violence by private actors." Private actors? That means private citizens. You and me. And the real violence in all of this is the violence against our freedom.

Keep in mind that in 2006, the U.N. adopted a report essentially declaring our Second Amendment freedoms to be in violation of international "human rights."

The same human rights bureaucracy that the Obama administration wishes to please demands that all nations adopt U.N.-mandated gun controls.

Those international strictures include draconian firearm owner licensing, harsh criteria for firearm and ammunition storage, and bans on broad generic categories of firearms. "Possession of small arms shall be authorized for specific purposes only; small arms shall be used strictly for the purpose for which they are authorized." All other private possession would be criminalized. Further, under the guise of "human rights," the U.N. has called for collection and destruction of private firearms not acceptable under international "norms."

Specifically ruled out as a "norm" for private firearm ownership is self-defense. Try this:

"The right of self-defence in international law is not directed toward the preservation of lives of individuals … it is concerned with the preservation of the State."

In all of this, as the true nature of the Obama administration sell-out of our nation unfolds, NRA members must prepare for the coming battles to prevent and reverse the damage the administration`s "change" is inflicting on American freedom and our sovereignty.

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