The GOP platform that was approved at the Republican National Convention in Tampa rejected the United Nations “sustainability” scheme known as Agenda 21. The platform committee said the UN program was “erosive of American sovereignty” and that they “oppose any form of U.N. Global Tax.”
The platform also went on to declare,
We oppose any diplomatic efforts that could result in giving the United Nations unprecedented control over the Internet. International regulatory control over the open and free Internet would have disastrous consequences for the United States and the world.
In a section of the platform titled Sovereign American Leadership in International Organizations the GOP recapped the history of American involvement in World War II and the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The platform reads,
“Since the end of World War II, the United States, through the founding of the United Nations and NATO, has participated in a wide range of international organizations which can, but sometimes do not, serve the cause of peace and prosperity. While acting through them, our country must always reserve the right to go its own way. There can be no substitute for principled American leadership.”
The platform says that the United Nations is in “dire need of reform, starting with full transparency in the financial operations of its overpaid bureaucrats.” It also claims, “The United Nations Population Fund has a shameful record of collaboration with China’s program of compulsory abortion. We affirm the Republican Party’s long-held position known as the Mexico City Policy, first announced by President Reagan in 1984, which prohibits the granting of federal monies to non-governmental organization that provide or promote abortion.”
Now understand something, the United Nations is just like the federal government. Money that goes to it, no matter what is said about a particular “fund” all gets smashed together. The U.S., even with Republican help has been sending money to a non-governmental organization that provides and promotes abortion for years. I’m not just talking Planned Parenthood here, which even Republican Rick Santorum said he voted to fund. I’m talking about the United Nations. The U.S. funds more than a quarter of the money in order to make the machinery of the United Nations function. Sadly Republicans have continued this funding, even under Republican led Congresses.
The issue of Agenda 21, by default, is being funded by the simple fact that we are giving money to the United Nations and the point is the same. There is language in the platform that is not being executed in practice.
Alex Newman from the New American points out how the United Nations views the scheme of what is being funded in Agenda 21. He writes,
A 30-second review of the UN’s webpage on Agenda 21 would have revealed that the scheme is about much more than bike lanes. In the first sentence of its summary of Agenda 21 posted online, the UN states that Agenda 21 is actually “a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts [sic] on the environment.”
To understand the scope of such an agenda, consider that the UN considers carbon dioxide — a gas exhaled by human beings and required by plants — to be a “pollutant” in need of regulation. As the GOP resolution noted, the global body has also repeatedly referred to national sovereignty and private land ownership as social injustices. And that is why activists are up in arms — it has nothing to do with bike lanes.
“The tea party groups are very much involved in this. They’re hosting a lot of speeches,” explained The John Birch Society’s Director of Missions Larry Greenley in a statement cited by the Tampa Bay Times. “They see it as a threat to their way of life, and they choose to work on it.” Again, it has nothing at all to do with bike lanes, of course.
The critical part of the platform takes on a several UN initiatives, in addition to Agenda 21, as laid out in this paragraph,
Under our Constitution, treaties become the law of the land. So it is all the more important that the Congress – the Senate through its ratifying power and the House through its appropriating power – shall reject agreements whose long-range impact on the American family is ominous or unclear. These include the U.N. Convention on Women’s Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty as well as the various declarations from the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. Because of our concern for American sovereignty, domestic management of our fisheries, and our country’s long-term energy needs, we have deep reservations about the regulatory, legal, and tax regimes inherent in the Law of the Sea Treaty and congratulate Senate Republicans for blocking its ratification. We strongly reject the U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty, and we oppose any form of U.N. Global Tax. We oppose any diplomatic efforts that could result in giving the United Nations unprecedented control over the Internet. International regulatory control over the open and free Internet would have disastrous consequences for the United States and the world.
So what we come down to is control. The United Nations want’s global control of individuals and sovereign nations.
To their credit the Republicans at least put this in the platform, but one wonders if it even matters to those in Washington, D.C., after all, House Speaker John Boehner said that no one really read the platform. Even though grassroots Party members were basically shut out of the RNC from having a voice, they are hopeful that the Republicans will stick to the platform as it conforms to the Constitution. We’ll see. I’m not as confident as others.