On February 16, 1995, Secretary of State Madeline Albright informed the world of a total disregard for the traditional American relationship between parent and child inherent throughout the Clinton administration, by signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC). With the stroke of a pen, Albright pushed the United States towards ratification of this treaty; which would make the UNCRC, as stated in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, the law of the land.
The provision in Article VI of the Constitution regards the ratification of a treaty as legal and binding and as an irrefutable component of the “highest law of the land.” This legal status granted to a U.N. treaty would supersede state statutes and would strengthen the present tendency of the Supreme Court to decide cases based on international law and not the Constitution. Never more clearly have the stark differences between conservatives and radical leftists been demonstrated than within this single, subversive act by Albright.
Whereas the conservative believes strongly in securing the liberty of an individual against the abuse of power by government, the leftist races towards the actual destruction of freedom in order to usher in a coercive form of government. Never in the Founders’ wildest thinking did they perceive that one day these United States would be fighting against the ratification of a treaty that would annihilate parental rights, as well as national sovereignty in deference to mandates authored by powerful, foreign entities whose ultimate goal is a world government.
Among true conservatives, not the fake ones that show up on the government media Sunday morning talk show circuit, the U.N. is known to be stridently anti-American and a vigorous proponent of the state monitoring every aspect of our lives from education and the economy to national defense and national sovereignty. In other words, we don’t trust the U.N. and we will fight hard against the ratification of an oppressive U.N. treaty from becoming the law of the land.
Let me be clear from the outset, that the UNCRC is not a harmless, altruistic document championing the rights of underprivileged children. This treaty would radically alter not only the relationship between parent and child, but also between free men and women and the federal government. A specious outcome would award the courts the power to enforce the draconian provisions of this treaty; and Congress would be empowered to pass legislation in order to comply with the treaty. Consider again, the amount of abusive power this treaty would unleash. Some council over in Geneva could issue additional mandates that would not only be legal and binding, but would override our freedom as secured by the Constitution.
Included in the language of the treaty is what is known as the “best interest of the child principle” which in everyday life would grant the government the ability to legally invalidate any decision made by a parent for a child if a government worker disagrees with this decision. Such an overreaching legal mandate has serious consequences in regards to freedom of religion, homeschooling and choice of curriculum, to name a select few. The U.N. has defined ‘freedom of expression’ on behalf of children which would open a floodgate of opportunities for state intervention in American homes. Imagine the tyrants that would be appointed to a school board! It is doubtful that positions such as these would remain subject to election by the voters.
Having grown up in a home where a solid work ethic, personal responsibility and patriotism were exemplified by my hard-working father, the U.N.’s legal mandate that enforces a child’s right to leisure would not have gone over too well; especially if there happened to be some ‘lake effect’ snowfall in the Chicago area. The anti-parent bias that already exists in our federal courts would have ‘open season’ should this treaty ever be ratified.
It should come as no surprise that the pedophile organization, NAMBLA is among the loudest voices urging ‘children’s rights’. These deviants understand all too well that the surest way to gain access to their victims is to free children from all legal restraints. This diabolical treaty would expose the innocent to harm from these sexual predators. In the words of Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, Chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition; “In rather innocuous language, this U.N. document turns the United Nations into a global parent, wipes out parental rights, and gives children nearly unlimited freedom to determine their own destinies without parental interference.” Rev. Sheldon goes onto to describe the treaty as usurping “parental authority, while not really protecting children.” Among the grievous consequences forced on Americans if this abomination is passed is the chilling reality that the rights of parents to direct the moral and spiritual development of their children would be closely monitored by the state.
It goes without saying that in consideration of the fact that the man who currently occupies the White House fancies himself more as a ‘citizen of the world’ and less as an actual American citizen, the fight against ratification of this treaty has never been more crucial. Fortunately, ParentalRights.org is already fighting on our behalf. “ParentalRights.org exists to protect children by empowering parents through the passage of the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and by defeating U.S. ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
On May 14, 2009 S.J. Res.16, the Parental Rights Amendment to the Constitution was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary; and is sponsored by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). It is imperative that now we all begin to take necessary action in the hard work that precedes amending the Constitution. Due to the well-documented, anti-parent bias that pervades our court system, amending the Constitution is our best, steadfast defense against this oppressive treaty. It is now our responsibility to call and write our U.S. Senators and urge them to support the Parental Rights Amendment. To learn more about this effort, please visit www.parentalrights.org/ Let’s band together and undo the damage set in motion by Madeline Albright.