Beware, lame duck session
by Lori Pesta
September 04, 2012 12:25 PM | 1216 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Although it’s only August, and elections are almost complete, we must be aware of what could happen between November 7th and Inauguration Day. Those months are commonly known as the “lame-duck session,” when Congress has done some mighty dangerous and unpopular things.

This year, the Senate could be pressured to ratify treaties that interfere with state and federal constitutions and laws. Case in point is the Convention on the Rights of the Child the UN adopted in 1989. Every country in the world has ratified that treaty EXCEPT the United States and Somalia, although the U.S. HAS ratified two of the Optional Protocols. I’m convinced one of the Protocols was the reason Georgia decriminalized prostitution in 2011 for anyone under 18. The same thing was tried for the entire United States, but, thankfully, that bill was stopped in a Senate Committee last December.

Our concern is explained by Article VI of the U.S. Constitution that says all treaties authorized by the U.S. are the “supreme law of the land and the judges in every State shall be bound” by them. Meaning, ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child would give the UN control over all laws governing children. Under that treaty, parental authority would be gone and UN philosophy about children would be the supreme law of the land.

Another concern is the Third Optional Protocol announced in February of this year and adopted at the UN conference in June. That Protocol provides a process for anyone under 18 years old to complain directly to the UN and, now, it’s available for signature in countries all over the world. So, consider this. If the U.S. had ratified the Third Optional Protocol and the Reverend Creflo Dollar’s daughter had complained to the UN, not only would the case be brought before Georgia and U.S. officials, the 18-member UN Committee on the Rights of the Child would have jurisdiction, as well. “What a tangled web” that would be.

So, it’s time to act. Please contact Georgia Senators Chambliss and Isakson, while they’re in Georgia for their annual recess and ask them to vote NO on all UN treaties. They must be on special alert for the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Third Protocol. Both documents would eliminate parental authority over their children, but applying the UN agenda to all decisions concerning anyone under age 18.

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September 04, 2012
You need to check your facts. Even if the US ratified the CRC, it does NOT give the UN Committee "jurisdiction" -- the UN Committee could make recommendations, but the US is NOT required to follow any of them. The CRC uses the same best interests standard that the US has used for over 100 years. Check your facts, and while you are at it, you might think about why you apparently believe young girls and boys who are pimped out should be considered criminals and not victims of abuse and exploitation? That's why the Georgia law changed.
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