Be Forewarned about Sovereignty-Diminishing Treaties (Paul M. Weyrich, December 8, 2005, Accuracy in Media)

Britain and other European nations once again may be waging a fight to retain their sovereignty from a European power with expansive designs of power. The bệte noiré is not an armed, aggressive state but a supranational body that promotes Politically Correct ideology in its attempt to subdue the sovereignty of European nations. The agenda of the European Commission (“EC”), the body charged with “represent[ing] the European interest common to all Member States of the Union,” may sound attractive but thank heavens there are at least some British politicians who realize the true implications of what is sought.

Anthony Browne of THE LONDON TIMES reported on November 24, 2005, “The European Commission listed seven offences that it insisted should become European crimes immediately, including computer hacking, corporate fraud, people-trafficking and marine pollution. The ruling means that for the first time in legal history, a British government and Parliament will no longer have the sovereign right to decide what constitutes a crime and what the punishment should be.” Possible future crimes include racial discrimination and intellectual property theft.

By all means every crime listed above indeed should be matters of serious concern of our country and of other countries. (The racial discrimination issue would be a crime were it to involve the government but it is less clear were it to involve individuals.) The question is where the power should reside to determine what is unlawfulness and to assess penalties. […]

The British politicians and diplomats who are willing to stand up for their nation’s sovereignty against the onslaught of the European supranational justice and parliamentary systems are setting an example from which our own politicians and diplomats could profit. Defenders of American sovereignty and the Bill of Rights owe Senator Inhofe appreciation not only for his willingness to take on LOST but his effort to ensure the Senate does not rush to ratify the Cybercrime Convention without thorough consideration of its implications. Too often the Senate has essentially rubber-stamped treaties without giving due consideration to the fine print. There is plenty of fine print in both LOST and the Cybercrime Convention and the Senate needs to perform a thorough job of considering the impact of these treaties on our sovereignty.

Not every threat to American sovereignty derives from armed aggressors such as Churchill confronted. Too many Americans were raised believing that foreign countries which control supranational bodies have extended us good will out of gratitude for the vital role we have played in promoting freedom and democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Fortunately, some select leaders – Senator Inhofe and UN Ambassador John Bolton stand out – who realize that the world is indeed a dangerous place and it’s not just bullets that can destroy our American way of life. Sovereignty-diminishing treaties would be just as harmful.

If such things are worth doing, they’re worth each nation doing without some transnational institution imposing its will.

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