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Email: "Alert Alert Alert Obama About To Sign Treaty Ceding US Sovereignty To United Nations"

October 26, 2009 6:32 pm ET

The following email has been widely forwarded and has been reposted numerous times on conservative blogs.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

Alert Alert Alert Obama About To Sign Treaty Ceding US Sovereignty To United Nations

[note - all mistakes below are original to the text]

Response

Yikes.  That is a scary email.  I watched the video, though, and something wasn't right so I checked into it.

If you look at the website PolitiFact.com (they critique both Democrats and Republicans), it's clear that this guy doesn't know what he's talking about.

First, PolitiFact says there's not even a treaty yet - so any conversation about what the treaty would do to America is probably not true because there's nothing to talk about yet.

Also, it takes a super majority in the Senate to pass ANY treaty.  The site says "The Senate would have to approve any binding agreement with a 67-vote supermajority. This means that a treaty only becomes binding after a supermajority of democratically elected senators, plus the president, consent. So if the United States decides to give up some of its sovereignty in the matter of carbon emissions, it will only do so after a significant amount of political consent is given."

Finally, PolitiFact says: "we find Monckton's claims to not only be unsupported but preposterous. First, it's impossible to know what agreement will come out of Copenhagen, and when. Second, the U.S. procedure for ratifying treaties requires consent by a supermajority of the Senate - a steep hurdle. Third, it's hard to envision anything coming out of Copenhagen that would change the United States' bedrock principles of freedom and democracy. And fourth, contrary to what Monckton says, the United States can leave an international agreement. So while it pays to be vigilant about threats to U.S. sovereignty, this one is not the threat that Monckton's rhetoric suggests."

If you have time, you should read the whole article, it's really good: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/oct/20/christopher-monckton/british-climate-skeptic-says-copenhagen-treaty-thr/

It's really sad that people (like the guy in the video) try to scare people like this.  The Constitution was written to ensure the United States would govern itself in all matters - you don't think the Founders would forget to make sure England couldn't take over again, do you?

Hopefully this email helps clear things up a bit.



 


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