By recruiting 34 U.S. senators who have publicly committed to vote against the proposed Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), conservatives have ended any chance that the Senate will ratify this year that treaty which President Reagan opposed so courageously. But LOST and other treaties damaging to U.S. national sovereignty will continue to be pushed in future years by Democrats, the liberal establishments in the media and academia, the entire “Progressive” movement, and a lot of Republicans who should know better.
I can understand why some people in most countries of the world would be willing to surrender all or part of their national sovereignty and to make their countries subject to taxation, regulation, and even administration by international bodies. Corruption, waste, poverty, and sometimes civil disorder are so awful in their countries that they think international control, rather than self-government, might make things better than their current conditions.
At least, they fondly and foolishly hope, international control couldn’t be worse than what they currently suffer. And many of them think globally as President Obama does domestically, that it’s unfair for prosperous countries not to be forced to redistribute their wealth to poorer countries.
But it’s outrageous for any American to think that our country would have better government or better economic conditions under international control. Whatever our problems in America, analogous problems in most other countries are worse. And our exceptional system of liberty and limited government certainly has more ability to solve our problems than any international body. If the United States surrenders our independent self-government, as surely as night follows day, a mountain of new and worse problems would be heaped on us that could never be solved by the democratic process. We should defeat any politician, fire any government bureaucrat, and not appoint to the bench any lawyer who doesn’t understand this.