As hearings got underway on the Law of the Sea Convention on Tuesday, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton urged the U.S. Senate to ratify the agreement. Ms. Clinton was taking the same stance her husband took during his presidency—sacrifice U.S. sovereignty based on a lot of hopes related to a document that contains as much wiggle room as a giant strip-tease joint.
Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta had thanked lobbyist Trent Lott, a former Senate Majority Leader who served as a Republican. The Daily Caller said after Panetta, a Democrat, saw Lott in an earlier committee meeting, the secretary felt “a hell of a lot better about the chances for ratification.”
Bear in mind Panetta was one of the authors of the IRCA amnesty in 1986—he felt great about that at the time. It took more than a decade for Americans to realize what a fiscal disaster that bill was. That bill also ceded portions of U.S. sovereignty, ultimately creating a border so porous that the undocumented population expanded by 400 percent between then and now. The broker of that bill was another well-known Democrat—Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)
Panetta is one of many politicians eager to push for globalism even as the U.S. faces historic challenges because of globalism. What these politicos have done is create a global structure for the redistribution of U.S. wealth. Has that redistribution made the world a better place?
The biggest accomplishment globalism has wrought is enriching a few more dictators and lining the pockets of people those Occupy kids call the one percent.
On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee headed by John Kerry (D-Mass.) took up the issue.
Conservative stalwart Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) noted that the countries that came aboard with the LOST agreement “are already violating the rules they ascribed to.” DeMint also pointed out the membership of countries like Sudan. Sudan is noted for human rights abuses on a grand scale.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) called attention to the bureaucratic framework of the Convention—a secretariat, a council and an assembly rolled into one giant entity. LOST amounts to a United Nations on the sea. The UN on the ground has not been beneficial to the U.S. taxpayer.
Democrats probably see a possible opportunity to get their long-desired document ratified. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Lugar just lost a primary challenge to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock who will oppose a Democrat in November.
Lugar has nothing to lose by supporting the Left on the matter of ratification.
LOST is a sellout of American resources and freedom. Any senator supporting the ratitication of LOST should be run out of office on voting day. The treaty covers anything that swims, floats or impacts the sea in any way, and that includes natural resources (Hello, enviro-thugs!) and maritime safety (pirate time). Americans can expect to see some new global taxes come our way. Democrats won’t mind. They never met a tax they didn’t like.
It doesn’t matter if you’re on welfare or running a small business, LOST will not be beneficial to Main Street.
Democrats are long on theory and very short on substance. LOST is a risk Americans should not be forced to take. As U.S. sovereignty erodes, freedom declines as well. They don’t call that agreement LOST without a good reason. If the U.S. gets a “seat at the table,” as Panetta says, “We, the people” lose in ways the Left has not even envisioned.
As for lobbyist Lott who’s getting paid to support LOST, he spoke emphatically against it when he was in the Senate. He says he’s not a hypocrite. Obviously, he’s mistaken about that as well.
The revenue collected via LOST would go to the International Seabed Authority. That bureaucracy would be located in Jamaica.
LOST ratification would sacrifice sovereignty, weaken military (The US Report)
First UN, now WHO aim to tax US citizens in globalization push (The US Report)
Justice Alert: Human Rights Report pledges ICJ Avena compliance (The US Report)
Source Document: Law of the Sea (Senate Foreign Relations Committee/U.S. Government)
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 23, 2012)