Many conservatives believe the United Nations has outlived its usefulness, morphing into an imperial power intent on redistributing wealth from developed nations to the hands of tyrants. That assessment has led us to call for the U.S. to withdraw our membership from the UN.
The latest conservative to call for a U.S. exit is National Review Online editor Jonah Goldberg.
Goldberg makes his case in an editorial published at Townhall (online), including criticism about China’s one-child policy, the UN’s efforts to assume control of the Internet and the (in my opinion) shameful inclusion of abusers of human rights on the council that claims to protect human rights.
I’ve written many articles criticizing the UN. For instance, in 2008, a UN official wrote an editorial for Al Jazeera. I noted:
[T]he United Nations food agency chief told delegates that billions of dollars are being wasted on feeding obese people in the West while millions face starvation.”
The official overlooked the fact that in the West, we feed ourselves.
UN goals were a threat to our sovereignty from the agency’s inception. This is a classic example of another idea implemented by Democrats with nary a thought to the long term consequences. In a previous column I pointed out implications in a speech by the chairman in 1946:
[E]ach member nation’s security “would be collectively guaranteed by adequate and effective means, and any aggression or attempt at aggression directed against them would be severely repressed.
The attacks on the U.S. in 2001 illustrate the failure of that premise, and many more failures could be listed.
Just like Democrats in the U.S., the UN is constantly in search of a way to raise money that can then be redistributed to supporters.
As President Barack Obama’s administration promotes his candidacy by using U.S. taxpayer dollars to expand food stamp usage—the advertising was done in Spanish—the UN uses taxpayer dollars from around the world to promote Leftist ideology. The UN is constantly seeking ways to levy taxes on us, another trait in common with Democrats.
The UN Population Fund recently marked something called World Population Day with a theme of Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services. Here’s what the news page about that event said—I added the boldface:
Reproductive health is at the very heart of development and crucial to delivering the UNFPA vision — a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
That is, of course, an unachievable goal in a free society, not that freedom matters to organizations like the UN.
Goldberg’s essay is another in a long line of calls for the U.S. to leave an organization that many of us believe has become anti-Israel, anti-U.S. and anti-freedom in general. This isn’t a fantasy as some pundits claim. It’s a simple premise that could be done with the stroke of a pen. And the world would immediately become a better place because at present, the UN legitimizes the worst among us.
Read archived articles about the United Nations at The US Report.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 13, 2012)