The American Sovereignty Restoration Act

The American Sovereignty Restoration Act

H.R. 75: To end membership of the United States in the United Nations.

WTF is this business?

This was introduced by the Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10] in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill would:

  • repeal the UN Participation Act of 1954
  • repeal the UN Headquarters Agreement Act
  • prohibit the contribution of assessed and voluntary funds to the UN
  • prohibit the contribution of funds to and participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations
  • kick the UN off of any and all US government property
  • withdraw recognition of diplomatic immunity
  • repeal participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • repeal the UN Environment Program Participation Act of 1973
  • repeal participation in the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • terminate participation in all existing and future UN conventions and agreements
  • leave in place the regulation relating to re-employment with the US government after service with an international organization
  • direct the Secretary of State to notify the UN
  • go into effect two years after the bill is enacted

I see this is a re-tread from as far back as 1997 and was introduced most recently by Ron Paul in 2009. So that’ll tell you everything you need to know about it.

If we want to retain the global power that we have, we can’t not be a member of the UN. To quit the UN is to voluntarily cede that power. I’d say you could even construe it as hostile.

However, there is certainly a case to be made for reducing the amount of troops (and hence money) we put into the UN. But we can do that without quitting the UN all together.

Plus, you know, the UN was our idea.

So what’s the non-xenophobic case for quitting the UN?