"Critics say the treaty, which creates 'the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion' and outlaws the 'arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy,' intrudes on the family and strips parents of the power to raise their children without government interference.""The right of the child to freedom of thought" I have no disagreements with. Ditto, religion. However. Most children haven't developed a conscience, and will not without infringement of the parents upon the so-called rights of the child--i.e., punishment for wrong actions.
And as for privacy? What right to privacy does a child have, when there are those out there that would hurt and exploit children? One could argue that the child has, under this treaty, the right to full privacy on the internet: that parents are not allowed to supervise what sites they visit, or who they talk to, exposing children to inappropriate images, and pedophiles.
"The U.S. is already party to two optional pieces of the treaty regarding child soldiers and child prostitution and pornography, but has refused to sign on to the full agreement..." In other words, we already enforce the reasonable parts of the treaty, the ones that actually protect children. So, why not the whole thing?
"... legal experts say the convention does nothing to protect human rights abroad -- and that acceding to the convention would erode U.S. sovereignty.Because of the Supremacy Clause in Article VI of the Constitution, all treaties are rendered 'the supreme law of the land,' superseding preexisting state and federal statutes. Any rights or laws established by the U.N. convention could then be argued to hold sway in the United States."
In other words, anything we sign onto with this treaty overrides our own laws. What does that mean?
"'... an outside body, a group of unaccountable so-called experts in Switzerland have a say over how children in America should be raised, educated and disciplined -- that is an erosion of American sovereignty,' said Steven Groves, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank."
In other words,
"Whether you ground your kids for smoking marijuana, whether you take them to church, whether you let them go to junior prom, all of those things . . . will be the government's decision. It will affect every parent who's told their children to do the dishes."Boxer and her cronies say that our not signing it leads to further abuses abroad. Not only is that terribly egocentric on her part--thanks to generations of moral relativism weakening our culture of responsibility, duty, and courage, no one looks up to the United States as an example--but flat out wrong. Any country can sign a document opting out of whatever offends their particular sensibilities. For example, Islamofacist countries have opted out of anything that might contradict their Sharia law, which permits the abuse and murder of girls that step outside of their accepted roles (like allowing those who want to learn to read to be attacked with acid).
So, why are they pushing so hard to get this ratified? Transnational progressivism.
So, who are these transnational progressivists, or tranzies? I'm going to quote from an essay added to the end of one of my favorite books by two of my favorite authors: John Ringo and Tom Kratman's Yellow Eyes.
"...suffice to say that Tranzism is the successor ideology to failed and discredited Marxist-Leninism. Many of the most prominent Tranzis are, in fact, "former" members of various communist parties, especially European communist parties. These have taken the failure of the Soviet Union personally and hard, and, brother, are they bitter about it.Sound familiar? International Criminal Court, anyone? "Citizen of the world"?
- Chapter 39One of the difficult things about analyzing Tranzis and their works is that they are not a conspiracy. What they are is a consensus. Don't be contemptuous; civilization is nothing more than a consensus. So is barbarism. Moreover, the Tranzis are a fairly cohesive consensus, especially on certain ultimate core issues. Nonetheless, if you are looking for absolute logical consistency on the part of Tranzis you will search in vain.
On the other hand, at the highest level, the ultimate Tranzi goal, there is complete agreement. They want an end to national sovereignty and they want global governance by an unelected, self-chosen 'elite.'"
This is intolerable. And by permitting them an inch, we've made them our rulers. Literally.