United Nations Undermines Us Sovereignty

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Finally and most importantly, membership in the United Nations undermines US sovereignty. The President of the United States has the power to make treaties with foreign nations provided two-thirds of Congress concur (“The Constitution of the United States of America,” Article II Section 2). The UN Charter, however, although stating it is based on the principles of sovereign equality, requires members to give assistance to the UN based on its decisions, and prevents any state from assisting a nation against whom the UN is taking action (“Charter of the United Nations” 3). Additionally, decisions made by the UN are approved by a two-thirds majority vote, of which the US only has one vote (6-7). In President George Washington’s Farewell Address he stated, “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world […] Taking care always to keep ourselves by suitable establishments on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies” (Washington, pars. 40-41). Washington also warned that the people must maintain control over their government (par. 17) and that strong affiliations with other nations may give the false impression that we have common interests when in fact they are not the same (par. 34). This advice should be heeded. Abdication of sovereignty by the US to the UN through membership is most notable in that the treaty is modifiable outside the constitutional
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