The record of the United Nations is spotty at best. It’s done more good than the League of Nations, but the biggest problem with the UN is that it’s too weak. If it even hopes to be more effective, most people agree it needs more centralized power. Unless you’re part of the John Bircher wing of Republicans who got Trump elected. Then it needs less power– and the United States doesn’t need to be part of it.
That’s the aim of H.R.193 – American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017. The act comes to us in three paragraphs, courtesy of some lunatic from Alabama named Mike Rogers:
This bill repeals the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and other specified related laws.
The bill requires: (1) the President to terminate U.S. membership in the United Nations (U.N.), including any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body; and (2) closure of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
The bill prohibits: (1) the authorization of funds for the U.S. assessed or voluntary contribution to the U.N., (2) the authorization of funds for any U.S. contribution to any U.N. military or peacekeeping operation, (3) the expenditure of funds to support the participation of U.S. Armed Forces as part of any U.N. military or peacekeeping operation, (4) U.S. Armed Forces from serving under U.N. command, and (5) diplomatic immunity for U.N. officers or employees.
To make this clear, the goal of this bill is to pull the United States out of the UN. This means that the CDC won’t work with WHO to stop potential global outbreaks of diseases like Ebola, UNESCO world heritage sites will lose funding, various organizations that support human rights will find themselves in the cold, and that’s just the beginning.
This is as damaging to civilization as what ISIS did in Palmyra. Probably more so, since it’ll be on a much larger scale.
Representative Rogers (R-Alabama) introduced the bill on January 3, but it’s not the first time Rogers has introduced this bill — a 2015 version exists. Prior to this, Rogers has been responsible for some truly awe-inspiring legislation. For instance, in 2015, he also introduced a bill called the “Stop EPA Overreach Act,” which would exclude “carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride pollution” from the Clean Air Act.
Normally, this guy wouldn’t be an issue. A deranged ideologue nominated by backwoods morons from Alabama shouldn’t pose a threat. But give Trump has adapted that mentality and the Republicans are currently run by deranged and dangerous ideologues — well, yeah. He’s a threat to humanity. Like Trump.