The Constitution, Globalists and Progressives

How to save America

By Henry Lamb
Sunday, November 1, 2009

The United States is on the brink of signing a new climate change treaty that many people believe will be the mechanism that ushers in global governance. Global governance has been under construction for many years. Every new treaty in which the United States participates requires the surrender of a little more sovereignty. International treaties have influenced domestic policy throughout the 20th century, forcing the federal government to impose restrictions on individual freedom which are not authorized in the enumerated powers set forth in the U.S. Constitution.

For example, nothing in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution empowers the federal government to restrict the use of private property. The Endangered Species Act, enacted to bring the United States into compliance with several international treaties, gives the federal government the power to dictate what a private land owner may and may not do on his own land. This is only one of the more obvious examples of how a treaty is used to extend the power of the federal government beyond its Constitutional limitations.

Stated plainly, treaties are being used to expand the power of the federal government beyond the limitations set forth by the Constitution.

When the Constitution was written, Senators were chosen by the legislature of each state. The power of the states was substantially diminished by the passage of the 17th Amendment in 1913, which allowed Senators to be elected by popular vote, rather than by the legislature. This loss of the state legislature’s power to influence the central government is especially pertinent to the ratification of treaties. The Constitution requires two-thirds of the Senators present to vote in the affirmative to ratify a treaty.

Changes to the U.S. Constitution require ratification by three-fourths of the states. The Constitution, along with “… all treaties made, or which shall be made…shall be the supreme law of the land (Article VI).