President Obama LOST in Ecuador
For conservatives, a strong national defense takes pride of place among our core values. To undermine the sovereignty of the U.S. would be a fatal blow to our national defense and to all of our national interests. That is why conservatives are opposed to the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would be a bounding leap toward a one world government.
In light of this consistent conservative opposition to the ratification of any treaty that would undermine U.S. sovereignty, we hope that the news that Ecuador has signed onto Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) will not make this administration or Congress feel inclined to lead from behind again.
Heritage’s Edwin Meese, who served as Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan, refutes the claim that President Reagan would have in any way supported LOST or that any reservations the former President had could have been easily assuaged by a 1994 agreement now incorporated in the treaty.
Reagan would not have been easily swayed. Today, some people fear that countries like Russia and Canada are going to make claims that they own certain areas of the continental shelf and that without LOST, the U.S. will be unable to combat these claims. But Meese recalls when Reagan said, “no nat[ional] interest of ours could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth’s surface over to the Third World.” The benefits of LOST are outweighed by the detriments.
So how could something that was originally intended to simply “codify certain navigational rights” have turned into something so detrimental to U.S. sovereignty? Meese explains:
“During the course of extended negotiations, [LOST] morphed into a “constitution for the oceans” that would push nations further along the road to a world government. Of particular concern was Part XI of the treaty, which created supra-national executive, legislative and judicial mechanisms to regulate the mineral resources of the world’s oceans.
One of these institutions — the International Seabed Authority — is assigned the power to regulate deep seabed mining and development on the extended continental shelf. In return for “assuring” those rights, the ISA would receive royalties from gas and oil exploration. Those revenues would then be redistributed to poorer countries.”
Today, conservatives remain opposed to any attempt at “backdoor” globalism. In July, Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) explained that international treaties are far removed from democratic accountability; they give policymakers a great deal of leeway and subject them to little scrutiny. This type of globalism is contrary to what the founders envisioned for our country because the founders understood the “hubristic temptation of public officials” to “ascend to new heights of international command and control.”
Moreover, Inhofe and DeMint explain why an international treaty of this kind is really unnecessary:
“[President Obama and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry] argue that we need this treaty, which the Senate correctly has ignored since its original completion in 1982, to ensure America’s access to the world’s shipping lanes. Of course, we already have such access, no thanks to a piece of paper, but to the world’s most powerful navy.”
In this vein, Meese also explained that most of the provisions of LOST “merely recapitulate rights established by customary international law.”
There you have it. The U.S. already has navigational rights thanks to its powerful navy and thanks to customary international law. But liberals love to layer on redundant, oppressive laws and regulations — anything that will diminish democracy and freedom, make the U.S. weaker relative to other nations, or fetter U.S. successes — like it’s their job.
Conservatives have articulated exactly why LOST is a terrible treaty. We truly care about the future of the United States. If we don’t protect ourselves and our sovereignty who will? Not some global legislative body, we can guarantee that. On the other hand, liberals also know exactly why LOST is attractive to them. They don’t really care about protecting our sovereignty. They’re too busy being ashamed of our nation’s successes and making every effort to increase other nations’ power at our expense.
Heritage Action agrees with former President Reagan, Attorney General Meese, and Senators Inhofe and DeMint. We want to protect American sovereignty, and to do that we must oppose LOST.