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Duane Stahl, Valley City, N.D., Published January 18 2014

Letter: Cut back power of United Nations

Since World War II, we have continuously been in war-like actions, none declared by Congress as the Constitution requires. Why? Following the world wars, people were willing to try anything to avoid another, so only two senators opposed joining the United Nations. One, Bill Langer of North Dakota, said, “The U.N. would have the authority to send our boys all over the world.” Langer had read the U.N. Charter, including Article 25 (“The members of the United Nations agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council ...” and Article 43 (“All members of the United Nations ... undertake to make available to the Security Council on its call ... armed forces, assistance, and facilities ...).

In 1945, Congress passed the United Nations Participation Act to give the president the power (without Congress) to send troops wherever the U.N. decided. One congressman noted, “This measure gives congressional authority for surrendering the American people to an all-powerful world government.”

We’ve used U.N. authority (and NATO and SEATO, which are part of it – Articles 51-54) to be involved in Korea (never settled), Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Somalia, and others. To what gain? Also, the U.N. continues to acquire power in nearly every phase of human existence. Georgia Rep. Paul Broun has introduced the American Sovereignty Restoration Act (HR 75) to repeal the UNPA and end our U.N. membership in two years. This measure deserves the support of all who value freedom and independence.

Contact your senators and representative (simple online – just type their names) and ask them to support or cosponsor HR 75.