by F.R. Duplantier

"The government is mainly an expensive organization to regulate evildoers,
and tax those who behave: government does little for fairly
respectable people except annoy them."

E.W. Howe Notes for My Biographer 1926

The United Nations Treaty on the Rights of the Child will do nothing to promote the well-being of children. What it will do is put government lawyers between parents and offspring.

As a treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child can be ratified at any time by two- thirds of U.S. Senators present and voting. Once ratified, it would become part of the "supreme law of the land," along with the U.S. Constitution and federal laws. Unfortunately, the philosophy upon which the U.N. Treaty is based and the philosophy of our U.S. Constitution are antagonistic. They cannot be reconciled. Ratification of this U.N. Treaty would place our nation's sovereignty and the rights of American citizens in jeopardy.

Here's why: As enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, the American philosophy of government holds that the individual's inalienable rights to life, liberty, and property are Creator-endowed, and that government exists to protect those rights. Our Constitution lists rights that Americans can assert against government, and stipulates in the Ninth Amendment that the list is not meant to be exclusive. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the other hand, purports to be a comprehensive catalogue of all rights of the child and assumes that those rights originate with the Treaty itself, or with the United Nations, or with the government. The Treaty arbitrarily restricts the scope of a child's God-given rights and gives government the power to define those rights.

This U.N. Treaty on the Rights of the Child doesn't say who will enforce the rights it pretends to bestow, but you can bet that parents are the ones they'll be enforced against. What kind of rights are we talking about? The Treaty purports to give the child the right to express his own views freely in all matters, the right to receive information of all kinds through "media of the child's choice," the right to choose his own religion, the right to use his "own language," and the right to enjoy "rest and leisure." And that's just a sampling. If you think your children are surly now, imagine how they'll act when they discover that government lawyers stand ready to help them assert these new "rights." Reprimand them for cursing, confiscate a dirty magazine, tell them to carry out the garbage -- and you could have a lawsuit on your hands. The Treaty takes away the right of parents to make decisions for their minor children.

This U.N. Treaty would set up a Committee on the Rights of the Child to monitor compliance with its mandates. This Committee would consist of ten "experts" chosen by secret ballot from a list of nominees submitted by the various governments. You can bet that these foreign "experts" would have no respect for the individual rights of Americans, or for our United States Constitution that protects them. In the unlikely event that any Americans were elected to this inquisitorial panel, they would probably reflect the views of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her friends in the Children's Defense Fund, which is the chief lobbyist for the U.N. Treaty on the Rights of the Child.

Don't be fooled by the seemingly lofty goals and high-sounding rhetoric of the United Nations Treaty on the Rights of the Child. The Treaty will not protect your children; it will interfere with your right to raise, educate, and discipline them as you see fit.

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