In the news was that the USA left the UN Human Rights Council:
US Leaves UN Human Rights Council, Citing Bias
STATE DEPARTMENT —
The United States has announced its official withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying the organization is no longer worthy of its name.
At a joint press availability at the State Department Monday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told reporters, “For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
She accused the council of “chronic bias” against Israel.
She said the U.S.had tried for the past year to reform the council, but to no avail, adding.
“Look at the council membership, and you see an appalling disrespect for the most basic rights,” she said, citing human rights abuses by Venezuela, China, Cuba and Democratic Republic of Congo.
A refreshing bit of honesty at the UN. (Not by the UN…)
Then I found there is a “Fox News” app on the Roku that lets you watch snips of their cable shows and time delayed (to nudge you to buy cable for real time access). As I don’t really need real time political opinions, this was a fine way to see an interview with John Bolton. Both he, and our present UN Ambassador Nikki Haley had said we didn’t need them telling us how to live and all we really needed to do was follow our constitution. I was wondering what that was all about, and found out the UN_HRC had been wanting us to get rid of the 2nd Amendment.
Monday, 07 April 2014
UN “Human Rights” Report Attacks U.S. Gun Rights, Constitution
The United Nations pseudo-“human-rights” bureaucracy released another report attacking Americans’ self-defense rights, “Stand Your Ground” statutes passed at the state level, and the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment protection of the people’s God-given right to keep and bear arms without government infringement. Agreeing with the Obama administration and the most extreme anti-Second Amendment members of Congress, the UN “Human Rights Committee” also claimed that the U.S. government needed to expand the unconstitutional background-check regime to include even private firearms sales.
In a section of the report entitled “gun violence,” the UN “experts,” virtually all of whom come from governments that do not recognize the fundamental human right to possess weapons or of self-defense, claimed to be “concerned” about multiple issues surrounding U.S. gun laws. Despite “measures taken to reduce gun violence,” an advance of the UN document claims, “the Committee remains concerned about the continuing high numbers of gun-related deaths and injuries and the disparate impact of gun violence on minorities, women and children.” It was not immediately clear where the outfit obtained its data.
“The State Party [the U.S. government] should take all necessary measures to abide by its obligation to effectively protect the right to life,” the report continues, despite the fact that studies show widespread gun ownership protects lives. “In particular, it should: (a) continue its efforts to effectively curb gun violence, including through the continued pursuit of legislation requiring background checks for all private firearm transfers … and (b) review Stand Your Ground Laws to remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to the principles of necessity and proportionality when using deadly force in self-defence.”
In other words, the UN is now brazenly and openly pushing for radical and unconstitutional changes to both U.S. and state law. In particular, the report is calling for a massive expansion of the background-check regime — a plot that was so extreme it did not even make it through the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate amid a full-blown assault on gun rights by the Obama administration. Critics have attacked the controversial idea from all angles, but especially troublesome are the constitutional implications, as well as well-founded suspicions that the Obama administration is unlawfully trying to use background checks to compile a national gun registry in defiance of federal law.
An interesting additional link from the Democrat Machine back to International agencies advocating the Progressive / Socialist / Central Authority agenda. Food for thought there.
Which got me wondering just how much we were paying these jerks to tell us to get rid of our Constitution and talk dirt about Israel? How much of Our Money was being leveraged against Us?
In 2016, the United States remained the largest donor to the United Nations, contributing more than $10 billion, roughly one fifth of its collective budget. The arrival of the Trump administration, however, has raised questions about how much the United States will continue to contribute. If President Donald J. Trump is able to follow through on his proposed cuts to foreign aid spending, the United Nations will likely need to undergo significant changes.
One fifth of the total UN budget or about 20%. From one country. Us.
And oh yeah, I hope the U.N. will “need to undergo significant changes”.
There are some interesting charts and graphs in that article. One has a “bubble” with size proportional to price, pardon, cost, oh, pardon again “contribution”… Has UN-HCR (that’s the “refugees” i.e. invade your country program) at $1.5 Billion. It is in orange type, so an “assured budget”. We stuff $2.4 Billion / year into “peacekeeping” (which doesn’t seem to keep the peace very much but does give third world soldiers a chance to have sexual liaisons with children in foreign lands, per the Haiti reports).
President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal [PDF] would take a knife to several UN bodies. It would halt all U.S. payments to UN climate change programs and cap the U.S. contribution to the peacekeeping budget at 25 percent, down from the 28 percent currently required from the DPKO. Trump has also proposed [PDF] paring back the United States’ voluntary payments to many other UN entities, including UNICEF, which could see a 16 percent decrease in its total revenue.
My God, isn’t it wonderful to see someone who knows how to cut fat from budgets take a whack at the UN Bloat!
The law required that the United States pay no more than 25 percent of the UN peacekeeping budget. For many years Congress has waived this ceiling to keep up with rising assessments from the Department for Peacekeeping Operations.
If only Congress would catch a clue… (Somebody needs to buy Trump a nice big fat Clue Stick to whack them with..)
But it remains unclear how much of the president’s proposals will survive the federal budget process. In September, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that would keep in place payments to the UN climate body and United Nations Population Fund. That same month, during his first speech at the UN General Assembly, Trump said, “The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but to be fair, if [the United Nations] could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it.”
The next opportunity for the United States to negotiate its assessed contributions with the UN will be fall 2018.
As we enter fall of 2018, I’m hoping his cost cutting can get into full gear.
So far I’ve not found just how much budget walks from the HR Council with the US exit, or if it is funded out of the general budget as an assured teat to suck upon. I would hope that it is one with a “voluntary” funding and that our $$ walked with us.
Near as I can tell, the entire UN is a waste of space. It is filled with the Global Shithole Leaders and mostly just advocates for anything BUT liberty and freedom. It has a major bias against the USA and mostly just makes noise.
But I understand, we can’t just exit the whole thing all at once. Besides, we created it. There’s also some benefit from having a veto on the Security Council to keep it from doing the most incredibly stupid and damaging things. Still, it’s nice to see us leaving some parts of it; even just one council at a time. After all, a $Billion here, a $Billion there, pretty soon you are saving some real money out of our $10 Billion / year funding that rat hole.