Obama Speech Pushes More UN Meddling, Big Government
(The New American) -- by Alex Newman --
President Obama lavished praise on the United Nations and its controversial military interventions during his September 21 address to the UN General Assembly, promoting big-government policies and even more international “cooperation” on everything from protests in Syria and the global economic crisis to healthcare, climate, and poverty.
Throughout the speech to world rulers assembled in New York, Obama barely mentioned traditional American notions of liberty and individual rights. Instead, he spent most of his time boasting about military operations and advocating expanded government power at the national and international level.
Obama demanded, for example, that all governments submit to the socialist principle that “freedom from want is a basic human right.” He also expressed support for “gay rights” and the UN’s universal declaration of human “rights” — more accurately described as a list of revocable privileges granted by the state...
Obama called on governments to promote gay rights and women’s rights, too. “No country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere,” Obama said, noting that the U.S. government had just signed another new agreement on “women’s participation” calling for affirmative action and sustainable development. “That is what our commitment to human progress demands.”
According to Obama, fighting poverty also requires government solutions and global action — not free markets, the time-tested engine of prosperity. “To combat the poverty that punishes our children, we must act on the belief that freedom from want is a basic human right,” he claimed, calling on world rulers to continue spending taxpayer money on aid programs that analysts say increase poverty. “Our common humanity is at stake.”
While inaccurately portraying recent military interventions in countries such as Libya and the Ivory Coast as successes that had proper justifications, Obama also suggested more multilateral wars to enforce UN dictates if needed. Syria and Iran were among the potential targets he listed.
“The question for us is clear: Will we stand with the Syrian people, or with their oppressors?” he said, calling on the UN Security Council to act. “We must speak with one voice. There is no excuse for inaction.”...
Claiming that the world body helped avert a third World War, Obama called on the rulers in attendance to return to the “wisdom” of the UN’s founders. In his book War or Peace, John Foster Dulles, a key architect of the global body, offered some insight into the real vision of those founders.
Dulles noted that the UN of the 1940s was “not a final stage in the development of world order,” but a stepping stone in that direction. Its primary task, he wrote, was to create the conditions to advance a more "highly developed" organization. "Then, perhaps, a world police force could work," he explained.
Many other key American delegates who helped craft the institution and its charter — Alger Hiss, Harry Dexter White, Irving Kaplan, and others — were later exposed as communist agents. But experts generally agree that the main goal of most UN founders was to promote global governance at the expense of national sovereignty...MORE...LINK