Arlington, Va. (CNSNews.com) - Today's politicians should take heed of a warning once issued by George Washington regarding the danger of "entangling alliances" with foreign governments, conservative policy experts said over the weekend.
Specifically, the conservatives declared, the United States should beware of signing United Nations' treaties that ultimately could cost Americans their sovereignty.
Once the United States signs an alliance, it risks handing over sovereign rights to an entity that doesn't necessarily have the nation's best interest at heart, Wendy Wright, a senior policy director for Concerned Women for America, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Arlington, Va.
Wright said she was particularly concerned with the U.N. Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or CEDAW, which she added, "is like the Equal Rights Amendment on steroids."
The United Nations has formed a committee to interpret and apply this treaty to various countries. Among others, the committee has told China to decriminalize prostitution, reprimanded Mexico for having a lack of access to easy and swift abortion and told Mexico to redistribute its wealth among the population, Wright said.
"This is a dangerous treaty. It's been applied in some unconscionable ways, and if the United States were to ratify it, we would be subjecting ourselves to this body at the U.N. that is not accountable to us, not elected by us, and it would end up being enforced through our courts system," Wright told CNSNews.com .
Tom DeWeese, president of the Warrenton, Va.-based American Policy Center, said the reason the United Nations exists is because of the United States - the United States' armed forces, the United States' money, the United States' power.
"If you take the United States out of the United Nations, it ceases to exist, and if it ceases to exist, we're not leaving our friends, we are liberating our friends," DeWeese said.
DeWeese called the United Nations "an irrelevant body" in the war on terrorism and in President Bush's efforts to assemble a coalition against Iraq.
"I think what George Bush is really proving with the efforts of putting a coalition together is that we don't need the United Nations to do that. We're putting our own coalition together with countries and we're doing it for our own national policy purposes," DeWeese told CNSNews.com .
Bush has proven that, "There's no purpose for the United Nations and there's no purpose to be a member of it," DeWeese added.
The issue of sovereignty is a matter of who is in charge and who has responsibility, and the United States can easily give up its sovereignty voluntarily by signing interlocking treaties with the United Nations, DeWeese said.
"But it's still giving up sovereignty, even if you do it voluntarily, and I see that as a threat," he said.
Myron Ebell, director of Global Warming Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said the U.S., with an invasion of Iraq, would be able to redefine its authority.
"I think if we go into Iraq as the leader of whatever size coalition, it will improve our ability to protect our sovereignty, because I think that the rest of the world ... will fall into line very quickly.
"I think France will be there when the troops arrive in Baghdad, ready to sign contracts," Ebell said.
"When the U.S. leads, the rest of the world follows. When we dither, we get into trouble. So I think this will improve our standing in terms of protecting our sovereignty," Ebell said in response to questions on sovereignty.
Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Families and Human Rights Institute, warned, however, that pulling out of the United Nations would have negative consequences for America's friends and allies.
The United States and Great Britain pulled out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), but UNESCO continues to exist, Ruse said.
"If the U.S. pulled out of the U.N., the U.N. would still continue to exist and do bad things all over the world," he said.
"We as conservatives have many friends in the [U.N.] General Assembly - from Latin America, from Africa, from the Far East, and they're under almost continual assault from the U.N. bureaucracy ... and if we left that body, they would be under even greater assault," Ruse said.
"We should stay there and protect them," he added. The United Nations is a house of cards in that it has virtually no enforcement power and thus cannot hold the United States accountable to treaties it doesn't agree to, Ruse said.
E-mail a news tip to Lawrence Morahan.
Send a Letter to the Editor about this article.