Ron Paul on The United Nations

Last Updated : Mar 31, 2011

Summary

Congressman Paul opposes US involvement in the United Nations and sees the entity as a threat to national sovereignty. He has stated that membership in the United Nations is fundamentally incompatible with American sovereignty and the Constitution. He has repeatedly called for the US to end it's membership in the organization, and has repeatedly introduced legislation to force this act. 

In addition to noting the Constitutional aspects of membership, Congressman Paul has noted that membership in the UN is a no-win situation for the US. He uses the example of Iraq and notes that the US ceded it's authority to go to war to UN and invaded Iraq in part to enforce UN resolutions that Iraq was violating. However, this loss of sovereignty did not prevent the US from being seen as dictatorial and going in on it's own.

In 2005 Congressman Paul opposed rejoining the UNESCO portion of the UN, which supposedly a science and education department of the UN. He notes that the US committed to paying $60 million per year (1/4 of the budget) to a group whose views and agenda are openly hostile to the US.

Also in 2005 and again in 2006, Congressman Paul introduced and got legislation passed through the House that would prevent US taxpayers from having to pay UN taxes. The language stated that no US taxpayer dollars may be used to develop, implement, or impose any tax on American citizens to raise revenue for the UN. Congressman Paul also noted that the UN continues to build the foundation for global government, and a worldwide tax is the key to their entire agenda.

In 2009, Congressman Paul spoke out against the Civilian Stabilization Initiative. This initiative gave the UN control of a 5,000 troop UN stabilization force for nation-building purposes.

 

Reimbursement of Peacekeeping Missions

In September of 1997, Congressman Paul spoke on the House floor and questioned the UN's right to call for the US to pay back dues when the UN never reimburses the US for it's peacekeeping duties.

 

American Sovereignty Restoration Act

In September of 2000, Congressman Paul spoke on the House floor about legislation that he was introducing called the American Sovereignty Restoration Act.

 

An International Tax

In May of 2001, Congressman Paul spoke on the House floor about his opposition to the United Nations. He specifically speaks against a bill to fund the UN. He notes that there is a movement for the loss of sovereignty from the US to the UN. He notes the groundwork has been laid to pay an international tax to the UN.

 

Amendments to Defund the United Nations

In July of 2001, Congressman Paul introduced amendments to end funding for the United Nations. He discusses the loss of sovereignty through the UN. He also notes that an attempt was made to move the US from the Human Rights Council of the UN and replace the US with the Sudan - where slavery is practiced.

 

UN Insult

In January of 2005, Congressman Paul issued a "Texas Straight Talk" discussing a recent UN comment calling the US stingy for it's offer to aid tsunami victims.

 

UNESCO

In April of 2005, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address the US participation in UNESCO, the educational component of the United Nations.

 

Stop Paying UN Taxes

In June of 2005, Congressman Paul released a press statement noting his support for preventing US citizens from paying taxes to the UN.

In June of 2006, Congressman Paul released another press statement noting a provision he introduced to reject the payment of UN taxes.

 

Can the UN be Reformed

In June of 2005, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address the possibility of reforming the UN.

 

International Taxes

In March of 2006, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss possible UN taxes through the United Nations Development Program.

 

Rejection of UN Taxes

In June of 2006, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss the congressional rejection of UN taxes.

 

Out of the UN

In a 2007 debate, Congressman Paul spoke about his desire to exit the UN. He notes that going to war to enforce a UN resolution is not legal according to the Constitution.

 

Foreign Relations Funding Bill

On June 10, 2009 Congressman Paul spoke about his opposition to funding for certain UN provisions to create a foreign affairs nation building office.

 

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-H R 1146; American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2005 - Prime Sponsor

The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2005 was introduced to repeal the US involvement with the UN.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1146; American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2007 - Prime Sponsor

The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2007 was introduced to repeal US involvement in the United Nations.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1146; American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2009 - Prime Sponsor

The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2009 was introduced to repeal US involvement in the United Nations.

Session-109; Bill Number-H R 1092; United Nations Oil-for-Food Accountability Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

Requires the withholding of certain FY 2005 and 2006 U.S. contributions to the United Nations (UN) until the President certifies that the UN is cooperating in the investigation of the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program.

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