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  • Do We Still Believe in American Sovereignty?

    The current language surrounding American foreign policy (and the New START Treaty in particular) is diplomatic and courteous.  It is also dangerously ambiguous about American sovereignty.  As Steven Groves explains in the latest installment of the Understanding America series, “Sovereignty is a simple idea: the United States is an independent nation, governed by the American people, that controls its own affairs.”  In “Why Does Sovereignty Matter to America”, Groves outlines the fundamental role of sovereignty in American history, and analyzes the current misunderstanding (some would say rejection) of this important concept.

    This issue of sovereignty was the driving force behind the American Revolution.  In the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers laid forth the abuses suffered by the colonies at the hands of King George III.  They concluded that it had become necessary for the defense of their rights to seek independence and to “assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them”.  Their argument made clear that the idea of sovereignty did not only apply to the relationship between the United States and Great Britain, but to any country that challenges Americans’ independence.  For “if a foreign power can tell America ‘what we shall do, and what we shall not do,’ George Washington once wrote to Alexander Hamilton, ‘we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.’”

    As Groves illustrates, our sovereignty is still under attack today, though through less overt means: “International organizations and courts seek to reshape the international system.  Nations are to give up their sovereignty and be governed by a ‘global consensus.’  Independent, sovereign nations will be replaced by ‘Transnational’ organizations that reject national sovereignty.”  This trend is evident everywhere, and will not be halted without a renewed attachment to the idea of American sovereignty.

    Ultimately, American foreign policy must be controlled by the American people.  This is why treaties (such as the New START Treaty) require ratification by the Senate, in addition to the President’s signature.  As Groves makes clear, there is no reason to agree to treaties that seek to weaken us.  We are self-governing, and have no need to enter treaties desperately.  Our Founding Fathers did not fight to secure sovereignty for a country that would – without protest – risk losing it through dangerous treaties and overreaching international organizations a mere two hundred years later.

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    14 Responses to Do We Still Believe in American Sovereignty?

    1. Bobbie says:

      it's only sovereign because of the strength of the people to govern themselves and the runners of government respecting this of free people. all people of the world should be fighting for this from their leaders of oppression as we are.

      America's sovereignty is today's government's challenge. Individual potential and abilities deteriorate daily, thanks to the intentional ignorance of no accountability incompetence, fear mongering, illusions, etc, of the runners and speakers of American government, REPRESENTATIVES OF AMERICANS!

    2. G-Man, Virginia says:

      First DADT, now New START. This Administration and Senate will stop at nothing to weaken United States national defenses.

      DADT is flawed because 1) the decision doesn’t strengthen the Country’s national defenses, 2) the Armed Forces will suffer from yet more social experimentation, 3) it creates a special class of individual within the Armed Forces, and 4) it works against formulation of a cohesive fighting force capable of protecting our freedom and liberty. Time will prove these reasons TRUE. I don’t glorify my sin, but it saddens me that the persistent minority want protected status, and legal justification for theirs.

      Secondly, it is clear from history and the recent Rianovosti articles that the Russians clearly see us as their adversaries and they are acting upon that understanding. The New START places maniacal, self-imposed limits on America's ability to advance its missile defense programs, and fails to deter proliferation. Only the naive would think that we should attempt to change the Russian world-view by weakening our nuclear arsenals or missile defense programs by ratifying New START.

      Further, based on facts from our Founding and our history America is more trusted to possess nuclear weapons than the former Soviets. Because of the Christian values that America was founded upon a case can be made that America places a high/er value on human life than the majority of Russians. It is possible to cite examples where America has gone astray [E.g. Roe v. Wade], but in the case of Roe v. Wade the sanctity of life was denigrated by an un-elected, activist Court – NOT – by the majority of Americans!

      The Russians understand one thing and one thing only: STRENGTH. Only when the United States is strong can it influence the world for liberty and freedom.

      U. S. Senate, you vote to ratify New START at your own political peril. Freedom loving Americans won’t stand for the weakening of their Country. We can't wait until 2012 to hold YOU accountable, and to help complete the restoration of our Country!

    3. R Holland, Chandler, says:

      If this is true for treaties, then it should be true for our borders.

      Build the wall, build it now.

      Enforce all the laws all the time.

    4. Carol,AZ says:

      Groves makes it clear;

      "Treaties that seek to weaken us."

      It's a clear design, framed and executed by the "third world order,"by our own Government, that sytematically and without, internal or external controls, decimated our manufacturing base here in America.

      Where DO the millions of nameless , faceless, unemployed Americans look for re-employment?

      Our governmet continues to tell us, "the service industries."

      Tell that to an unemployed computer design engineer along with millions of other Americans that are now part of the Nanny State of our country.

      Yes, in our nations short history we have weakened ourselves.

      Yes, we will continue to weaken ourselves because of, The Start treaty.

      We continue to import poorly made products from China that we have been led to, feel sorry for, because it's considered, an emerging markets?

      We have sold ourselves out in America and certainly American history is being written as our country continues to decline and growing weaker.

      We're told that holiday sales are up.

      China not Amerca, is cashing in, but who's listening?….


    5. D. Davis, Goleta, CA says:

      Most culture conservatives are ordinary people who don't have supersize money and talent and gold and platinum five star college degrees that are commonplace among liberal leftist ad liberal elitists. . The leftists and liberals have traveled broad and become enchanted with foreign cultures. The elitists are able to outrun the rest of us and call the shots in critical moments.

    6. Ken Lagrange Ohio says:

      The state of Ohio is very active in State Sovereignty, all states should be. Many states have or are working in legislature for State Sovereignty. Problem being….They are working with their legislature.

      Ohio is working through the People of The State! The Peoples Constitution Coalition is circulating a CERTIFIED PETION FOR STATE SOVEREIGHNTY to amend our State Constitution. Details are available at http://www.pccoh.com

      We will have a national site soon Americapcc.com to bring us all together in all counties across the USA. Don’t hesitate in getting this word out. It is our best peaceful chance to take our country back.

    7. Homer N. Jethro; Gra says:

      When dictators in China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, and Zimbabwe yield to pronouncements from international courts and United Nations resolutions the idea of permitting our sovereignty to erode may have come. Until such a time, "millions for defense, sir, but not one cent for tribute."

    8. Peg Fisk Port Cheste says:

      If this is a lame duck Congress, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn that is looking for a buyer.

    9. herebet2 says:

      Sovereignity is not a faith based issue, but a practical concern of whether we still are an indepdendent nation or dependent on other nations. President Obama routinely kowtows and grabs his ankles to show submission to third world diplomats, so I would imagine that the issue of US sovereignty is whether Congress will grab their ankles in unison to dictates of third world nations.

    10. Bud Lang San Antonio says:

      This idea of giving up our sovereignty is not a new one. It has been creeping into our politics for some time now. It hasn't been long since the president of Mexico was telling us how to do things concerning our borders. Some of own leaders agreed with him. Treaties that are being considered, tying our economy to Mexico and Canada, will most certainly lead to other loss of US control over its own business. Buy the way, why would we want to be tied to Mexico in any way. They have been the poster boy for corruption and poor governmental leadership for years and years. We have already lost the battle for our border with Mexico because our leaders won't uphold current law. I guess the answer is to eventually just do away with the border. Our sovereignty will be given away, I fear, by our own elected leaders.

    11. Richard Davis, Mehoo says:

      for the most part, we the people believe in our country's sovereignty, but Obama, by the material he has written, speeches he has made and the people he has appointed to positions in his adminiatration, does not. Above that, numbers of our elected officials either dont or will not stand up to him in the matter.

    12. Richard H, Orange, C says:

      Are we not the best, most powerful nation on the face of the earth?

      Do we need to submit to the will of other countries?

      If we withdrew our "contributions" to other countries, would they not suffer a great deal?

      Maybe it is time to cut our ties with other countries, other than those that we favor, because they favor us.

      Maybe it is time to let the other countries FALL.

      They don't seem to appreciate us and our aid. Maybe we should remove that annoyance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    13. Dinah Garrison Fairb says:

      Ohio may be looking out for itself by attempting to protect its sovereignty, but our legislators are not helping much in Washington! I have written to Senator V. on several issues. I always get a response, but never one of support. The same goes for Sherrod Brown.

    14. sky says:

      everyone who is backing this usuper,is a traitor and commiting treason,our goverment employees,from1998 till now,even our military,and not protecting our borders.Dont forget the corrupt Fed.

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