Welcome to "Debunking Political Correctness." Here will explore how to make hamburger helper out of number of sacred cows on the political left and political right. You guessed it, no political correctness here. For the record, I reject in general both political parties as self-serving and at odds with wishes and welfare of most American citizens. I will address the hard questions and issues many fear to even bring up.
Before anyone starts playing the race card (go ahead, make my day) the position of this website is everyone is to be treated equally at all times and places. One should be judged only on character and merit, not race or social class. I despise discrimination and double-standards in any form. Don't think I just single out minorities, come here to Appalachia and I'll show anyone the same kind stupid, useless drugged up idiots that happen to be white. See Local Crime 1 and Local Crime 2.
I have extensive coverage on the site of local drug busts and the fools are mostly white and there's a lot of them. It isn't just black kids on crack, but whites on meth. Employers here in the Bristol Virginia-Tennessee region have fits trying to find workers that can pass a drug test and have a work ethic.
An associate at a local temp agency has to go through 10,000 applicants to find 1000 that can read and pass a drug test. Disability and collecting checks while once scorned is now a big business; in fact some seem to proud. I'd rather be poor and have pride.
The Republican Party is nothing but Wall Street and corporate lap-dogs, while the Democrats are manipulating and hypocritical racists. See Why Liberals and Progressives Became Racists. The idea of social engineering economic "equality" is stupid and can't be done. It's about money and power for a small mostly white elite. If one thinks this mostly white elite gives a damn about the working poor then a I have nice bridge in London to sell. They simply don't and those of us on the bottom must learn to care for ourselves.
As an educator myself I know for a fact that any student of any race or social standing can learn and succeed, but all will never have an equal outcome. That doesn't mean for one minute that a calculus major is somehow a better human being than a high school dropout that can repair a car or build a beautiful wood cabinet.
We've developed this socially destructive attitude that there's no value in actually working with one's hands or creating real things we can use. Labor has no value and only a piece of paper is what everyone should have.
There is more real demand for good vocational workers than most liberal arts majors and they often make more money. So why don't we look at people as they really are and utilize what talents they have? Like it or not income disparity is largely based on education and economic policies destructive to low skill people. I will address this in detail. Note that,
"Of the top 10 hardest-to-fill positions in the US, only three – engineers, nurses, and teachers – require university degrees. The other seven are: skilled trades, IT staff, sales representatives, accounting and finance staff, drivers, mechanics, and machinists.
The reasons employers cannot fill these positions are lack of experience, candidates asking for more money than they can afford (or willing) to pay, and lack of talent and training."
The problem in this region, and I daresay much of the country, is our education system is utterly determined to keep those entering skilled vocational trades from receiving a better academic background in science, math, etc. As a vocational instructor myself I have fought this problem for years only to be stonewalled time after time by the so-called education professionals.
Let's make hamburger helper out of a sacred cow right: most people should not attend a four year college. Unless one is very smart in math, science, engineering etc. many liberal art degrees are worthless. Even hi-tech jobs are threatened by a deluge of foreign workers imported into the country to displace American workers with cheap labor. In the past government employment created most of the jobs for college graduates, that's over with due to budget problems. Notice the above chart, it's not me, but The New York Times. Look at it real hard!
We must look at cost versus outcome. Many are claiming one can earn and $1 million over a lifetime with a 4-year degree. Maybe or maybe not. Many liberal art degrees or general degrees won't do that. An imported H1b engineer makes perhaps $30,000 a year something an American citizen straddled with over $100,000 can't afford to take. what about a graduate with a worthless liberal arts degree working as a bartender. Two-thirds of bartenders have a college degree.
According to www.savingforcollege.com a four-year degree will cost the following:
Type of Institution
Projected 4-Year Tuition and Fees
In 18 Years
Public/University (in-state resident)
2 Years Community College & 2 Years Private College
They also note: "The figures above do not include other costs your child will incur as a college student, such as room and board, books, supplies, equipment, and transportation. These additional expenses can increase your child’s cost of attending college by a substantial amount."
I'd further add in the cost of interest on those loans most people get stuck with plus four years or more out of the labor force (at $20-$30,000 a year) those costs could double or triple. All of this in addition to the risk of being replaced by an imported foreign worker.
Mass Immigration Leads to Poverty
A study released in September 2011 by Steven A. Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows 81 percent of those "new jobs" in Texas went to immigrants at least half illegal. Most of the illegal workers are low-end depressed wage-rate service jobs, but a substantial number are college level:
Immigrants took jobs across the educational distribution. More than one out three (97,000) of newly arrived immigrants who took a job had at least some college. These numbers raise the question of whether it makes sense to continue the current high level of legal immigration and also whether to continue to tolerate illegal immigration.
Why the heck is it they cry racism every time the issue of mass legal-illegal immigration is brought up? Because business wants the discussion shut down. This is devastating the labor market for the working poor and just what right does anyone from another country have to come here to begin with? In New York City the black-minority unemployment rate is terrible, more than double or triple that of whites, but the reason is not racism.
Mayor Bloomberg in "New York City Will Collapse Without Illegal Immigrants" (July 05, 2006 AP) gives us the answer. To quote Czar Bloomberg at a Senate committee that met in San Diego:
"New York City is home to more than 3 million immigrants, and a half-million of them came to this country illegally. Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders ... our city's economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported. The same holds true for the nation..."
Perhaps it wouldn't collapse if a few of the half million illegal alien criminals were removed and the massive numbers of poor blacks, Hispanics, and other citizens on welfare and unemployed could get a job while raising the pay of others. It's amazing what a job can do to self-esteem and we wouldn't need new government programs to accomplish this. But the fact is that Czar Bloomberg and his fellow rich white Democrats benefit from this situation.
So they play up racism to deflect from the issue that contributes to the poverty of blacks/others and criticism from their imported serf labor force.
At the same time many lower income people of all races must end their stupid, irresponsible behavior. They can't afford dumb mistakes and should be held accountable. People ask all the time how we own a house living on less than $10 an hour in household income and a disabled spouse?
The answer is simple - get a damn job even if it's below what you expect. Even with college I've cleaned yards and basements to make ends meet. Yes we get a little help from the government (Medicaid because my wife is uninsurable), but I choose to work and refuse most government aid. Yes the job market sucks and some employers are abusive, but most will work with anyone willing to put in some effort.
We refuse food stamps, I raise a garden. We learned to can, buy in bulk and buy reduced meat, and shop at Dollar Tree. We stay away form over using credit cards and never touch drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. I buy older fuel efficient cars (Japanese) I can repair and maintain. We saved and bought an energy efficient refrigerator, used new compact fluorescent bulbs, heat with a wood (and cut wood by hand without a $1500 log splitter) and cut our energy bill to about $100 a month! We don't sit around cold or in the dark.
The computers and electronics I use most have been built by me or come from salvage. Why billions of dollars in perfectly good stuff is being crushed or thrown into landfills just mystifies me. I teach electronics and electricity at a community college (part time) and have a website devoted only to electronics gadgets I designed and built. See www.bristolwatch.com.
Yes I went to college, but most of what I do is self-taught. Most of what I've done can be done by the average person with some effort. People must learn to rely on themselves as much as possible, but the rest of us might have to step in and help those that really need it who try the best they can.
Ten Blacks Beat White Girl Causing Severe Injuries
Another savage attack on a white by feral blacks. In this case in Buffalo, New York it has become so bad that white students at a Buffalo State college have been told to stay out of some areas. The videos don't lie.
She is a victim of what I call "sudden-black-attack syndrome." This is where gangs of mostly young people (can be any color by the way) that when one member attacks some (often for feeling slighted somehow when people try to resist them) the entire herd joins in, even if they don't know the initial attacker. This comes from a lack of child rearing ability from their parents and along with the refusal of whites to not tolerate this behavior fearing being called "racist."
The videos clearly shows who the attackers are and they have no fear of arrest. 6-10 blacks beat the hell out of this girl now in hiding. She will require surgery. The press avoided once again to mention the color of the crime while a spokesman for the black mayor said, "we will look into it."
Even when she identified one of the attackers police did nothing. Note I have downloaded and archived this video because You Tube has a habit of removing politically incorrect videos.
News Alert: Another 30 People Shot by Blacks in Chicago
See Black Shooting Spree in Chicago. But who really cares how many little black kids get shot? Let's return to our continuing vigil of Trayvon Martin's hamster to get its feelings on white racism. Sarcasm aside, I wish no child would face this kind of violence, but it's not right for liberals to hunt for white racism under every rock they can find while ignoring the bodies of little minority children beside the rocks.
It's Job Market and Education-Not Racism
The New York Times noted that blacks are far too over reliant on government jobs. The cause is hiring based on affirmative action racism instead of merit. The study the NYT noted:
Economists say there are probably a variety of reasons for the racial gap, including generally lower educational levels for African-Americans, continuing discrimination and the fact that many live in areas that have been slow to recover economically...
Why discrimination when there is no evidence of it? That endless lie is the result of Critical Race Theory. White people with low academic achievement rates do no better than blacks at the same level. The good jobs are available only to those with the highest levels of education and even those are drying up.
So the problem is educational attainment and structural changes in the job market, not racism. Even a college degree is required for menial jobs. The job market where good jobs for those of average or low IQ have disappeared due to automation, mass immigration legal and illegal, and globalization regardless of race. The areas blacks have been most displaced are those with the highest concentrations of foreign workers. Hispanics in particular have pushed blacks out of the private sector labor market leaving even native born Hispanics worse off.
See Study Says White Families Wealth Advantage Has Grown. Let's be careful about demonizing poor immigrants that often face even worse abuse and exploitation. I'll say again they are doing nothing I wouldn't do if in their position, but this planned destruction and impoverishment of the low-end service industry labor force is immoral and needs to stop. With the private sector job market all but shut off for so many that leaves only government:
...tens of thousands of once solidly middle-class African-American government workers...have been laid off since the recession ended in June 2009. Such job losses have blunted gains made in employment and wealth during the previous decade and undermined the stability of neighborhoods where there are now fewer black professionals who own homes or who get up every morning to go to work...About one in five black workers have public-sector jobs, and African-American workers are one-third more likely than white ones to be employed in the public sector.
"The reliance on these jobs has provided African-Americans a path upward," said Robert H. Zieger, emeritus professor of history at the University of Florida, and the author of a book on race and labor. "But it is also a vulnerability."
The article further notes the black unemployment rate is double the white unemployment rate. I believe it's even worse as millions of blacks on welfare, in jail, etc. should also be counted as unemployed. Even with these terrible job numbers for blacks/Hispanics both political parties want even more immigration in addition to legalizing the as many as 20 million already here. This includes millions more additional "guest workers" who will never leave and refill the ranks of illegal workers.
The central role played by government employment in black communities is hard to overstate. African-Americans in the public sector earn 25 percent more than other black workers, and the jobs have long been regarded as respectable, stable work for college graduates, allowing many to buy homes, send children to private colleges and achieve other markers of middle-class life that were otherwise closed to them...The layoffs are only the latest piece of bad news for the nation's struggling black middle class.
Guess what? Come here to Bristol, Virginia and one will find government workers earn 25 or more than private sector workers regardless of race. As for their children, if they were hired based on race quota and not merit, the why would their children do well without the quotas?
So all the sudden the very jobs that low academic achievers should be working are no longer "respectable"? Why are serf-wage jobs "respectable" for Hispanics? Shouldn't we be trying to protect the working poor instead of actively undermining their standard of living? Why shouldn't people choose welfare over wage poverty?
A study by the Brookings Institution in 2007 found that fewer than one-third of blacks born to middle-class parents went on to earn incomes greater than their parents, compared with more than two-thirds of whites from the same income bracket. The foreclosure crisis also wiped out a large part of a generation of black homeowners.
The layoffs are not expected to end any time soon. The United States Postal Service, where about 25 percent of employees are black, is considering eliminating 220,000 positions in order to stay solvent, and areas with large black populations — from urban Detroit to rural Jefferson County, Miss. — are struggling with budget problems that could also lead to mass layoffs.
The postal cuts alone — which would amount to more than one-third of the work force — would be a blow both economically and psychologically, employees say.
Pamela Sparks, 49, a 25-year Postal Service veteran in Baltimore, has a brother who is a letter carrier and a sister who is a sales associate at the Postal Service. Her father is a retired station manager...
In Michigan, Valerie Kindle, 61, who was laid off in April as a state government employee, said the loss of her $50,000-a-year job with benefits had caused her to put off retirement. Instead, she is looking for work. Two relatives have also lost state government jobs recently...
So we have a situation where a group can do little to boost their academic achievement in a job market hostile to low education, so they are left as over reliant on public sector employment. In fact there are far more whites in this situation by shear numbers than blacks, but nobody is suggesting the far larger white underclass is the result of racism.
Ref. Ref. November 28, 2011 The New York Times "As Public Sector Sheds Jobs, Blacks Are Hit Hardest"
Dangers of Multiculturalism and the Color of Failing Education
For the latest collection of articles related to violent Islam see Islam Archive 1 Caliphate In the above picture this woman paid the price of wanting an education or choosing the man she wanted to marry. While this goes on every day the worthless western press and most human rights groups make excuses for Islam. Ask this poor women how she feels about 'diversity' and political correctness. Look real close and stop being a useful idiot for leftist' causes.
See Critical Examination of Islam by Lewis Loflin. Here I define exactly what an Islamist is, how they are infiltrating the West and who is helping them, and examples of how under 'diversity' Islam is being shoved down our throats. It's amazing how the secular-atheist left is so intolerant of any form of religious expression from Christians while at the same time pandering to Muslims.
In addition there's a series of links to article by Raymond Ibrahim on how misguided American policy in Libya has released a tidal of religious hatred and assassinations of Islamist' opponents. The same is true in Egypt where so-called 'democracy' had led to the election of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists as did the election in Gaza (unoccupied by Israel for years didn't stop over 8000 mortar-rocket attacks on civilians) elected the Hamas terrorists.
Democracy has nothing to do with individual liberty and when we are dealing with backward, failed cultures such as those in the Muslim world, this is the result. Syria is another case in point. The civil war between Saudi funded Sunni terrorists versus the secular Baathists come down to who has the most guns. If the Saudi funded/controlled 'rebels' win one can bet we will see more religious genocide in the region.
As for so-called 'Islamophobia' it's complete nonsense. Critical examination of the many problems that comes with Islam must be addressed. Islamist hate groups such as CAIR attempt to use the same race-baiting and intimidation the left uses to stifle discussion on race and other important issues. Not at this website, political correctness be damned.
On March 23, 2013, officers of the Johnson City Police Department responded to a Home Invasion Robbery at 108 West Pine Street, Johnson City, Tennessee. Officers found the residence had been entered by a Hispanic male and black male subject. The black male entered the residence carrying a long barrel weapon.
The suspect's were able to take the victim's wallet with an undetermined amount of cash along with two cell phones, and Fentenyl pain patches and were able to escape the scene before arrival of officers. One of the victims was struck in the face with the stock of the shotgun and received a laceration during the offense. He was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
The investigation is continuing and officers request anyone with information to contact the Johnson City Criminal Investigation Division at #423-434-6166 or Crime Stoppers at #423-434-5158.
On Friday, 03-22-2013, at approximately 7:55 pm, a narcotics transaction occurred at 1106 W. Market St. Investigators made contact with Erica Ford DOB 05/08/1974 and Michael Ford DOB 10/08/1974. After a brief investigation, it was determined that both Erica and Michael Ford were there to sell marijuana. Erica and Michael Ford were both charged with the sale of Sch. VI, Marijuana. The Fords were booked at the Washington County Detention Center and are being held on a $10,000 bond each. The Fords will be arraigned Monday, 03-25-2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Washington County General Sessions Court.
On 02/28/13 at approx. 1955 hours, officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested Brian K. Coggins, 39 yoa, of 1308 Lynwood Circle, Johnson City, and charged him with Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Arson, Resisting Arrest, Initiation of Process Intended to Result in Manufacture of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Wearing of a Body Vest.
The arrest is the result of an investigation into a suspicious subject observed in the area of 302 Highland Ave.
Officers were advised by the owner of the resident that a subject, later identified as Mr. Coggins, had been staying in the residence without the owner’s consent while the resident was out of the state.
After a brief stand-off, Mr. Coggins set fire to the bathroom and then hurriedly exited the room charging officers while wearing a military flak jacket. The fire was quickly extinguished by members of the Johnson City Fire Department who were staged in the area. Items used to manufacture methamphetamine were found in the bathroom where Mr. Coggins had barricaded himself.
Mr. Coggins was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of a $91,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in General Sessions Court on 03/01/13 at 1300 hours. In addition to the Johnson City Fire Department, other agencies assisting with the incident were the Washington County/Johnson City EMS and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force.
On February 24th, 2013, at 1:00 am, officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested 24 year old Nathan Smith of 120 Methodist Ridge Rd., in Telford, TN, after an attempted traffic stop on his vehicle at Smith St. and Woodlyn Rd. Mr. Smith was charged with not having a valid Driver’s License, Evading Arrest, 2 counts of Reckless Endangerment, running a stop sign, and violation of Financial Responsibility. Mr. Smith will be held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $12,000 bond until an arraignment on Monday, February 25th, 2013, at 1:30 pm in Washington County General Sessions Court.
On March 18, 2013, officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested Sherry Miller, 46 yr old, 325 Edmond St., Apt 216, Bristol, VA, and charged her with Driving Under the Influence and Violation of the Habitual Motor Offender Law. The arrest resulted after an accident investigation at Timberlake/Mountainview Rd in Johnson City. Ms. Miller is currently being held at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $6,000 bond. She is scheduled for an arraignment in Washington County General Sessions Court on March 19, 2013, at 1:30 pm.
On March 19, 2013, officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested Luke M. McKinney, 33 yr old male, of 115 Treadway Ln, Johnson City, and charged him with Possession of a Schedule I Drug and Driving on a Suspended License. The arrest occurred after officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving for running a stop sign. He is currently being held at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond. Mr. McKinney is scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions Court on March 19, 2013, at 1:30 pm.
On Wednesday the 20th of March, officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested Elizabeth Katie Bralley (27) and Caraline Marie Baker (22), from Kingsport, TN, for Theft over $500. They were arrested for shoplifting women’s clothing from Belk located at the Johnson City Mall, 2011 N. Roan Street. They are being held in lieu of a $5,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center. Both, Bralley and Baker are scheduled to be arraigned in Washington County General Sessions on March 21, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
In Greece environmentalists cheered when heating oil became so expensive most people quit using it. While the idea was to raise taxes to cover massive debt, it resulted in less taxes and more pollution. Keep this in mind as leftist' environmentalists seek high punitive taxes and restrictions of fossil fuel use.
In the article 'Rise in Oil Tax Forces Greeks to Face Cold as Ancients Did' in The New York Times February 3, 2013 we note:
In raising the taxes, government officials hoped not just to increase revenue but also to equalize taxes on heating oil and diesel, to cut down on the illegal practice of selling cheaper heating oil as diesel fuel...Many Greeks ... are simply not buying any heating oil this year. Sales in the last quarter of 2012 plunged 70 percent from a year earlier, according to official figures.
So while the government has collected more than $63 million in new tax revenue, it appears to have lost far more — about $190 million...
Meanwhile, many Greeks are suffering from the cold. In one recent survey ... nearly 80 percent of respondents in northern Greece said they could not afford to heat their homes properly.
The return to wood burning is also taking a toll on the environment. Illegal logging in national parks is on the rise, and there are reports of late-night thefts of trees and limbs from city parks in Athens, including the disappearance of the olive tree planted where Plato is said to have gone to study in the shade.
At the same time, the smoke from the burning of wood — and often just about anything else that will catch fire — has caused spikes in air pollution that worry health officials. On some nights, the smog is clearly visible above Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city, and in Athens, where particulate matter has been measured at three times the normal levels...
I keep warning the eco-zealots their demands to artificially reduce other people's standard of living and strangle energy supplies will lead to widespread environmental destruction. How long do they think wildlife would survive if millions of people are forced to resort to hunting in order to eat? How many trees will be destroyed when fossil fuels are replaced by firewood?
There real agenda is way to impose the collective view of society and turn the country into another hell like Venezuela with its system rationing and food shortages as the backbone of government control. Think about that the next some stupid liberal is out to promote 'environmental justice' socialism.
Does becoming an atheist make one a better person?
This is the latest answer to my challenge on atheism. I'm not here to judge or attack, but believe everyone has a right to express a view. For the record I'm a staunch believer in God, evolution, and science. Shocked? By the way I had Bible classes in college and if I had to believe in the Bible I'd be an atheist.
Here is the latest answer:
In my case, yes, I do think so.
I complement you on your reasoned message, if more Christians and other
theists were not so bound by angry dogma, there would be less strife
between all in the world. Morals, I try not to have any morals. Morals
are largely a list of local customs. Ethics are a set of reasons, my
personal ethical code can be condensed into "harm nothing" and"try not
You will notice that lie has a qualifier, try, when your
lovable old aunt asks you your opinion of her wardrobe do no harm
trumps truth. Atheists still feel guilt, and I do penance for that
falsehood, usually by a random act of kindness.
I only need to forgive
myself. I follow local customs, if they do no harm. I have a close
friend who sums his ethical code as; don't be a ****. (Richards
nickname) I like his summation for it's compact inclusiveness.
Before I shed my childhood programming, my behavior was more destructive
to myself and my relationship to others.
I work hard, meet my commitments and pay my dues.
I have read the Bible
through at least a couple of times, and I have used the Sermon on the
Mount as an example for promoting social programs, and I have used
Ecclesiastes 6:3 in defense of right to choose. I don't think this is
hypocrisy, as I am clear on my own lack of faith.
I use these examples
as a means to communicate. My challenge to you, can you prove, with all
the strife, fraud and cruelty that is bound up with cults, denominations
and dogmas, that religion makes someone a better person? By the way, I
have a sister who is quietly faithful, she prays not in the market
square, I love her dearly, if American Baptists had Saints, she just
I have no problem with theists like her or I think, you.
By the way, I think you are keeping some bad company with some other
titles on this site, please think about it, and do no harm.
Developments since World War II and the Holocaust have been especially fast-paced and portentous. Here are four of the most significant shifts:
From right to left: For centuries, anti-Semitism was the hallmark of the right and merely episodic on the left. To take the ultimate examples of these trends, Stalin's Judeophobia was peripheral to his monstrous project, but Hitler's was central to his. Even a decade ago, this pattern still basically held true. But recent years have witnessed a rapid and global realignment, with the mainstream right increasingly sympathetic to Jews and Israel and its leftist counterparts cooler and more hostile.
From Christian to Muslim: Christians developed the abiding tropes of anti-Semitism, (such as greediness and ambitions to world domination), and historically Christians killed most Jews. Therefore, Jews regularly fled Christendom for Islamdom. In 1945, this pattern abruptly changed. Christians came to terms with Jews, while Muslims adopted both the old Christian themes and murderousness. Today institutional anti-Semitism is overwhelmingly a Muslim affair. One result has been a steady reverse exodus, with Jews now fleeing Islamdom for Christendom.
From religious to secular: What began as a rejection of the Jewish religion evolved over the centuries into a bias against the supposed Jewish race, (thus, our continued use of the nonsensical term anti-Semitism) and lately has evolved into anti-Zionism, or hatred of the Jewish state. An astonishing 2003 poll in which Europeans found Israel to be the leading threat to world peace indicates the depth of this new sentiment.
The conflation of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism: Jews and Americans, Israel and the United States - they have merged in the minds of many around the world, so that one prejudice routinely implies the other one too. The two hatreds also share a basic feature: neither is susceptible to rational argument, so each is better understood as the symptom of a psychological disorder than of some arcane political logic.
Congressman Morgan Griffith on the UN gun control treaty March 18, 2013:
Last year, a number of my constituents contacted me to express concerns about the Small Arms Treaty being considered by the United Nations (U.N.). They believed that the treaty would infringe on their Second Amendment rights, and I agreed. I oppose this treaty and any other that could potentially infringe on the inalienable rights laid out by the Constitution.
Original negotiations over the treaty failed in July. One of the reasons why I believe the negotiations failed is that the Obama Administration did not want the final negotiations taking place during the height of the President’s campaign for reelection. Many suspected the negotiations would resume if President Obama were reelected. The Arms Trade Treaty entered final negotiations at the U.N. on Monday, March 18, 2013.
As a Virginian, not on my watch do we cede away our Bill of Rights to the U.N. We must protect those liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights – those liberties that were guaranteed by the Virginians who refused to ratify the Constitution without the right to petition the government, without the right of free speech, without the freedom of religion, and without the right to bear arms.
I remain opposed to the Arms Trade Treaty, and joined 122 of my colleagues in the House in cosponsoring a concurrent resolution that expresses our opposition. A companion resolution in the Senate has earned the support of 29 Senators.
The Administration should not even be participating in U.N. negotiations that could lead to an international treaty that could undermine the Bill of Rights or infringe on the constitutionally protected rights of U.S. citizens.