Progressivism Goes Global

We can see the stakes already in the current fight over the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which prohibits all testing of nuclear weapons. The Constitution requires a two-thirds Senate vote to approve treaties, but the Senate rejected the CTBT 51–48 in 1999. Undeterred by constitutional requirements, Obama will ask the United Nations in late September to accomplish a de facto ratification of the CTBT.

The administration’s CTBT maneuver is more than just Obama’s latest attempt to skirt the Constitution. For years, elites in American legal, philanthropic, academic, corporate, NGO, and foreign-policy circles have promoted the concept that “global problems require global solutions” and, therefore, the need for ever expanding “global governance.”

Global governance demands transfers of authority that are categorically different in their contempt for democracy. Nations must transfer lawmaking power to transnational institutions, which will provide “global solutions” free from national interests.

The principles of American constitutional government stand firmly in the way of global governance. The Constitution places ultimate sovereign authority not in government but in the American people. Any other form of governance would have offended the Framers.

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