I got this this morning, and am off to find my cell phone to make the long-distance calls. Please read it and consider...
For myself, this looms as one of the bigger threats we face today. And the list of 'threats' is not short: food modified to administer pharmaceuticals, vaccines, contraceptives to the eater, widespread mismanagement of food production, making sick animals and depleted soil, "mandatory volunteerism" (isn't that an oxymoron?), the government taking over corporations, the government dictating to industries what they can and can't earn or pay, doubling our money supply (and halving it's value), owing the soul of America to China for trinkets... All these are serious, but all pale on a personal level. Read on:
Dear Friend of Parental Rights,
Monday in a Harlem middle school, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told a group of 120 students that administration officials are actively discussing “when and how it might be possible to join” (that is, ratify) the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). As before, she also communicated what a disgrace it is that the U.S. would stand with only Somalia against such a widely-accepted treaty.
This is the first direct public statement by the Obama administration that it will seek ratification of the UN CRC.
In my 30 years of political involvement, I have learned to recognize this as what is called a “trial balloon.” Like in World War I trench warfare, our opponents have “sent up a balloon” to see if it will draw fire. If things remain quiet, they will proceed with their plans to push for ratification of the CRC in the U.S. Senate.
To discourage them from doing so, we need to make sure that our voices are heard with unmistakable clarity. We must let the Obama administration know that we oppose this anti-family, anti-American treaty.
Here’s what we need you all to do:
1. Call the White House comments line at 202-456-1111. Tell them you heard the administration wants to ratify the CRC, and you strongly oppose this giving away of U.S. sovereignty to the UN. Also keep in mind that this treaty gives the government jurisdiction to override any decision made by any parent if the government thinks that a better decision can be made—even if there is no proof of any harm.
2. Call Ambassador Susan Rice’s office at the United Nations. Tell her that you want her to represent the United States to the world rather than trying to get the United States to go along with international law initiated by the UN. Her office number is 212-415-4000.
3. Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose ratification of this treaty. (Find your Senators’ contact information by typing your zip code into the box here.) Ask them also to defeat it once and for all by cosponsoring SJRes 16 – the Parental Rights Amendment.
It is very important that we speak up right now. Please call before you close this email!
***Repeated calls to the White House have given me nothing but a busy signal. How about you? I'm still trying.
***Calls to Susan Rice of the UN have given me: failed call tones, messages that my call cannot be completed as dialed, and once it went through, rang for some time, and I got an automated operator that instructed me to enter the first four digits of the person's last name. I used the keypad for this, and three times was given, "sorry, ID not available" messages before it disconnected me. Conspiracy? Faulty connection? Faulty Info?
***Update on the Update***
I just checked email again, and got this message:
First, be encouraged. From reports we have received, we have kept the White House phone lines very busy this morning. We have also had an impact at Susan Rice's office.
However, some of you are having trouble getting through to her. It turns out Susan Rice's name is not in the automated directory. However, there are three options to fix this. Please dial ONE of them, and deliver the message that you oppose the CRC, and that she should represent Americans to the United Nations rather than push a UN agenda on our country.
1. Dial the main line at 1-212-415-4000, and dial 6 to leave your message; OR
2. Dial the Public Diplomacy Office at 1-212-415-4050 and leave a message; OR
3. Dial her office directly at 1-212-415-4404. Again, you will need to leave a message.
This is not a message they want to hear, so do not expect a cordial reception. The important thing is to get the message through.
Thank you so much, and keep up the great work!
Director of Communications & Research