Monday, January 23, 2017

These Disunited Nations

As I keep saying, while everyone's pointing at Trump's obvious lies and authoritarian overtures, please keep an eye on the GOP in Congress as they use him for cover to distract America from their efforts to undo the last eight decades of progress and turn America into a dangerous rogue nation.

A bill co-sponsored by about half a dozen Republicans would force the United States to quit its membership in the United Nations.

Earlier this month, Rep. Michael Rogers (R-AL) filed legislation called The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017 on behalf of himself and at least four other GOP co-sponsors.

The measure aims to repeal the United Nations Participation Act on 1945, which authorized U.S. membership in the intergovernmental organization.

The bill states that the president “shall terminate all membership by the United States in the United Nations, and in any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations.”

Additionally, the measure prohibits “diplomatic immunity for U.N. officers or employees.” Without immunity protection for diplomats, the organization would be forced to re-locate its headquarters outside of the United States.

Again, I don't see how this measure would get through the House, let alone Democrats in the Senate, but the larger point is the fringe Bircher idiocy that always powered the GOP is now firmly in charge of the party.

With the diplomatic damage of wanting to leave the UN and wanting to relocate the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, ripping up the TPP and NAFTA and starting a trade war with China, and all but dismantling the decades of intelligence community cooperation with the UK, Canada, Australia and other partners by embracing Moscow, the US is heading for a diplomatic nightmare scenario under the Trump regime.

The cost for all that will be massive and lasting.  We're heading for rogue nation status pretty quickly here, and it won't take long for the nations of the world to unite against us.

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