(CNSNews.com) - The US still has time to reverse the United Nations' push for global governance, but not too much time, one spokesman for sovereignty said Thursday during a press conference on Capitol Hill.
It depends largely upon the upcoming actions of Congress as to whether Democrat Al Gore or Republican George W Bush wins the presidential election this November, and if growing awareness of the UN's impact on individual freedoms can compel US citizens to demand change.
"We have a few years left," said Tom DeWeese, president of the grassroots activist American Policy Center and the host of a Washington DC conference held to alert the public to the actions and beliefs of those attending the UN Millennium Summit in New York this week.
If little is done in the next few years to halt the UN's drive for globalization, the US could be forced to commit itself to the agency's policies or face economic sanctions and other forms of international pressure, he added.
Even the most ardent campaign to stop US affiliation with the UN might be for naught, though, if Vice President Al Gore wins the election this year, DeWeese and another speaker, Cliff Kincaid, said.
"We know Al Gore is in the UN camp," said Kincaid, the president of America's Survival and an investigative reporter specializing in UN issues. "But is George W Bush in, too? We need to find that out."
Supporters of the UN believe, in whole or in part, that implementation of laws creating a "standing army, global tax, anti-American treaty, international criminal court, and [disarmament] of the American people" would help promote equity among individuals on an international level, Kincaid continued. An estimated 150 heads of state around the world are currently debating the merits of those items - and others - in hopes of reaching a consensus on the goals and methodology for global government.
If those objectives are realized, however, the impact on America could result in forced socialism, a third speaker said.
"What the UN wants is a centralized system of management," Henry Lamb, the chairman of Sovereignty International, said. "We are witnessing history ... watching our leaders discuss what we used to call socialism."
In light of the rising tide toward globalization, a handful of US Congressional members have introduced a bill "to end membership of the United States in the United Nations," according to a copy of the proposed legislation, entitled House Resolution 1146. Support for the bill has been growing among House members, Texas Congressman Ron Paul said, though Senate approval is still needed before any withdrawal actions can ensue.
House Resolution 4669, the Citizen Soldier Protection Act of 2000, also seeks to reign in the effects of the UN on the US by prohibiting the placement of American military troops under foreign leadership.
With the introduction of these bills, however, come others aimed at strengthening the powers of the UN, as seen with House Resolution 4453, which would commit up to 6,000 Americans to serve on an international "rapid deployment police and security force."
Members of the American Policy Center were scheduled to present an estimated 300,000 petitions to Congress in support of HR 1146 after the press conference.