Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Awww… UN Arms treaty talks collapse

Written By: Bob - Jul• 28•12

For once, I’m happy Obama has failed.

The United Nations indefinitely suspended action on an international arms trade treaty Friday after the United States and several other countries asked for more time.

The decision sparked angry reactions from human rights groups often allied with the Obama administration, who believed a treaty to regulate the export of deadly weapons to rogue regimes was within reach. The UN had spent the entire month of July hammering out a deal, and Friday was the deadline for an agreement on a treaty that has met with the staunch opposition of the National Rifle Association and bipartisan concerns in the Senate.

“This was stunning cowardice by the Obama administration, which at the last minute did an about-face and scuttled progress toward a global arms treaty, just as it reached the finish line,” said Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of Amnesty International USA. “It’s a staggering abdication of leadership by the world’s largest exporter of conventional weapons to pull the plug on the talks just as they were nearing an historic breakthrough that would have required all nations to deny arms export licenses where there was an overriding risk that the weapons would be used to facilitate serious crimes against humanity.”

And Scott Stedjan, Oxfam America’s senior policy advisor, called the failure “a tremendous loss for thousands of innocent civilians around the globe who die each year from armed violence fueled by the unregulated transfer of arms.”

The reality has always been that the most horrific genocides have been conducted by governments, or wit government support, and typically against their own people or someone they have just conquered in war.

In both instances, an armed citizenry is the only antidote to bloody tyranny.

I’m sure that some of the statist bastards that are pushing disarmament share the dopey views of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek universe where a benevolent government protects all of mankind (and other species). The brutal fact of the matter, however, is that governments in the real world do not act this way. Government looks after the government’s interests. When citizens are lucky, the interests of the government coincide with that of the citizenry.

History has show us, however, that all government, no matter how benign or well-intentioned in its founding, ultimately evolves into tyranny where the will of the state tramples the rights and liberty of the citizenry. This inevitably occurs even in representative forms of government. We have been truly blessed here in the United States that our nation’s founders were prescient, deliberate men with a deep understanding of the human animal and of the psychology of government. They created a robust Constitution and Bill of Rights, and wisely reserved the majority of power for the states and the people. That is why our government is the oldest on earth, while other nations–France, for example–have gone through five or more in the same  amount of time.

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Those of us who blame just one party or the other for the growth of government, its usurpation of liberty, and slow turn towards viewing citizens as subjects, are fooling themselves. Eventually, our government will also fall or will crush the people it was designed to serve. If we are lucky, we can reign in or even reverse the power of our government for a time, but the inevitable drift is towards tyranny. At some point there will be a conflict between the citizenry and the state.

If we are lucky the citizenry will defeat the government with minimal casualties or even a bloodless coup, and the bloat and power of government can be stripped away. If we are intelligent, we’ll realize that the Constitution and Bill of Rights our founders created in the late 1700s is still the best basis for government mankind has developed, and is worth preserving.

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  1. mytralmann says:

    WE are one vote from losing or severely weakening the 2nd amendment in the SC. I would worry about that, not some UN plot. Nov 6 is judgement day on this and many other things. If re elected, Obama will leave a stain on this country that will be indelible.

  2. Critch says:

    99% of the gun control debate will be in the statehouses. Make sure your legislature and governor are pro-2nd Amendment. I’m not real worried about the UN, they’re morons. Let’s get BO ouit of the WH.

  3. mec says:

    It’s always worth the effort to defeat UN power grabs. Worth considerably more effort to prevent our authoritarian left from overturning the Constitution and Bill of Rights with judicial appointment.
    Lets hope that the principals of the Constitution and Bill of Rights emerge in our next government.

  4. Is our government really the oldest on earth? How about the UK? Or maybe some of those obscure little countries tucked away in obscure parts of the world? I was really surprised by your statement, but after I thought about it the UK is the only one I could think of that might be older.

  5. says:

    The oldest parliament is the Isle of Man followed by the UK and Iceland, France is on it’s 6th republic. But the USA is doing quite well with no major changes in 236 years

  6. Will says:


    England does not have the same type of gov’t they had when we left the fold. Their royalty does not have any say over them any longer. They are merely figureheads. I don’t recall when the change occurred.

  7. staghounds says:

    1688 is when the change you refer to occurred.

    Switzerland, an obscure little country tucked away in the very center of the obscure part of the world called Europe, is also a long term republic with an armed population.