Accuracy in Media

The political left-wing is very good at remembering anniversaries, and the odds are great that you heard or saw something about December 10th being international Human Rights Day. It was the 50th anniversary of the United Nations? Universal Declaration of Human Rights. C-SPAN aired a conference occurring at Georgetown University featuring Hillary Clinton giving a long speech about the significance of this U.N. document.

Although Mrs. Clinton is a radical supporter of abortion-on-demand, including partial birth abortion, she was giving the speech at the nation?s oldest Catholic University. She was introduced by Catholic Priest Leo O?Donovan, the president of Georgetown, who referred to the First Lady as “remarkable” and a “marvelous” leader on human rights issues. The main topic of Mrs. Clinton?s speech was “children?s rights.”

Ted Turner?s CNN, not surprisingly, highlighted the U.N. anniversary as well. It was covering an international gathering in Paris that featured Kofi Annan, the U.N. Secretary-General, and Mary Robinson, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. But how many of you were aware that December 15th was “Bill of Rights Day” in the United States? On December 15th, 1791, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified. Regrettably, this date doesn?t get one-tenth as much attention from the media as the U.N. celebration of its document.

In a speech, President Clinton claimed that the U.N. Declaration of Human rights “closely reflected the tenets of our own Bill of Rights.” Tragically, this is another big lie. In the December issue of The Freeman, a monthly publication of the Foundation for Economic Education, attorney Richard Stevens compares the two documents and finds tremendous differences. He writes, “Of the 34 individual rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the U.N.?s Declaration nominally protects only eight.” He goes on to say, “The U.N.?s Declaration not only fails to protect core American individual rights; it also enshrines the power to plunder.” This is accomplished through the provision of certain “rights,” such as the so-called right to be protected against unemployment, which gives government the explicit power to take and tax your property for the benefit of others. Rather than being a declaration of human rights, Stevens says the U.N. document is a declaration of “government rights.”

The key difference is that the Bill of Rights limits government power. By contrast, the U.N. document defaults in favor of government by openly proclaiming that limitations on rights are to be “determined by law”—that is, by the state.

Article 26 says elementary education “shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.” This apparently means that children should leave grade school with a belief in the power of U.N. peacekeepers to police the planet. This suggests you may want to take a hard look at what your children or grandchildren are celebrating in school – is it the U.N. declaration or the U.S. Bill of Rights?

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