|United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma City
|United Nations Association of the USA
Greater Oklahoma City Chapter
P.O. Box 60856
Oklahoma City, OK 73146-0856
in the Oklahoma
MARCH, 2012 -- The scope of business in the
Oklahoma Legislature doesn't normally include
voting on international treaties. Yet, from time to
time, a member of the Legislature introduces an
item that proposes to denounce and condemn
some treaty or convention or initiative of the
United Nations. (For example, see "Does the
Oklahoma Legislature Respect the Rights of
the Child?" ... www.una-okc.org/defending)
This year, the 2012 session of the Oklahoma Legislature is turning out to be another one of those years. Rep.
Charles Key, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Oklahoma City, has introduced House
Joint Resolution 1072 (HJR 1072). It is intended to create support for a failed bill in the U.S. Congress, the
American Sovereignty Restoration Act. It also denounces "Agenda 21," a 20-year-old set of recommendations
that was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development ("The Earth Summit").
Basically, HJR 1072 (pdf) is a statement that seeks to
encourage U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations
-- including the World Health Organization, UNICEF,
the IAEA, the UN Security Council, the World Food
Program, and "...any organ, specialized agency,
commission, or other formally affiliated body of the
In effect, this resolution would say that the
Oklahoma Legislature thinks the U.S. ought to walk
away from the United Nations -- abandoning our
leading role in the Security Council and leaving to
other nations the direction of all other UN bodies.
Obviously, the Oklahoma Legislature has no authority
to bind the actions of the President or the Congress
of the United States. A vote on a Joint Resolution
will not carry the force of law, in that sense. Still,
this is a very pernicious piece of legislation because
it will serve to embolden the Anti-UN Crowd in our
state -- if it passes.
We hope HJR 1072 won't pass, and we're taking
action to stop it. See "Urgent Action Needed," below.
But, with the current mood of the Legislature, there
is a real possibility that HJR 1072 will pass. This
assessment is based on a conversation with the
chairman of the House Rules Committee in
Additionally, we also have to consider the politics
that will be involved in any vote on this Resolution.
In recent years, the platform of the majority party in
our state has had an anti-UN plank -- even though
every Republican president has managed to work
productively with the United Nations. Some
members of the Oklahoma Legislature may think
they can score political points by supporting HJR
(Also consider that the John Birch Society and other
anti-UN activists have ratcheted up their lobbying
activities. As an example, the Board of County
Commissioners in Woodward County recently passed
a resolution with an anti-UN theme. See the article from the Woodward News, here ...
So, the threat posed by this legislative proposal is very real. We need to take it seriously. It is incumbent
upon us -- members and friends of the United Nations Association -- to speak up for the value of positive
American engagement with the UN.
If we don't speak up, who will?
President, OKC Chapter
United Nations Association of the USA
405-760-5322 ... mobile
HJR 1072 is designed to support the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, a bill
that has been introduced numerous times in the U.S. Congress without success.
The ASRA is the brainchild of Rep. Ron Paul. He has introduced different versions
of the bill in Congress several times during the last decade -- most recently in 2009.
The last time the bill was introduced, it was assigned to the House Committee on
Foreign Relations, and no action was taken on it.
The ASRA does not enjoy widespread support among the American public, but it
has been embraced enthusiastically by some isolationist groups -- including the
John Birch Society and some Tea Party supporters.
Some people are very fearful of the United Nations' Agenda 21, and their fear is
reflected in HJR 1072. But are their concerns valid?
The biggest fear-mongers are conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and popular radio
entertainer Glenn Beck. On Alex Jones' "Prison Planet" website, Agenda 21 is
described as a plan for "Full-Spectrum Domination by the 1%." For Mr. Beck, the
UN's discussion of "sustainable development" is just a really nice way of saying
"centralized control over all of human life on planet Earth."
What is Agenda 21, really? Well, first of all, it is a document that fully recognizes
the sovereignty of every nation in the global community. It does nothing to compel or
coerce our local communities to do anything. It takes away no rights. It redistributes no
It is a visionary statement of goals and values -- not a treaty. For the last 20 years, it has
served as a resource for nations, states, and non-governmental organizations which aspire
to protect the environment and pursue smarter growth.
HJR 1072 describes Agenda 21 as "destructive and insidious." It is being
"covertly pushed" upon us. But, how covert can it be if the Agenda 21 plan is
readily available on the UN's website for anyone to review?
For more information on Agenda 21, please see the website of the Better World
Also see: "The Kerfuffle" on our website.
March 16, 2012 -- A legislative measure that was intended to force America to abandon its leadership in the
United Nations failed to come up for a vote in the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week -- effectively
derailing the initiative for this session.
The legislative deadline for moving bills out of the House (and on toward
consideration by the State Senate) was March 15th. The House adjourned for the
day on the 15th without taking any action on HJR 1072, a bill that was opposed by
members and friends of the United Nations Association.
HJR 1072 would have called upon the Congress of the United States to withdraw
it's approval of the United Nations Charter and resign from the UN Security
Council as well as all other UN agencies and organizations.
The Resolution had previously received a "Do Pass" recommendation from the
House Rules Committee, and the chairman predicted easy passage on the House
floor. But, that was before an advocacy campaign was launched by members of
the United Nations Association.
Using email, postal mail, and phone calls, members and friends of the UN Association expressed their support
for the preservation of America's leadership role in the United Nations. We pointed out that America's
support for the United Nations has been enduring and bi-partisan. Over the span of seven decades, 12 American
presidents have expressed their support for the United Nations Charter. Public opinion polls have consistently
measured a high degree of popular support for the UN and its mission.
This is a resounding victory for Oklahomans who value the good work of the United Nations and its long-term
goals of peace, human rights, sustainable development, and social progress in "larger freedom."
I would like to extend my thanks to Speaker Kris Steele and his leadership team for their decision to defer action
on HJR 1072. This truly is one of those instances when the best course of action was to do nothing -- to leave
behind an idea that would have served to take America backward, accomplishing no useful purpose.
A big "Thank You" should also be offered to everyone who called, email'd, and wrote letters to their State
Representatives. Your efforts made a difference, and you deserve to take a victory lap. If you have ever
doubted the effectiveness of an informed group of citizens raising their voices collectively, please remember
Let's continue our advocacy in favor of proper American leadership in the United Nations.
President, OKC Chapter
United Nations Association of the USA
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About the American Sovereignty Restoration Act
About Agenda 21
HJR 1072 Fails to Advance in the OK House of Representatives
A Victory for Supporters of American Engagement with the United Nations