Sensing an opportunity to boost their own image and illegitimate power, bureaucrats from the dictator-dominated United Nations “Human Rights” apparatus are attacking authorities in Detroit for threatening to cut off water services on seriously delinquent accounts — mostly to unoccupied buildings, according to authorities. In response, the global outfit is making wild demands while seeking to impose what it refers to as “international law” on the American people.
The widely ridiculed UN, dominated by Third World despots of various varieties who universally reject the notion of real rights as understood by Americans and the West, claimed that water services are a “human right.” As such, the world outfit’s self-styled “experts” on “human rights” demanded that authorities in Detroit continue offering services even to those who do not pay for them. If officials refuse, the UN claims city authorities’ actions would be a violation of what it styles global “law.”
The outlandish remarks from UN bureaucrats represent the acceleration of several troubling trends observed in recent years. Among them is the fact that the global outfit — often laughed off in America as an incompetent and corrupt “dictators club” — is increasingly seeking to impose its radical policy demands on the United States, American state governments, and even on local communities.
In recent years, for example, the would-be planetary government has openly and explicitly attacked the U.S. Constitution, state sovereignty, gun rights, parental rights, the American justice system, self-defense rights, the decisions of voters, and much more. The dangerous campaign to enforce the UN’s extremist vision on the free and independent people of America is gaining steam, too, with full collaboration from the rabidly pro-UN Obama administration.
Separately, the latest UN attack on American policies comes amid a concerted global campaign to redefine the very notion of rights. In the United States, as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution make crystal clear, individual rights come from God and cannot be legitimately infringed upon by government. In fact, the Founders pointed out that whole purpose of government is to protect unalienable rights.
Under the UN’s vision, however, revocable privileges are granted by all-powerful governments. In its “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the UN even states its abhorrent position that what it inaccurately refers to as “rights” are “granted” by governments, not the Creator. The global entity also claims “rights” can be limited “by law,” and that no rights may be “exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”
Rather than freedom from coercion — free speech, freedom of the press, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to be secure from unreasonable searches, and more — the UN admittedly views rights in totalitarian terms, such as the “right” to the fruits of others’ labor. Like communist and socialist dictators worldwide, the UN justifies its existence partly based on the dangerous notion that taxpayer-funded goods and services can be considered “rights” to be enforced by the coercive power of government.
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