The United States Senate has voted to confirm Samantha Power (shown in photo) as the permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations.
On August 1, 87 senators agreed that Power should be the U.S. ambassador to the UN. Only 10 senators opposed her confirmation.
Despite speculation that “Power would be the target of concerted opposition by Republican lawmakers concerned with her past positions on Israel or American responsibility for failure to intervene in humanitarian conflicts,” President Obama’s nominee sailed safely into Turtle Bay.
The identity of many of those whose names appear on the roster of “nay” votes is by now familiar, including Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Lee took to Twitter to express his concerns with the Power confirmation: “The U.N. is in need of sweeping reform, and I don't believe Samantha Power is the right person to lead this effort,” Lee tweeted.
Despite his good intentions, Senator Lee should understand that no amount of reform will ever repair something that is fundamentally flawed and absolutely antithetical to the timeless principles of liberty upon which the United States was founded.
For his part, Cruz went the extra mile in his effort to thwart Power’s appointment, issuing a strongly worded warning to citizens and colleagues that Power’s record evinced that she would surrender U.S. sovereignty to the globalist bureaucrats at the UN. Wrote Cruz:
Today I voted to oppose the nomination of Samantha Power to be Ambassador to the United Nations. My opposition to her nomination comes down to one word: sovereignty.
I have seen firsthand how treaties and conventions negotiated at the United Nations and elsewhere can have unintended consequences for the United States when I represented Texas before the US Supreme Court in successfully arguing that no President has the authority to force a state to comply with an order from the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.
Samantha Power’s positions on the United Nations suggest she agrees with President Obama in giving the United Nations authority over fundamental rights, such as our right to bear arms, and in allowing US taxpayer dollars to be used at the UN to undermine our ally, Israel.
In 2003, she wrote that “giving up a pinch of sovereignty” to organizations such as the UN is good for the United States and our security.
There is no higher national security principle than defending American sovereignty, especially at the United Nations, where it has been demonstrated time and time again that when it comes to authority over the United States, when you give the UN a pinch, they will take a mile.
As is so often the case, Cruz’s criticism is spot-on.
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