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1998 Ron Paul Chapter 53

United Nations Money Came From Defense Department

20 May 1998

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Mr. HEFLEY. I would now yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from Texas (Mr. PAUL).
The Chairman. Gentleman from Texas is recognized for 3 minutes.

1998 Ron Paul 53:1
Mr. PAUL. I thank the gentleman for yielding. I would like to compliment him for bringing this amendment to the floor.

1998 Ron Paul 53:2
I want to make a couple points. One, the other side of the aisle has mentioned that this is only a small amount. We’re just introducing this idea. We’re only giving a couple dollars now. It reminds me of the arguments in 1913, let’s have an income tax, but it’s only going to be a fraction of 1 percent. We know what happened. There are plans for what they’re doing. This is the time to stop it.

1998 Ron Paul 53:3
I think another point that we ought to make is, how did they get any money already? They got it from the Defense Department. We didn’t even appropriate the money. And they’ve already started it. They’ve used American taxpayers’ money without a direct appropriation from this Congress, and it’s about time we stopped that type of legislation. That is the point. Where did the money come from? The Defense Department. It goes over into the United Nations for meddling, meddling overseas. And it’s taken away, literally, from defense.

1998 Ron Paul 53:4
We have a problem in this country for national defense. We have Air Force people who do not get flying time. Our men aren’t trained. We don’t have the right equipment. And we continuously spend all our money overseas, endlessly getting involved in Bosnia and Somalia, and wherever.

1998 Ron Paul 53:5
I think it’s policy that needs to be addressed. It’s the policy that allows our administration to do this, because there’s too much complicity in allowing the United Nations to assume our sovereignty.

1998 Ron Paul 53:6
That’s the point here. The American people deserve better protection. They deserve better protection of their money. They deserve better protection of their youngsters who may get drafted and may get sent overseas. There’s a great deal of danger in the Bosnia and Kosovo area, and yet here we are talking about starting a new U.N. organization that unfortunately dwells on the term and bragged about rapidly deployable. That’s the last thing we need from the United Nations. I’d like to slow it up, but now they want to take away our sovereignty to go and get involved more easily than ever and more quickly than ever.

1998 Ron Paul 53:7
So this is absolutely the wrong direction that we’re going in today. This is a further extension of the notion that our obligation is to police the world. We’re supposed to make the world safe for democracy. And just think, since World War II, we have not had one declared war, but we sure have been fighting a lot. We’ve lost well over 100,000 men killed. We have lost, we have had hundreds of thousands of men injured because we have a policy that carelessly allows us to intervene in the affairs of other nations, and we allow the United Nations to assume too much control over our foreign policy.

1998 Ron Paul 53:8
It’s up to the U.S. Congress to do something about that; and that is, to take away the funding. This is a great amendment. I can’t conceive of anybody voting against this amendment and pretending that this is only a little bit.


1998 Ron Paul 53:1
Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding time to me. Here, Ron Paul thanks The Honorable Joel Hefley of Colorado.

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