Sunday, April 23, 2006

Question Of The Week, 4/23/06

Good morning. This has been a strange morning when it comes to deciding what this weeks question will be. Most of the time I check my E-mail, the news wires and a couple of news papers and something will just jump out at me. It's not working this morning so I'm going to ask about something that I think about quite often, a real easy one. This weeks Question Of The Week is. Do you feel the time has come for the United States to get out of the United Nations? Why do you think we should or should not get out? I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger Praguetwin said...

Are we still in it?

Seriously though, I think we should stay in, but extensive reform is needed. The US should take the lead in instituting these reforms.

Leaving the UN would cause fear of and animosity towards the United States. This is the last thing we need right now.

3:09 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

While I would love for us to bow out of the UN, I don't see it as practical or probable at this time.

The UN is corrupt and ineffective, and for that I believe the UN should be disbanded, because the organization is far too convoluted to reform itself in any truly productive manner. However, since our own government is currently corrupt and ineffective, completely incapable of reforming itself as well, I doubt our government will take the appropriate steps to make the UN (or the organization that follows it) a truly useful and helpful entity, because unlike the US government, the UN is not formed by the body of citizens it's sworn to serve, but by a body of nations that tend towards being self-serving.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

I hate to just weigh in with "what he/she said" comments, but both praguetwin and Steph pretty much laid it out the way I would've. The UN has a serious credibility isse right now, most recently by appointing Iran onto the panel that is supposed to monitor nuclear developments... as long as they're going to insist upon doing silly stuff like that, they are going to remain ineffective, but then again, we are a member and we do have input on those sorts of things, too. Again - what he/she said ;-)

8:23 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

We need the UN, or something like it. As corrupt and ineffective as it is, it's important to have an international dialogue. Hopefully the UN can be reformed. It's an uphill battle but I think reforming the UN would be easier than replacing it.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Jake Porter said...

Yes. The United Nations is nothing more than a failed attempt at a one world government.

I can't name one war the U.N. has stopped, but can name many conflicts the process of a one world government has caused. One example is World War 1, which created World War II.

7:22 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

First I want to thank all of you for stopping by to answer this weeks Question Of The Week. I have several problems with the United Nations, you have mentioned some of them. I thought someone might mention what happened to Michael New ( when he wanted to serve, protect and defend the United States, not the United Nations. I still have a "Real Americans Don't Wear UN Blue" shirt I got from his Father when I met him years ago. Years before that I made a big mistake while setting in a coffee shop with some friends, one of them I'd just met. He was a Korean War Veteran. I said I thought forming the United Nations was probably a good idea but it had out lived it's purpose. That was the begining of U.N. 101, where I learned about the role the U.N. played in the Korean War ( Understand The U.N.). The class continued until the old Vet passed away a few years ago (Rest In Peace Warren). By the time it was over I was convinced that the United Nations had always been and always would be a Communist controled organization. For the life of me I cannot understand why we should continue to be a part of something we fought so hard to put an end to. So my answer would be, Get the United States out of the United Nations and the United Nations out of the United States.

BTW, I do have an idea about next weeks question. It could be interesting.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

1:01 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

A very sound argument, David, and one I find myself leaning to often enough. (Though, I would say the UN is more humanist than communist, but I could be wrong considering how much weight Russia and China have brought to bear on it.)

However, perhaps I've just read way to much science fiction, but I still believe a world government could eventually work. This version just doesn't.

I would love for a world organization to be able to look at events like the genocide in Darfur, and STOP it. No beating around the bush, no hemming and hawing, just concise, effective action.

Personally, in that regards, I think a world union of democratic nations that was willing to police itself (for all ya' liberals out there thinkin' were going fascist ;-) ) as well as put effective pressure on the rest of the world would be a beneficial tool to shape up our "ship."

But, hey, that's just me...

11:45 AM  

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