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Solutions to the Problem
Volume 67, Program 25
5/26/2006
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What can homeschoolers and other Americans do to prevent the courts from incorrectly applying customary international law? Join Mike Farris as he looks at some solutions, today on Home School Heartbeat.

    Michael Farris:
    There are several solutions to the dangers presented by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    First, Congress has the power to define customary international law. It also has the power to modify the jurisdiction of federal courts. Congress needs to address this issue of judicial tyranny by enacting legislation that limits the definition of customary international law to include only provisions of treaties that Congress has ratified.

    Second, Congress could pass an amendment to the Constitution, stating explicitly that no provision of any international agreement can supersede the constitutional rights of an American citizen. Two such amendments have been proposed in Congress, but neither was ratified.

    Third, the specific threat to parental rights can be solved by putting a clear parents' rights amendment into the black and white text of the United States Constitution.

    In The Rights of Man, Thomas Paine wrote: "All power exercised over a nation must have some beginning. It must either be delegated or assumed. There are no other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either."

    Together, we must protect our right to be a self-governing, sovereign nation. We must not allow our elected leaders or unelected judges to assume powers that we never intended to grant them.

    I'm Mike Farris.


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