Illinois Legislature Violates U.S. Constitution to Implement U.N. Treaty

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Illinois State Senate will soon be considering State Resolution 92. This resolution would have the state recognize the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and force Illinois to observe its wholly un-American provisions. This move would, in fact, be illegal, but State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D, Westchester) thinks she has the power to obviate the Constitution anyway.

Lightford’s conceit is a perfect example of the arrogance of the left. This woman imagines that not only can she go around the president of the United States and deal with a foreign power of her own volition, but she thinks she can deal with this foreign power in violation of the law of the land. Imagine the arrogance. Because the Supremacy Clause in Article VI of the Constitution provides that all treaties become the “supreme law of the land,” this treaty would essentially eliminate any control that Americans have over America by handing law making over to the United Nations.

Parental rights groups have expressed alarm at this treaty. In 2009, Michael Farris, president of told Fox News, “Whether you ground your kids for smoking marijuana, whether you take them to church, whether you let them go to junior prom, all of those things . . . will be the government’s decision It will affect every parent who’s told their children to do the dishes.” reports recently reported that Senator Jim DeMint has introduced SR99 which opposes any ratification of the CRC.

The summary of SR99 reads as follows:

Expressing the sense of the Senate that the primary safeguard for the well-being and protection of children is the family, and that the primary safeguards for the legal rights of children in the United States are the Constitutions of the United States and the several States, and that, because the use of international treaties to govern policy in the United States on families and children is contrary to principles of self-government and federalism, and that, because the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child undermines traditional principles of law in the United States regarding parents and children, the President should not transmit the Convention to the Senate for its advice and consent.

This treaty would eliminate any control that parents have over their own children. It would end home schooling, it would give children autonomous “rights,” and would destroy the family unit placing the care and responsibility for children in the hands of government, and it would supersede any religious affiliations and beliefs.

If you are an Illinois parent, you should immediately call your state senator and tell him to oppose Lighford’s SR92.

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