Dearborn, MI – On the eve of tonight’s GOP Presidential debate in Michigan, former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee embraced former President Ronald Reagan’s position in opposition to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea – better known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).
Huckabee called on his GOP rivals for the nomination to join him in rejecting a treaty that would surrender control of seven-tenths of the world’s surface – its oceans – to a U.N.-affiliated organization.
Said Huckabee: “The Law of the Sea Treaty is one of the defining issues of our time. Are we in favor of increasing the power and authority of the United Nations and its subsidiaries at the expense of American sovereignty and vital interests? Or are we opposed to world government, particularly the one envisioned by LOST, charged with implementing a hopelessly outdated and counterproductive socialist and redistributionist agenda from the 1970s? Republicans – starting with their presidential candidates – should stand with Ronald Reagan in rejecting the Law of the Sea Treaty, its threat to our sovereignty and its socialist agenda.”
Huckabee noted that two of President Reagan’s closest associates – his National Security Advisor, William P. Clark, and his Attorney General Edwin Meese – yesterday published an opinion editorial in The Wall Street Journal making clear the basis of President Reagan’s rejection of the Law of the Sea Treaty.
“Proponents of LOST want us to believe that Ronald Reagan would have supported ratification of this treaty with some tinkering at the margins,” said Huckabee. “In fact, as Judge Clark and Attorney General Meese have made clear, President Reagan recognized that the central concept behind this treaty – a supranational government with the authority to determine what can and cannot be done on, beneath and even above the seas – was not in America’s interests.”
Huckabee objected to the fact that the U.S. Senate is poised to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty with only one committee – the Foreign Relations Committee – having held hearings on it during this session of Congress and only two witnesses opposed to ratification being afforded the opportunity to testify. He noted that as many as eight other Senate committees have jurisdiction over areas affected by the Treaty and urged them to engage in rigorous oversight before any action is taken by the full Senate.
Huckabee called on his rivals for the GOP nomination to use the present campaign as an opportunity to educate the American people about LOST and to join him in making clear that, like President Ronald Reagan, they will “not submit U.S. sovereignty to a U.N. on steroids. “