3 Wackadoodle UN Conspiracies

I’m a fan of the United Nations. Sure, it’s a flawed organization, but I firmly believe in its capacity to do good in the world. Despite this, it’s pretty clear that the UN isn’t the most effective organization in the world. Which, when you consider that it’s merely a conduit for diplomacy among the nations of the world, it’s not surprising.

So it’s always surprising to me to find out that there are people out there who believe the United Nations is out for only one thing: world domination. These wackadoodles aren’t the fringe. They are our elected officials and powerful lobbyists. Here are a few efforts to make the world a better, safer place that have been thwarted by conspiracy theorists.

Arms Trade Treaty

Unsurprisingly, the National Rifle Association is behind the United States’ failure to ratify this treaty. Even though the Arms Trade Treaty is only meant to regulate the international sale of weapons, the NRA perceived a threat to their guns. You know, hoards of powder blue helmets marching up and down every street in America, demanding every good, decent, law-abiding gun owner give up the hunting rifle their grandpa gave them! Forget the fact that the Obama administration bent over backwards to make sure national gun rights are protected. Don’t let facts get in the way of a good bout of paranoia. Luckily, the UN will reconsider the treaty in March.

Agenda 21

The extent to which some people are convinced Agenda 21 is a UN power grab is one of the more humorous conspiracy theories. Agenda 21 is, simply put, the United Nation’s sustainability program. The goals are to improve the environment and lessen economic disparities around the world. I wrote about it back in May when the state legislature in Kansas spent actual time discussing a resolution denouncing the program. But Kansas isn’t alone. Agenda 21 has its opponents in New Hampshire and Georgia. Opponents believe that attempting to get the world to cooperate on environmental issues equals compromising the sovereignty of the state and nation. It must be all those enforcement mechanisms the UN has.

Disability Rights Treaty

The blocking of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is perhaps the most shameful result of credulous thinking in recent memory. (Or maybe it was shear contraryism, but it was done under the cover of several conspiracy theories.) The Senate came a handful of votes shy of ratifying this human rights treaty, but failed to because of unbelievable concerns that it would create new abortion rights and impede the ability for parents to homeschool their children.

Sure thing. Sounds legit. Oh wait. Nope. The treaty only requires that other countries bring their disability rights policies up to U.S. levels. (Not that we couldn’t do with some improvement.) But this might cause you to wonder why we should sign such a treaty in the first place. If we’re not going to be required to do anything new, why sign it? I would argue that by ratifying this type of treaty it gives us the international clout to effectively advocate for human rights. Assuming that kind of thing is important to us. However, as several members of the GOP proved only a few weeks ago, that delusions of loss of sovereignty is more important that showing support for people with disabilities. Good job.

It’s tempting to just call these people crazy and let them hoard canned goods in their bunkers, but these are just a few example of how this type of thinking actually causes harm to people all over the world.

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Angela Roquemore
Angela Roquemore5 years ago

Stop paying attention to the wackadoodle attention whores and they'll stop being so damned wackadoodle. That's my opinion.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y5 years ago

The NRA is against any arms treaty which might diminish their sale of assault weapons in Mexico, where 20,000 people died last year in the drug civil war. That's 4 times as many as in Iraq at the height of the insurgency.

The U.N. is not super nor are they heroes. They were created by us and our victorious allies after WWII as an instrument of international diplomacy. It's funny that people think 'they' can take us over. We control the UN, not the other way around.

Ken H.
Ken H5 years ago

The UN is corrupt,they are bad guys wearing super hero costumes,...... in my opinion.

janet T.
janet t5 years ago

We don't need the UN to take away our freedoms. We are doing it to ourselves in the name of security and finding the bad guys. The only freedom we have kept is the right to keep guns with which to murder each other.

Carole L.
Carole L5 years ago

Annette H.
“Trust me; bring the US to it's knees before them is way high on their to-do list.”

Btw Annette, who are you that we "should" trust you?

Carole L.
Carole L5 years ago

Joseph B
“The Second ammendment protects the First Ammendment!”

Tell that to that young man who was shot to death in a public parking lot for listening to his music in car at loud volume.

David H
“I, for one, am vehemently opposed to this frightening assault, and the UN's ruthless attempts to destroy our freedoms (should we so wish).”

The last admin already did that dearie.

Carole L.
Carole L5 years ago

“Gun control has been proven to fail everywhere it has been used as a means to subvert the freedom of the people not to mention it is against the Constitutional right to bear arms.”

The 2nd Amendment also states that arms should be “well regulated”. Also, the nra is an arms dealers org, naturally their goal is to protect their ‘bottom line’ not the rights of gun owners.

Jacob R
“What is it that gun control proponents like you do not understand about the ability of bad guys to get guns despite all the gun control you try to legislate?”

Using your logic; ppl still drive drunk, rob banks, rape, etc. why bother to make laws against those? Women have abortions why should there be laws against it?

Mark P
“I have totally researched agenda 21 in my opinion it is totally a bad thing To even consider it to me it's total enslavement”

I’m curious, how does protecting the environment globally portend enslavement?

Annette H.
“Trust me; bring the US to it's knees before them is way high on their to-do list.”

Well actually, the last admin already did that using fear and bluster of terrorists and Osama. “be afraid! Be very afraid! 911! 911! Terrorists! Terrorists! Code RED! Osama! Code RED! Osama! Now, go out and buy yourself something pretty.” Two un-paid for unnecessary wars, lowest taxes in history for top 1%, bailout etc…

Dave C.
David C5 years ago

I just love the name Wackadoodle......

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

The UN is run by the US even though the US is still falling behing on its membership dues. It's a disgrace that someone that doesn't pay, still can have the power to decide over millions and billions of people. The UN need to change radically, to get my respect. When Russia, USA, China, Britain and France can use their veto to deny justice and freedom for the world, it's nothing but a puppet organization.
To actually believe that the UN would take over USA, should be deemed a paranoic delusion and those believers should be treated to a straight jacket instead of holding political office!

Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance5 years ago


Read the Un Charter --- really READ it, don't just scan it for buzz words. Thanks to Susan A for posting the following:

http://www.un.org/en/documents/charter/preamble.shtml and the entire Charter follows. The Preamble to the UN Charter sums up the mission of the UN fairly well. To sum up but a few main points, number one is to save succeeding generations from the scourges of war; followed by reaffirming basic fundamental human rights for peoples of all nations; establishment of conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained; and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom."

That sure does sound worthwhile to me.

@ Susan A --- Too early for another star. Please either take one from petty cash or put it on my tab please.