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Meanwhile, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President of the Center for Security Policy, investigative reporter Cliff Kincaid, and a dozen conservative organizations have begun a campaign to educate Americans about LOST. Many state legislators also are lobbying their U.S. Senators. Conservative organizations believe that if their supporters understand the substance of the Treaty they will revolt, as they did with the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.

The Establishment consistently has sought to pass legislation through the Congress when the American people are unaware. The Senate Majority Leader has the capacity to do so. The Senate Minority Leader has the capacity to slow legislation. It remains to be seen how LOST will be handled once on the Senate Calendar. That largely will be determined by the strength of the opposition in the Foreign Relations Committee. It also depends upon whether there are hearings before other committees.

The key to defeating the Treaty is to secure 34 votes against it. Years ago the Majority Leader could withdraw a Treaty upon seeing the signatures of 34 Senators. That Leader was a Democrat and we had to obtain the signatures of Senators from both parties.

That will be the key to ensuring that this Treaty is not ratified. The Bush Administration does not want an international embarrassment. So if the conservative movement and other realists are able to produce the signatures of a third of the Senate, you will hear nothing of it but the Treaty will be pulled quietly from the Senate Calendar.

A clear minority presently is against the Treaty. Most Senators have not heard much about it nor focused upon it. One reason the Treaty was not considered during Frist’s four-year tenure was that the Senators elected in 2000, 2002 and 2004 also had not focused upon it. So, while Frist kept his word that the Treaty would not come up for consideration, many Senators never learned of the loss of sovereignty that the Treaty would create nor of the taxing authority of the proposed ISA. Considering which nations have ratified the Treaty, it is likely that several avowed enemies of the United States would sit on the ISA.

Should Americans place their future in the hands of their enemies? This is the main concern. I must believe that there are 34 Senators who would oppose the Treaty once they fully learned about it. So the effort has begun. Conservatives are now in the process of educating their Senators. Some Senators refuse to change their minds about LOST.

Will LOST be defeated? The odds are slightly against its defeat. Currently, four leading Republican Senators—Minority Leader A. Mitchell (Mitch) McConnell, Jr. (R-KY), Trent Lott (R-MS), Jon L. Kyl (R-AZ) and Inhofe—oppose LOST. It is too early to give up. These Senators are tireless workers who never give up, so why should we?


Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
 
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