September 22nd, 2007
01:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul: Time for U.S. to leave U.N.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

(CNN)–Saying "I'm a believer in trade," Rep. Ron Paul says the World Trade Organization, is threatening the sovereignty of the United States.

"The WTO has now been able to come to our Congress and dictate to us, we as a Congress, and as a party has endorsed the idea that we should raise taxes on certain corporations at the directive of the W.T.O in order to satisfy and be upstanding members of the W.T.O.," The GOP presidential hopeful said Saturday. "We should never raise taxes period, but certainly because the W.T.O. tells us to do so."

Paul said the W.T.O., and other organizations that support free trade are an outgrowth of the United Nations. As a result, "I support this notion of protecting sovereignty by getting out of the United Nations," he said. The Texas Congressman said he has sponsored legislation calling for the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations since he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Paul made his comments before a weekend retreat for Michigan Republicans on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Most of his fellow rivals for the GOP nomination were also scheduled to address the group as well.

– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford


Filed under: Race to '08 • Ron Paul
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    Gotta love the morons in this thread that don't support the Iraq war but do support the U.N. Hey, idiots, we are in Iraq because of the U.N.–we are "enforcing" a U.N. resolution.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate addressing any of the truly important issues this country is facing. It's time for you moronic sheep to wake up and realize this.

    September 22, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Garland

    Anyone who claims that the UN is necessary for peace or provides peace is very misguided. The fact of the matter is the UN gets us involved in more wars than it keeps us out of. We fight wars over UN resolutions all the time. Several of the military conflicts we've been part of in recent history were because of the UN via enforcing UN resolutions. That's why we got involved in the conflicts! Look at Iraq. Same deal there. If you read the Iraq war authorization you'll find that there were two reasons given for the authority: 1. Taking down Saddam and getting the WMDs (which turned out to not exist), and 2. TO ENFORCE UN RESOLUTIONS.

    Wake up, people. Do some research. Read a book. Do whatever it takes to learn about what being in the UN *REALLY* means before opening your mouth again saying we need to be apart of it, should be a part of it and that it's good for us. You're wrong.

    September 22, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Tannim, Riverside, CA

    He would make a terrible president. He is a Republican and he has terrible posture. Not to mention he's from Texas.

    Guilt by association, Laurinda, NY? Dr. Paul is only a Republican for the ballot access. Terrible posture has nothing to do with being President, and that isn't true anyway. Dr. Paul is very big on fitness and even has run a few marathons in his time. And so what if he's from Texas? He was born in Pittsburgh. Is there something wrong with all Texans just because of one dolt named Bush?

    September 22, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Brian, Bennington Vermont

    William in Halifax:

    I think you have Paul confused with some other Republican.

    He doesn't want to withdraw from the UN so that the US can act with impunity in the world. He believes in noninterference in the internal affairs of all nations.

    He just rejects the notion that international agreements can trump the laws written by the Congress. This is a pretty basic Constitutional issue for us. The law-making power is invested in the Congress – in the FULL Congress. Having international agreements that trump US law and that can dicate to the Congress takes that lawmaking power and invests it in the President and Senate, bypassing the House of Representatives.

    The specific issue referenced in this article is recent rulings by the WTO declaring elements of the US tax code "subsidies" and demanding changes in US tax law to conform with its rulings. In additional usurping the law-making prerogative, the rulings are also absurd: the failure to tax is not a subsidy. Paul is quite correct to demand that the US withdraw from an international body that seeks to dictate our tax code to us. We fought a revolution here to insure that our own government, chosen by the people, would be the only body empowered to tax us in even the slightest way.

    September 22, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Meic, Chapel Hill, NC

    To those who think the UN is some kind of angelic organization, hear this – they once put Libya in charge of the Human Rights Commission. Libya, a dictatorship!

    September 22, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Paul, Olympia, WA

    You people are geniuses. After all, When Ron Paul discusses non-interventionism, trading, and diplomacy with other nations, and not letting our sovereignty be ruled by international organizations and trade agreements, what he actually meant was let's be isolationists!

    September 22, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Sherry AllOver Texas

    It's called The New World Order people, educate yourselves. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate Dem or Rep who knows what's REALLY going on with this country. Call him a card carrying member of the Tin Hat Brigade if you like, but if you actually take the time to research what he's saying, he's 100% CORRECT! If he breaks off from the GOP and runs Ind. ... let's just say can you guys spell N A D A R?

    September 22, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Bill, Kansas City MO

    As a Republican I am sick and tired of seeing this shrill little man getting media attention for disgracing and dishonoring our party. He doesn't represent anyone but a bunch of wacko conspiracy theorists and anti-semites, and the polls prove it. He's not relevant. He never was relevant. Stop reporting on him; it gives our party a bad name.

    September 22, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Joliene, Newark, DE

    I dislike very few candidates out right but he is one of them. He gos to far in all of his policies. I also find it concerning that he has this 3% of republican grass root following that seems to find a way to make it seem like he is great. He can not win because he is an extremist in politics.

    September 22, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. laurinda,ny

    Tammin in riverside,ca. Oh wow! you are so knowledgable about Ron Paul. His biography must be very enjoyable reading. I prefer Jack's book, It's Getting Ugly Out There. Yes, Ron Paul looks like he's big on fitness and even ran in a marathon from Pittsburgh to Texas. What nerve you have calling Bush a dolt. For your information the Republicans adore him. I wouldn't live in California for all the tea in China. I hear that soon there will be a terrible earthquake out there.

    September 22, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Mark, Milwaukee, WI

    The Iraq war was fought to enforce UN resolutions. Will liberals/progressives please look below the clouds and see that the UN does not help any. Governments do not help because they must use force to meet their ends. INDIVIDUALS HELP.

    Hasn't this been your rallying cry: "think global, act local?" Please respect the individual sovereignty of your fellow human beings and vote Ron Paul. He will lead the world by showing an example of peace - not force. Isn't that what you want from an American president?

    September 22, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    Sorry, Bill in Kansas, but it's you that is giving my party, the GOP, a bad name. It's you, the neo-conservatives that do not belong. There is a reason that the GOP is shrinking, and it's because of neo-con scum such as yourself that do not understand what being Conservative truly means. You keep up your antics, and the GOP will be gone very soon.

    September 22, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Steve

    If there's anyone that needs their taxes raised, it's the royalty of large corporations, the huge amount of corporate welfare that finances their tax breaks, and the gigantic profits of those in, say, the oil industry.

    Right now, thanks to the moronic 1896 Supreme Court ruling, corporations are considered "entities."

    Right now, those entities have more rights than human citizens. Time to fix Bush's biggest deficit ever with higher taxes on the rich – who don't NEED tax breaks, Bush, you moron – and large corporations.

    September 22, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Will - Miami, Fl

    Don't you just love the intelligent attacks on a brilliant, honest man (Dr. Paul). I've seen people call him stupid, crazy, strange, eccentric and one even said he had bad posture. Amazing. He's the most honest politician in decades and look how they attack him with name calling. Not a SINGLE attack has any substance or merit.

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, NOW THEY ARE ATTACKING HIM, Next – he wins!!

    WOOHOO! RON PAUL 2008!!!!

    September 22, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Ryan, Kansas City, MO

    It's disturbing how many people here think that they need more government to tell them how to live their lives. I think a lot of times people forget that they live in the United States and that they should be in favor of policies that help promote the liberty and prosperity of the country they live in. After we accomplish what we need to here, then maybe we can deal with everybody else's problems.

    September 22, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Julie, Damascus, Maryland

    Ron Paul is the biggest support of free trade. Those organizations hurt free trade.

    September 22, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. brewskie

    If you think it's a good thing to allow foreign people and orgs to dictate what our laws are and how to run this country then you actually need a straight jacket to go along with your tin foil hat. Our country has been overtaken by radicals and extremists who think our Sovereignty is not important. It is us true patriots that are fighting off the radicals and extremists that are out to destroy this country, through orgs like the UN. It's good to see a politician stand up and speak the truth. If you believe the UN is but a benevolent org then you haven't done your homework.

    September 22, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Colin, Seattle WA

    Ron doesn't want to get out of the UN for "political reasons". He wants to do it becuase the UN just doesn't work. Look where it has gotten. We are in Iraq to supposedly enfore UN resolutions. The UN is corrupt and it just doesn't work and we need to admit it.

    September 22, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Maria, Houston

    Jeff Spangler,

    I never thought the day will come when I agree with you :-))) ... yes, UN should move from US. By now the noble idea grew into a bloated self serving beaurocracy full of international bums (pardon me..."experts") busy to buy favors for their countries and fill their own pockets while enjoying good life on our soil.

    September 22, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Eric Maher, Kamuela Hawaii

    Do your own research. The dollar is collapsing, because of Fed policy. We are no longer the beacon of freedom and prosperity we once were. We need to clean the slate. Bring jobs Back to the US and stop spending fake money. Dr Paul is actually running FOR the people not any other special interest group or agenda.
    If you are Dem or Rep is is for Americans and America. Quite simply to critisize Ron Paul is to critisize the constitution. America is fed a bill of goods and unless you drink the Kool-aid you are a wacko. No other politicians give a crap.
    America is waking up and all the info is out there. Look for it and if you have a revelation, share it.

    Do your research on the issues.
    America is on its way to becoming a third world nation. But the thought of which is fantasy for some.
    Greenspan admits we do not have a free market. It is a rigged game.
    I am glad issues like these a starting to get out there.

    Support our troops and support the constitution.
    Aloha from the Big Island
    E

    September 22, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. Tom Dybowski Toronto Canada

    Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate with integrity and a flawless voting record over 20 years as a Champion of the Constitution in congress...
    to discover his many presidential qualities see his website http://www.ronpaul2008.com
    RP08 to restore our liberties(Constitution)

    September 22, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Ben, Jacksonville FL

    WHAT THE ****?

    Chalk up another one for 'Republican crackpots.' Giuliani, Romney, and now Paul?

    This man is clearly unfit to have the ability to push a button and destroy the world.

    OBAMA '08!

    September 22, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Mick Russom, Redwood City, CA

    UN cant even stop murder in Darfur. Its a joke. We need to get our own house in order and show by example how the rest of the world should be. Not be a war mongering debt financed JOKE. RON PAUL is 100000% Right about everything.

    September 22, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. C, Sacramento, CA

    I like R.P. because he is anti-Iraq invasion.

    September 22, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. John Howard Alturas CA

    Our ignorant author writes:

    "Paul said the W.T.O., and other organizations that support free trade..."

    That's dishonest. Paul has never claimed those morons support free trade – quite the opposite, they don't – and that is why he wants rid of them.

    Free trade means that government and organizations of governments don't interfere with trade. NAFTA and WTO are to free trade what the "patriot act" is to patriotism: in name only.

    That's Paul's point and this ignorant writer reads government titles instead of the hundreds of draconian details of these so-called "free trade" bureacracies.

    September 22, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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