Department of Peace?
by Monty Rainey
30 March 2004
The proposed Department of Peace would be headed by the Secretary of Peace, a member of the President's Cabinet.
of Peace? Maybe you’ve heard about it, since the bill [H.R. 2459] was
first introduced by Dennis Kucinich in July, 2001. But now things are
getting serious. A quick Google search will show hundreds of websites
and news stories asking you to support this legislation. That means
it’s time to take a much closer look at just what this Department of Peace
Would there be any reason to oppose a governmental department designed expressly
for the purpose of promoting a peaceful global society? You’d better
believe there is plenty of reason to oppose it.
The proposed Department of Peace would be headed by the Secretary of Peace,
a member of the President's Cabinet. The wording of the bill questions "whether
the structure of thought, word, and deed which the people of the United States
have inherited are any longer sufficient for the maintenance, growth, and
survival of the United States and the world." The bill suggests as
an alternative, that the United States follow the proposals of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), that
passed a resolution declaring an International Decade for a Culture of Peace
and Non-Violence for the Children 2001-2010.
This creation of yet another federal government monstrosity comes at a proposed
cost of over $3 billion a year. The proposal includes positions for a secretary
of peace; an undersecretary of peace; the assistant secretary for domestic
peace activities; the assistant secretary for arms control and disarmament;
the assistant secretary for international peace activities; the assistant
secretary for technology for peace; the assistant secretary for peaceful
coexistence and nonviolent conflict resolution; the assistant secretary for
peace education and training; the assistant secretary for human and economic
rights; and a general counsel.
A program of these proportions will translate into millions of dollars each
year being sucked out of the pockets of working Americans. Yet another important
question is, "What will the Department of Peace accomplish that other areas
of government (including the Departments of Education and Defense) cannot?"
An excerpt from one of the many pro-Department of Peace websites states:
crown jewel of DOP education would be the United States Peace Academy. A
Gender Equity provision added to the bill could mandate each congressperson
to appoint a man and a woman to the Peace Academy. What the US doesn’t need
is another patriarchic palace on the Potomac. At 436 Congresspersons times
two, there would be 870 freshmen per year. The Peace Academy would graduate
some 800 peace experts each year. Military academy graduates serve four years.
Peace Academy graduates would serve five years and then be hired into top
posts of government and business. There would be virtual university peace
courses and research centers here and abroad with results made available
to the world.
seems to be yet another attempt to give U.S sovereignty over to the United
Nations. A close reading of the legislation shows a strange definition of
peace. It seeks to address violence against animals but
not unborn children. It prioritizes protection of homosexuals but ignores
violence against Christians. Without striving for all human rights,
including justice and freedom, peace is a useless concept. Otherwise, one
could beat a society into submission and produce something "peaceful."
The Bill also attacks the 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights and our right
to keep and bear arms. An excerpt of the Bill states:
SEC. 102. RESPONSIBILITIES AND POWERS.
(b) Domestic Responsibilities. The Secretary shall --
(5) analyze existing policies, employ successful, field-tested programs,
and develop new approaches for dealing with the implements of violence, including
gun-related violence and the overwhelming presence of handguns;
And while going after the Second Amendment, this same lot of legislators offers the following, further down in the bill:
(e) Media-Related Responsibilities. Respecting the First Amendment
of the Constitution of the United States and the requirement for free and
independent media, the Secretary shall...
I just love the selective support of our Constitution and Bill of Rights
this Bill chooses to either endorse or omit. Further erosion of the rights
of American citizens is not high on my agenda.
The reality is that H.R. 2459 is void of any substantive role in government;
it cross-lists the responsibilities of other governmental bodies. For example,
promoting "justice" is the role of law enforcement and the judicial system,
not a Department of Peace.
Kucinich has the audacity to say, "Our founding fathers recognized that peace
was one of the highest duties of the newly organized free and independent
states." Our founding fathers would have never legislated peace because the
defense and protection of our country is the only legitimate thing government
can do to maintain or attain peace.
The momentum is building behind this audacity. If you haven’t already been
asked to give your support to this Bill, you soon will. Have the courage
to say “No.” Ask your Congressmen and women to oppose H.R. 2459.
Monty Rainey is a co-founder of the Junto Society,
a non-profit corporation which awards scholarships to home-schooled students.
He is running for Constable in Hays County, Texas.
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