Skip to comments.Congressman Flies UN Flag (reality check alert)
Posted on 05/28/2003 11:26:37 AM PDT by swaimh
Amid waning public support of Americans and the Bush administration for the United Nations, one congressman proudly flies the blue and white U.N. flag outside his D.C. office.
While most of his 534 colleagues display banners of their home towns at the entrances to their offices in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., moved last month to use that platform to demonstrate his longstanding love of the U.N.
"If the U.N. didn't exist, we'd be inventing it right now," Farr told the San Francisco Chronicle, calling the U.N. "the only way to build up the infrastructure around the globe for the human rights, labor, environmental conditions that are fair and equitable."
According to the Chronicle account, the 61-year-old, six-term Democrat's interest in the U.N. dates back to a boyhood experience in 1955, when his parents took him to events in San Francisco commemorating the 10th anniversary of the U.N. Charter's signing in the city.
Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif.
"I fell in love with all the flags flying in San Francisco from all the nations," the Chronicle quotes Farr as saying. "We've got to do everything in our power to make the U.N. the leadership body it was intended to be. ... This president has no respect for the United Nations."
Farr voted against last October's congressional resolution authorizing Bush to take military action against Iraq.
The United Nations Association, of which Farr is a member, applauds the congressman's pro-U.N. stance.
"It's a consciousness-raising thing. I bet people are surprised by it," Steven Dimoff, the group's Washington vice president, told the Chronicle. "His point is that the U.N. is what you make of it. If you engage in it, you can have a big impact."
Public sentiment toward the global body soured in the days leading up to the war in Iraq, as U.N. Security Council members France, Germany and Russia locked horns with President George W. Bush over the use of force to disarm Saddam Hussein of weapons of mass destruction.
As WorldNetDaily reported, a poll conducted by Scott Rasmussen Public Opinion Research in January found more Americans 46 percent favored the U.S. taking action without U.N. backing. Only 36 percent said it would be better to cooperate with U.S. allies and leave Hussein in power.
Rasmussen's poll also found 48 percent held a favorable opinion of the U.N., with 31 percent holding an unfavorable opinion and 21 percent responding they were not sure.
That compared at the time to a 61 percent approval rating for Bush.
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For the life of me I cannot figure out why Libertarians have joined up with Sam Farr ......
I think this article was posted yesterday though...
What is his position on drug legalisation?
I'm just asking.
Libertarians hail him as a progressive.
I guess it's just bad enbreeding!
I wasn't aware of this. Were there any FR threads on it? I'm a small-l libertarian , and I think Farr is an a-hole.
I'd say this is fair cause to have his idiot butt ousted. Nobody elects their representative to serve a FOREIGN POWER.
There was one a couple of months ago concerning his push for drug legalization.
Well, that is the symbol of his political party.
Yeah, in a more commnon sense matter. I think if it were reinvented, that the nations that made up the membership would be different.
the only way to build up the infrastructure around the globe for the human rights, labor, environmental conditions that are fair and equitable
It's great to have an infrastructure. So now they just need to implement it.
"I fell in love with all the flags flying in San Francisco from all the nations,"
I thiink our flag is much prettier.
"His point is that the U.N. is what you make of it. If you engage in it, you can have a big impact."
I believe Bush engaged in it and the only impact was the after-effects from weaselization.
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