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"He [the President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other pubic Ministers and Consuls."

—From Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution—

"Do Americans want, or are they ready for world government?…That is what government by treaty will do, sooner or later…. Government by treaty is a dangerous approach, and if we wish to retain our freedom, and maintain our American concept of government we have got to abandon that approach."

—Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Genocide Convention Hearings, 1950—

"The Internationalists in this country and elsewhere really proposed to use the United Nations and the treaty process as a law-making process to change the domestic laws and even the Government of the United States and to establish a World Government along socialistic lines."

—Frank Holman, president of the American Bar Association, November 1955, on human rights treaties—

"Only one overriding factor can determine whether the U.S. should act multilaterally or unilaterally, and that is Americans' interests. We should act multilaterally when doing so advances our interests, and we should act unilaterally when that we serve our purpose…. What works best."

—Anthony Lake, assistant to President Bill Clinton for national security affairs, September 1993—



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