Senator Dave Lewis, that fiscal conservative and advocate for responsible government, actually went forward with presenting his embarrassing resolution urging that the United States withdraw from the United Nations. His resolution and testimony were riddled with factual inaccuracies and misstatements about the relationship between the United States and United Nations, basic facts of history, and disease management. Worse yet, proponents read material from the John Birch Society when they weren’t claiming that the UN was a “Satanic” organization that planned to impose a world government and take away all of our guns.
Lewis didn’t even write the resolution himself, but cribbed it from some John Birchers who have presented the bill across the nation in other state legislatures. A month ago, I asked Senator Lewis where he had gotten the idea for the bill, because it was so similar to one proposed in Utah. As Representative Franke Wilmer pointed out (and Lewis conceded) during the hearing yesterday, the bill is loaded with basic factual errors about the UN and its actions. I’d say that the Legislature has more pressing business on its hands that debating the fervid fantasies of people who can’t even be bothered to research their idiotic ideas.
I’d say that a state senator should respect his job enough to research every bill and resolution he presents.
Frankly, I don’t know what’s worse. My original supposition (backed by two sources) that Lewis presented the bill as part of an agreement to avoid a TEA Party challenge or that he actually believes the nonsense he said today.
And while it’s a theme I come back to often, once again I have to ask how does something like this not get covered in the newspaper? Isn’t it local news that Senator Lewis is misrepresenting the truth? That he’s plagiarizing a bill from right-wing groups?
I guess not.