Copenhagen, Obama and Lord Monckton

Lord Monckton is a past advisor to England’s Maggie Thatcher. He’s made a name for himself the last few days by saying stuff like this:

Glenn Beck has picked it up and recently had Monckton on his radio show. He’s been invited to the television version.

Monckton’s premise, in case you don’t want to watch the above, is that Obama will sign anything in order to please the international community to which he is beholden for his success and the U.S. will be handing over sovereignty to the greater (communistic, Marxist – you choose) regime dictated by the Copenhagen protocol. Monckton’s read the 200 page document and you should be quaking in your boots.

(Mini rant below.)

What the heck is this guy talking about? And why is the Right so freaking gullible when in comes to this kind of goofiness. There’s no way we’ll every pull together an alternative to the current U.S. government balance if we don’t quit bumbling down roads like the one proposed by Monckton – and yes, it seems, endorsed by Beck.

Just an FYI: Here’s the latest Addendum to the Copenhagen documents. I can’t find the original. If you’d like, though, you can read the dozens of documents available and see if that gets you anywhere. Anyone who says they’ve read this thing and understand it is either the most brilliant thinker of our time or a nutter. You get to choose. 😉

(Back to some content, now.)

Ok. Maybe Monckton isn’t a U.S. constitutional expert. Last I checked, any treaty signed by a president needs to be ratified by the Senate. That requires a 2/3rds vote. Think 67. Uh-huh. Raises the bar a bit, doesn’t it? Read this wiki content about Kyoto to get a sense of how that might work.

If you’d like to understand more about the Copenhagen conference, I found a nice set of Q & A from the Guardian in the UK. It reminded me of something I’d read earlier estimating this treaty would cost the U.S. around $120 billion. Gordon Brown offers the number $100 billion. Another article by that news outlet suggests the U.S. isn’t exactly on board with the overall plan. One would think such an expensive price tag during a world-wide global recession would bring other countries into that thinking. Of course, it’s more fun to blame it all on us.

In summary, stick to your knittin’ conservatives. Maybe Monckton is trying to knock you off base to divert energy from our domestic issues. Whatever his goal (self grandissement is my suggestion), don’t let him change your focus from the current health care debate. Don’t let him dilute your voice by spreading this kind of baloney.

As an aside, I will agree with Monckton that our current president only wants to be loved. To bring your morning to a more cheerful start, let me offer this clip from one of my favorite movies.


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    Boy, seeing a clip of a great Billy Wilder movie is just the way to start the day. I had forgotten that Joe E. Brown had a part in that movie. While seeing Tony Curtis in drag it hit me how much he favored his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis (or vice versa).

  2. I don’t know anything about this Monckton guy. Regarding “any treaty signed by a president needs to be ratified by the Senate” – I do know the BO gang doesn’t have much respect for tradition or the constitution. So who knows what could happen. A couple years ago you be a nutter to say GM and AIG would be run by the government. Or that a number of unvetted NeoCom czars would become part of the ruling class.