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Beltway conservatives love the UN!

"Do the democracies of Europe have a problem with U.S. goals of spreading democracy around the world?" asked Heritage Foundation official Helle Dale in a May 3 Washington Times op-ed column. "In the drive to raise funds for the brand new UN Democracy Fund ... the United States and India have emerged as the biggest financial supporters. European countries, on the other hand, have been downright stingy in their response."

"What's the problem?" taunts Dale. "Isn't Europe in favor of democracy promotion? ... [A] little more enthusiasm from Europe for the UN Democracy Fund would be in order if Europeans are serious about improving the United Nations, which they regard with close to religious devotion, and if they are as dedicated to the spread of democracy as they say they are."

Whatever objections European governments might have to the UN Democracy Fund, the salient issue for Americans should be the fact that the Constitution doesn't authorize our government to promote democracy anywhere, either at home or abroad, or to use tax dollars for any kind of foreign aid--and lavishing those funds on the United Nations is utterly unacceptable.

There was a time when this was understood by "conservative" Beltway organizations like the Heritage Foundation.
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Title Annotation:United Nations, Heritage Foundation donations
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 29, 2006
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