The Montana Legislature and the UN

The three-ring circus (also called the Montana Legislature) in Helena continues and it is getting more and more exciting every day. I could spend day after day just writing about the shenanigans!

A case in point is Montana State Senator Dave Lewis, a Republican from the Helena area, who introduced Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 in the Montana State Senate that urges the United States Congress:

…to take measures necessary to dissolve the membership of the United States in the United Nations, thereby freeing the United States from a large financial burden and retaining its sovereignty to decide what is best for the country and the steps it considers appropriate as the leader of the free world, with full control of its own armed forces, finances, and destiny.


If passed, that resolution will send a “strong” message that a bunch of part-time legislators from Montana wants us out of the UN. Look for breaking news all across Russia, Great Britain and in China. There may be rioting in the streets…

While I’m not the biggest fan of the United Nations (UN), if it was in some other country, I’d be fine with it, but I am not in favor of the United States withdrawing from the United Nations. It can be improved and the United States needs to be at the table to improve the UN.

By the way, I am certainly not in favor of our military personnel wearing the UN insignia on their uniforms either. Our country’s flag is just fine and sends the signal that the big guy is in the house and everything is going to be all right…

Communication is always a good thing when there are issues in the world and the United Nations provides this important tool. Sure, we have not always agreed with the members of the UN, but they have not always agreed with the United States.

But to take our ball and go home isolates us from the world. With today’s technology and global markets, the world is much smaller. We need a seat at the table.

Montana companies that trades or sells their goods to another country might see reluctance from their “global” partners to do business with a Montana company if this resolution passes.

The fact is that United States is still the “big dog” in the United Nations…the UN does not run us and we don’t run the UN. We still decide on what’s best for our country and we are still the leader of the free world.

The Montana Legislature should concentrate their limited time in making it easier for businesses to create jobs in the state, or making the state government work better for the people – or reduce spending – or tackle the drunk driving problem in the state – just do something worthwhile and stay away from the things that makes the Montana Legislature look silly.