It was all I could do to keep from pulling an Elvis and shooting out the screen of my TV this week to see the tag-team of terrorist dictators come to the podium of the United Nations to spout their lunacy.
Muammar Qaddafi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez all were given stage time as if they were legitimate leaders of civil governments. They are murdering thugs and despicable despots. Their raging rants were bad enough, but it was made worse by the fact that U.S. taxpayers like you and me are paying for a big chunk of it.
The United States pays 22 percent of the total operating budget of the United Nations and 27 percent of the peacekeeping mission. In all, we contribute over $5 billion a year directly to this bloated bureaucracy that doesn't have the courage to call out members who violate human rights at will, pollute and exploit the planet, engage in terror, or who trample the rights of its women and subjugate them to the status of yard animals.
The concept of a community of nations gathering in a forum to discuss mutual concerns and seeking to bring peaceful solutions to troubled areas was a noble one. The ideas to help foster relief and aid to nations in crisis is likewise worthy. But the United Nations has become the international version of ACORN, with a culture of corruption and cowardice that takes American money by the fistful and then uses its fists to beat us over the head with criticism.
Get the jackhammers and cut it loose from the edge of the East River and float the entire block of concrete to any nation willing to put up with its collection of spoiled diplomats and willing to pay for the care and upkeep like we have. We can send a couple of people over to wherever it decides to locate to listen, but let other nations pay the freight.
I'm tired of the America bashing, whether from punk nations that use the microphones we pay for to trash us or from our own president, who needs to stop apologizing for his perception of our excesses and start acknowledging our exceptionalism.
I know that in the grand scheme of a federal budget of trillions of dollars, $5 billion might seem like chump change, but that's real money that isn't really helping Americans put food on their tables and providing jobs for our families.
So if the U.N. is going to continue to be a forum for fruits, nuts, and flakes, let them fill the bowl somewhere else. I'm sure the diplomats would love the Saudi summers, sucking up the sand or maybe in Teheran, where Ahmadinejad can talk all day and won't even have to travel.
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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is a 2016 Republican candidate for president of the United States.