seatbeltLegislators in the “Live Free or Die” state may soon trade a bit of their citizens’ independence for a pot of gold from Washington, D.C. The New Hampshire House of Representative voted 197 to 155 on Wednesday to adopt a mandatory seat belt law for all automobile drivers and passengers. New Hampshire is the only state not to have either a primary or secondary seat belt law for adults.

Barack Obama gesturing at podiumRecently, Americans have elected a string of lying presidents. First, there was George Bush the elder, who said "Read my lips, no new taxes,” and then signed tax increases as president. Then we had Bill Clinton, who proclaimed to us: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

Cover of The New American for March 2, 2009The United States Senate may vote very soon on one of the most far-reaching and dangerous treaties our government has ever considered for ratification: the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST). The treaty, which has simmered on the back burners of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for decades, would give the United Nations control and jurisdiction over the world's oceans, nearly three-quarters of the surface of our planet.

Cover of The New American for March 2, 2009Like virtually all other treaties flowing out of the United Nations, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea is not what it purports to be. Stripped to its bare essence, it is a naked grab for power, an effort to transfer power from the nation-state to the emerging world-state. It comes as no surprise to those who study U.S. foreign policy that the major organizational force promoting the convention is the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the premier organization in the United States promoting global governance. One of the first major send-offs for LOST was an article entitled "Who Will Own the Oceans?" in the council's journal, Foreign Affairs, in April 1976. Between then and now the CFR's membership, along with its substantial assets and influence, has been summoned to propel this unwanted treaty to its near-ratified present status.

Military recruitmentFor the first time since Vietnam, the U.S. armed forces will begin recruiting immigrants in America on temporary visas. In return for their service, the recruits will be fast-tracked to citizenship in a process that could take less than six months.