June 5, 2012
The Law of the Sea treaty is once again up for debate in the Senate, even though generations of leaders have rejected it. Today, some former critics are now lobbying on the treaty’s behalf—and incorrectly saying Ronald Reagan would have supported it too.
Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Heritage Foundation scholar Ed Meese, who served as Reagan’s Attorney General, refutes claims the Gipper would back the treaty. He also adds:
Why risk sacrificing U.S. sovereignty under the treaty if it makes us no more secure? After all, what initially established and still ensures freedom of navigation under international law is naval power. To secure navigational freedom, territorial rights and all national and international interests addressed in LOST, we must maintain the strength of theU.S. Navy, not look to an anachronistic pact that is intent on advancing a one-world agenda.
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), who once vehemently opposed treaty ratification, has recanted his opposition and now actually lobbies on its behalf.
Lott explains that his opinion has shifted only because the situation itself has changed. According to the Daily Caller, Lott explained he was unsure of the treaty before because there were many unresolved issues written into it, and that over time, those issues were resolved. “I finally concluded,” he said, “that it was time to go ahead and join the Law of the Sea conference.”
But in the years since he left office in 2007, Lott co-founded a public policy lobbying firm, Breaux Lott Leadership Group, with former Sen. John Breaux (D-LA). Heritage’s Lachlan Markay discovered that
Lott’s firm collected $80,000 in fees the first quarter of 2012 from the Shell Oil Company, to lobby on issues including support for the treaty’s ratification. Pike Associates also paid Lott’s firm $30,000 to support the treaty, according to disclosure forms.
Lott isn’t the only former critic of the treaty who has now come to embrace its ratification. In fact, he said he knows other voting Republican Senators who will vote to ratify. But he refused to mention their names, claiming that “they’re going to be savaged by The Heritage Foundation.”
Do you think ratifying the Law of the Sea Treaty would benefit the U.S. in any way?