Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to the UNCLOS Treaty, commonly referred to as the Law of the Sea Treaty. It is good to hear from you.
As you may know, the Law of the Sea Treaty was conceived in 1982 by the United Nations as a method for governing activities on, over, and beneath the ocean's surface. It focuses primarily on navigational and transit issues. The Treaty also contains provisions on the regulation of deep-sea mining and the redistribution of wealth to underdeveloped countries. To date the United States has yet to ratify the Treaty. You will be pleased to know that should the Law of the Sea Treaty come to the floor of the U.S. Senate for ratification, I will vote against it.
June 1, 2012
Dear Miss Harrison,
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Convention on the Law of the Sea. I have taken note of your comments.
As with all treaties, U.S. ratification obliges the United States to follow the convention's po licies. Likewise, it provides certainty that other nations will follow the policies as well. In 1970, the United States called for other nations to join in talks to save the oceans from "national conflict and rivalry , to protect it from pollution , and to put it to use for the benefit of all." These talks resulted in the Law of the Sea, which includes standards for maritime zones, freedom of navigation rights, and guidelines for mining and protection of sea resources. Currently, 161 nations have ratified the treaty.
Please know that I have taken note of your comments regarding the Convention on the Law of the Sea. While I do not serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I will keep your thoughts in mind should this treaty come before the Senate for consideration .
Again, thank you for contacting me. I value your input. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my office regarding this or any other matter of concern to you.
5/24/2012 It's Our Choice ~Lacy Harrison
There are two things that I have been thinking about since Sarah Palin endorsed Senator Orin Hatch in Utah in his bid for reelection. One is the fact that while many are dissatisfied with whom the establishment endorses; invariably in most cases, they will vote in the person the establishment endorsed. For example, John McCain in 2008 won the party’s nomination for president, and it appears that Mitt Romney will in 2012. How about Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, who Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va and his super PAC (YG Action Fund) endorsed because he was seen as a “team player” against Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill in the newly redrawn district. Even though Manzullo was not a freshman, he was a dependably conservative member drawing endorsements from Freedom Works and RedState. However, Kinzinger pulled it off and won the primary. While one can blame the establishment all day long, it is up to us whether we listen to them or vote the way we know is best. People are listening to the establishment and voting how they say to until the more conservative candidates are being forced out because they are not winning the elections. We have a voice, but we do not use it like we should. If we would rise up and say no, I am voting my convictions regardless of what conventional wisdom states, the establishment would be forced to take the back seat, and let the people’s will be done. We know what it will take to get our country back on track. We know that we have to get the tsunami of spending, govt. regulations, and corruption stopped. We know we need to cut taxes and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but we rarely take ahold of the reins. I hope the good people of Utah will see through Palin’s disappointing endorsement, and think for themselves by doing the right thing in booting Senator Hatch out. But, then again, it is up to them.
The second thing that I have been pondering on is the talk about having term limits. Although I do agree that we have a problem with politicians going sour and becoming RINO’s after spending time in public office, who is really the blame for their continued incumbency? Think about it, Senator Hatch has been in office 36 years, but only now are people seriously trying to do something about it. We already have term limits for people who do not vote the will of the people, it is called elections. Again, we can complain all we want to, but if we do not take action and vote, the fault lies with us. I believe that if we would keep the pressure on our elected officials, let them know that they are out if they do not toe the line, and mean what we say, we would have less trouble with them letting up on conservative values. Yes, I understand that it should not have to be that way. If they had true conservative values and convictions they would stand for the good and right regardless. Sadly though, there are plenty of them that do not have the courage or the convictions to stand without constant oversight.
We should, however, commend those who do stand up and fight for the freedoms and values of the people. It should never go unnoticed! We should be as quick to praise those to do right, as we are to condemn those who do not. If there is one thing I hope that people will remember from reading this, it is the fact that people do have a choice; they should take action by voting and not let the establishment and RINO’s take the driver’s seat in the political arena!
5/10/12 Dismal Economy Is Not America's Only Threat ~ Lacy Harrison
I noticed in the news a lot here lately how that this general election will be about President Obama’s failed record concerning the economy, the ballooning deficit, and dismal job numbers. It also seems as though the GOP establishment is scared to talk about social issues because it might frighten moderate voters away. One should note that anytime conservatives have won these elections social issues were involved. While I agree that our country’s financial state is dire, and we are heading towards being just like Greece, there are other things that President Obama and his administration has done that are frightening to say the least.
For example, what about Obamacare and these mandates being dictated on a whim that is taking away a person’s freedoms and liberties? Not only does it affect our economy, it shreds our first amendment rights to pieces, and diminishes the value of life whether it is the abortion agenda or denying care to the elderly and infirmed that will be in place if the Supreme Court does not rule the legislation unconstitutional. This issue should not be placed in the back corner and forgotten about. The President has just come out in favor of gay marriage (again), although he said that states should have the right to decide. Just yesterday, I just received an email from the Public Advocate Legal Team saying that California’s Proposition 8, which delineates marriage as between one man and one woman, is going to the Supreme Court. If the Court rules against the law, it will pave the way for same-sex marriage to be legal in every state. This is yet another important issue concerning the moral fabric of our society that needs to stay in the forefront.
I also read reports which said a recent executive order entitled “Promoting International Regulatory Cooperation” by the President rules that the United States be subject to “international regulations” instead of heeding our own Constitution. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/01/executive-order-promoting-international-regulatory-cooperation The President is quickly abolishing our Sovereignty as a nation and is peddling us to the international community. Another executive order called “National Defense Resources Preparedness” gives the President the power to take anything necessary for the purpose of defending the country. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness The leaders of these cabinet level positions; Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Defense and Commerce can commandeer food, livestock, fertilizer, farm equipment, all forms of energy, water resources, and all forms of civil transportation. In an emergency, the government will be free to seize whatever they want, print money to acquire anything they want, and dispense it as they choose as part of a “war effort”. War is not necessary to enact this, just a potential threat. What about Attorney General Eric Holder and Operation Fast and Furious? This is the case where guns were sold to drug cartels which ultimately caused the death of an innocent man in the line of duty. Holder has refused to cooperate with Congress and has basically made a mockery of the position he holds. Hopefully, Congress will act quickly to bring contempt charges against him. There is more happening than just the things I mentioned here, the list could go on and on.
These actions should not go unnoticed or put on the back burner. The issues that I have mentioned have a direct impact on our founding principles, values, and freedoms. Let us not focus our attention solely on the economy lest we wake up one morning and find out that we no longer have our freedoms, and the economy will mean nothing to us. Why? Because the government will be telling us where to work, what to eat, how to live, how much money we can make, and how we can practice our religious beliefs. We need justice and judgment to prevail in order to right the wrongs being committed by our government. There has never been a time like this in the United States of America; we need beg God for mercy, to forgive our sins and transgressions, and to heal our land.
Isaiah 59:13-15 (KJV) In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
04/14/12 Elections are Meant to Let the People Speak ~ Lacy Harrison
I have been a member of the Republican National Committee since 2009, and I am writing to express my grave disappointment and concern about how the presidential primary elections have been handled. Many of the Republican leaders and congressmen have pushed, prodded, and endorsed a candidate that is moderate at best and liberal at worse. They have told us time and time again that he is the only one that can defeat President Obama. However, he has a record of standing up for principles that have taken away freedoms and have let down the standard on social issues such as gay marriage, and abortion. His healthcare policies and mandates are the blueprint for Obamacare. Moreover, these policies and mandates are wrong whether it is on a state or federal level. The Republican Party should be upholding conservative values and freedom instead they are sanctioning a candidate who does not hold to the same principles.
I have been disheartened by those in our Party saying that we must end this primary season quickly. Why should we? All of our voices have not been heard yet. Many people in many states have not even had a chance to vote. Those who have said this and the media have made it to where more conservative candidates have been forced to drop out of the race. I am beginning to wonder if our elected officials think they know what is best for us, and we do not. If this is so, it could not be farther from the truth. We the people are the ones to decide who are nominee is, not those in Washington, DC.
I want to be part of a party who truly believes that all voices should be heard. I want to be part of a party who wants the most conservative candidates to be elected, not just someone who has a lot of money and can talk smooth. As you well know, we have that already in the White House and look at our country now. I have not donated to the Committee here lately because I feel that they have not represented my beliefs like they should and have joined together in fundraising efforts with a moderate at best candidate.
The Republican Party needs to remember what happened in 2008 when a moderate candidate was the nominee. The election was lost to President Obama who has brought much ruin, and is stripping us of our social and economic freedoms as well as putting us in grave danger with his foreign policies. We as a nation cannot afford another four more years of President Obama. But, if we put up a moderate candidate that will more than likely happen as it has in the past elections when we put up a moderate against a liberal. We need true conservatives who will stand up for true conservative values and believes in the power and the will of the people elected to the White House and to every other public office.
03/14/12 What's the Difference ~ Lacy Harrison
Something in the news today caught my attention and put a huge question mark in my mind. It is the case where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services issued a permit to the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming allowing them to kill two bald eagles for religious purposes. Such permits are extremely uncommon. But, the decision came after the tribe filed a lawsuit last year saying that denying the tribe permits violated their member’s religious freedom. One can read the full article here http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/14/wyoming-native-american-tribe-gets-rare-permit-to-kill-bald-eagles/?test=latestnews
This issue begs the question, why is it acceptable to make exceptions for religious freedom in relation to tribal worship, but not in regards to contraception and abortion-inducing drugs? Why are people being forced to choose between violating their conscience or pay a fine, but yet it is ok to allow a certain tribe to kill bald eagles due to their religion? To me, this administration has double standards when it comes to individual’s rights and liberties. As long as it does not affect their pet agenda it is fine and dandy, but if it does, well, you are out of luck. Something is very wrong with this picture. There should be no partiality when it comes to our freedom of religion and being able to practice it freely as well as our other freedoms. However, it has happened and will continue to happen unless someone puts the breaks on this runaway train. I dare say it is time that we the people tell this administration that the government is of the people, by the people, for the people. We also need to pray to God for His mercy and to revive our nation once again.
Hi, my name is Lacy Harrison. I am a RN and am currently seeking my Bachelor’s in Nursing. I started this site because I am greatly concerned about the direction our country is headed. Our moral values and religious freedoms are being trampled underfoot; spending is out of control with a humongous deficit, the economy is in the tank, and our administration is putting us in danger by wanting to have talks and make “peace” with our enemies. The list could go on and on. Rather than just sitting around talking about it, while wringing our hands, we can rise up, and let our voices be heard. This site will hopefully give people a place where they can gather, find the resources they need to make informed decisions, and be actively involved in what is affecting their daily lives. I will be writing in my blog from time to time about the current events and will be giving my thoughts on the issues. The website still has growing to do. I hope you will be patient while I continue to work on it to serve you better. Thanks for reading!