- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2005

With the rekindling of his Christian faith, President Bush clearly sees the purpose of the United States and its global mission through the United Nations. Similarly, President Lincoln believed in “uniting” the nation and resolved to win the Civil War. After September 11, our resolute leader sees a spiritual lineage between the United States and the United Nations and wants to revive the rightful foundation for which they were formed. For this mission, America needs to support the reform-minded president to advance his global agenda because he manifests himself as an instrument of higher power as reflected in our credo, annuit coeptis, “providence has favored our undertakings.”

Our notion of “united,” which has an enduring origin in the mind of the Creator, expanded into the United Nations to underscore the American principles of life, liberty and oneness — as pronounced in E pluribus unum, “out of many, one.” The Founding Fathers devised a system for unity in the 13 colonies that later applied to our 50 states, which extended closer to the member nations of the United Nations. In his vision of the League of Nations, President Wilson set in motion plans for the emergence of the United Nations that now needs rebirth to meet the post-September 11 security challenges to make the world safer for democracy.

The U.N. Charter affirms “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person … to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.” This resonates with our idea of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (i.e., spiritual happiness or oneness) that institute in governments, which derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.

When we see that nations do not govern “from the consent of the governed,” we failed in our guiding principles. When tyrant states govern the U.N. Human Rights Commission, for example, Amb. Rudy Boschwitz expressed his dismay in this newspaper and supported the nomination of the president’s high-minded American diplomat, John Bolton, as our ambassador to the United Nations.

As an eloquent defender of American values enshrined in the founding documents, Mr. Bolton critically sees the challenging task ahead. Reform-minded congressional leaders like Sens. Norm Coleman and Carl Levin proactively engage in global matters. Our former U.N. ambassador, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, reminded us: “While there have been some calls to boycott the General Assembly, or not to vote in it, there have been but few calls for withdrawal from the United Nations. It is almost as if Americanopinionnow acknowledged that there was no escaping involvement in the emergent world society.”

It is true that our American Experiment has had its challenges. When the Founders envisioned a world of “equal men,” for example, it took years for the women’s suffrage and the civil rights to take their rightful roots. The global body can’t wait because of the rapidly changing aspirations of women and minority groups in the knowledge society. Liberty, justice and oneness are the heart of this new global revolution. The American axiom, novus ordo seclorum, “a new order of the ages,” is now in action for peaceful coexistence.

The former U.N. leader Dag Hammarskjöld, a Western Christian mystic, asked: “To build a world of justice, we must be just. And how can we fight [for] liberty if we are not free in our own minds?” Similarly, U.N. Secretary-General U Thant, a Buddhist, said: “I have certain priorities in regard to virtues and human values. I would attach greater importance to moral qualities over intellectual qualities. And above all, I would attach the greatest importance to spiritual values.” We need a global body that transcends universal values that are essentially enshrined in the American founding documents — which are indeed spiritual.

Mr. Bush envisions a world that’s free and democratic. We don’t need to export democracy, but others demand liberty and justice. Nelson Rockefeller, a great American who donated the land to the United Nations, couldn’t have said it better: “The federal idea, which our Founding Fathers applied in their historic act of political creation in the 18th century, can be applied in this 20th century in the larger context of the world of free nations — if we will but match our forefathers in courage and vision. The first historic instance secured freedom and order to this new nation. The second can decisively serve to guard freedom and to promote order in a free world.” Now is the time to support Mr. Bush and our congressional leaders to see a greater destiny that has begun in the Middle East and elsewhere. Our intentions are neither colonial nor imperial but to transform the global body into an “empire for liberty” as Thomas Jefferson visualized for America.

Patrick Mendis worked on U.N. affairs and served in the State Department.

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