A group of leading conservatives released the following statement opposing the State Department nomination of Harold Koh:
Obama Chooses Radical Transnational Ideology Over US Interests With Koh State Department Nomination
President Obama’s nomination of left-wing academic Harold Koh to be the top lawyer at the State Department represents a choice based on ideology instead of national interest. Koh is a terrible pick for this important position.
Koh is a radical transnationalist who, based on his writings and statements, aims to use international and foreign law to deprive Americans of our rights as American citizens.
KOH FAVORS FOREIGN LAW OVER AMERICAN LAW
Koh wants the Supreme Court to misinterpret the Constitution to embody rules of foreign and international law. He objects to America’s “distinctive rights culture,” which he complains gives “First Amendment protections for speech and religion … far greater emphasis and judicial protection in America than in Europe or Asia.” He also wants to invent new constitutional rights favored by leftist elites—for same-sex marriage and against the death penalty, for example. Under our Constitution, these are matters for us citizens to decide through our elected representatives. But Koh wants to impose on us the views of foreign and international bureaucrats.
KOH FAVORS TREATIES + UN CONFERENCES THAT UNDERMINE AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY
Koh also favors an aggressive misuse of treaties to impose social and economic policies on American citizens. For example, he strongly supports a treaty that has been interpreted by the treaty’s own committee to create rights to abortion and prostitution, to have the government determine the pay scale of every job, and even to require the abolition of Mother’s Day.
Koh also believes that United Nations conferences and even international meetings of left-wing activists have the authority to create rules of so-called customary international law that are binding in the United States as federal law.
KOH’s POSITIONS HANDICAP AMERICA’s EFFORTS TO DEFEND ITSELF
Koh favors a flat ban on the United States government ever taking action to prevent American citizens from severe and imminent threats to national security. Koh opposes the very idea that American government officials should act to promote what they perceive to be our national self-interest.
KOH’s POSITIONS WOULD HARM AMERICAN BUSINESSES
Koh supports imposing massive liability on American businesses—and massive costs on their employees, customers, and shareholders—for their entirely lawful commercial transactions with foreign regimes that did bad things to their people. This threatens a massive redistribution of wealth from American citizens to international left-wing activists.
As the State Department’s top lawyer, Koh would be well positioned to advance his dangerous views on all these matters. President Obama’s choice of Koh demonstrates a preference for ideology over the national interest and the Senate should reject his nomination.
The statement was released by:
Edwin Meese, former Attorney General
Alfred Regnery, Publisher, American Spectator
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
Wm. Bradford Reynolds, former Assistant Attorney General
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council
Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center
T. Kenneth Cribb, former Counselor to U.S. Attorney General
Wendy Wright, President, Concerned Women for America
Phyllis Schlafly, founder and President, Eagle Forum
Richard Viguerie, Chairman ConservativeHQ.com