Thursday, May 20, 2004

U.N. = Student Government

I've been wanting to post about this for quite some time, but I was waiting for a Den Beste-like exposition. Unfortunately that is never going to come. So I'll just put out my idea in a few sentences.

The U.N. reminds me an awful lot of student government. That is to say, it thinks it rules the schoolyard, but really it has no real decision-making power whatsoever. Student government gets to vote on what color of banner to hang on the student center. But if student government were to vote for a decrease in tuition costs, it wouldn't do a damn thing. The student council could pass a resolution declaring that the Dean of Students is fired, but it wouldn't happen. The student body president could get himself elected on a platform of change, but all he could change would be who DJ's the dances. This is because the students only have as much power as the university gives them. It is the REAL administration of the university that has the real power-- and in the case of a state university they only have as much power as the legislature gives them.

The U.S. is the "real administration" of the world. The U.N. can vote all they want about condemning Israel and all, but all they can really do without us is change the color of the decor.