Mike Huckabee wants to “take a jackhammer to U.N. headquarters in NYC”

You never know who’s going to be on the other end of a toll-free robo call with an outrageous political message. Tonight, it was former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Well, a robo version of him, anyway. He’s calling me to join him and Citizens United [remember them?] in–“once and for all–getting the United Nations out of our country.” According to Huckabee and his Citizens United friends, “defunding of the United Nations is long overdue. We should take a jackhammer to U.N. Headquarters, kick the UN out of the US and save American taxpayers $3 billion annually.” Huckabee says that the UN is “an absolute disgrace, and it’s time to cut them off.” Also, if I stay on the line and sign the petition, “along with thousands of other patriotic Americans,” I’ll receive a complementary copy of–surprise!–Huckabee’s book, ironically titled “Do the Right Thing.”

I did stay on the line, and Huckabee’s live “assistant” had a question for me: “Do you agree that the United Nations is a useless organization?”

Well, I don’t agree. The United Nations has some serious bureaucratic and funding problems, and I don’t always agree with its resolutions. But “useless?” Let me count a few of the ways that the UN is NOT useless: Let’s see…UNICEF, the World Health Organization, UNESCO, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Atomic Energy Agency.  And let’s not forget that the United Nations–which is NOT a world government–at the very least offers a place where countries in conflict can talk to one another. Sure, the General Assembly seems powerless, dysfunctional and chaotic at times, but should we really try to imagine a world without the UN– no place for discussion when a country would prefer to solve its conflicts without weapons, no place to at least give peace a chance?

It has been pointed out to me that, on the grounds of U.N. Headquarters in New York, there’s a statue that represents a bibical quotation that former Governer [and ordained Christian minister] Huckabee has undoubtedly referred to on many occasions: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their shields into pruning hooks.” How does Mr. Huckabee’s violent jackhammer image jibe with that biblical exhortation?

Also, does Huckabee realize that what he’s calling for is the destruction of a tall building in New York City? Not a great image, as we approach the anniversary of 9-11, Mr. Huckabee.

Anyone who knows why Citizens United is behind this effort, and how much Huckabee is earning as their shill–please chime in.

[Crossposted from Forward STL]

Gloria Shur Bilchik Gloria Shur Bilchik (477 Posts)

Gloria Shur Bilchik is a freelance writer and community volunteer in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the editor of Occasional Planet. She views the preservation of progressive values as vital to making the US a humane, livable place for her children and grandchildren.


  • Charles M. Seamens

    I agree with the Governor. The UN is a corruptible shame of crooks who do nothing
    but exercise greed, one of the seven deadly sins of the world.

  • Kitwench

    Keep the UN in existence.
    And send it elsewhere.
    IF any other nation will take it. I somehow doubt.
    And take it down – with jackhammers?
    Sure, why not?
    It’s an EMPTY building at that point, and you should be ashamed of comparing demolition to the deaths of thousands.
    Why tear it down?
    It’s been UN headquarters for so long there is no way of reasonably removing all of the various systems in place that would be unacceptable in any other line of work.
    Build something we can use – real estate in NYC isn’t cheap, but apparently cowardly words still are.

  • Sj3

    Gloria – “preservation of progressive values” at the expense of individual liberty and freedom? 

  • Guest

    Ms. Bilchik does an amazing job of sliding right past the real issues with a reference to the U.N. having some “serious bureaucratic and funding problems.”  If you look a bit closer at these “problems” we are glossing over, they amount to:
    –Hundreds of millions of dollars verifiably embezzled with possibly as much as another $10 Billion currently under investigation
    –Huge sums of money and supplies diverted to some of the most murderous regimes in history
    –Conservatively tens of thousands of people killed as a direct result of (at best) U.N. mismanagement in regions they have taken jurisdiction of (and thereby excluded the U.S.) from the Congo to Mogadishu
    –Incredibly dispicable lawlessness, much under diplomatic cover (Ask a New York cop how much he wants the U.N. to stay around!) (Or how about the Belgian UNICEF executive who was running a child sex ring?  Kind of makes you STOP wondering why they had NAMBLA as a “consultant” on social issues!)

    And Ms. Bilchik’s list of “proofs” of how the U.N. is NOT worthless–please!  Every organization named has been the subject of embezzlement, corruption, mismanagement and lawlessness to a degree not even dreamed of in the most corrupt regime!  Not to mention their plethora of programs and activities specifically intended to erode support for the United States.  And the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?!?! Really?  Anybody see a problem with the UN declaring itself the propounder of our rights and to have the right at need to withdraw them?  A jewel of an accomplishment.  I am only amazed that she omitted the much-vaunted Convention on the Rights of the Child (after all, what list of UN “accomplishments” would be complete without including the treaty that embodies such “accomplishments” as dictating that children go to proper schools that ascribe to the stated principles of the UN (potentially nixxing most private schools and home schooling), invites oversight of everything from family life to education budgeting (local, state and federal), conflicts with our constitution, etc.)

    The “etc.” just means I’m tired.  What is the point of spending time responding to this nonsense.  You could float a battleship on the ink it would take to truly address the cesspool that is the UN.  I’m done!

  • Anonymous

    Would we say that ‘taking a jack hammer’ to the UN was completely an anti Christian statement…considering that Huck sells himself as a devout believer in Jesus’ principles.   “PEACE MAKING” OUGHT to be the keystone and hallmark of anyone who claims to be a Christian; not a war mongering politician. 
    Americans should be honored to house the UN in the US. & should the Occupied Congress truly be interested in saving $3Billion, simply CUT military welfare tax dollars to Israel–they are the 4th most powerful military in the world including Nukes, Chemical and biological weapons. They get $10 Million daily for weapons and such, whilst many of their own people are sleeping on the streets (like in the US) and eating at soup kitchens, which Israel never had prior to netanyahu. In fact those citizens inside Israel have MORE in common with Palestinians under occupation than they acknowledge…Occupation is killing all of them and US tax support of both should cease.  
    However, keeping the one global organization where conflicts can be debated and studied and voted on is CRITICAL even more so in the future.   Issues that impact the entire planet such as radiation, energy, carbon footprint, resource consumption and species die off a result of chemicals into the environment will profoundly impact your children and grandchildren …THINK PEACE ….and work on peaceable conflict resolution  NOT more bombing.  Time to re-read Orwells 1984…oh, and tell Huck that it is illegal to be selling his political books while making a call on behalf of a “non profit” Citizens United…that will end their non taxable status.

  • Dave

    Thank you!  You absolutely nailed it.  The U.N. is a complete disgrace!

  • Guest

    “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”  ~Thomas Jefferson

  • Chemist85

    By and large, the UN is anti-American collection of non contributing countries that get handouts because this administration continues the practice of trying to buy friendship with American monetary gifts.
    At least 75% of these takers voite against us whenever there is an important decision.

  • SANMAZ

    Oh, a progressive.  Just as bad as socialist.  If it were up them, we would be communist in a very short time.
    The UN should be shipped elsewhere and the US out of it.

  • Jwad

    You are crazy the un is also crazy an useless I want it off American soil

  • Fortworthact

    This author is an idiot. Obviously doesn’t read read current events.  She comments on things she doesn’t have the first clue about. She needs to go back to the poppy fields and continue to tiptoe through the tulips.

  • DEB1779

    If you want to find out how bad the UN is and why we should get rid of it, read Shake Hands With the Devil and you would never give it another dollar.

  • T

    Three things: First, why does the USA have to support and maintain the UN? If it is such a great organization to have, then why don’t ALL COUNTRIES equally support the costs to maintain it (or equal proportionate to their population)? The USA should NOT have to foot the bill to be the “policeman” of the world (we shouldn’t even be that). While it’s a good idea to have neutral grounds for several countries to air complaints and seek resolution, do you really think NYC can be considered “neutral ground”. I think not. Second and in reference to Christian principles, there is a big difference between being a peacekeeper and a peacemaker. Peacekeepers strive to keep peace at all costs and even compromise to do so without any form of hostility. A peacemaker’s role is to maintain peace using diplomatic methods or force, as necessary, to ensure peace. Christians are to be peacemakers, not wanting to use force but use it if they must. (Better to have a big military and not need it, than a small military and need a bigger one. Just having military strength will deter conflict/battles.) Third, our founding fathers of this great nation intended for the USA to be friends with all other nations and ally with none. They knew that by refusing to develop any ally relationships, we would also keep ourselves out of unnecessary/additional wars and conflict.

  • greg aldridge

    time to get a jackhammer chip off that building into the east river never see it again
    all they do is prop up murderous thugs who kill there own citizens
    its time to stop funding this freedom hating ruthless organization
    protect and defend the constitution of the united states time to kick them out of America for good
    I am serious about this its TIME TO SAY ENOUGH!!!

  • greg aldridge

    preserve protect and defend the constitution of the united states oh did say jackhammer the un building into the east river once and for all oh yeah I did I am completely serious this needs
    to happen now I am tired of my money going to hate throw them out of America for
    good as far as sending it to a country I say no let it float into the east river be done with
    the whole dam thing FOR GOOO ITS TIME TO SAY ENOUGH!!!

  • Grandpa82

    WE are footing the bill for this collection of countries that want donations from us and vote against us while hating us and our Republic. Our Muslim raised foreign student clown wants this group to take over and make him king of the Earth.

    Barack Obama is “The Architect of
    Destruction”

    Submitted by Donald R.
    May on April 7, 2013 –
    12:56am

    Unlike any President in the history
    of the United States of America, Barack Obama appears to be intent on destroying
    the history, prosperity, and future of our nation and our fellow
    citizens.

    Maureen Scott posted a column
    regarding Barack Obama and what separates Obama from the values and life
    experiences of the American people. Scott affirms that Obama has not
    participated in the American experience nor has Obama shared in the pursuit of
    the American Dream, which should be an expected prerequisite for those who
    aspire to the highest office in our land.

    Maureen Scott’s column, “The Architect
    of Destruction,”
    which originally appeared on Renew America, follows in its
    entirety.

    “Obama comes from a community
    organizer background where it’s us against them. But that’s not who we are. And
    that’s not the position the leader of our Nation should take.” – Dr.
    Benjamin Carson

    Obama appears to be a tormented man
    who is filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or
    view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent,
    vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over
    others. Perhaps because, as a child, he grew up around family members and
    mentors who instilled him with an abiding bitterness toward the U.S. That
    bitterness seems not to have left him.

    It is not the color of his skin that
    is a problem – for anyone in America. Rather it is the blackness that fills his
    soul and the hollowness in his heart where there should be abiding pride and
    love for this country.

    Think: Have we ever heard Obama speak
    lovingly of the U.S. or its people, with deep appreciation and genuine respect
    for our history, our customs, our sufferings and our blessings? Has he ever
    revealed that, like most patriotic Americans, he gets “goose bumps” when a band
    plays “The Star Spangled Banner,” or sheds a tear when he hears a beautiful
    rendition of “America the Beautiful?” Does his heart burst with pride when
    millions of American flags wave on a National holiday – or is he moved to
    sadness and reflection when someone plays “taps” on a trumpet? Has he ever felt
    the depth of our admiration of the military, as lovers of those who keep America
    free feel when soldiers march by? It is doubtful – because Obama did not grow up
    sharing our experiences or our values. He did not sit at the knee of a
    grandfather or uncle who showed his medals and told of the bravery of his fellow
    troops as they fought and tramped through foreign lands sacrificing for a cause
    greater than their own lives. He didn’t have grandparents who told stories of
    suffering and then coming to America, penniless, and the opportunities they had
    for building a business and life for their children.

    Away from this country as a young
    child, Obama didn’t delight in being part of America and its greatness. He
    wasn’t singing our patriotic songs in kindergarten, or standing on the roadside
    for a holiday parade and eating a hot dog, or lighting sparklers around a
    campfire on July 4th as fireworks exploded over head, or placing flags on the
    gravesites of fallen and beloved American heroes.

    Rather Obama was separated from all
    of these experiences. He doesn’t really understand us and what it means to be an
    American. He is void of the basic emotions that most feel regarding this country
    and is insensitive to the instinctive pride we have in our national heritage.
    His opinions were formed by those who either envied us or wanted him to devalue
    the United States and the traditions and patriotism that unite
    us.

    Obama has never given a speech that
    is filled with calm, reassuring, complimentary, heartfelt statements about all
    the people in the U.S. Or one that inspires us to be better, grateful, and proud
    that, in a short time, our country became a leader, and a protector of so many.
    Quite the contrary, his speeches always degenerate into mocking, ridiculing
    tirades as he faults our achievements ,along with any of his critics, all for
    the sake of a laugh, or to bolster his ego. He uses his Office to threaten and
    create fear while demeaning and degrading anyone who opposes his policies and
    actions. Unlike a secure leader, who has noble self-esteem and not false
    confidence, Obama displays a cocky, haughty attitude and a dread of being
    critiqued.

    Mostly, his time seems to be spent
    causing dissention, unrest, and anxiety among the people rather than uniting us
    (even though he was presented to us as the “Great Uniter”). He creates chaos for
    the sake of keeping citizens separated, envious, aggrieved and ready to argue.
    Under his leadership Americans have been kept on edge, rather than in a state of
    comfort and security. He incites people to be aggressive toward, disrespectful
    of, and retaliate against those of differing backgrounds and views. Through such
    behavior, Obama has lowered the standards for self-control and mature restraint
    to the level of rowdy, street-fighting gangs. When, instead, he should be
    raising the bar for people to strive toward becoming more considerate, tolerant,
    self-disciplined, self-sustaining, and self-assured.

    Not a day goes by that he is not
    attempting to defy our laws, remove our rights, over-ride established
    procedures, install controversial appointees, enact divisive mandates, and
    assert a dictatorial form of power.

    • Never has there been a leader of
    this great land who used such tactics to harm and hurt the people and this
    country.

    • Never have we had a President who
    spoke with a caustic, evil tongue against the citizenry rather than present
    himself as a soothing, calming, and trustworthy
    force.

    • Never, in this country, have we
    experienced how much stress one man can cause a nation of people – on a daily
    basis!

    Obama has promoted the degeneration
    of peace, civility, and quality of cooperation between us. He thrives on tearing
    us down, rather than building us up. He is the Architect of the decline of
    America, and the epitome of a Demagogue.

    A prayer of President John Adams,
    which is inscribed in the front of the fireplace mantle in the White House State
    Dining Room, gives us hope for a better future.

    “I pray to heaven to bestow the best
    of blessings on this house and all that hereafter inhabit it. May none but
    honest and wise men ever rule under this
    roof.”

    We hope and pray that one day soon
    men and women of courage will return our nation to its former Judeo-Christian
    foundations and will restore our honor, our integrity, and our
    Liberty.