CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite retired from his position as “the most trusted man in America” in 1981. America thought they knew all there was to know about this distinguished newsman that they invited into their home each evening. The truth is, we didn’t have a clue, and we certainly didn’t know what he was doing behind the scenes. Walter Cronkite was a World Federalist and in that vein, he said he was happy to sit at the right hand of Satan.
The background is that Walter Cronkite was a member of the World Federalist Movement. Norman Cousins was a past president of the organization. The World Federalists want a new world order of international law and international justice for individuals.
The World Federalist Movement headquarters, known as the Institute for Global Policy, is located in New York City across from the United Nations. The best estimate of membership is between 30,000 and 50,000 members.
The video below is a bit long, so I’ve transcribed portions if you do not have time to watch the entire “event.”
Norman Cousins introduces Walter Cronkite and presents the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award to him. Cousins lauds Cronkite for being a lifelong advocate of the principal of world governance. Cousins either quotes Cronkite as saying “world governance is the structure necessary for global justice,” or this is a statement made by Cousins in his introduction. The video is not clear on who said what.
Cronkite takes the podium and honors Cousins by saying he had hoped to address Cousins as “Mr. President,” one day.
In Cronkite’s remarks he opens with “the first priority of human kind is to establish an effective system of world law that will assure peace and justice among peoples of all the world.” He says that as a journalist, “I had my own strong opinions and I put them aside, now however my circumstances are considerably different and I’m in a position to speak my mind, and by God, I’m going to do it:
[We have the opportunity to] influence the future of civilization, whether our planet is going to live or die, to drift into chaos and violence or whether through a monumental educational and political effort we will achieve a world of peace under a system of law where individual violators of that law are brought to justice.
Cronkite says our belief in war is a “savage” belief.
We Americans are going to have to yield-up some of our sovereignty. That’s going to be to many a bitter pill. It will take a lot of courage, a lot of faith, a lot of persuasion for them to come along with us in this necessity. Our forefathers believe that the closer the laws are to the people, the better…
He speaks about the duty of the federal government being interstate commerce, etc., but:
…today we must develop federal structures on a global level to deal with world problems. We need a system of enforceable w law, a democratic federal world government. What Alexander Hamilton wrote about the need for law among the 13 states applies today to the approximately 200 sovereigntys in our global village, all of which are going to need to give up some of that sovereignty to the better greater union and it’s not going to be easy.
Most important we should sign and ratify the treaty for a permanent international criminal court. That is now at the core of the World Federalist Movement’s drive. That court will enable the world to hold individuals accountable for their crimes against humanity.
Pat Robertson wrote in a book a few years ago saying that we should have “a world government but only when the Messiah arrives. Any attempt to achieve world order before that time must be the work of the devil.” Well, join me. I’m glad to sit here at the right hand of Satan. Let us hear the peal of a new international liberty bell that calls us all to the creation of a system of enforceable world law in which the universe’s desire for peace can place its hope and its prayers.
Hillary Clinton as the then-First Lady, is simulcasted-in for remarks: She congratulates Walter, and speaks of his time in the CBS anchor chair. She extolled him:
“You explained the complex news of the day, telling us in simple but riveting prose what was happening. You told us “the way it is,” We honor you for fighting for the way it could be…You have stirred our consciousness to live closer to the words of the universal declaration of human rights: all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
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Mr. Cronkite’s quest for world peace is a noble one. To believe that a world court designed to administer justice to individuals, in order to get that peace, is either incredibly naive or traitorous. Cronkite has the audacity to quote our Founders, with no credit for the hard-fought battle that they lived through, yet believes we should be subject to a world court. Had there been a world court in the days of Alexander Hamilton, Mr. Cronkite would have been a subject of Queen Elizabeth – if indeed the Muslim world had allowed her to reign.
The “most trusted man in American” was willing to hand over American sovereignty by trusting in the belief of the goodness of mankind. He obviously was not paying attention to the world news, to which he had such heady access. See information on the International Criminal Court (ICC) under the video.
Kenneth Roth, then director of Human Rights Watch said:
Unsigning the treaty will not stop the court. It will only throw the United States into opposition against the most important new institution for enforcing human rights in 50 years,” he said.
The court itself still has enough international support to begin work in The Hague next year – but without US backing, correspondents say it will be a far less powerful and effective player on the world stage.
Fortunately, Congress understood that our military, our diplomats and our executive branch would be in great jeopardy if any power is given to a world court. Today, we have a very different Congress. Be assured that Barack Obama supports the ICC.
Read more about Cronkite: Nostalgia for Cronkite: How Cronkite Changed America