Monday, December 3, 2007

Udall Supported Department of Peace Idea at Urging of High Schoolers

Just about the only thing more absurd than Boulder liberal Rep. Mark Udall's one-time co-sponsorship of a bill to create a Cabinet-level "Department of Peace" is the reason he gave on the House floor for doing so:
I joined as a cosponsor of a similar bill in the 107th Congress. That bill was introduced in July 2001, a year after the observance of UNESCO's International Year for the Culture of Peace in 2000 and in the context of a UNESCO resolution declaring an International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children 2001-2010.

I cosponsored H.R. 2459 in the spirit of these events and at the urging of a very persuasive group of young high school students from my district
because I wanted to underline the symbolic importance of promoting justice and democratic principles to expand human rights and developing policies that promote the peaceful resolution of conflict....[Emphasis added]
What other ideas has Udall taken from adolescents and tried to turn into legislation? Dare we even ask? Not exactly the hotbed of great public policy proposals. Just one more reason in a litany to be leery of Udall's candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

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