Friday, December 8, 2006

A Dubious Birthday

Today, back in 1993, The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The agreement created the world's largest free-trade zone and was intended to encourage other nations to work toward a broader world-trade pact. This trade pact between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, eliminated virtually all tariffs and trade restrictions between these three nations. Clinton considered the passage of NAFTA as a major victory for him and his party.

During its planning stages, NAFTA was heavily criticized by Reform Party presidential candidate Ross Perot. He argued that with the passage of NAFTA, Americans would hear a "giant sucking sound" of American companies fleeing the United States for Mexico, where employees work for less pay and without benefits.

Well, Mr. Perot need not have worried. Those workers have instead fled here illegally. They have come over our largely unprotected borders, and nothing much has been done about it. Instead, private citizen "Minutemen" stand guard. Our government has done little to strengthen the borders, and the reason is simple. The plan is to pretty much erase our borders by 2010. We'll be part of the "North American Union" - complete with a new currency called "the Amero".

The idea to form the North American Union, knitting together Canada, the United States and Mexico into a super-regional political and economic entity was a key agreement resulting from the March 2005 meeting held at Baylor University in Waco, Tex., between President Bush, President Fox and Prime Minister Martin.

It hasn't gotten much press.. and this has been moving forward very quietly. Texas Congressman Ron Paul and a few others have spoken out about how this "agreement" (versus a treaty) is being done outside of established Congressional oversight.

A joint statement published by the three presidents following their Baylor University summit announced the formation of an initial entity called, “The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America” (SPP). The joint statement termed the SPP a “trilateral partnership” aimed at producing a North American security plan as well as providing free market movement of people, capital, and trade across the borders between the three NAFTA partners. The NAFTA highway going from Mexico to Canada will utilize existing US highways, with thousands of acres of land to be taken via eminent domain for expansion. It is called NASCO, North America's Super-Corridor Coalition.

The North American Union is envisioned to create a super-regional political authority that could override the sovereignty of the United States on immigration policy and trade issues. In his testimony, given in June 2005, to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Pastor, the Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University, stated clearly the view that the North American Union would need a super-regional governance board to make sure the United States does not dominate the proposed North American Union once it is formed. Pastor was a vice chairman of the CFR task force that produced the report “Building a North American Community.” He also spoke before the Canadian House of Commons saying that we should identify ourselves as "North Americans". Pastor’s 2001 book, “Toward a North American Community” called for the creation of a North American Union that would perfect the defects Pastor believes limit the progress of the European Union. Much of Pastor’s thinking appears aimed at limiting the power and sovereignty of the United States as we enter into this new super-regional entity. Pastor has also called for the creation of a new currency which he has coined the “Amero,” a currency that is proposed to replace the U.S. dollar, the Canadian dollar, and the Mexican peso.

I kid you not, this is in the works, and you can check out the government websites, as well as other websites, for yourself. Happy birthday NAFTA... your present is our future.