Monday, September 03, 2007

The North American Union Pt I

If I were to take a survey in a local mall or any other busy shopping center, asking people if they have heard of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, or the North American Union, I would probably get blank stares from most people I ask. I know, because I get the same look when I ask about those topics at work. Few if any have heard of them, and of the few who have, an even smaller percentage know what they are.

Yet when I explain to people that the governments of the United States, Mexico and Canada are working to create a North American Union, very similar to the European Union, I get incredulous looks and am called a conspiracy nut.

Unfortunately, whether or not people believe me, it is happening, and unless the people of this country wake up, it will be to late to stop if from becoming a done deal.

I think when I mention the prospect of a North American Union people they think that the United States is suddenly going to disappear. While it may be true that some groups might want land redistributed, like the Hispanics who believe in the concept of Reconquista, I don't think that is the main goal of combining the three North American countries. It is all about money that is made through trade and the cheapest possible labor to manufacture goods.

To understand the creation of this North American Union it would be best to review the creation of the European Union.

As early as 1950 the European Coal and Steel Community began to unite European countries economically and politically in order to secure a lasting peace. The original six founders of this union were Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

In 1957 the Treaty of Rome created the European Economic Community, or the 'Common Market'.

The 1960's saw a good period for the European economies due to the fact that they stopped charging custom duties in regards to trade. They also agreed to joint control over food production.

In 1973 Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom join the E.U. Also during the 70's the E.U. regional policy began transferring huge sums of money to create jobs and infrastructure in poorer areas. The European Parliament also began increasing its influence in E.U. affairs.

In 1987 the Single European Act is signed which provides the basis for a six year program aimed at sorting out the problems with the free-flow of trade across E.U. borders, creating the 'Single Market'.

By 1993 the Single Market is complete comprising the 'four freedoms'. The freedom of: movement of goods, services, people, and money. Also during this period two other treaties were signed, the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, and the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1999.

The Maastricht Treaty had a protocol linked to it that led to the creation of the Euro and introduced the Three Pillars of the European Union; the European Communities Pillar, the Common Foreign Security Policy Pillar, and the Justice and Home Affairs Pillar.

The Amsterdam Treaty, among other things further defined and broadened the common foreign and security policy.

It is interesting to note that although the E.U. is supposedly a single entity with the best interests of all of Europe in mind, they are still beholden to the United Nations. According to the Treaty on European Union, Article 11 the E.U. defines and implements a common foreign and security policy covering all areas of foreign and security, the objectives which shall be

-to safeguard the common values, fundamental interests, independence and integrity of the Union in conformity with the principles of the United Nations Charter.

If you notice, there were no huge steps taken. The European Union came about voluntarily through a series of trade agreements and treaties between the countries involved. If you look at a map of Europe you don't see a single huge block of land called the European Union. You will still see the individual countries well defined by their original borders. However, they are now governed by a single Parliament that controls trade and other issues.

How does this apply to the concept of a North American Union? Look at what has happened in this country, and what continues to happen.

First we had NAFTA which was initially started by President George Bush, and singed by President Clinton. NAFTA, along with The North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation was designed to create a free trade area which consisted of Canada, the United States and Mexico. It was touted as being in the best interests of all three countries.

What has NAFTA actually done? According to several economists, whose findings have been reported in publications like the World Bank's Lessons From NAFTA for Latin America and the Caribbean, NAFTA's Impact On North America, and NAFTA Revisited by the Institute for International Economics, most agree that NAFTA has been positive for Mexico although it has not done enough to produce an economic convergence nor to substantially reduce poverty rates in Mexico. If it had been beneficial for Mexico we would not still have the numbers of illegal aliens crossing over into the U.S. for higher paying jobs.

Those reports paint a relatively rosy picture concerning the benefits of NAFTA. However, they fail to cover some important facts. While it should be noted that an increase in manufacturing does not necessarily mean an increase in manufacturing jobs. Also, while the United States total civilian employment rate may have grown by almost 15 million between 1993 and 2001, manufacturing jobs only increased by 476,000. According to statistics taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, from 1994 to 2007 net manufacturing employment declined by over 3.5 million jobs.

Despite NAFTA being touted as beneficial to all countries involved, the average Mexican did not see those benefits. Interest rates have risen from 35% to 59% causing more than $2.5 billion in investments to flee the country. The stock market dropped 24% while hundreds of companies shut down causing a quarter million Mexicans to lose their jobs. Wages in Mexico declined by 40%-50% and the cost of living rose by 80%. Inflation rose by 51% and 20,000 small and medium sized businesses went under due to competition from multinational corporations. As of 1996 over 2.3 million Mexicans have lost their jobs due to NAFTA. NAFTA and Poverty

NAFTA was just the first step in creating a North American Union. Construction of a NAFTA super highway, under the disguise of a Trans Texas Corridor, is next. The TTC is to be a multi use state wide system that will include lanes for passenger and truck traffic, freight and high speed commuter railways, as well as infrastructure for utilities to include, oil, water, gas, and electricity.

This monstrous highway is estimated to take up 584,000 acres of land, much of it taken by eminent domain. Eventually it will complete a massive highway system linking the Mexican Border going up through Texas to Kansas City, where an inland customs port will be set up, and finally traveling all the way to Winnipeg Canada.

Trans Texas Corridor

More on the TTC HERE

The Council On Foreign Relations, CFR, issued a report in 2005 entitled Building A North American Community.

Building a North American Community

The report makes suggestions to the leaders of the governments of Mexico, Canada and the U.S. concerning the creation of a single economic and security community. Remember back to the creation of the European Union? That is very similar to what was created in the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, and the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1999. A common area of trade and security.

In the CFR's report it states that the leaders of all 3 countries 'committed their governments to a path of cooperation and joint action.'

At that meeting in 2005 President Bush described the creation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership as, '...putting forward a common commitment "to markets and democracy, freedom and trade, and mutual prosperity and security."

I don't know about you, but the similarities between the creation of the European Union, and what the leaders of Mexico, Canada, and the United States are doing are far to similar to be ignored.

If the people of this country do not wake up to the facts that are happening right before their eyes, they will soon find themselves ruled by a single government that is not obligated to follow the constitution. That means that the personal liberties and freedoms guaranteed to us under that document will become null and void. Basically the United States will remain only as the name found upon a map. We will have lost our national sovereignty and all that goes along with it. It can still be stopped, but people must begin paying attention to what our government is doing, and demand that they do not enter into any further trade, or unification agreements between our three countries. I myself refuse to let it happen without a fight. It is up to you to decide if calling yourself an American means being a citizen of the United States or a member of the North American Union.

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