Skip to comments.U.S. Sovereignty; Slip-Sliding Away
Posted on 08/07/2005 6:58:15 AM PDT by antisocial
U.S. sovereignty slip-sliding away
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: August 6, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Henry Lamb
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It began in 1994. All the attention was focused on the new WTO emerging from the Uruguay round of GATT negotiations. Little attention was paid to the Summit of the Americas meeting in Miami. The assembled ministers agreed to create a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas and that it would be completed by January 2005, entering into force by December 2005.
For ten years, 34 governments have been conducting negotiating sessions throughout the Americas, fashioning a new trade agreement that will swallow up both NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, and, quite literally, much of the U.S. Constitution.
The final draft agreement addresses every aspect of trade in the Western Hemisphere and requires that every dimension of the agreement be "WTO compliant." Chapter II contains two provisions that should disqualify the document immediately from any serious consideration by the U.S. Congress.
Article 4.2 contains this language:
4.2. The Parties shall ensure that their laws, regulations and administrative procedures are consistent with the obligations of this Agreement. The rights and obligations under this Agreement are the same for all the Parties, whether Federal or unitary States, including the different levels and branches of government. ... This language requires that existing laws at every level of government be conformed to the requirements of the agreement. It requires that all future laws conform as well. The effect of this agreement takes away law-making power from duly elected representatives of the people and gives it to unelected bureaucrats, most of whom represent foreign nations.
This language is consistent with the WTO, NAFTA and CAFTA, all of which were approved by Congress. Both NAFTA and the WTO have required revisions of dozens of domestic laws. CAFTA will do the same, and the FTAA will continue to take away laws that the peoples' representatives have enacted.
This process is transforming the meaning of national sovereignty. Article 3(g) stipulates that the agreement is governed by the principles of "sovereign equality." This is a term that arises from the 1995 publication of "Our Global Neighborhood," the report of the U.N.-funded Commission on Global Governance. In Chapter II, under the heading Democracy and Legitimacy (page 66), a lengthy discussion proclaims that the concept of national sovereignty must be revised. Ideas are introduced such as:
"... countries are having to accept that in certain fields, sovereignty has to be executed collectively ..." (page 70) "... there is a need to weigh a state's right to autonomy against its people's right to security." (page 71)
"It is time to think about self-determination in the emerging context of a global neighborhood rather than the traditional context of a world of separate states." (page 337)
Thus, the concept of "sovereign equality" emerges to replace the concept of national sovereignty.
National sovereignty embraces the belief that every nation has equal sovereignty independent and supreme authority over its territory. "Sovereign equality," on the other hand, is the belief that every nation has equal sovereign authority under a common, or collective, supreme authority. The FTAA represents this supreme authority in the Western Hemisphere, in much the same way as the European Union seeks to become the supreme authority in Europe, both of which are subservient to the WTO, which functions within the United Nations' family of international organizations.
These two provisions alone should be enough to scrap this agreement. The negotiators have accepted this language, as has the administration. Congress is the only hope Americans have to reject this entangling agreement. Congressmen will not read this language, however. They will listen, instead, to the lobbyists, the arm-twisting messengers from the administration and editorials from the major media.
They will be told that the agreement is an expansion of free trade and that failure to approve the agreement will label the U.S. as isolationist, a rebel in the global neighborhood. These arguments have been successful with NAFTA, CAFTA and the WTO. Ordinary people know better.
Ordinary people still have time to be heard on this agreement. Ordinary people elect these representatives, and politicians are dependent upon them for re-election. Ordinary people are the only power on earth greater than the power of the U.S. government. If ordinary people fail to defend their freedom, no one will defend it for them.
The Free Trade Agreement of the Americas is an extraordinary erosion of freedom, for this nation and for every citizen.
Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization and chairman of Sovereignty International.
Have you seen this?
This has to be one of the more creative euphemisms for global authoritarianism I've ever heard.
Anybody know when this might be introduced to the US Congress?
This will be the big one. It certainly has the potential to divide this country as in the Civil War.
I'm not looking forward to this.
I don't know when it will be proposed, but I hope there will be plenty of pressure on the legislaters to stop it.
The average American citizen, if outspoken, will become a lawbreaker and rounded up. Intimidation is already happening in some locations and it will certainly spread as political operatives find they can gain leverage by TERRORIZING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC INTO COMPLIANCE!
Those who seek to sign away our sovergnity are working non stop to steal away our freedom for their financial and power gain. They have to be stopped by whatever means necessary, including public rebellion.
STOP THE MADNESS!
There are many folks right here on FR that are totally in denial about this. I certainly hope that changes.
Follow the money trail. it includes a lot of good Republicans and conservatives who think so called free trade will help their bottom line.
Money is the root of all evil and evil seeks to destroy our good nation.
There is another thread somewhere, by Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard, telling of all the benefits of CAFTA, but now I can't find it. I wanted to post a link to this thread on that one. Have you seen it?
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,
1. The act of invading; the act of encroaching upon the rights or possessions of another; encroachment; trespass.
Hey, Travis, love those pictures. I hope some of the bushbots will begin to wake up!
Not until it's far too late to avoid Civil War Two.
When push comes to shove, 'ordinary' people will use extra-ordinary measures to counter the extra-ordinary abuse of our Constitution and our country by those entrusted to preserve and defend it.
An oath is forever. There are more of us that believe that than there are of those who have taken the oath lightly.
Thanks for posting.
First, this applies to regulatory law only. One man's regulation is another man's regulatory taking.
Second, this does not prevent these various political sub-divisions from enacting these regulatory laws. It means that the govt cannot push the cost of conformance onto the back of business and industry.
This was crafted by Ronald Reagan and was probably the greatest thing he did.
"Money is the root of all evil and evil seeks to destroy our good nation."
Greed is good. Right?
"Hey, Travis, love those pictures. I hope some of the bushbots will begin to wake up!"
No way. Patriotism is licking the boots of your fearless leader.
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