SECURITY & PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP
October 31, 2006
"This is totally outside the U.S. Constitution, virtually an executive branch coup d'etat�" --Dr. Jerome Corsi
I first met Dr. Jerome Corsi in a parking lot in Boston during the Democratic national convention. Despite his Harvard Ph.D. credentials, I liked him intuitively.
Jerry is known for co-authoring �Unfit for Command� (that arguably crushed John Kerry�s presidential dream quest). He subsequently wrote a couple of very good books about �Atomic Iran� and then teamed up with the Minutemen in the fight to protect our borders. [Read]
However, Corsi�s most significant work may well be his largely ignored crusade against SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership).
�The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) was launched in March of 2005 as a trilateral effort to increase security and enhance prosperity among the United States, Canada and Mexico through greater cooperation and information sharing.� Or so says the web page. It is really the inevitable and promised expansion of NAFTA.
Over 14 years ago I was among the more vocal critics warning of potential dire consequences that would and could result from NAFTA (and later from the GATT World Trade Organization).
Frederick Douglas once said,� Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them;� and he wasn�t even aware of the details of NAFTA et al.
The so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership is another warm and fuzzy sounding con job. As P.J. O�Rourke once observed, �It�s like giving alcohol and the car keys to a teenage boy.�
Like NAFTA and GATT, SPP proposes an illegal finesse of form over substance.
A treaty (and NAFTA, GATT and SPP are really treaties) requires a two-thirds vote of the U.S. Senate to be approved.
These smarmy �trade agreements� ignore the constitutional mandates and claim to be �agreements�. Words have meaning and this is way more than a semantic two-step.
Over six years ago, I wrote the following:
Here's a quickie Readers Digest version of the key dangers of our "trade agreement":
But it gets worse�If you lose a dispute with either the NAFTA Star Chamber tribunal or the GATT World Trade Organization, you cannot appeal.
In other words, the three branches of government established by the framers and codified by the Constitution have been neutered by a treaty that really isn't a treaty but has the force of treaty but we agree not to call it a treaty. Get it? Wink/wink ... nod/nod. Even California Democrat George Miller acknowledged, "Local legislation can be nullified because a secret trade tribunal says so. ... It doesn't matter whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, a conservative or liberal." And he is right!
I have always maintained, "It's not WHO is right or wrong, but WHAT is right or wrong." NAFTA and GATT and SPP were, are, and will always be wrong.
Daniel Seligman, director of trade policy for the Sierra Club (yeah, the Sierra Club), observed, "Trade has become a kind of de facto global government serving only one constituent -- transnational corporations. ... You end up with corporate property rights that go well beyond what is provided by 200 years of Supreme Court rulings.''
When Geoff Metcalf quotes the Sierra Club, and they are right -- it's time to close.
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In other words, the three branches of government established by the framers and codified by the Constitution have been neutered by a treaty that really isn't a treaty but has the force of treaty but we agree not to call it a treaty. Get it?