Friday, July 22, 2005

CAFTA: Time Is Running Out!

CAFTA update: last I heard, the vote was slated for next Wednesday, July 27, 2005. Things are coming down to the wire this weekend and the early part of next week. I can just imagine the arm-twisting going on behind the scenes in Rome on the Potomac, with "mainstream" (i.e., big-government-globalist) Republicans trying to sway the naysayers and fence-straddlers--the Bush Regime right in there with them.

The material below contains Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt's thoughts on CAFTA and the vote count with some good suggestions, courtesy of Joan Masters.

From: Charlotte
Date: July 22, 2005 10:46:10 AM EDT
To: Warren
Subject: Fwd: CAFTA vote count


Hi, Folks:

Why don't you do what I am doing? Since this vote is so very crucial relative to continued USA sovereignty , not only am I calling my two congressmen, I am calling ALL the Republicans who are committed to voting YES and those who are wavering on how to vote. In my case, I point out I worked in the Reagan Administration, am an author, and I leave my name, address, website, tel. no. etc. and ask that my message be put on the congressman's desk.

It's great to have the Liberty Committee's list of congressmen in favor, opposed, and on the fence. We must use it.

All you need do is print out the list (see below) and then get to work by calling
the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121. I have found the staff in the first three Republican Congressmen's offices, Barton, Bass, and Beauprez, very cooperative and understanding. However, I was unusually polite (for me, that is, on an issue like this!). The old saying about catching flies with honey rather than vinegar applies. They promised to put my message on congressman's desk.

The following is my pitch:

I inform them of the following remarkable comment by former President of the Soviet Union Michael Gorbachev:

During a visit to London in March 23, 2000, former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev, referred to the emerging European Union (EU) as 'the new European Soviet.'

I point out that what Bush is implementing in this hemisphere is the same communist regional system (regionalism is communism) and can be similarly referred to as The New American Soviet. All regions being created internationally are modelled on The European Union.

This scenario is quite similar to the three-stage plan outlined by Stalin at the 1936 Communist International. At that meeting, the official program proclaimed: "Dictatorship can be established only by a victory of socialism in different countries or groups of countries," after which there would be federal unions of the various groupings of these socialist countries, and the third stage would be an amalgamation of these regional federal unions into a world union of socialist nations. (quote courtesy of Prof. Dennis Cuddy)

In closing I ask them to consider some of the reasons why Holland and France rejected the European Union Constitution, thus slowing down the loss of sovereignty in Europe and the move towards a Soviet system, and point out that the CAFTA vote is similar in its importance, and is thus the most important vote ever taken by the U.S. Congress.

I apologize for bothering them with a request from outside their congressional district/state, but emphasize my decision to do so is based on my deep, deep concern for our country and our children's futures, and the threat posed by all international treaties, but especially CAFTA, since its passage will represent the end of our nation's sovereignty and the political/economic and social freedoms to which Americans have become accustomed.

Please keep me posted regarding whatever reactions you get. Also, please forward to your lists.

Thanks for listening and God bless all of you who take this last ditch stand!

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com


Begin forwarded message:

From: Charlotte
Date: July 22, 2005 6:51:46 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Fwd: CAFTA vote count

Be sure to click on url given in this paragraph:

Do you want to know where your U.S. representative stands on CAFTA?

Check the recent Congress Daily vote check posted at
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/caftavotecount.htm .



Begin forwarded message:

From: Warren
Date: July 21, 2005 11:03:39 PM EDT
To: warn
Subject: Fw: CAFTA vote count k

Here is a first-hand look into the goings on in the US House of
Representatives by our foremost solid Patriot there; Dr. Ron Paul. Note
how the big boys are using our tax money to bribe those that lack
enthusiasm for the destruction of our Constitution. This, and the FTAA
Treaty which will follow by December, are treason in that they
deliberately destroy the USA by merging it with alien countries, and
eventually, World Government, courtesy of George Bush and the CFR. Very
sad indeed. W. Appleton

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: The Liberty Committee

To: warn
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 16:35:27 -0700
Subject: CAFTA vote count
Message-ID:
<1037280717-1463792638-1121988969@thelibertycommittee.b.tep1.com>

July 21, 2005


"With just two weeks to go until the August recess, Republican House
leaders are possibly facing do-or-die time for the Central America Free
Trade Agreement (CAFTA). The Republican whip operation is running at full
throttle, making deals on China policy and textile production at a fast
clip in the hopes of wooing just enough members off the fence to pass the
pivotal trade pact." (The Hill newspaper, July 20, 2005)

Yes, time is running out. Closed-door deals are being made. Arms are
being twisted. Pressure builds as not-so-subtle taxpayer-funded bribes
are offered.

"At a closed-door meeting of House Republicans yesterday, Rep. Bill
Thomas (Calif.) sidled up to the lectern and hinted that the leadership
might look more favorably on lawmakers? requests for highways and bridges
if they vote for the Central American Free Trade Agreement, according to
three GOP witnesses." (The Washington Post, July 21, 2005)

In other words, "Want that highway project back home? You had better
vote for CAFTA. Want that new bridge? You had better vote for CAFTA
even though you know it is bad for America."

One of the first House members to be bought off was Congressman Phil
English (R-Penn.). Mr. English had always opposed CAFTA, but just a few
days ago he sold out. He now says he is "comfortable" voting for CAFTA.
This puts the pro-CAFTA forces one critical vote closer to having the 218
votes they need to pass it in the U.S. House.

What's the vote count? According to Congress Daily, 105 House members
will vote "yes" or are leaning to vote "yes" on CAFTA with 166 members
who will vote "no" or are leaning to vote "no." That leaves 163 House
members who are undecided or aren't saying. To stop CAFTA, we must
convince at least 53 of those 163 members to vote against CAFTA.

The House will likely vote on CAFTA Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
The vote will be extremely close -- just like the vote was on the
Medicare prescription-drug bill where House leaders were willing to
resort to bribes and out-right threats to win.

"According to the administration and House aides, the White House has
authorized Republican leaders to secure votes with whatever is at hand,
from amendments [read pork-barrel projects in their respective districts]
to the highway and energy bills to the still incomplete appropriations
bills." (The Washington Post, July 21, 2005)

So, between now and next week, the pro-CAFTA forces are working overtime.
Deals are being made on highway projects, bridges, committee
chairmanships, rides on Air Force One, dinners at the White House,
campaign contributions, and countless pork projects that have nothing
whatsoever to do with CAFTA or true free trade.

Faced with all this, what can we do? Representatives who change their
vote to support CAFTA in return for the promise of pork-barrel projects
in their district or rides on Air Force One think they will impress the
voters back home by "bringing home the bacon." You are that voter back
home. It's up to you. Are you impressed? Only hearing from you can
convince your representative that politics as usual won?t work this time.
In fact, it stinks.

Will you let your representative know there will be a price to pay for
selling out? You do that when you contact his office and let him know
you are informed and watching. That?s the only language most of our
elected officials seem to understand.

And that's why what you do right now is so important.

Now take action. If your representative is against CAFTA, tell him
"thank you, don't bend under pressure, I support you!" If he is for
CAFTA, urge him to change his mind -- it is important you make it clear
that you oppose CAFTA.

If your representative is undecided, convince him to vote against it and
tell him no matter what payoff he might be offered, there is nothing
worth the damage CAFTA will do to America.

CAFTA can be defeated in the U.S. House next week, but you must act.
More than ever, what you do matters.

Send an E-mail message to your U.S. representative by going to
http://capwiz.com/liberty/issues/alert/?alertid=7860311&type=CO .

Then call your U.S. representative. The U.S. Capitol switchboard phone
number is 202-224-3121 or use our directory at
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/update07.21.05.htm .

Also, please spread the word. Share a copy of this message by forwarding
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/update07.21.05.htm .

Thank you for your help!

Kent Snyder
The Liberty Committee
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org

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