Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Last Chance to Defeat CAFTA Possibly Only A Day Away!

I sent the following to each of our Representatives from South Carolina about an hour ago:

Steven Yates, Ph.D.
Board Member, Citizens Committee to Stop the FTAA
Residence: 3500 Pelham Rd., #216
Greenville, South Carolina 29615
(864) 288-0043
yates2005@bellsouth.net

July 25, 2005

FAX to:


The Honorable James Clyburn
6th Congressional District of South Carolina
United States House of Representatives

Dear Representative Clyburn:

I am writing to urge you to vote against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). I trust you will not object to receiving this from someone outside your district. As a concerned citizen of South Carolina, I am sending this to all South Carolina Representatives.

It is evident from the text of this agreement that it is about far more than trade. CAFTA’s own Preamble describes its aims as a stepping stone to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which would unite 34 nations of the Western Hemisphere and create a megastate along the lines of the European Union (EU). Mexico’s President Vicente Fox is on record is having endorsed openly this hemispheric integration along the lines of producing a “United States of the Americas” akin to the EU.

That makes CAFTA a truly dangerous agreement. Those of us observing how the EU operates do not want to live under a megastate whose rulers would be bureaucrats not elected by the American people and answerable only to each other.

Moreover, under the sections of CAFTA dealing with Government Procurement (Chapter 9, Article 9.2), foreign judges could step in and tell the citizens of any of the States in the United States to change their laws if those laws were perceived as according “favorable treatment” to Americans. The federal government would be obligated under CAFTA to step in and force the States to do it! Thus CAFTA-created bureaucrats could overrule U.S. law!

Article I, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution, which you swore to uphold in your oath of office, states, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.”

Article I, Section 8, paragraph 3, of the Constitution designates Congress as having the sole authority to “regulate Commerce with foreign nations …”

Article VI states clearly that the U.S. Constitution is the Supreme Law of this Republic. Nothing in the Constitution, therefore, allows Congress to delegate or “outsource” this responsibility to any other legislative entities via “free trade” agreements. CAFTA, however, gives both legislative and judicial powers to transnational bodies of individuals we did not elect and will not answer to American voters.

In sum: CAFTA is unconstitutional! That the Senate endorsed it should not be decisive! From a Constitutional standpoint, your oath of office—to uphold the Constitution—obligates you to vote against CAFTA.

Sincerely,

(signed)

Steven Yates, Ph.D.
Greenville, S.C.
Board Member, Citizens Committee to Stop the FTAA

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt has written the following, although the Liberty Committee's list is now a few days out of date.

HELP DEFEAT CAFTA!
By Charlotte Iserbyt
July 25, 2005
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/iserbyt/iserbyt27.htm

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 to do is to print out the list found at thelibertycommittee.org 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!

© 2005 Charlotte T. Iserbyt - All Rights Reserved

Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa.

Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.


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