Wednesday, September 14, 2005

THE FTAA MUST BE DEFEATED!

Last night at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville, John F. McManus (John Birch Society, Citizens Committee to Stop the FTAA) presented the speech of the year and possibly of the decade on why it is absolutely imperative that the Free Trade Area of the Americas be stopped. We have the historical background and insight into the goals of those who are building the New World Order--along with more than a few hints of a definite Satanic influence in all of this.

This speech is long, but every word is worthwhile! It comes courtesy of John F. McManus himself, with thanks and appreciation.

The FTAA Must Be Defeated

By John F. McManus
Senior Executive Advisor, The John Birch Society

September- October, 2005



Let me begin with the story about a duck hunter. On a typical duck hunting morning, a veteran of the sport took a friend along who had never participated. There they were in the little boat when some ducks flew by. The hunter fired his gun, and a duck fell into the water only a few yards away. He said to his duck-hunting dog, "Fetch." And the dog walked out on the water, grabbed the duck, and walked back to the boat. The friend was stunned but before he could say anything, more ducks, another shot, and another falling duck. Once again, the dog walked out on the water and retrieved the duck. Finally, with a break in the action, the duck hunter asked his friend, "Say, did you notice anything different about my dog?" And the friend said, "Yeah, he can't swim."

If ever there was a classic case of missing the point, there you have it.

Sad to say, there are plenty of Americans who are missing the point about the plunge into so-called free trade agreements - NAFTA, World Trade Organization, CAFTA, and the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas, FTAA. The NAFTA agreement filled 900 pages and its authors had the audacity to attach the word "free" to it. Free and 900 pages of regulations don't mix. NAFTA was supposed to spur trade among Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. During most of my lifetime, our nation's greatest trading partner has been Canada. There was no need for NAFTA to improve that. As for Mexico, they have always had little to trade.

NAFTA entangled only three nations. The FTAA envisions entangling 34 nations in the Western Hemisphere. Obviously, the FTAA is NAFTA on steroids. As this John Birch Society-generated cartoon states, "If NAFTA hasn't crushed you … the FTAA will."

FTAA's promoters have been at work since 1994 when President Bill Clinton endorsed the pact at its unveiling during Summit of the Americas meeting in Miami. No sooner did George Bush enter the White House than he announced his plan to deliver the FTAA proposal to Congress for its approval in January 2005. All during 2004, members of The John Birch Society alerted fellow Americans - and many in Congress - about this dangerous pact. Our pamphlets, billboards, videos, books and speakers were put to work exposing the FTAA. Evidently, all this effort had some impact because Mr. Bush didn't present the FTAA to Congress in January 2005 as he repeatedly said he would. Instead, the administration offered the six-nation Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) as an interim measure - and it was approved in the House of Representatives in July by the slimmest of margins after maximum pressure emerged from the White House and Republican Party leaders.

The CAFTA document itself acknowledges that it's only a steppingstone to the FTAA. Its Preamble states that its purpose is to "Contribute to hemispheric integration and provide an impetus toward establishing the Free Trade Area of the Americas." That's pretty conclusive. And even though CAFTA was approved, the administration may have used up all of its arm-twisting and vote-buying power to get it passed by the House of Representatives. Getting FTAA approved will not be easy for them. We must make it impossible.

In order to explain the threat posed by FTAA, there's a need to take a hard look at several "free trade" agreements, even at the overall policies of those who have been leading - I should say misleading - our nation for a long time. Lurking behind all of these trade agreements, as I shall explain, is the United Nations, the seat of the world government long desired by deceitful leaders of many nations. So, fasten your seat belts as we review some important history.

Anyone who studies the matter knows that NAFTA isn't really about free trade. Its 900 pages are about managed trade and the creation of the New World Order. Henry Kissinger, a major player in all the key world-government-promoting organizations, told us so in a July 1993 newspaper column published nationwide prior to the congressional vote approving the pact. Kissinger stated that NAFTA represented a move toward the "new world order." That in itself is highly significant because "New World Order" has been the slogan of would-be world government leaders for several centuries. But, also very significant, he added that NAFTA would be "the first step toward an even larger vision of a free trade zone for the entire Western Hemisphere." In other words, he actually foresaw the FTAA 12 years ago! He said NAFTA was its precursor and that both would bring about the New World Order.

A few months later on October 1, 1993, David Rockefeller enthused about NAFTA in the Wall Street Journal where he stated: "Everything is in place - after 500 years - to build a true new world in the Western Hemisphere." Obviously, he also foresaw NAFTA as a precursor to the FTAA. There can be no doubt that NAFTA was only a "piece" of the New World Order puzzle. And the FTAA is designed to be a much larger piece of the world government being put together by Rockefeller and others who want to rule mankind.

Anyone who overlooks the possibility that some individuals seek world government today, or that others throughout history have plotted to achieve that same goal, has to rewrite history. We in The John Birch Society don't rewrite history; we report it in hopes that its lessons will keep our country free and independent

Some Important History
A few weeks before the signing of our nation's Declaration of Independence, a conspiratorial organization known as the Order of the Illuminati was hatched in Bavaria. Its rapid growth and influence was soon discovered and authorities in Bavaria outlawed membership in the Illuminati under pain of death. Targeting thrones and altars in France on the way to world rule, the Illuminati succeeded in bringing on the disastrous French Revolution from which France has never recovered.

Attempts to do to other countries what had been accomplished in France included penetration of some of our own nation's institutions. But in 1798, two important books exposing the Illuminati's plot were published, Proofs of a Conspiracy by English Professor John Robison and Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism by a French priest who had fled France for his life named Abbe’ Augustin Barruel. The two men didn't know each other, but their books presented almost identical condemnations of the conspiracy. Of particular interest to Americans is the fact that George Washington was given a copy of the Robison book, which he read, and then in his thank-you letter to the preacher who sent it to him stated his belief that there could be no doubt that the Illuminati had already made a target of our country. In that conclusion, the Father of our Country was joined by several other prominent Americans of his day.

Capably exposed, the Illuminati went more deeply underground and certainly did not disappear. It spawned the Carbonari in Italy and numerous other branches of the overall plot in Europe and in America. By the mid-19th Century in Germany, its adherents created the League of the Just, the very organization that sponsored Karl Marx to write The Communist Manifesto. No one doubts that Marx, the father of both communism and socialism, sought world government. He expected to accomplish the goal by having nations enact an income tax, a national bank a la the Federal Reserve, and control of children in government schools. His Manifesto also included attacks on private property, the family and marriage, eternal truths, and religion. If you sense that Marxism is taking hold here in America, you're correct.

The Communist Manifesto, of course, is something all Americans should study. But, for our purposes here, let it be known that Marx also stated in a speech given in Brussels on January 8, 1848 the following:

Free trade breaks up old nationalities … in a word, the free trade system hastens social revolution.

How revealing! Yes, he wanted social revolution. Yes, he wanted to break up nationalities. And he said that free trade would do the job on the way to his overall goal of world government.

After Marx went to his Maker, conspiratorial progress toward the ultimate goal of world government has been detailed in some very important works. Scotland's Msgr. George Dillon did so in a very important 1887 book; England's Nesta Webster authored several exposés in the early 20th Century; Bill Clinton's mentor Dr. Carroll Quigley produced his Tragedy and Hope in 1966; the current Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington offered impressive research in his 1980 Fire in the Minds of Men; and John Birch Society Founder Robert Welch both wrote and spoke about the continuing plot against civilization generated by the Illuminati.

While most of those I have mentioned sought to block the drive toward tyrannical world government, other individuals promoted the diabolical goal. In 1912, the Rasputin-like Edward Mandell House - the man who had already captivated Woodrow Wilson and become his top advisor and confidant - issued his book entitled Philip Dru: Administrator. Admitting that his goal was "Socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx," House called for an income tax, a national bank, and a social security system, a restructuring of the U.S. Constitution, even a world government organization. His goals were those of Marx.

When World War I ended, President Wilson - following the lead suggested by House, his never-out-of-sight mentor - proposed the world government organization known as the League of Nations. But the U.S. Senate refused to have our nation become entangled and it eventually disappeared. Disappointed but far from defeated by the Senate's refusal, House and British counterparts created the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations and the London-based Royal Institute for International Affairs. These two organizations have labored continuously to create a vehicle for world government and to steer the world into it. They always intended that the entire world would be ruled by them, or by their traitorous successors. My own small book, The Insiders: Architects of the New World Order, shows the domination of the past five administrations by individuals from the world-government-promoting Council on Foreign Relations and related groups. The continuity of Insider control, one of the strongest indications of conspiracy, cannot be denied.

With financial backing from the Rockefellers, Carnegies and others, the CFR rose in power and influence. By 1939, its members had taken over an important segment of the U.S. State Department. All during World War II, these individuals spent much of their time planning for the creation of the United Nations. Very few Americans have ever read the United Nations Charter. Presented to the Senate in 1945, its main authors were Soviet Communist V.I. Molotov and Alger Hiss, a secret communist from our country who also held membership in the Council on Foreign Relations. And, as you all know, where the League of Nations had been rejected in 1919, U.S. entry into the United Nations won Senate approval in 1945. The world government organization now had the United States as a member, and the vehicle for consolidation of power over the planet had been created.

Always: The Goal was World Government
It's no overstatement to believe that the founders of the League of Nations, and then the United Nations, wanted to rule the world. In December 1922, the CFR's new magazine Foreign Affairs, lamented the division of the world into "fifty or sixty independent states" and concluded that "The real problem today is that of [the absence of] world government."

The U.S. delegation to the UN's founding conference in San Francisco included no less that 43 members of the Council on Foreign Relations. These individuals knew what they were doing. They soon had our nation fighting a war in Korea under the UN's auspices, and that war - never formally declared by Congress as required by the Constitution - began in 1950 and has never been settled. By 1953, the CFR leaders of the liberal Saturday Review editorialized: "If UNESCO is attacked on the grounds that it is helping to prepare the world's people for world government, then it is error to burst forth with apologetic statements and denials…. When faced with such a charge, let us by all means affirm it from the housetops."

Time permits only a glimpse into the huge body of evidence demonstrating the continuity of CFR-led efforts to build a world government. In 1962, for instance, U.S. taxpayers paid the bill for a State Department study entitled "A World Effectively Controlled by the United Nations," a plan outlining steps needed to have the UN establish world rule. Not surprising, the author of this incredible document, Lincoln P. Bloomfield, held membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and so did Dean Rusk, the Secretary of State who commissioned the Bloomfield document.

Many who work diligently for world government keep their goal in the shadows. They know Americans don't want it and prefer to keep the U.S. independent. In 1976, California Senator Alan Cranston cautioned that "the more talk about world government, the less chance of achieving it, because it frightens people…." He had already sought a constitutional amendment to that would expedite the participation of the United States in a world federal government.

The parade of men who have served as UN Secretary-General includes one Marxist after another. They despise the notion of sovereignty or independence. In 1992, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali stated "the time of absolute and exclusive sovereignty has passed." In 2000, his successor Kofi Annan added, "…state sovereignty … is being redefined by the forces of globalization and international cooperation." The goal of those who have led the UN is clear. That our leaders keep our nation in this trap, and continue to divert huge amounts of taxpayers’ money to keep it going, says plenty about U.S. leadership.

Tactics Leading to World Government
Having the UN control the planet necessarily entails dramatic leveling of the various nations - militarily, culturally, economically, etc. The sought-after control would mean forcing some nations downward, something already being accomplished in ours. But it would also mean using the wealth created by the American people and taken from them in taxation to gain control of other nations. So, in addition to the various moves being undertaken to subject our nation to world control, we see a two-pronged attack being waged on the American people by our own government: 1) destruction of the productive middle class, and 2) the use of taxpayers’ money to fund internationalist organizations and schemes that are forcing the rest of the world to knuckle under to control by those who aim for world government.

Let's mention a few of the organizations in just the economic arena that have both harmed America and used America's wealth to make a UN-dominated new world order more attainable. We'll be talking about the jobs of Americans going overseas via so-called "free trade" agreements but how many Americans have ever heard of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)? Established in 1971, this federal government agency uses tax revenues taken from the American people to provide financing, investment insurance, and other services so that U.S. firms can set up risk-free facilities in foreign lands. The new enterprises then compete with America firms, take jobs away from our people, and impact the entire nation's prosperity.

OPIC's beneficiaries have included Exxon, General Electric, AT&T, DuPont, Coca Cola, Motorola, McDonald's, PepsiCo, Citicorp Bank, Levi Strauss, and many other well-known firms. Most of the companies I have just named are listed as corporate donors to the internationalist Council on Foreign Relations. These firms risk nothing as they establish themselves in other nations where they are able to take advantage of less expensive labor, lower taxation, and minimal regulatory control.

In addition to OPIC, there's the older Export-Import Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and numerous other foreign aid schemes. These agencies and their work constitute some more of the reasons why jobs have flown overseas.

Here in the U.S., excessive regulatory control is another reason why jobs have fled our shores. The National Association of Manufacturers produced a study in 2003 showing that regulatory costs imposed by our own government here in America add 22 percent more to the cost of doing business than what is faced by foreign competitors. This is the fruit of excessive mandates handed down by an assortment of regulatory agencies - OSHA, EPA, etc. To make a profit here in America, a business owner has to earn 22 percent more than a counterpart in another nation. Businesses are being forced out of our nation by unnecessary, even counterproductive regulatory agencies.

Shortly after that NAM study, a University of California Berkeley report entitled "The New Wave of Outsourcing" predicted a loss of 14 million jobs to outsourcing because of the enormous cost of doing business here at home. Jobs go to India, the Philippines, and other places where positions are eagerly sought by foreign-based workers at half or a third of the wages paid here in America.

Yet we hear U.S. officials claiming credit for creating new jobs as if there wasn't anything to worry about. But economist and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts addressed this claim when he wrote that almost all the new jobs eagerly pointed to by the Bush administration in July 2005 were "in the domestic service sector" or "tax-supported government jobs." He asked: "Where are the jobs for the 65,000 engineers the U.S. graduates every year? Where are the jobs for the physics, chemistry and math majors? Who needs a university degree to wait on tables and serve drinks, to build houses, to work as hospital orderlies, bus drivers, and sales clerks? What is the point of higher education when the job opportunities do not require it?" The kinds of jobs that are not being created are those held by America's middle class. What is happening is that the middle class, the backbone of our nation, is under heavy attack and is being programmed for extinction.

Two years ago, the Christian Science Monitor reported the staggering fact that free trade is the major reason why the number of manufacturing jobs nationwide has shrunk from 19.3 million to 14.6 million in just the past 25 years. That statistic may not impress some of you the way it should. So let me say that a strong and independent nation is one that manufactures what it needs. A weak nation gets its goods from elsewhere while becoming dependent on other nations. And the loss of manufacturing jobs has continued.

Who is responsible for this sharp decline? The answer is our own government's leaders and the corporate officials who cooperate with them. They care little or nothing about our nation and its people. They care everything about money and power - even power over the planet. They are delivering America to a United Nations-led New World Order that they expect to lead. And one of their first goals is to bring America down so it can be more comfortably merged with Third World nations.

One of my colleagues has assembled a startling amount of information about what is happening to our nation in his recently published book America's Engineered Decline. William Norman Grigg shows that our leaders have placed our nation in a "race to the bottom," a race that our internal enemies have America winning as jobs go overseas, borders are opened, and sovereignty is compromised. His book features discussion and condemnation of the plan to immerse our nation into the FTAA. But Will Grigg has also written a chapter about what every American can do to reverse the downward slide. If enough of us will understand what this small book contains, the engineered decline of America can be reversed. I highly recommend this book.

Piecemeal Delivery
FTAA, of course, fits in very well with some highly indicative statements issued by globalists three decades ago. Recall the incredibly subversive article penned by Richard N. Gardner in the Council on Foreign Relations Foreign Affairs in 1974. He boldly asserted that a single leap into world government was unrealistic. So he said "an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault." And he added that this approach "can produce some remarkable concessions of sovereignty that could not be achieved on an across-the-board basis." He wants our nation to end up as merely one area in a United Nations-run world.

Go back a few years earlier to Zbigniew Brzezinski's 1970 book Between Two Ages. In it, he praised Marxism for 60-odd pages, said America was becoming obsolete, and announced the goal of world government to be accomplished by entangling Western Europe, the U.S., and Japan. How did he expect to arrive at the world government? He said, “Movement toward a larger community of the developed nations will necessarily have to be piecemeal …through a variety of indirect ties and already developing limitations on national sovereignty." And his book led to the creation by David Rockefeller three years later of the Trilateral Commission, incorporating all of Brzezinski's plans.

Gardner said, "piece by piece." Brzezinski said "piecemeal." Both are disciples of David Rockefeller as CFR and Trilateral members. And for years until his elevation to emeritus status, David Rockefeller chaired both of these organizations. He now champions the FTAA.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
We're going to get to discussion of FTAA, but it's very helpful first to examine what NAFTA has meant for America. The Washington-based Economic Policy Institute stated that 879,280 American jobs were lost because of NAFTA during its first ten years. Washing machines, jeans, automobiles, air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, and many more identifiably American products are now being made in Mexico. The toll in our nation's textile industry alone is hundreds of thousands of jobs lost since NAFTA began. And since NAFTA, many small farms and ranches have closed down, most of which closed because of the effects of NAFTA. And while NAFTA has had such a profound effect, so too have many other Americans have lost their jobs and their livelihoods to China and other countries.

Recently, one of the last large steel manufacturing plants in our nation closed its doors. Geneva Steel in Utah not only closed its doors, company executives sold the firm's equipment to communist China. The company once employed 8,000 workers.

In San Antonio, a factory that once made blue jeans for Levi Strauss is now closed. It's one of eight Levi Strauss plants in Texas to close down. There are no more Levis made anywhere in the United States. All production has been sent to Latin America and Asia.

Also in Texas, the Kimberley-Clark Corporation announced that it will close a medical products factory and ship the jobs off to Mexico.

In Chicago, the company that made millions of Radio Flyer wagons is moving operations to China. I had one of those when I was a boy; my children shared one as well.

The popular Etch-A-Sketch toy will now be made in China, devastating the small community of Bryan, Ohio, that has lost a major employer.

In Maine, loggers and the paper industry have been hard hit. The people and their Democrat congressman, Michael Michaud, blame NAFTA.

Rhode Island's AT Cross ballpoint pen company is moving overseas. In Tennessee, the Carrier air conditioning company is eliminating 1,800 jobs, most of which will go to Mexico. Maytag appliance company closed its plant in Illinois and 1,600 employees saw their jobs go off to Mexico. Texas Instruments closed a plant in Massachusetts at a cost of 800 jobs that moved to China, Korea and Mexico. Kodak laid off 500 in Rochester, New York, and sent the jobs to Mexico and China. The Pillowtex firm in North Carolina closed its doors and 6,500 employees lost their jobs. And in January of this year, the WestPoint Stevens textile company announced that it would lay off 2,465 employees and close factories in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana. I could go on but I won't. But let me add that each manufacturing job lost affects 3 to 5 others, the restaurant owners, auto and real estate dealers, service providers, an so on.

Some say that NAFTA is good for Mexico and that, because it is, the flood of immigration into our southwest will soon cease. But it hasn't. The Los Angeles Times showed the folly of that argument by quoting a Mexican who entered the U.S. illegally and allowed himself to be interviewed. Insisting that the real beneficiaries of NAFTA were large Mexican and American companies, this man said, "If it were true that NAFTA was good for Mexico, we wouldn't be here. It just created more for those who already have more." He means government officials and corporate bigwigs are NAFTA's only real beneficiaries in Mexico. NAFTA isn't good for Mexicans and it isn't good for Americans either.

U.S. Borders
Most Americans know about the wave of illegal immigrants, and a few know about the potential for terrorists to cross into our country from Mexico. In January 2004, President Bush proposed a program to grant "legal status as temporary workers" for millions of illegals already here - and for millions more who will come here to take advantage of his offer. He didn't call this an amnesty program, but that's exactly what it is.

Mike Antonovich, a 21-year member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, says that illegal immigration "has imposed a catastrophic [financial] impact on taxpayers and seriously crippled our public school system." More than 80 hospitals in California have closed their doors due to insolvency brought on by having to care for illegal immigrants who have no funds.

Senator John McCain of Arizona, the darling of most of the mass media and a member of the CFR, wants to solve the problem by sending millions of federal dollars to ease the burden of the hospitals. This amounts to the offering of another costly government program to deal with the harm caused by an earlier costly government program. Men like McCain do this all the time as government power grows and grows.

The flood of illegals coming into our southwest isn't made up solely of poor Mexicans looking for work. Our undermanned and overworked Border Patrol has created a new category of illegals called OTMs. Other Than Mexicans! These individuals are Arab-speaking, Eastern Europeans, South Americans, and others. Among them are members of organized crime engaged in smuggling drugs and human beings. Our southern border has become so porous that the governors of Arizona and New Mexico have issued state of emergency declarations. Each faults U.S. and Mexican authorities for not doing the job entrusted to them.

NAFTA's effect on jobs and borders is bad enough. But like the duck hunter's friend who missed the point about the dog who walked on water, many Americans are missing the main effect of NAFTA: its attack on sovereignty.

In April 2004, a NAFTA tribunal overruled U.S. courts in a dispute involving a Canadian firm's claims against an American firm. NAFTA was supposed to be about free trade, but its Chapter 11 established a judicial tribunal whose rulings supersede the decisions of state and federal courts.

One of the NAFTA tribunal's judges happens to be former U.S. congressman Abner Mikva from Illinois. He commented after this ruling was handed down, "If Congress had known that there was anything like this in NAFTA, they never would have voted for it." Chief Justice Ronald M. George of the California Supreme Court stated, "There are grave implications here. It's rather shocking that the highest courts of the state and federal governments could have their judgments circumvented by these tribunals."

In California only a few months ago, the legislature overwhelmingly passed a measure calling for disposing of an annual glut of 32 million used tires by chopping them up and adding them to asphalt for road construction. But Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the measure because of "free trade" agreements entered into by the federal government - such NAFTA. California's ability to take care of a real headache had been compromised by the federal government because NAFTA and the World Trade Organization now dictate that tires for road construction purposes had to be imported from Canada and Mexico. The once-sovereign state of California is no longer the master of its own fate.

If a NAFTA tribunal doesn't satisfy someone, its Chapter 11 states that recourse can be had via an agency of the World Bank, a creature of the United Nations, or the person can turn to the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law, another obvious link to the UN.

They told us NAFTA was just about trade. You know it isn't. Is it about loss of jobs? Yes! Is it about open borders? Yes! But its major effect is erosion of U.S. sovereignty, As Henry Kissinger stated, it is a "most creative step" toward the New World Order. New World Order has always meant economic control via socialism, and political control via world government. In other words, Marxism. And the world government these individuals want can be found at the United Nations.

World Trade Organization
Let's now look at the next bit of "piecemeal" loss of sovereignty. With NAFTA already functioning, Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich, another member of the Council on Foreign Relations, led the charge in Congress to insert our country into the 147-member World Trade Organization. He openly stated, "This is not just another trade agreement…. [We need] to be honest about the fact that we are transferring from the United States at a practical level significant authority to a new organization. This is a transformational moment."

Remember when he was considered the conservative savior in Congress? I assure you The John Birch Society knew better. In 1996, when Gingrich was riding high, we produced a video program entitled "Newt Gingrich Versus the Constitution."

Working with President Bill Clinton, another CFR member, Gingrich arranged for a lame-duck session of Congress in December 1994 that narrowly gained congressional approval of the measure inserting the U.S. into the WTO. An additional transfer of our nation's hard-won independence had been accomplished.

There's something else about the WTO that ought to be better known. It's another of many agencies of the United Nations compromising our nation's sovereignty and leading us into the New World order. Here is a chart published by the UN showing its entire system. Note that it lists the WTO within its rather tangled web. Careful study of this chart shows that just about every area of human endeavor is slated for total control by the UN.

The WTO has issued rulings against the U.S. in matters dealing with our tax laws, steel tariffs, oil importation, cotton subsidies, sale of wheat, and even the purchase of bananas. Is the WTO about trade? Yes, to some degree. But its major consequence is loss of national independence and the ability to establish our own laws. Only recently, the small nation of Antigua and Barbuda with a population of less than 100,000 appealed to the WTO because the state of Utah had a ban on gambling. The WTO ruled that Utah was violating Antigua and Barbuda’s rights to sponsor gambling via the internet. Outraged Utah state representative Sheryl Allen commented: "It's not just gambling. The states are losing their authority in a lot of areas."

A point that has to be stressed here is that it is the federal government that got us into NAFTA, the WTO and CAFTA. And federal officials want to create the next monster agreement, FTAA - on the way to a world government that many of them expect to lead.

Free Trade Area of the Americas
The FTAA was initially proposed in 1994 at a Miami, Florida, Summit of the Americas attended by President Bill Clinton who applauded the idea. The planned FTAA springs from the efforts of an array of organizations launched by David Rockefeller who created, financed, and/or godfathered of the Council of the Americas, the America's Society, the Forum for the Americas, the Institute for International Economics, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and more. All of these groups have labored for years to create the FTAA as one the major steps toward building world government.

When the drive to create the FTAA was launched in 1994, its proud sponsors published its Declaration of Principles stating unambiguously: "We reiterate our firm adherence to the purposes and principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter." How indicative! World government under the UN is the obvious ultimate goal.

President Bush has eagerly supported the FTAA. In 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney spoke at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting in Washington. He proudly pointed to his CFR membership and previous Board of Directors service with the organization, and his heavy enthusiasm for the FTAA during the speech won warm praise from David Rockefeller who just happened to be in the audience. Hardly surprising!

But, as already mentioned, the FTAA was scheduled to be brought before Congress in January 2005. A substantial effort by The John Birch Society all during 2004 alerted millions about the real purpose of FTAA. Hence the Bush administration postponed presenting it to Congress. Instead, the interim CAFTA pact was offered. And, as its own Preamble indicates, CAFTA is merely a steppingstone toward FTAA.

Just like NAFTA, CAFTA establishes its own tribunal whose rulings will take precedence over state and federal courts. Further, it directs aggrieved parties to seek additional recourse, if needed, through an agency of the World Bank, a creature of the United Nations, or through the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law, another obvious link to the UN. And it states that the CAFTA nations must respect the WTO agreement. More UN connections.

We have already mentioned the importance of the Council on Foreign Relations in these transfers of America's independence. And we pointed to the Institute for International Economics as one of the Rockefeller-funded organizations promoting the FTAA. Never leaving anything to chance, veteran CFR member Robert of the Institute for International Economics authored a 2001 book entitled Toward a North American Community: Lessons from the Old World for the New. In it, he called for the United States, Canada and Mexico to integrate far more fully in what has been termed "NAFTA-Plus." He followed that with an article in the January/February issue of the CFR journal Foreign Affairs entitled "North America's Second Decade."

Pastor urged the complete dismantling of borders and a huge transfer of U.S. taxpayers' money to improve impoverished Mexico's economic level. He said these and other steps would ease enactment of the FTAA. Pastor then led a new group named the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America (ITF) whose participants for our country were selected by the CFR. ITF meetings held in late 2004 and early 2005 produced a series of recommendations originally suggested by Pastor.

The next step taken by these internationalists resulted in the creation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), the name given to an agreement signed by President Bush, Canadian leader Paul Martin and Mexico's Vicente Fox at Mr. Bush's Texas ranch in March 2005. These three national leaders have already agreed to 300 regulations that will not be subject to congressional and citizen review. Obviously, they intend to expand NAFTA, and to spring from its growth to the FTAA. We have a right to ask why a supine Congress allows all of this to happen.

Like the European Union
We know what NAFTA and WTO have done. Those who continue to applaud these pacts have stated that the proposed 34-nation FTAA will be an enlargement of NAFTA and a successor of CAFTA. But they have also stated that the FTAA will duplicate for the Western Hemisphere what the European Union has already done in Europe. We must take a good look at this European Union.

Mexico's President Fox, a close ally of President Bush stated in 2002 while in Spain, "Eventually, our long range objective [with NAFTA] is to establish … an ensemble of connections and institutions similar to those created by the European Union." The Wall Street Journal and other newspapers have suggested that the FTAA duplicate what the EU has done in Europe.

So what has the EU accomplished? Like the selling of NAFTA and the WTO in our country, the EU was sold to the peoples of Europe as a beneficial trade agreement. The reality is that it isn't mainly about trade any more than NAFTA and WTO have proven to be. I'm pleased to report that some people in Europe are waking up to what is happening to their countries. In March 2004, the Deputy Leader of the new United Kingdom Independence Party, Mike Nattrass, sent a letter to The John Birch Society. In it, he said:

The EU was sold to the British people as "A trading agreement" and has turned into a "Political Union" which is changing our basic laws and traditions.

In 2003, President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic criticized the EU's proposed Constitution saying:

This is crossing the Rubicon, after which there will be no more sovereign states in Europe. … only one state will remain. We are against a European superstate.

In June 2004, leaders of the newly expanded roster of 25 EU nations hammered out a final EU Constitution. One of its articles revealingly states:

The Constitution, and law adopted by the Union's Institutions exercising competences conferred upon it, shall have primacy over the law of Member States.

That says it all. In Europe, national sovereignty has been cancelled. Subservience to the UN Charter in this final Constitution appears in such expressions as "strict observance for," "in accordance with," "respect for," "in conformity with," "without prejudice to," and "establishing all appropriate forms of cooperation with." Is the EU a major step on the way to delivering the nations of Europe to the UN? Absolutely. The new EU Constitution shows this to be the case.

After Spain ratified this new EU Constitution, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos exulted: "We are witnessing the last remnants of national politics. The member states have already relinquished control of justice, liberty and security. The concept of traditional citizenship has been bypassed in the 21st Century." This is what our nation faces.

And while it's true that voters in France and the Netherlands voted against ratification of the EU Constitution, it doesn't seem to matter. Britain's Daniel Hannan, an elected member of the European Parliament, recently told his constituents:

You may have got the impression that the European Constitution was dead - that the French felled it and the Dutch pounded a stake into its heart. If so, think again. The Constitution is being implemented, clause by clause, as if the votes had not happened. Most of the institutions that [the Constitution] would have authorized are either up and running already, or in the process of being established.

What the European Union has already accomplished, therefore, amounts to the greatest consolidation of political power in the history of mankind. More than the conquests of Alexander the Great, Ghengis Khan, Suliyman the Magnificent, Stalin, Hitler, or any of the would-be rulers of mankind.

There are now 25 nations in the European Union. The EU already has executive, legislative and judicial branches. Each of these branches of the EU government has already flexed its muscles on once-sovereign European nations. The EU has a central bank and the Euro currency. It also has a military arm and the beginnings of a police force called Europol. The EU also has a flag, motto, passport, anthem, auto license plates, Olympics, youth orchestra, and annual EU Day. In short, the EU means business. But it, too, is merely a step on the way to UN domination of the planet.

Today, there are 191 nations in the United Nations, many of them smaller than our smallest state. Achieving world government would be a rather difficult undertaking for the United Nations if dissolving national independence had to be accomplished 191 times. So, world government planners have been persuading nations to cede their sovereignty to regional groupings that can far more easily be brought to heel in a world government. This is what the EU, NAFTA, CAFTA, the WTO, and the FTAA are designed to accomplish.

Nationhood was created by God at the Tower of Babel and is, therefore, eminently good and eminently worthy of preservation. And the world planners obviously know that God created nationhood. One of the agencies formed by the European Union is the Council of Europe. Approximately 20 years ago, this Council produced a poster depicting the rebuilding of the Tower of Babel. Here is a photo of the poster produced by the EU's Council of Europe. Note the crane indicating the desire to rebuild the Tower. Rebuilding the Tower of Babel means undoing what God did many centuries before the birth of Christ. It signifies a determination to abolish nationhood. It defiantly amounts to shaking one's fist at the sky while saying, "Not thy will but mine be done."

It is highly significant that the creators of the EU Constitution resisted pleas from several delegations that it acknowledge God and Europe's Christian heritage. But there is no mention of God or Europe’s Christian heritage at the European Union. It is also significant that there has never been a place for God at the United Nations.

The European Union acknowledges the fundamental importance of the United Nations. And so did the creators of the FTAA when they launched their proposal eleven years ago. The World Trade Organization is even listed on the UN's own organizational chart. Not so obvious are the UN's ties contained in the NAFTA and CAFTA pacts. All of these pacts are designed to cede power to the UN. But I contend that the United Nations isn't "taking over" our nation and others. The key here is to realize that we are being delivered to the UN. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan isn't our greatest enemy; the leaders of the U.S. government and similarly minded world government planners in other nations are! It is they who have been working for decades to deliver our nation - and all nations - to the god-less United Nations.

The European Union and the proposed FTAA - along with other trade blocs - are paving the way toward world government. Already in existence are the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation group, the Economic Community of West African States, South America's Southern Common Market called Mercosur, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, the South African Development Community, and a recently concluded pact between China and India. It's certainly a lot easier to deliver a few large groups of nations to world government than it is to take control of all the nations of the world one by one. Hence, there is NAFTA, CAFTA, the WTO, the European Union, all these other free trade groups, and the announced plan to create the FTAA.

If you get the impression that the world is getting very close to being completely controlled by a powerful few in a world government, you get my message. But my other message is that stopping the FTAA should be the beginning of the end for the conspirators.

Stop the FTAA
The stakes are extremely high in the fight to block U.S. entry into the FTAA. After many members of Congress allowed themselves to be browbeaten into passage of CAFTA, all who serve in Congress will soon face a choice regarding the FTAA. 1) They can reject the phony lure of free trade and have our country continue free and independent; or 2) They can have our nation commit suicide by transferring sovereignty to this extremely important plank in the building of the UN's new world order. How the members of Congress will make this critically important decision is up to you in this room, and up to our allies across the nation.

Defeating the plans of the conspirators who are behind this diabolically conceived scheme can be accomplished - but only if each of us reaches many more people about this issue than we have ever reached about any other issue. And when victory is ours, because members of Congress are now listening to us rather than to the President, party leaders, the media, and the corporate sellout artists, those same members of Congress will be approachable for other needed tasks. Like getting the U.S. out of the WTO, out of NAFTA, out of CAFTA, even out of the United Nations.

Our nation is being subverted from within. The middle class, the backbone of this nation, has been programmed for elimination by forces from within. Leaders who claim to be red, white, and blue Americans are delivering our nation to the United Nations. It's time to say "No more!" And it's time to realize that we're up against a conspiracy, not a series of mistakes.

The good news is that we don't have to get out of the FTAA. Congress hasn't already subjected our nation to it. Staying out is far easier than withdrawing at a later time. So Congress is the key. Find out how your representative and two senators stand on this measure. Contact them and ask them where they stand. And get others to do the same. Find out how they voted on CAFTA. If they voted YES, chide them and tell them to change. If they voted NO, congratulate them and tell them to remain strong when the FTAA is presented for approval.

The John Birch Society has produced all of the tools needed to alert fellow citizens. Pamphlets, books, billboards, signs, posters, pass-along cards mentioning our stoptheftaa.org web site and the books I have mentioned. Get yourself armed with these tools and get others involved in this incredibly important project.

The February 7, 2005 issue of The New American has been published to deal entirely with the threat posed by the FTAA. Note the headline, "Losing Our Independence," and the sub-head, "Trade Pacts Are Destroying America." I contend that anyone who reads our magazine will understand the threat and get involved in the fight to keep America free and independent. The way to do that is to join The John Birch Society.

Our nation has long been scheduled for inclusion in a tyrannical New World Order. Those who are working to bring this about have been laboring from within, eroding our sovereignty, diminishing our productive might, entangling us in the UN's web that they created in the first place. It's time to stand up for America for ourselves but, even more, for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.

The battle over the FTAA can be the turning point we have long sought. And the American people will agree with us about this extremely important subject if we inform them. The bottom line is that the FTAA isn't about jobs or borders, it's about preserving this nation's independence. We have to tell many more Americans not to miss the point like the man who went duck hunting with his friend.

Let's win this battle and steer our nation back on to the path of freedom under the limitations on government contained in the Constitution of the United States, the document so many have either forgotten or never learned in the first place. And don't forget prayer, but like the farmer who prayed while he was hoeing, pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on yourself.

We must Stop the FTAA!

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