Stiff Right Jab: FTAA - Collectivizing the Americas
April 8, 2002
In 1787, John Jay, writing in Federalist Number 2, presented his case to the 13 states as to why a permanent Union of the states had high prospects to long protect our liberties.
At the top of his list was this:
" I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence. "
In other words, if one expects political union and free government to succeed, the people by and large must be bound by six crucial elements: geography, tradition, language, religion, political principle and joint struggles that they (together) willingly entered into.
From another perspective, Jay went on to argue in Federalist Number 3 that " of the REAL or PRETENDED [causes], which PROVOKE or INVITE [foreign wars or domestic violence] " a " United America will probably give the fewest, " a " DISUNITED America " the most.
Jay's argument is common sense. Christ taught it this way: " Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. " Communist strategists who specialize in breaking up houses put it thus: " Divide and conquer. "
Yes, this is common sense.
If only such common sense reigned in the White House and the Republican Party today, we'd be better off, more secure, and more likely to avoid future wars, revolutions and the general dissolution of our liberties.
But common sense has fled. Compassionate Conservatism has taken over. They say a borderless society is inevitable; a joint border government with Mexico is a step in the right direction; amnesty for illegal aliens is a holy right; and NAFTA, that budding, unelected, largely unaccountable super-government over Mexico, Canada and the United States ought to be expanded to include all of North and South America, as part of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), by the year 2005.
What a great idea! A new super-government for liberty! But where are the common geography, traditions, language, religion, political principles and joint struggles that we and they have shared together?
Common Geography: The best we can do with this is say that we live on the same side of a huge planet with them.
But are we even sure about that, considering that they live in another world – yes, another world – with millions of them so isolated that they know of little or nothing outside their own villages.
Common Traditions (manners and customs): We had one revolution in the past 225 years that settled the score and opened the way for a unifying American culture; they have one revolution a month, the score never settles, and as for manners, they are generally a lawless people.
Common Language: We speak English. On the other hand, there are a total of 34 language families and over a dozen isolated stocks with about 1,000 individual languages in South America alone, none of which are English. And what of those who immigrate here? Many of them believe we, not they, must switch tongues.
Common Religion: We have a long tradition of religious liberty. The ready availability of Bibles (among many other mediums) has produced generation upon generation of Americans who have a solid conception of the general principle of Judeo-Christianity, and a fair percentage of Americans choose to act accordingly.
South and Central America, by comparison, are relatively unread and thus steeped in superstition, believing in a version of Christianity far removed from ours, one often liable to accept inroads from the state and Marxist revolutionaries in their ministries.
Common Political Principles: We believe in representative government, checks and balances, division of powers, a bill of rights, states' rights, a written Constitution, a strict limitation of powers, and laissez-faire.
They, all of them, have from time to time modeled their constitutions after ours, but have a persistent tradition of ignoring every single political principle we believe in. With few exceptions, their governments are run by the biggest and baddest bully of the hour, making South and Central America fertile ground for open, violent communist revolution.
If it is a true political principle that political union follows economic union, and it is (witness the EU), why oh why does our president and his party think it wise, expedient, inevitable that we must merge with our neighbors to the South?
More Next Time.
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President Bush says H.R. 3005, Trade Promotion Authority for the President (presidential power to negotiate trade deals without the constitutionally mandated advice of the Senate) is vital to the creation of the FTAA. Indeed!
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