John McCain will Integrate the Western Hemisphere if Elected President

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John McCain, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that he will pursue the integration of the 34 nations of the Western Hemisphere (FTAA, Free Trade Area of the Americas) if elected President of the United States. This is a project that George Bush and his amigo, Vicente Fox, had tried to complete (unsuccessfully) by 2005.

McCain has also tried to implement, through legislation, the CFR plan for Building a North American Community (the blueprint for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, SPP), a merger of Canada, Mexico and the United States (a prelude to the FTAA), which includes institutions for governing the North American continent. (Photo: Senator John McCain)

Toward this end he has supported and authored bills that would provide a “common security perimeter around North America and provide amnesty for 20 million illegal aliens (cheap labor for American transnational corporations). The result would be the deconstruction of America as a sovereign nation, the end of that “shining city upon a hill.”  (Click here to see the CFR plan for a merger of North America and proposed governing institutions (pp. 31. 32), including an “inter-parliamentary group.” Read both links on the site.)

In a speech to the Florida Association of Broadcasters, Senator McCain gave his support for globalization and corporate control of North America and the Western Hemisphere (Read the speech on the CFR website, June 20, 2007.)

“With globalization, our hemisphere has grown closer, more integrated, and more interdependent. Latin America today is increasingly vital to the fortunes of the United States. Americans north and south share a common geography and a common destiny. I would like to share with you today my vision about where our hemisphere is headed, and how, as President, I would lead our region.”

“We need to build on the passage of the Central America Free Trade Agreement by expanding U.S. Trade with the region. Let’s start by ratifying the trade agreements with Panama, Peru, and Columbia that are already completed, and pushing forward the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Too many Democrats have embraced economic isolationism, paying off special interests by opposing trade agreements with our democratic neighbors. They could not be more wrong. My administration would reduce barriers to trade and press for renewed Trade Promotion Authority.” (fast track).

“If elected I will work to create a new global league of Democracies that would give Brazil, Columbia, Chile, Peru and other great nations in the region a voice that they are denied in the United Nations Security Council.” (As members of an integrated Western Hemisphere represented by the United States?)

“I believe the Americas can and must be the model for a new 21st century hemisphere, where trade is free across all borders, where security and opportunity are defended and advanced for all, where the rule of law and the magic of the market place allow all peoples, north and south, to reach their God-given potential. That will be my vision as your President.” (Sounds like he’s running for President of the Western Hemisphere.)

The problem with McCain is that he doesn’t tell you the FTAA is designed to benefit corporations and would utilize a regional work force of 800 million people who have no rights and must compete against other unrepresented workers who have no choice but to accept temporary jobs, low wages and no benefits. (The dream of every CEO.)

The FTAA, like other trade agreements signed by Bill Clinton and George Bush, would have no enforcement mechanisms for labor or the environment. But transnational corporations who open up shop in another member nation must be treated the same as local corporations. In addition, foreign corporations have the right to sue (through trade tribunals, Chapter 11 under NAFTA) the host government for laws, regulations or procedures made at any level of government which keeps that corporation from making a profit. [1]

The FTAA Draft shows where power lies in this integration of 34 nations of the Western Hemiphere. Chapter II, General Provisions, Article 4.2 of the Draft Agreement states:

“The Parties shall ensure that their laws, regulations, and administrative procedures are consistent with the obligations of this Agreement. The rights and obligations under this Agreement are the same for all the Parties, [whether Federal or unitary States, including the different levels and branches of government], unless otherwise provided in this Agreement.” (All member States, including the United States, must cede sovereignty to the FTAA’s unelected, bureaucratic governing body. It’s all downhill from there. Ask the Europeans.)

As for the environment, Chapter VI Environment Provisions, the FTAA Draft Agreement states:

[1. “Environmental issues are not contemplated in the TCI mandate or in the FTAA negotiation mandate. Therefore, no provisions on this issue should exist in the FTAA Agreement.”]

Chapter VII Labor Provisions:

[1. “Labor issues are not contemplated in the TCI mandate or in the FTAA negotiation mandate. Therefore, no provisions on this issue should exist in the FTAA Agreement.”]

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, admitted on several talk shows that he and George Bush worked together on the FTAA. On Larry King, responding to the question, “How do you feel about the possibility of having a Latin America united with one currency?”

Fox said that it would be “long term, very long term…What we proposed together, President Bush and Myself, it’s ALCA, which is a trade union for ALL of the Americas…” (including the United States.) The English name is the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas).

“I think the process to go, first step is trade agreement, and then further on, a new vision, like we are trying to do with NAFTA.” (That would be the SPP, a North American Community, a continental union.) [ 2]

John McCain has worked hard to put this North American Union together and he will continue working with the Republican and Democratic leadership to pass the essential legislation ( a common security perimeter, for example) over the objections of the overwhelming majority of Americans.

And he has made it clear that he will continue making trade agreements everywhere he can, especially with South American nations in order to complete the  integration with North America. The process will be similar to the pattern underway in the European Union.

John McCain:

“To unite us with friends and allies in a common prosperity, as president I will agressively promote global trade liberalization at the World Trade Organization and expand America’s free trade agreements to friendly nations on every continent.” Foreign Affairs, An Enduring Peace Built on Freedom, Nov/Dec 2007, publisher, Council on Foreign Relations.

Overthrowing our sovereign republic is illegal whether one does it quickly, by violence, or over time, working secretly in the halls of government.

“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is freely known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very hall of government itself…He rots the soul of a nation–he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city–he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.” [Cicero]

[1] This blog, Bush and Democrats Slam Workers, Environment with Peru Trade Agreement, archives, Dec. 10, 2007

[2] Vicente Fox Declares Support for North American Union, FTAA, archives, Oct. 12, 2007