Keep US Independent! Most Americans Would Oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas If They Understood the Threat, Which Is Why the FTAA's Promoters Must Rely on Deception

By Bonta, Steve | The New American, September 6, 2004 | Go to article overview

Keep US Independent! Most Americans Would Oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas If They Understood the Threat, Which Is Why the FTAA's Promoters Must Rely on Deception


Bonta, Steve, The New American


Imagine a not-too-distant future in which America's borders have become obsolete. Customs and border controls no longer exist. The former boundaries of the United States are merely registration stations for throngs of migrant workers, criminal fugitives, narcotics traffickers and even terrorists entering the country from Latin America and beyond, via Canada and Mexico.

In this gloomy future, most American factories are shuttered and the American manufacturing sector has relocated to Central and South America, where wages are far cheaper and workers are willing to work for much longer hours. The American economy, meanwhile, consists largely of service-sector jobs. Unemployment in excess of 20 percent is a permanent feature of the economic landscape. College enrollment has declined sharply as young adults lose interest in formerly popular subjects like engineering and computer science that no longer offer employment prospects.

Crime rates have skyrocketed as gang warfare among burgeoning rival immigrant communities has crippled America's inner cities, while terrorist attacks, both by Islamic extremist infiltrators and ethnic minority malcontents, have become commonplace.

To facilitate trade across open borders, America's old currency, the dollar, has been abolished and replaced by the Amero, which is used throughout the Western Hemisphere. American financial policy is no longer determined by the Federal Reserve or the U.S. Treasury Department, but by the Central Bank of the Americas.

A new hemispheric government is now in force in this hypothetical future, complete with a hemispheric parliament, military and police force. Americans now pay income and property taxes to the new supranational Government of the Americas, in addition to their domestic tax obligations. A new hemispheric constitution has been drawn up and ratified, which supersedes or nullifies many of the provisions of our U.S. Constitution.

Moreover, our elected leaders in Washington have had their powers sharply curtailed, and now have little say-so in foreign policy, trade, immigration or military spending. Even in many areas of domestic policy, they must receive approval from the Executive Committee of the Government of the Americas to ensure that any legislation passed is in harmony with the regulatory standards of the rest of the hemisphere. As a result, the lives of ordinary Americans are regulated and controlled as never before by myriads of domestic and international agencies for whom labor laws, environmental standards, and occupational health and safety regulations can never be strict enough.

Reality Check

Such a future, in which America--her laws, her culture, her borders and her economic base--has ceased to exist, is closer to reality than most Americans would dare to imagine. Although many of us live our lives assuming that the America we sometimes take for granted--our vibrant economy, our seemingly limitless capacity for growth and innovation, and our unmatched standard of living--will always be around, powerful forces now in motion are working to bring about a world without the United States of America.

International organizations designed to destroy the independence of all nations, including the U.S.--like the United Nations and the World Trade Organization--have been chipping away at our liberties and our independence for many years. Right now, however, the most urgent danger to the long-term survival of the United States is the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a planned organization billed as a free trade agreement but designed to curtail American independence, and eventually to destroy our nationhood altogether.

The preparation for the Free Trade Area of the Americas began in December 1994 at a conference in Miami, Florida. There, at the behest of the Clinton administration, representatives from every New World country except Cuba met to agree on a schedule for creating a "free trade zone" that would embrace the entire Western Hemisphere, building on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U. …

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