Trade, EU as Model for TPP, TTIP: The British Voted to Leave the EU, Even as the United States Is Contemplating Joining the TPP and TTIP "Trade Pacts" That Will Bind the United States in EU-Style Arrangements

By Jasper, William F. | The New American, August 8, 2016 | Go to article overview

Trade, EU as Model for TPP, TTIP: The British Voted to Leave the EU, Even as the United States Is Contemplating Joining the TPP and TTIP "Trade Pacts" That Will Bind the United States in EU-Style Arrangements


Jasper, William F., The New American


Two massive and dangerous "trade" agreements, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) loom on the near horizon. Like icebergs of doom, they lie mostly submerged, threatening to rip asunder the hulls of all sovereign ships of state that dare to sail their waters. We place the word "trade" in quotation marks because these twin pacts, which the Obama administration has listed as top priority items on its overall agenda, run to thousands of pages and establish international "rules" for hundreds of domestic issues that have nothing to do with traditional notions of trade, ranging from farming, banking, mining, fishing, manufacturing, immigration, migration, and labor, to environment, insurance, intellectual property, textiles, etc. If the federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act were applied to the TTIP and TPP, then President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, current Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman, and all the rest of the negotiators of these fraudulent and deceptive deals would be arrested for criminal misrepresentation, not to mention the even more serious charges that they could (and should) be hit with for pushing these schemes to destroy our national sovereignty and the constitutional order they have sworn to defend.

The TPP treaty is an incomprehensible labyrinth of legalese running to 5,544 pages (longer than the Bible, the complete works of Shakespeare, or J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy). Negotiated in total secrecy (despite promises of "transparency"), the TPP proposes "integration" that would entangle the United States in the political and economic affairs of 11 Pacific Rim member states: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. That's the current membership, but there are already plans to "widen" it to include more nations, including Communist China and Russia.

Likewise, the still-secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership calls for "deep and comprehensive" integration between the United States and the European Union, now comprised of 28 member states (27, if the British follow through on the "Brexit" referendum mandate to exit the EU).

And that's another kicker: The integration of the United States and the EU would mean the United States would be bound by the same stifling, all-encompassing, top-down rules (issued either by the unelected EU bureaucrats in Brussels or another international entity) that the British just voted to escape from with the Brexit vote--and that many other countries wish to vote to reject (see the article on page 17) but can't because the elites in their governments are stopping them.

The British were right to reject the EU because the consequences of remaining in the EU were astoundingly bad, including authoritarian government, without voter input on most issues; a rapidly inflating currency that political elites print and use to favor one country or group over another to maintain power and guide policy; out-of-control immigration, which has steadily led to cultural conflict and increased spending on welfare, hurting the employment picture; and rules covering every aspect of daily life, including the size and shapes of fruit that are allowed to be sold, which are simply stultifying.

The Brexit vote on June 23 was an astounding rebuke, not only to the pro-EU elites of all three major British parties, but to the entire globalist lobby worldwide. In announcing their demand to leave the European Union, British voters signaled the first major reversal in the nearly seven-decade march toward a European superstate. Year The TPP treaty is an incomprehensible labyrinth of legalese running to 5,544 pages (longer than the Bible, the complete works of Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, or the complete Harry Potter series). after year, decade after decade, the EU has expanded, inexorably adding new member states, as well as claiming new powers and jurisdictions, and proliferating new institutions, agencies, and offices. …

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