Do we Americans, too, wish to live in a world where unelected transnational bureaucrats speak imperiously to U.S. presidents on what we may and may not do to restore the old self-sufficiency and independence of the United States? Because that is where we are headed -- with NAFTA, the World Trade Organization and the North American Union agreed to by Bush, Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005, under the rubric of "The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America."
As we see clearly now, from the evolution of the European Coal and Steel Community of half a century ago to the EU of today, free trade is the Trojan horse of global government. A cornucopia of consumer goods is the Faustian bribe that is offered to nations for the surrender of their souls, and to peoples for the surrender of their sovereignty.
The Treaties of Rome, 50 years ago, birthed the European Economic Community, or Common Market, a free-trade zone of Germany, France, Italy and the Benelux Union. This evolved into the European Community.
In 1992, with the Maastricht Treaty, the European Union was born of the EC. Eurocrats now seek ruling power over the 27 EU nations with a combined GDP equal to that of the United States through ratification of a new European constitution they have drawn up.
French and Dutch patriots, however, voted that constitution down.
Sarkozy, in these last weeks before the first round of voting in the presidential election, is also taking a tough line against the Third World rioters at the Gare du Nord, the train station to the suburban banlieus where the African and Arab immigrants and illegal aliens live in tightly packed communities.
Financial Times columnist Chris Caldwell sees Sarkozy taking a page from the Nixon playbook of the 1960s, when, in a time of urban riots and campus uprisings, Nixon appealed to Middle America and the Great Silent Majority to stand by him.
The struggle that succeeds the Cold War may not be vertical at all -- i.e., between nation-states -- but horizontal, between patriots of all nations and transnational elites, like Kroes and her fellow commissioners.
Free trade and globalization are beginning to look like yesterday's stocks. Patriotism and protectionism are making a comeback.
Keep an eye on Monsieur Sarkozy. His election could bring a "France First!" presidency that would inspire imitators everywhere and further imperil the great project of our transnational elite.