George W. Bush stepped onto that road just months after becoming president. On April 22, 2001, he signed the Declaration of Quebec City in which he made a "commitment to hemispheric integration," endorsing the Free Trade Area of the Americas.
That idea took a dive because Communist Hugo Chavez was consolidating his control over Venezuela. "Hemispheric" goals were quietly halved and replaced with the North American Union and the Security and Prosperity Partnership, endorsed by Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005.
The three amigos met in 2006 in Cancun, Mexico, and they demanded that Congress pass a comprehensive immigration bill with a worker permit program. At their third meeting in Quebec in 2007, they agreed on a 44-page comprehensive plan to set up a "Coordinating Body" of "decision-makers" during flu epidemics, based on U.N. and North American Free Trade Agreement guidelines.
All the while, we were told this was advancing us towards a North American Union modeled on the then-successful European Union. Globalism was their goal, Europe was their model and their writings were laced with the language to grease our way: "economic integration," "harmonization" and "the free movement of goods, services and people across open borders."
The favorite business authority Peter F. Drucker wrote in his 1993 book "Post-Capitalist Society" that the European Union "triggered the attempt to create a North American economic community. ... The economic integration of the three countries into one region is proceeding so fast that it will make little difference whether the marriage is sanctified legally or not."
But our European model is collapsing before our eyes and, worse, we have now discovered that the globalists have tied us into that failed model. Barack Obama welcomes our journey toward globalism, even as he prepares us to pay for Europe's mistakes. This week he said: "If we see Europe tank, that obviously could have a big impact on our ability to generate the jobs that we need here in the United States."
Can we reverse course, return to the roots of our constitutional restrictions on government stupidity and once again achieve the prosperity given to us by private enterprise within protected borders?
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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