Stop the FTAA!  


"[W]e will be seeking new rules in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade to cover a whole range of hitherto unregulated non-tariff barriers. These will subject countries to an unprecedented degree of international surveillance over up to now sacrosanct domestic policies, such as farm price supports, subsidies, and government procurement practices that have transnational effects."

State Department veteran Richard N. Gardner, April 1974 Foreign Affairs

The architecture of the international system globalists are putting into place can be confusing to the layman. The emerging interlocking structure is generally hidden from the public. The history clearly reveals, however, that the globalists are working to centralize power in a world government. At the apex of power in the internationalist design for an emerging world government sits the United Nations. The UN has authority over GATT, which would administer the world in matters of trade. And GATT and its regulatory body the WTO would function as umbrella organizations for the FTAA. The European Union also subordinates its regulations to decisions of the WTO.

The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs [GATT] is an international commercial treaty organized under the UN in 1948. Member nations represent more than four-fifths of international trade.

The World Trade Organization (WTO), originally called the International Trade Organization (ITO) was intended to be one of three global economic bodies (the others being the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank). The ITO envisioned a one-nation, one-vote scheme that would have left Americas trade policies in the hands of foreign rivals.

The ITO plan collided with patriotic opposition and was never presented to Congress for ratification until 1994. Following the November 1994 election, incoming Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and prospective Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agreed to an extraordinary session of the outgoing Congress. The politics in this lame-duck session were more favorable to passage than in the incoming Congress.

In testimony before the Ways and Means Committee, Gingrich made some revealing admissions while pretending to have reservations about the WTO:

"I am just saying that we need to be honest about the fact that we are transferring from the United States at a practical level significant authority to a new organization. This is a transformational moment. I would feel better if the people who favor this would just be honest about the scale of change.

"I agree ... this is very close to Maastrict [the European Union treaty by which the EU member nations have surrendered considerable sovereignty], and twenty years from now we will look back on this as a very important defining moment. This is not just another trade agreement. This is adopting something which twice, once in the 1940s and once in the 1950s, the U.S. Congress rejected. I am not even saying we should reject it; I, in fact, lean toward it. But I think we have to be very careful, because it is a very big transfer of power."

Newt Gingrich, House Ways and Means Committee hearings during June 1994.

In the WTO, nations of the so-called "Global South" formerly known as the "Third World," possess 70 percent of the votes, and the U.S. has no veto power. Within a few days after ramming the WTO through Congress, President Clinton rushed to Miami to promote the FTAA.

The U.S. Constitution entrusts tariff-making (and unmaking) solely to Congress. But Congress has unconstitutionally delegated much of that authority first to Presidents and now to international bodies.

The WTO is the internationalists primary vehicle for promoting the delusion of a free trade utopia. GATT, itself, was also sold under the banner of free trade. But although certain tariffs were reduced, GATT has given rise to a new protectionism based on a whole new set of non-tariff barriers. In fact, much of the new protectionism originated with and has been legalized by GATT itself.

The real purpose of GATT/WTO, GATS, NAFTA, and similar "free trade" pacts is to consolidate power, not to expand prosperity. The objective is to destroy national sovereignty and erect a global government, not to remove impediments to honest commerce. Legitimate free trade is the path to reduced government and expanded liberty; the globalist counterfeit being offered today is a highway to universal serfdom.

When todays political leaders call for more and more free trade agreements, Americans should be thinking of how these leaders are actually helping to perpetuate slave labor in other nations (China as an outstanding example) and helping to bring about poverty in our nation. The internationalist proponents have an agenda that is far different from the altruism they try to convey with words such as "Im here to help you."

In 1994, political leaders failed to inform the public as to the implications of the WTO for U.S. sovereignty. Similarly, there is no effort now to enlighten the public regarding even more revolutionary changes planned by the elitist sponsors of the FTAA.

Recommended reading:

Organized Anarchy - The New American - June 19, 2000

Street-level revolutionaries, such as those protesting the World Bank, IMF, and WTO, are merely puppets whose strings are being pulled by the real revolutionaries behind the scenes.

GATT's World Trade Oppression - The New American - September 5, 1994

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