Guest Opinion: North American Union would supplant U.S. sovereignty

By Karen S. Johnson, Tucson Citizen, November 30, 2006

I just returned from a week in Washington, D.C., with a group of concerned women where we learned about the Security and Prosperity Partnership, also known as "The North American Union."

This partnership was agreed upon at a private meeting held in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005, among then-president of Mexico Vicente Fox, U.S. President George Bush and then-Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada.

The SPP is an agreement to merge our United States of America with Mexico and Canada.

I am outraged about what the Bush administration is doing with this partnership behind Congress' back. (

With virtually no mention in the mainstream media and no oversight from Congress, Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez is pushing forward, through his department, the "working groups" that are implementing this plan.

Government bureaucrats and business leaders are "harmonizing and integrating" our laws with Mexico and Canada on a broad range of issues such as e-commerce, transportation, environment, health, agriculture, financial services and national security, just to mention a few.

Do we want our laws "harmonized" with Socialist Canada and corrupt Mexico?

If you are concerned about terrorism in our country, just remember that enlarging our borders, merging our security functions with one of the most corrupt nations on earth (Mexico) and giving up sovereignty and constitutional protections do not make us safer.

Dr. Jerome Corsi, a Harvard professor who has spent months researching this issue, was recently able, through a Freedom of Information request, to obtain about 1,000 pages on SPP/North American Union.

That information clearly reveals that the Bush administration is running a "shadow government" with Mexico and Canada in which unelected bureaucrats are crafting a broad range of policy changes.

The SPP is truly rewriting U.S. administrative law, all without Congressional oversight or public disclosure.

The government watchdog organization, Judicial Watch, obtained many of the same documents Corsi has received - including the organizational chart and a listing of trilateral Mexican, Canadian and U.S. administrative officers who report on multiple, cabinet-level "working groups."...

One of the ways the administration has been able to go around Congress is by not having the three countries sign a treaty or "law" on SPP.

I want to know - and the American public should demand to know - where does the Bush administration get the congressional authorization to invite two foreign nations to the table to rewrite U.S. law?

The Bush administration is trying to create the infrastructure for a new regional North American government in stealth fashion, under the radar and out of public view. Congress has unequivocally been asleep at the wheel.

It is incredible but, if this template is followed, just four years from now, the United States may cease to exist as an independent nation.

Its laws, rules and regulations - including all freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution - will be subject to review and nullification by the North American Union's unelected governing body.

There will no longer be a Canadian or Mexican border.

Transnational transportation corridors will crisscross the United States delivering the cheapest goods possible from China and Vietnam with Mexican truckers who will work for a pittance of what our U.S. truckers earn.

Thousands of middle-class jobs will be wiped out, and the United States will become nothing more than a province in an emerging North American superstate.

The American people have got to be alerted and we must contact our members of Congress to put a stop to this.

Most representatives and senators are largely unaware of the SPP/North American Union.

I am certain that an aroused and deeply concerned electorate would have little trouble gaining support to block what is planned and retain our nation's hard-won independence.

Please help stop this insane move toward a North American Union.

Karen S. Johnson is a Republican member of the Arizona Senate representing District 18. She lives in Mesa.

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