Incrementalism has slowly, but surely, been eroding our liberty. It has
often been noted, but seldom appreciated, that those who would undermine
and abrogate our Constitution and Bill of Rights don’t and won’t use guns
or weapons of mass destruction. The principal weapon of choice by the
warlords of collectivism is treaties.

We have been and will be distracted by annoying battles over this piece of
legislation or that piece of legislation. Pshaw! The real threat to our way
of life has been, and continues to be, insidious, monumentally complex
international agreements and treaties.

This issue is not left or right, conservative or liberal. This is a fight
for liberty, sovereignty, and what was America.

First, there was NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement), then came
its bastard child on steroids, GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and
Trade). Now, although most of you probably haven’t heard about it yet, we
have MAI (Multilateral Agreement on Investment).

MAI is a new international economic pact designed to “ease” the movement of
capital, both money and production facilities, across international
borders. This would require restricting laws in participating countries
that are viewed as impediments (or annoyances) to capital flows. It is
based on the noxious NAFTA, but MAI expands certain elements, and unlike
NAFTA which only affected the U.S., Canada and Mexico, MAI would apply
worldwide. Reportedly, the MAI negotiators are considering rules that would
“go well beyond the … provisions of other international agreements” and
would “provide path-breaking disciplines on areas of major interest to
foreign investors.”

This is the latest globalist finesse. There are two observable trends:
increasing economic integration, and growing inequality. A reasonable
person would conclude they are related. In the last ten years almost all
the national economic growth was seen by the top 5%. Most U.S. workers have
actually realized a decline in real wages since the 1970’s. Globally, for
three decades, the richest 20% of the world’s population have increased
their share of world income. It has increased 15% (for them) to 85%.
Meanwhile the poorest 20% have declined from 2.3% to 1.4%. Yeah, the rich
get richer and the poor get poorer ….

The increasing mobility of transnational corporations (the “Corporatzi”)
allows them to play countries and localities off against one another. They
can, and do, bid down wages and other labor standards in a global “race to
the bottom.” Environmental standards, workplace safety rules and similar
safeguards are also attrited (the parallel to the dumbing down of our
schools to the lowest common factor is chilling). Governments come under
increasing pressure to roll over to the demands of highly mobile
corporations. They had better … or else. If the governments don’t play
ball, the corporations pack up and move to more ‘friendly’ environs.
Basically, the power to make critical economic decisions is moving from
elected officials to the corporate boardroom.

The lack of responsibility and testosterone exhibited by our elected
officials has resulted in key policy decisions being made by un-elected,
unaccountable entities whose role has grown symbiotically with the
increasing power of the transnational corporations. There are a half dozen
bureaucracies running amok (NAFTA, GATT, WTO, IMF, World Bank), some of
which have the power (and authority?) to review the decisions of national
governments and demand they be altered under penalty of economic
sanctions. Both NAFTA and the WTO were gifted by our Congress with the
ability to compel the U.S. to comply with their decision or face punitive
action. You can’t appeal adverse decisions to the courts, or to
Congress. Why? Because your Congress has already sold you out. Now, as MAI
rolls merrily along, they intend to drive another nail in the coffin of
freedom and liberty.

That great American philosopher/prophet, Pogo announced the epiphany: “We
have met the enemy, and he is us ….”

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