Anti-immigrant sentiment appears to be growing in the United States, Mexican President Vicente Fox said Wednesday, and he urged U.S. officials to act quickly to control movements such as the 950-member-strong Minuteman Project on the Mexico-Arizona border. “We will use the law, international law and even U.S. law to make sure that these types of groups, which are a minority … will not have any opportunity to progress.”

Fox said he plans to push for U.S. immigration reform during a meeting with President Bush in Texas next week. He also said the two leaders, along with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, likely will announce a plan to expand the scope of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In the spring of 1950, the foreign minister of France, Robert Schuman, proposed that France and Germany collectivize their coal and steel resources. On June 3 of that year, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy the Netherlands and Germany subscribed to what became known as the Schuman Declaration, which in 1951 led to the Treaty of Paris establishing the European Coal and Steel Community.

Fifty-one years later, the sale of national sovereignty was completed when most of the governments across Europe abandoned their national currencies in favor of the euro and accepted that the dictates of the unelected 17-man European Commission would thenceforth supersede national legislatures.

Two score and 11 years was all it took to transform a diverse community of sovereign nations into a single oligarchic dictatorship, beginning with nothing more than the humble coordination of mining activities. The European Union is far more civilized than its Soviet namesake, for it uses banks instead of tanks to enforce its will, but the absence of a body count does not mean that the institution respects individual liberties or suffers any limits upon its power. Still, if the Europeans are shortsighted enough to allow their governments to sign them up for the de facto Fourth Reich, it’s hard to find much sympathy for them – particularly when the same process has already begun here at home.

Like the European Common Market, NAFTA was billed to an unsuspecting public in 1992 as a free-trade agreement, when in fact it was simply the first step toward the supra-national pan-American political entity that will be called the American Union. Or perhaps, as the current parlance has it, the Union of the Americas.

This is why George Bush and the Republican leadership so freely – and otherwise inexplicably – ignore the will of the Republican Party membership, which is strongly in favor of enforcing the immigration laws, if not tightening them. There is no point in attempting to prevent Mexican citizens from entering the United States when citizens of Mexico, the USA and Canada will soon enjoy a shared national identity.

This is also why grass-roots efforts to change the status quo of de facto open borders are doomed to failure, as any attempt by state and local politicians to enforce the law in border states will be quickly shut down by federal organizations and the judiciary, and as President Fox helpfully points out, private attempts will be prosecuted in any court likely to find them illegal.

Since the U.S. Constitution no longer exists as a definitive legal document, but has instead been transformed into an occasional inspiration for the pronouncements of the unelected nine-man American Commission (also known as the Supreme Court), there is no longer anything to prevent the delivery of the rough hydra-headed beast slouching toward Washington, waiting to be born. Voters can’t prevent it, since both the present administration and its Democratic opposition support pan-American amalgamation, nor can state or local officials since the concept of a right to secession was settled by military force in 1865.

The patterns of history are clear. The political pendulum is swinging heavily toward increased centralization, and in American terms, that spells the end of the nation as a unique proposition dedicated to individual freedom, unalienable rights derived from God and limited government. The only question that remains is if the nation’s weakening economic foundation will speed or slow this process, or if it will end the project altogether.

So, my fellow Americans, enjoy your national sovereignty while it lasts. I estimate you’ve got about 38 more years to do so.

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