Oklahoma state Sen. Randy Brogdon
“The NAFTA Superhighway stops here, at the border with Oklahoma,” Randy Brogdon, a Republican state senator who has championed the fight to keep the Trans-Texas Corridor out of Oklahoma, told a packed 300-person audience at the first public meeting of OK-SAFE in Tulsa on Saturday.
Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise, Inc. is a non-profit, Oklahoma corporation set up to oppose a NAFTA Superhighway and North American Union as threats to the sovereignty of the U.S.
Brogdon objected to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, arguing President Bush had entered the agreement after secret discussions with Mexico’s then-president Vicente Fox and Canada’s then-prime minister Paul Martin in Waco, Texas, March 23, 2005.
“President Bush has proven that he is more than willing to over-step his executive authority when it came to trade policy,” Brogdon told the group.
“Ariticle 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution says, ‘Congress shall have the Power to Regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States,’ not the president,” Brogdon pointed out. “Yet President Bush has entered into an agreement with Mexico and Canada called SPP that seeks to eliminate our trade and security borders and he has failed to get the explicit approval of Congress.”
The SPP website, in a section entitled “Myths vs. Facts,” supports Brogdon’s argument, openly admitting that SPP is neither a law nor a treaty.
“Texas highways are famous for ‘Texas turnaround’ U-turns,” Brogdon quipped. “Maybe it’s time we tell Governor Perry to do a Texas turnaround at the border with Oklahoma.”
“We don’t need a new superhighway four-football-fields-wide coming through the heart of our state just so Mexican trucks can carry Chinese containers from Mexican ports to Kansas City,” he said.
Brogdon objected that the Bush administration’s below-the-radar push for a new continental NAFTA Superhighway will risk the supremacy of U.S. laws on U.S. highways.
“Anyone driving on an international highway system running through the United States would be subjected not to U.S. law, but to international law,” Brogdon argued. “We would be subject to an international tribunal in case of a dispute, including accidents or other lawsuits.”
Brogdon objected to the Department of Transportation’s push to allow 100 Mexican trucking companies to have free access on U.S. roads for their long-haul rigs.
“The Bush administration is pushing the Trans-Texas Corridor under the cause of better roads and economic development,” Brogdon stressed. “I’m sure we all want good roads and bridges, but not at the expense of our nation’s sovereignty.”
As WND previously reported, Brogdon has opposed legislation that would have pre-authorized the extension north into Oklahoma, as a deceptive piece of legislation (HB 1917) that would have put Oklahoma in a highway “pilot project” that was unlimited in scope and required Oklahoma to waive its 11th Amendment rights.
“The 11th Amendment gives protection to Oklahoma from being sued in federal court by a foreign nation,” Brogdon explained. “So for us to be a part of this project we had to waive our 11th Amendment rights. This benign piece of legislation that started out as a simple re-surface project in Southeast Oklahoma was in fact the first step to create the NAFTA Superhighway through Oklahoma.”
Brogdon has championed legislation demanding Oklahoma withdraw from NASCO, saving the state a $25,000 annual membership fee.
“NASCO’s mission statement says their goal is ‘to create the world’s first ‘international, intermodal superhighway’ system,” Brogdon pointed out. “NASCO lobbied the Oklahoma state legislature to pass HB 1917 and they found many of my colleagues sympathetic to their cause. In the state senate, we were able to kill the bill during debate. We won a battle, but the war is not over.”
Brogdon predicted that the battle to extend the Trans-Texas Corridor north into Oklahoma would be pressed once again by NASCO in the Oklahoma legislature’s next session.
“NASCO will probably work with legislators favorable to their cause to package the next bill with a catchy name,” Brogdon warned. “The bill will come down as something like, ‘Economic Development and Transportation for the Next Generation and Our Kids.’ It will be disguised, but I assure you, the outcome will still be the same. Our sovereignty will be under attack.”
Still, Brogdon expressed his confidence in winning the battle against the NAFTA Superhighway in Oklahoma.
“I’m encouraged at what lies ahead for this state and for the nation,” Brogdon told the group. “History reveals that Americans always rise to the occasion to protect this country. We are in a battle for this nation’s sovereignty. But I see American patriots here today, in this assembled group, men and women still dedicated to the Constitutional cause so eloquently laid out by our founding fathers.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, know this – our future will not be determined by the politicians,” Brogdon concluded. “Our future lies solely in our hands because ‘We the People,’ and not some bureaucrats in Washington or a trade group in Dallas, are the government of the United States.”
WND reported NASCO changed its name from the original name, North America’s Superhighway Coalition.
NASCO also has repeatedly redesigned its webpage so as to de-emphasize the continental nature of the “super corridor” NASCO supports.