It's official: 164 Republicans and 73 Democrats in the House of
Representatives sold the birthright of America for a mess of corporate
pottage. Lincoln had it all wrong. It's now a nation of corporate
profits, by corporate profits and for corporate profits. Millions of
dollars in corporate advertising and congressional lobbying paid off. The
House approved permanent Most Favored Nation trade status to communist
Did I say lobbying? Bribery might be a better word. At least one
congressman has already come forward to say, "I have turned down over
$200,000 in multinational corporation PAC money if I would change my
vote." He went on to say, "I came to Congress for a reason, and there is
not enough money in the world to sway my vote. I will not sell out
America's interests." That man is Republican Representative Merrill Cook,
who represents Utah's second congressional district. It's too bad the
rest of the Republican Party doesn't feel the same way.
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By contrast, Speaker Dennis Hastert led the effort in the House to
bring the Republican Party in line with Bill Clinton's China trade deal.
Interestingly, the world's largest maker of construction equipment
operates plants in Hastert's 14th Illinois district. Caterpillar
Corporation is a major Hastert donor and lobbied hard for PNTR for China.
Caterpillar cut a deal with China to set up a plant on the mainland in
order to help them build highway-paving equipment. All it needed was PNTR
from Congress. They went to Hastert. He is credited with convincing many
Republicans who were straddling the fence to get on board. I'm sure Denny
Boy can look for a nice token of Caterpillar's appreciation in his
Christmas stocking this year.
At the same time that Republicans are imitating Neville Chamberlain,
Jiang Zemin is imitating Adolf Hitler as China is engaged in the largest
military buildup of its history. China seems determined to conquer Taiwan
and is quite emphatic that it is willing to risk war with the United
States to do it. Meanwhile, U.S. corporations and their co-conspirators
in the U.S. Congress are supplying the tools and technology necessary to
augment Red China's war machine.
One of my favorite quotations comes from the great German reformer,
Martin Luther. He said, "If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest
exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little
point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not
confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the
battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady
on all battlefields beside is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches
at that point."
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There is no doubt in my mind that the main political battlefield for
America today is the fight for independence and national sovereignty.
America is quickly forsaking its autonomy to a bunch of indifferent
internationalists determined to create a global economy and the global
government that goes along with it. In this battle, George W. Bush and
the entire Republican leadership are AWOL.
In fact, neither political party has a red-blooded, America-first,
better-dead-than-red, "don't tread on me" champion leading it. What they
have are a couple of bought-and-paid-for errand boys whose sole purpose
in life is doing the bidding of the global elite.
All this talk of a "global economy" might sound good at the moment,
but just remember this: it wasn't a "global economy" that caused our
American forefathers to pledge their lives, fortunes and sacred honor in
a brutal revolutionary war. It wasn't a "global economy" that caused our
stalwart soldiers to endure that hail of death and destruction on the
beaches of Normandy. It wasn't a "global economy" that put our brave
patriots on a thousand battlefields. Americans don't bleed and die for
money-obsessed, multinational corporations and their dreams of global
Americans know but one country. We are not citizens of the world; we
swear no allegiance to any other flag. It's time our nation's leaders
remembered that we are Americans first, last and always and will never
surrender our independence to any global, New World Order!