It's official: 164 Republicans and 73 Democrats in the House ofRepresentatives sold the birthright of America for a mess of corporatepottage. Lincoln had it all wrong. It's now a nation of corporateprofits, by corporate profits and for corporate profits. Millions ofdollars in corporate advertising and congressional lobbying paid off. TheHouse approved permanent Most Favored Nation trade status to communistChina.
Did I say lobbying? Bribery might be a better word. At least onecongressman has already come forward to say, "I have turned down over$200,000 in multinational corporation PAC money if I would change myvote." He went on to say, "I came to Congress for a reason, and there isnot enough money in the world to sway my vote. I will not sell outAmerica's interests." That man is Republican Representative Merrill Cook,who represents Utah's second congressional district. It's too bad therest 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 tobring the Republican Party in line with Bill Clinton's China trade deal.Interestingly, the world's largest maker of construction equipmentoperates plants in Hastert's 14th Illinois district. CaterpillarCorporation 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 inorder to help them build highway-paving equipment. All it needed was PNTRfrom Congress. They went to Hastert. He is credited with convincing manyRepublicans who were straddling the fence to get on board. I'm sure DennyBoy can look for a nice token of Caterpillar's appreciation in hisChristmas 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 largestmilitary buildup of its history. China seems determined to conquer Taiwanand is quite emphatic that it is willing to risk war with the UnitedStates to do it. Meanwhile, U.S. corporations and their co-conspiratorsin the U.S. Congress are supplying the tools and technology necessary toaugment 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 clearestexposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that littlepoint which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am notconfessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where thebattle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steadyon all battlefields beside is merely flight and disgrace if he flinchesat that point."
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There is no doubt in my mind that the main political battlefield forAmerica today is the fight for independence and national sovereignty.America is quickly forsaking its autonomy to a bunch of indifferentinternationalists determined to create a global economy and the globalgovernment that goes along with it. In this battle, George W. Bush andthe 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 theyhave are a couple of bought-and-paid-for errand boys whose sole purposein 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 ourAmerican forefathers to pledge their lives, fortunes and sacred honor ina brutal revolutionary war. It wasn't a "global economy" that caused ourstalwart soldiers to endure that hail of death and destruction on thebeaches of Normandy. It wasn't a "global economy" that put our bravepatriots on a thousand battlefields. Americans don't bleed and die formoney-obsessed, multinational corporations and their dreams of globalcommerce!
Americans know but one country. We are not citizens of the world; weswear no allegiance to any other flag. It's time our nation's leadersremembered that we are Americans first, last and always and will neversurrender our independence to any global, New World Order!