SPP Myths vs Facts
Myth: The SPP ["Security and Prosperity Partnership"] is a movement to merge the United States, Mexico, and Canada into a North American Union and establish a common currency.There are two possibilities here. First, some high school intern was given the assignment of writing this. The intern knew nothing about the European Union being a model for "regional integration" of the Western Hemisphere, and so could say with all honesty, "I don't know anything about creating a North American Union modeled after the European Union."
Fact: The cooperative efforts under the SPP, which can be found in detail at www.spp.gov, seek to make the United States, Canada and Mexico open to legitimate trade and closed to terrorism and crime. It does not change our courts or legislative processes and respects the sovereignty of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The SPP in no way, shape or form considers the creation of a European Union-like structure or a common currency. The SPP does not attempt to modify our sovereignty or currency or change the American system of government designed by our Founding Fathers.
The other possibility is a little more frightening: someone who knows the truth is lying.
The SPP represents the abolition of the United States and the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. and Mexico will be merged together into a new system of government, having legislative, executive, and judicial powers that will overrule those of the present U.S. Constitution. After the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are integrated, the nations of Central America and South America will be added, until the Western Hemisphere takes the shape of the European Union.
To doubt these claims is evidence of a love of America: "Our leaders would never do that!" But it is also evidence of an ignorance of the facts. Here are the facts:
The SPP was agreed upon by President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox, and then-Prime Minister Paul Martin. Here's how President Fox described the purpose of his "partnership" with the U.S. and Canada:
Eventually our long-range objective is to establish with the United States, but also with Canada, our other regional partner, an ensemble of connections and institutions similar to those created by the European Union, with the goal of attending to future themes [such as] the future prosperity of North America, and the movement of capital, goods, services, and persons.Did President Fox speak out of turn? Did Bush gasp in horror when he heard the obvious mis-statement of Fox? Not at all.
Mexican President Vicente Fox in a candid address before the "Club XXI" at the Hotel Eurobuilding in Madrid, Spain, May 16, 2002
Well-known supporters of the SPP, such as the Wall St. Journal, have also drawn the parallels between the SPP and the EU:
Reformist Mexican President Vicente Fox raises eyebrows with his suggestion that over a decade or two NAFTA should evolve into something like the European Union, with open borders for not only goods and investment but also people. He can rest assured that there is one voice north of the Rio Grande that supports his vision. To wit, this newspaper....
Robert L. Bartley, July 2, 2002 Wall St. Journal editorial:
"Open NAFTA Borders? Why Not?"
The SPP has been called "NAFTA on steroids." Concerning NAFTA, Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called the vote on NAFTA the single most important decision that Congress would make during Mr. Clinton's first term. Indeed, Kissinger acknowledged in the Los Angeles Times that NAFTA "will represent the most creative step toward a new world order taken by any group of countries since the end of the Cold War, and the first step toward an even larger vision of a free-trade zone for the entire Western Hemisphere." NAFTA "is not a conventional trade agreement," he noted, "but the architecture of a new international system."
Soon after entering into the "Security and Prosperity Partnership" with Mexico, President Bush met with members of the European Union, and made it clear that the goals of the SPP were shared with the EU, and that the long-term goal is integration -- not just of North America, and the rest of the the Western Hemisphere, but ultimately integration of the EU and the "Free Trade Area of the Americas":
During the conversation our talks reminded me about the importance of our partnership and the fact that this partnership is based on common values and shared aspirations; a partnership that really has helped build a Europe that is whole, free and at peace. The United States continues to support a strong European Union as a partner in spreading freedom and democracy and security and prosperity throughout the world. My message to these leaders and these friends was that we want Europe strong so we can work together to achieve important objectives and important goals.The goal is, of course, the "New World Order" which Dubya's father spoke about so frequently. As the elder Bush put it,
Half a millennium ago, Portugal and Spain helped chart a course towards a new world. Five hundred years later, European unity guides the way towards a new world order. Those early pioneers believed their mission was to probe the secrets of the world. Now we must explore the frontiers of common interest and common ground. The next horizon: a strengthened partnership between the United States and the European Community.More facts about the EU can be found at the STOPtheFTAA.org website.
Remarks at the Departure Ceremony for European Community
Leaders Anibal Cavaco Silva and Jacques Delors, April 22nd, 1992
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