Cultural Revolutions

Shattering North America

When President George W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Mexican President Felipe Calderón met in Quebec in mid-August, they were greeted by news stories that had migrated into the mainstream media from the populist fringe, alleging that the three national leaders were conspiring to create a supranational North American Union (NAU).  Responding to these rumors, President Bush dismissed them as “scare tactics.”

What set off concerns about an NAU (to be patterned after the European Union) was the creation two years ago of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), at a summit held in Waco, Texas.  The SPP has as its goal the economic integration of North America, to be furthered by the regional harmonization of regulations on transportation, food and product safety, intellectual property, and a host of other issues.  At a summit in Cancun, Mexico, in March 2006, a North American Competitiveness Council was formed, with heavy representation from major corporations whose desire is to see all borders vanish, at least as barriers to the movement of goods and people.  Their constant drone is that security measures against terrorism, drug running, and illegal immigration are slowing commercial transport.

These new groups all spring from the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.  NAFTA was supposed to combine cheap Mexican labor with American...

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