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Thursday, July 20, 2006

North American Union? Not without the Senate.

I love World Net Daily. They have been running a series of articles and commentaries on SPP and the "North American Union." This is just the most recent. They claim the President and the leaders of Canada and Mexico are secretly planning the dissolution of our three countries and the formation of the North American Union by the year 2010.

Obviously, no one there has read the Constitution (which they say Bush completely dismisses). Specifically, Article II Section II, "He (the President) shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur." Whether or not he is planning to dissolve the United States or not, it is not something that can be done without at least the agreement of 2/3 of the Senate. I seriously doubt the Senate would stand for that, mainly because their constituents wouldn't stand for it. I don't believe even Scalia would uphold it. People who think this could be done with out the support of the Senate or the people have a bit too much faith in the power of the Executive Branch.

The idea of SPP is not to eliminate each country's national borders and create a super state, but join forces on continental security and commerce. Yes it needs to be discussed more, and the public needs to give their input. We need people like Corsi and McGuire to poke and prod the government with FOIA requests and questions. It keeps our democracy open and free, something it feels like we have to fight for these days. However, the idea of sharing security and making commerce freer between us and our neighbors is not necessarily a bad idea. I mean, something that would help reduce the number of illegal aliens coming into the country is to make life better in Mexico. It is not going to happen over night. Conditions don't just have to be better, they have to have the appearance of being better and that can take time. The world is eventually going to globalize. Either through an open democratic means or less than democratic means, it will happen. Taking open, intelligent steps towards that means to ensure we are a major player when it happens is not necessarily a bad thing.