Is The North American Union Real?

1 Feb

What agreement exists between the US, Canada and Mexico right now (besides NAFTA)?

On the 23rd of March 2005, Bush met with President Fox (Mexico) and Prime Minister Martin (Canada) to discuss and agree upon (but not sign) the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). According to www.SPP.gov (note that this is a government (.gov), not commercial (.com), organizational (.org) or educational (.edu) website):

The SPP is a White House-led initiative among the United States and the two nations it borders – Canada and Mexico – to increase security and to enhance prosperity among the three countries through greater cooperation. The SPP is based on the principle that our prosperity is dependent on our security and recognizes that our three great nations share a belief in freedom, economic opportunity, and strong democratic institutions. The SPP outlines a comprehensive agenda for cooperation among our three countries while respecting the sovereignty and unique cultural heritage of each nation. The SPP provides a vehicle by which the United States, Canada, and Mexico can identify and resolve unnecessary obstacles to trade and it provides a means to improve our response to emergencies and increase security, thus benefiting and protecting Americans.

The SPP is meant to:

  • Coordinate our security efforts to better protect U.S. citizens from terrorist threats and transnational crime and promote the safe and efficient movement of legitimate people and goods;
  • Expand economic opportunity for all our people by making our businesses more competitive in the global marketplace, cutting red tape, and providing consumers with safe, less expensive, and innovative products; and
  • Enhance our common efforts to combat infectious diseases, develop responses to man-made or natural disasters to enhance our citizens’ quality of life, protect our people and our environment, and improve consumer safety.

The SPP website carefully refutes each and every allegation made that it is the North American Union agreement because it is NOT the North American Union agreement, it isn’t even the template for a North American Union. To read the very interesting and carefully prepared SPP Myths vs. Facts, click here. This website will also supply you with agendas, reports, info on working groups, news and updates, and even the ability to comment. Clearly, SPP is not a covert, top secret operation. I am not in complete agreement with all of its objectives (for instance, development of “a coordinated strategy aimed at combating counterfeiting and piracy” treads a little too closely to a loophole for uniform currency for my tastes), but the SPP has no authority to enact regulatory changes: “If an agency were to decide a regulatory change is desirable through the cooperative efforts of SPP, that agency is required to conform to all existing U.S. laws and administrative procedures, including an opportunity to comment.”

So if Bush isn’t behind the North American Union, who did the idea come from?

It is, apparently, the brain child of Robert A. Pastor, professor and director of the Center for North American Studies at American University and vice chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Task Force on North America. He is also on the board of directors of the Canadian-based North American Forum on Integration (NAFI), testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the idea of merging the United States, Mexico and Canada in a North American union stretching from Prudhoe Bay to Guatemala, and is the author of “Toward a North American Community,” a book promoting the development of a North American union as a regional government and the adoption of the amero as a common monetary currency to replace the dollar and the peso.

As vice chairman of the May 2005 CFR task force, he is an architect of the “Building a North American Community” plan that presents itself as a blueprint for using bureaucratic action within the executive branches of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada to transform the current trilateral SPP (which is NOT a formal, legally binding agreement) into a North American Union regional government.

The CFR is NOT a government entity. It has NO affiliation with the U.S. Government. It is an academic organization.

But this is not stopping some people from getting ready:

The North American Forum on Integration (NAFI) (click here) has already created and held three “Triumvirates,” with a fourth to be held this May 2008 in Canada.

The Triumvirate will bring together for five days a hundred university students, from Canada, Mexico and the United States, to participate in an international negotiation exercise in which they will simulate a parliamentary meeting between North American political actors. Participants will be assigned one of the three following roles: legislator (representing a country other than their own), journalist or lobbyist. Four themes of a political, economic and environmental nature will be the object of intense debates: (1) Fostering Renewable Electricity Markets, (2) Countering North American corporate outsourcing, (3) Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (see NAFTA Superhighway below), and (4) NAFTA’s Chapter 11 on Investments.

The “Triumvirate” was created to (1) bring together future leaders from Canada, the United States and Mexico in order to sensitize them to the challenges of North American integration and to develop their sense of North American identity; (2) inform the current decision makers of the priorities and the concerns of North American youth; and (3) encourage intercultural exchanges and to create networks of interests between North American academics. One of the three criteria for participant selection is “must have an interest in North American integration.”

Remember who is on the NAFI’s board of directors: Robert A. Pastor.

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11 Responses to “Is The North American Union Real?”

  1. Marvin the Martian February 1, 2008 at 9:52 AM #

    Yuck! I am told by people more paranoid than I am, that this is one reason why the federal government has continued profligate deficit spending (in addition to the war) to help drive down the value of the US dollar. It is now worth less than the Canadian dollar, and this is a stepping stone to creating a single currency for North America. Sigh.

  2. Catz February 2, 2008 at 12:47 AM #

    Very good work Faerie Kat. Here in Canada we are very concerned about this issue as well and we are getting few answers. You have done some great detective work and a good job putting it all together. I will be passing the info on.

    Cheers
    Catz

  3. Faerie♥Kat February 2, 2008 at 5:35 PM #

    Marvin the Martian

    I truly hope not. We must be vigilant if we are to prevent the “baby steps” that will be needed to make Mr. Pastor’s dream come true.

    Kat

  4. Faerie♥Kat February 2, 2008 at 6:36 PM #

    Thanks, Catz. This is some weird stuff and, yep, we’ve been hearing about it, too, without much of anything “concrete” to stand on. First thing I wanted to know was, “when?” No one knew, so I started researching every little piece of info I’d come by. It’s not enough anymore to read an article; you have to deconstruct it and what, where, who and why practically every sentence! People are making giant leaps of faith from apples to oranges. Well, maybe “fruit” will get us there, but, me, I still like to keep my apples with my apples.

    Kat

  5. richard guerette February 8, 2008 at 10:24 PM #

    i think that it a horrible idea,america is using this war on terror to strip people from their rights!This is one of the steps,that NWO has to take, and it’s probally their biggest one , to kill america, i really believe that to many people fought to keep their nation free, The USA citizan, will fight back when they get to the ropes,And the NWO is gonna get blow back, it’s gonna get interesting. Ron paul is a hero, for the usa citizan,i hope he wins, it’ll help our country if he becomes president of the USA,this agreement of the north american union would go right out the window,BUT these men of the NWO, our very strong, and i believe , that they will go to any length, to achieve their goal,They want a one world Goverment,it will happen……This one world goverment has been at this idea for 60 plus years or more, and their WILL TO ACOMPLISH IT IS A MOUNTAIN.IF we were to stick together, then we could squash it, but they divid and conquer,on one hand it’s exiting to see that it is possilbe to take over the world,mankind is evolving rapidly,throught history men have tried to take over the world,it’s what men like to do, more power is always the best choice,our best choice is to fight to keep our power,the savour is not coming to save us from the evil menlo0olollo00oll,the human race is a blink of the eye compared to the history of life on the planet,we our the creatures who rule, for now,but will we even last 5 million years , i think not, if the NWO takes power,one day they will loose it,Men will always be chasing power,it’s designed to help increase the evolution of the race,

  6. Iraq War July 26, 2008 at 5:58 AM #

    The most beautiful words in the English language are not ‘I love you,’ but ‘It’s benign.’WoodyAllenWoody Allen, Deconstructing Harry

  7. david October 10, 2008 at 3:08 AM #

    I think is that Its not a bad idea to have a single currency and modernize like Europe but if it does happen i think we will be starting a lil bit too late for this big leap not only currency but since Mexico will be part of the union there is no doubt that USA will send troops to Mexico to help Mexico out with their drug problems and corruption. this will lead to spending more money or Ameros which is what the currency will be called and end up on wasting resources like oil and money which will be sent to Saudi Arabia and other countries and ill end up being a war down there and also think if it happens like Iraq when the American dollar is being use so much for raw resources to replace bombs computers and bullets from different countries and how that is going to affect the amero currency and how much will this currencies value to the rest of the world? The euro id more then the dollar now even the Canadian dollar is of more value then the American dollar right now.What if that happens and currency is low and gets even lower? ANARCHY ! VIOLENCE ! DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES OR IDEALS At Least IN THE USA ! CONFRONTATION! RETALIATION TO THE GOVERNMENT !CIVIL WAR! .cmon if u think about it Europe came to the European union after 2 world wars…i think is that to get to an agreement like that there will be some kind of conflict rater military or political because that is the way the European union came to have birth.

  8. Jordan November 13, 2008 at 1:59 PM #

    This is a troubling subject for me. As they should be for any American or Canadian citizen. I think the only entity that would benefit from such a Union would be Mexico, which makes sense as President Fox is the only one who is actually an open proponent of the idea. Although I think in the long term a true NAU would be bad even for Mexico.

    I’m not big on conspiracy theories. They tend to be reliant on fear to convince people of their reality and never too keen on real facts. They depend on the people’s capacity for paranoia. Secret meetings and organizations coupled with the writings of a few hopeful scholars always draw the same paranoid question…”What are they planning?”, and from that point on nothing is off limits.

    I would have dismissed this conspiracy theory along with every other if I hadn’t seen Lou Dobbs report on CNN about the North American Union. And now as a person who despises the current replublican party in america, and also as a person who was the happiest person in the world when President Obama was elected, I take a step back and really realize, that both of these parties are screwed up. And I want Ron Paul now!

    I believe in the America who doesn’t police the globe, and doesn’t involve itself in the affairs of other nations unless absolutely necessary. I also am a huge proponent of the free market. Although I recognize the necessity of a dab of socialism once in a while to regulate and insure that our poor, disabled, and unhealthy will not be left to die in some kind of super socially darwinistic capitalism. I’m also somebody who doesn’t think that if we do something most other industrialized nations do and give our citizens universal health care, that it is the first step towards a new soviet state here in America.

    I recognize that as long as nothing too drastic is done which violates the constitution, that as long as Americans continue to fight to ensure it’s elected citizens uphold the constitution, that only the will of the people will take place. And the will of American people, liberal and conservative alike, is not to have a North American Union. At least not the kind which links our currency and destroys our borders. This is America. I’m for small government. The union of our currency and any kind of destruction of our borders would be completely unconstitutional in my opinion. We would cease to be the USA.

    I think almost all of us are for American sovereignty. And any kind of federally funded movements toward a North American Union would have to go through the congress and permeated through the public sphere. And of course if the weren’t, it would mean that it was too late, and Americans had already lost their power to their government and there is almost nothing they could do. And at that point let the conspiracy theorists wave their banners in the air and say, “We told you so!”. And we really will be a new soviet state.

    My favorite argument from the conspiracy theorists, is “Why do you think the government does not control our borders better, because they can not?”. As if any and all government failures, are not failures at all, they were in intentional. They want to destroy our economy and the value of the American dollar, leveling off our currency with canada. Step 1 towards the Amero! They don’t control our border with Mexico. Step 1 towards destroying our borders altogether!

    Let’s just say I was one once questioned our ability to better educate our people with our public school’s. I remember once thinking, maybe they don’t want those with less money in our country to be educated, they are more easily controlled that way.

    But these days I think, maybe we just have some problems here in America that need to be resolved).The problems with education and health care in America I think directly stem from having far too much of a deregulated free market governing those systems. These are areas where I think we need more government spending for those who can’t afford health insurance, and those who can’t afford private schooling followed by Yale for their kids. It is for all those reasons, from foreign policy, to education, economics, and healthcare, that I wanted Obama to win. Although now I’m little scared about Mr.Brzezinski! I wanted Obama for peace! For better relations and peace with Russia. And while I agree with everyone that Brzezinski is a geopolitical genius, I also questions his immediate desire for peace, and some of his goals seem to be more in line with the Neocons then with the Liberal Democrats. How is someone who handed weapons to terrorist groups to draw the Soviet Union into their own Vietnam eventually leading to their demise, going to bring us peace with Russia? A genius…maybe. But I think this guy is some kind of robot. He counts the number of civilian casualties versus the good of our country, or his all important goal of defeating soviet era communism, and just brushes it off his shoulder.

    Will see what happens. Obama has the whole world and a pretty solid majority of America behind him, let’s see if he will make good on his promises, and restore America, or if he will use his power in the world to create a new Socialist state here in North America like the conspiracy theorists said.

    Or maybe he really is the antichrist? That seems to be a pretty popular theory.

    • Faerie♥Kat November 13, 2008 at 6:04 PM #

      Hi Jordan

      Excellent analysis and discussion, and very valid concerns. I invite you to take a peek at my post about the type of government used by Switzerland at
      https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/switzerland-must-be-doing-something-right/. Switzerland, by the by, is not part of the European Union. Everyone I’ve talked to about this says, “But Switzerland is such a small country and the USA is so huge; their type of government would never work here.” That’s just a cop-out. Today, a federal republic with direct democracy (vs representative democracy; i.e., electoral college) is completely feasible and is, IMO, what our founding fathers would choose for us if they were still alive or had our technology when they set us free from King George III.

      Kat

  9. Edwin March 23, 2009 at 3:04 AM #

    This is a Neo-Dark Age… how is that people still believes in gods and politics?
    America is not a democracy, is what is called a Neo-Facist corporatocracy… This is not to be confused with that stupid thought many called “conspiracy theory”, this is real world.

    I don’t think as many of you. Politics are irrelevant to our problems, to devaluate the american currency to level off with the peso is actually very wrong for it will force the american community to poverty such as the one we have in Mexico, and unfortunately the canadian people will be forced as well, the facts show that this is real, I’ve studied in the States and in Mexico and somehow the school system is the same corrupt shhhh… Market profit is also an idea that is not “human” for we are wise or so homo-sapiens means, however we don’t see lions killing all zebras in Africa, they killed what they need to eat and that’s it; is horrible what the american society has been thrown to, the idea of capitalism is just plain wrong for only the true elite is the one who benefits from everyone’s poverty… even you who are reading this are in deep debt whether you accept it or not.

    Anyone who had read “Modern Money Mechanics” and has probably watched “Zeitgeist” will know how dumb down the american society is… However I really admire people in the educated society in Mexico, Canada and the States, for instance Noam Chomsky (US) who has fought the governments and capitalism with facts, just as Stephen A. Bezruchka(Canada) from Canada and some of my teachers at a public University here in Mexico… Now don’t get me wrong… Socialism is not the cure nor communism for that matter, both of those are nothing less than attempts to bring some wealth back to society, wealth that has been stolen. The idea of democracy is really non-existant in a capitalist society and if you watch the zeitgeist you’ll understand what is that they really want to do…

    I don’t mean to attack capitalism but is a failed experiment which can no longer sustain society, for what it’s really doing is stopping and paralizing people, has turned all of us into slaves with no personal thoughts, the reality many people see is purely imposed, is one of the worst era of slavery man has ever endure… we either do something (peacefully at all cost) to contain these people or else, our children will come to our world as nothing else but puppets of a system which does nothing but enslaved & destroy our human rights to live freely.

    Edwin

    Prefiero morir de pie que vivir arrodillado
    I’d rather to die on my feet than to live on my knees
    Emiliano Zapata

    • Faerie♥Kat March 23, 2009 at 11:57 AM #

      Thank you for sharing your perspective on this issue, Edward.

      You’ve raised many points in your discussion, and I’ll try to address a few.

      You ask why people still believe in “gods and politics,” and I, for myself,
      will say my belief in a God and a Goddess is internal (rather than an
      external entity that is somewhere “out there” in a mythical heaven), so I
      really what I am saying is that believe in myself and my ability to affect
      the material and spiritual world; i.e., my deities reside within myself and
      provide me with the power to do what I deem must be done.

      But I suspect what you really want to know is why people believe in the God
      of the world religions, and for that we would need to look at the
      psychology of Man and his need to believe in the afterlife, his need for
      his troubles to be the fault of a superior being, and his salvation (i.e.,
      rescue from his troubles) to be possible by that same superior being.
      Without this mental “life boat,” many people would suffer deep despair and
      a feeling of desolation; therefore, the belief in a God serves a vital role
      in preserving the fragile sanity of Man.

      Politics, on the same hand, serves the same purpose: Belief that there is
      a system wherein the greatest good can be achieved for the greatest amount
      of the population. Has this system been achieved? As you have
      demonstrated, there is dissension and debate on this topic, as well there
      should be.

      You make the point that the lion kills only what he needs to survive, and
      this analogy is often used when addressing excessive consumerism. However,
      a lion is not a rationale animal, it is an instinctual creature; it does
      not have long-term goals or creative intelligence. In times of scarcity, a
      lion pride is severely tested and many of its lions will die of starvation,
      because it could not anticipate or prepare for such a situation. Perhaps
      instead let us compare our excessive consumerism to a tribe of nomadic
      Africans in Kenya. They, at least, are human! Then let us look at their
      lifestyle and their life spans, their quality of life, and the reasons they
      are nomadic. Let us look at their environment, which is harsh, and which
      forces them to be nomadic. They cannot settle in a single place, because
      no single place can support them. They would, if they could, settle, build
      and become “capitalists,” if only they had the resources to do so. Why do
      I say this? Because it is, IMO, a psychologically and evolutionarily human
      thing to do. It improves the quality of life and the life spans of “the
      tribe.” Wherever resources permit, a species that can utilize those
      resources, will. “Man” is no different from any other species on the
      planet; Man is genetically programmed to exploit his environment just like
      a termite is genetically programmed to exploit the environment of wood
      resources, whether they be dead fall trees or the wooden frames of Man’s
      houses.

      So, rant and rave against human Nature or accept it. Nature will win in
      the end. The God and the Goddess are Nature, and Nature is within you.
      You are Nature.

      Blessed be.

      Kat

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