The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) has been quietly moving along, behind closed doors with no public input. Even though it is an agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Congress has not been consulted and the SPP has not been submitted for their approval or ratification.
The SPP’s objectives include increasing security and enhancing prosperity among the United States, Canada and Mexico through greater cooperation and information sharing. Thus far they have completed:
– a North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza;
– a Regulatory Cooperation Framework;
– an Intellectual Property Action Strategy; and
– a Trilateral Agreement for Cooperation in Energy Science and Technology.
The Bush Administration claims it’s not necessary to involve Congress with the SPP. Wikipedia states that:
In the United States, the term “treaty” is used in a more restricted legal sense than in international law. U.S. law distinguishes what it calls treaties from treaty executive agreements, congressional-executive agreements, and sole executive agreements. All four classes are equally treaties under international law; they are distinct only from the perspective of internal American law. The distinctions are primarily concerning their method of ratification. Where treaties require advice and consent by 2/3rds of the Senate, sole executive agreements may be executed by the President acting alone. Some treaties grant the President the authority to fill in the gaps with executive agreements, rather than additional treaties or protocols. And finally, Congressional executive agreements require majority approval by both the House and the Senate, either before or after the treaty is signed by the President.
Currently, international agreements are executed by executive agreement rather than treaties at a rate of 10:1. Despite the relative ease of executive agreements, the President still often chooses to pursue the formal treaty process over an executive agreement in order to gain Congressional support on matters that require the Congress to pass implementing legislation or appropriate funds, and those agreements that impose long-term, complex legal obligations on the U.S.
It appears there is some precedent in not involving Congress. However, the SPP’s goals include such deep integration and sharing of resources, including the military, that it absolutely should be debated in Congress, and should also be available for public debate. Certainly this counts as “long-term, complex legal obligations” as Wikipedia has defined.
But that is not what the Bush Administration has done. They instead have provided for private corporations to supply feedback and suggestions while ignoring the Congress and general public.
This is fascism. Corporations and government have combined to do what is best for themselves, and to hell with everyone else. They argue that what is good for business is good for the people. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, most businesses have concentrated too much on short-term gains. So much so that they have sacrificed our shared future prosperity for a few extra dollars today. This is done all in the name of profit. Corporate responsibility? Never heard of it!
The SPP will do nothing but usher in a new form of regional government, now currently referred to as the North American Union. (NAU) We must as citizens of the United States, with sworn allegiance to the Republic and the Constitution, resist the SPP in any manner that is necessary. To ignore the facts or wait would only slide us further into the abyss. To not resist means the end of the United States of America.