Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The NAFTA Superhighway - a link in the chain

Without public notice the Bush administration is proceeding with construction of a vast superhighway through the United States from Mexico to Canada. The “highway” is four football fields wide and will have multi-lane roadways, room for a pipeline and a railroad. The main beneficiaries of this project will be the mega-businesses that will move merchandise of all sorts across the continent at lower costs than presently and add to profits at the expense of our private property, security and landscape.

Bill Clinton signed the NAFTA agreement later approved by congress in 1994. At the time the debate about NAFTA focused primarily on whether or not it would assist our economy and whether American jobs would be lost. Little attention was called to the provision in the treaty to build a massive corridor that would allow goods from all over the world to enter Mexican ports and flow through the United States on fast track lanes. The only scrutiny would be that vehicles would be checked by an electronic security system at a “custom center” located in Kansas City, Missouri; about 1,000 miles from either border. This border check will also be under construction soon.

From the custom center in Kansas City trucks will be able to cross the country on a system of roads and rails totaling about 4,000 miles in Texas alone. These roads will begin with the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC-35) and include new roadways and improvement of existing roads; however this is only the beginning of the continental highway system. The cross-continent highway will go through the west from Mexico to Canada through Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Montana. A branch will go from Houston, Texas to Memphis, Tennessee, to Port Huron, Michigan, and onto Toronto, Canada.

Under the authority of a Supreme Court decision expanding the use of eminent domain, privately owned land will be seized to build the roadway and for private corporations to build a gas pipeline which also will be part of the superhighway system. The expectation is that the NAFTA Superhighway will be expanded into a system of about 80 corridors crisscrossing the United States and will likely eliminate any north and south border of our country. The present authorization by the president, over the objection of congress, to allow Mexican trucks to enter and cross America are just the first step of the process and serves as an example of the what may be expected in the future.

The vast scope of NAFTA Superhighway calls for the confiscation of hundreds of thousands of homes, farms, businesses and entire communities for its construction. Tolls will be required to pay for the roadways and tax payers will also likely pay for the construction of the Mexican portion because the corrupt Mexican government will be unable to do so.

At the risk of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist”, it is plausible to me that the NAFTA Superhighway is only one link in the chain to draw Canada, Mexico and the United States together. If that is the intention, imagine what it will mean to have one entity that includes the corruption and poverty of Mexico and the socialist-inclined Canada. If you disagree with this description of Canada, consider that Canada has:

Banned the death penalty,
Imposed draconian restrictions on gun rights,
Adopted a national socialized medicine program,
Received military deserters and provided a safe haven for them, and
Legalized homosexual marriage.

If the Security and Prosperity Partnership program (SPP) and the NAFTA Superhighway come to pass, we will see multi-national corporations with government support seize large portions of American property, adversely affect our national security and damage our environment, all for the purpose of making their businesses more efficient and to enhance profits.

Do you wonder as I do why the president and so many members of congress, the media and business seem to be unconcerned about this unpublicized effort toward harmonization of infrastructure, laws and regulations of Canada, Mexico and the United States? Is the failure to protect our borders by the administration and members of congress a reflection of the expectation that one day we won’t have either borders or “illegal immigration” because anyone crossing our borders will be authorized to do so and borders will become unnecessary?

Without opposition, only time will tell.

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