2006 November 19 Sunday
Tancredo Says Bush Wants North American Union
US House Representative Tom Tancredo (R Colorado) says George W. Bush and other members of the elites want to dissolve US borders into a North American Union.
"People have to understand what we're talking about here. The president of the United States is an internationalist," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. "He is going to do what he can to create a place where the idea of America is just that – it's an idea. It's not an actual place defined by borders. I mean this is where this guy is really going."
Tancredo lashed out at the White House's lack of action in securing U.S. borders, and said efforts to merge the U.S. with both Mexico and Canada is not a fantasy.
"I know this is dramatic – or maybe somebody would say overly dramatic – but I'm telling you, that everything I see leads me to believe that this whole idea of the North American Union, it's not something that just is written about by right-wing fringe kooks. It is something in the head of the president of the United States, the president of Mexico, I think the prime minister of Canada buys into it. ...
Tom Tancredo for President!
NAFTA supporters argued that it would help accelerate Mexico's economic growth so that the gap between the United States and Mexico would graudally close. But the US per capita GDP has continued to growth at a faster rate than that of Mexico. Mexico's corruption, political violence, and backwardness is something the United States should seek to isolate itself from, not to move closer to.
Different cultures should be allowed to be separate and different. That's what's great about borders. On the two sides of a border the different peoples can live differently, believe differently, speak different languages, and organize their affairs in ways that best suit their values, dispositions, and abilities.
If political elites find a North American Union idea as unpopular to broach publicly as amnesty for illegals, that in itself crimps their ability to implement any such proposal.
If they can't talk about it, but have to meet secretly, and put bureaucrats into conclaves
which excite imaginative accounts of what has been done so far, maybe they should realize that
they're trying to run with something no one wants, except maybe traitors.
Our illustrious elites are merely aping their European counterparts. Create an economic union, then a free customs zone with a common currency and finally, political integration. Add another crushing level of bureaucracy and voila… the NAU! In our case they want to do it all at once, sans referendums and debates. This is Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy writ large. It will all end badly.
BTW Randall, that last paragraph is one of the most concise and trenchant defenses of nationalism that I have ever read. It's exactly the reason the nation state will continue to exist and thrive. It enhances cultural fitness.
This confederation will probably be a reality (work in process) about 2050. The North American Confederation will also include Canada I dont know what will be done about Central America. As far as its desirability, I have no opinion, the devil is in the details. There are pluses and minusesto it. The world is heading toward large conteinental confederations. The EU is just the first, I think the precess will go quicker in more advanced nations.
The issue with South America, is that some of these countries in the South, are becoming anti-American not only in the verbal propaganda sense, but also in the military sense. Venezuela's Chavez is ready to cooperate with the new anti-American block, but there are some other small countries who are joining the trend in South America. The U.S. Government is desperate to prevent the larger countries like Brazil and Mexico to join this trend. If this happens, the result would be a catastrophic encirclement of the United States that will make the Cuban missile crisis look like a small street fight in New York. Note that the incredible poverty and internal strife in Venezuela actually increased DESPITE the dramatically higher prices of oil during the last few years. Can you imagine what will happen if the economy slows down in South America? For this reason, the situation is very complicated. Ultimately, it is quite possible that the tensions will inevitably rise between North and South...
I would love to see a Tom Tancredo/Mike Steele ticket in 2008.