George Washington, Foreign Entanglement and the World Trade Organization

An Open Letter to Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas

Published December 21, 1999, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Stating that "free trade promotes America’s global economic leadership and is vital to America’s future," (Commentary, 11/30/99), Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, has pronounced his assault upon the intent and purposes of the Founding Fathers with his relentless passion for the powerful, unelected oligarchy known as the World Trade Organization.

The WTO, represents an unprecedented surrender of our national sovereignty that all Americans should oppose -- regardless of their positions on "free trade" and "protectionism." The sole purpose of the WTO is to arbitrate unilaterally over federal, state, and local laws, and to establish itself as the architecture of a system of transnational corporate welfare that leeches off the U.S. taxpayer and enhances the infrastructure and industrial base of belligerent regimes.

If GATT proponents had been honest when claiming that the only purpose of the Uruguay Round of GATT was to lower tariffs and other trade, GATT would not require the WTO. The last seven rounds of GATT lowered tariffs globally without sacrificing the American veto or creating a new global regulatory apparatus. The sanction-wielding WTO will now be the de facto global legislative and judicial body controlling all U.S. and international trade.

Dreier touts the "fundamental principles of the Republican Party—entrepreneurship, personal freedom, global leadership and free markets," but he reveals his disregard for the sovereignty of the United States by carrying water for the global elites who scour the planet looking for tripwires to entangle our destiny with foreign nations.

Consider George Washington’s Farewell Address, September 17, 1796:

georgewashington.jpg (2156 bytes)"It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world… As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent Patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practise the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the Public Councils… Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences…constantly keeping in view, that it is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that, by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors, and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion, which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard."

Congressional approval of the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), provided a significant victory for international socialism and a stunning defeat of the Republican principles established by America's Founding Fathers. These modern Republicans are reflections of their so-called opposition across the aisle.

While claiming success for such legislative achievements as "balancing the budget, the "protection" of Social Security, and improving our public schools," nowhere does Rep. Dreier advocate the privatization of these maladministrated scions of socialist-government. Something wrong with for profit education Congressman?

Selling off government assets would produce actual surpluses, not smoke and mirror apparitions of delusion. Real rectitude in the educational arts would mean competition; spelled p r i v a t e s e c t o r. And trust in the magic of the market place would produce a nation of retired millionaires who can pay for their own health maintenance sans Medicare, Medicaid, prescriptions et. al.

Dreier boasts that Republican support of global leadership has resulted in "more U.S. jobs and higher pay." Is he talking about Congressional pay increases? American wages adjusted for inflation have been stagnant for a generation. And according to Dreier, "half of what they (American firms) sell goes overseas." Congressman, a great deal of their production is already overseas.

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As Rep. Dreier conceded to me in 1993 during the cacophony of NAFTA, the treaty "is hardly classical free trade." The WTO, like NAFTA, was sold to the American people under the false flag of free trade. Genuine free trade is based on the premise that two parties enter into a voluntary agreement because each feels he will benefit. But GATT is in no way based on the principles of free trade. Adoption of the Uruguay Round completes the revolution in federal taxation and trade policy which places any kind of trade -- no matter how self-destructive -- as a higher priority than the general welfare of the American people.

The mystery is why the Republicans have walked away from this momentous issue. They have also allowed the Clinton Administration and its media allies to trivialize Chinagate and other scandals to the level of other garden variety political scandals, completely overshadowed by l’affaire Lewinsky.

We owe future generations the political inheritance of sovereignty. And those values, principles and interests are found in the Declaration of Independence, not the oligarchical inter-dependence of the United Nations’ World Trade Organization.

 

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