The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been detrimental to Oklahoma manufacturing jobs. One major example was the Wrangler Jean Company moving its manufacturing from Seminole, Oklahoma to Mexico. Other free trade agreements have caused other manufacturing jobs to flee other parts of the United States to Mexico and China. Two other free trade agreements are being negotiated behind closed doors within the Obama administration: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TTP is a trade agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations and is expected to be up for a vote by the end of this year. The TTIP is an agreement between the US and European Union and could be voted on by 2015.
Free trade agreements give up sovereignty of the United States government, specifically Congress. The United States Constitution in Article 1, Section 8, gives Congress the power “to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” Free trade agreements (FTAs) and membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) gives this power away to global entities like the United Nations to govern how the United States does business around the world. If there are disagreements between nations regarding trade, the disagreement is not heard in a United States court or in the courts of the nation with which the US has a disagreement. The litigation is heard by international review panels “whose decisions are understood to supersede any legislation or ruling by local, state, or even federal legislatures or courts.” (The New American, September 2, 3013)
These trade agreements are being engineered by members of the Council on Foreign Relations who have engineered the unification of Europe under the European Union. Zbigniew Brzezinski a founder of the Trilateral Commission has stated that the goal of these agreements is to usher in a one world government. In 1995 he stated “We cannot leap into world government in one quick step. [It] requires a process of gradually expanding the range of democratic cooperation as well as the range of personal and national security, a widening, step by step, stone by stone, [of] existing relatively narrow zones of stability in the world of security and cooperation.” The European Union has stripped its member nations of their sovereignty when it comes to trade and currency and is centralizing its power to control social issues as well.
Of concern to Oklahomans, James Inhofe, the Oklahoma senator who is up for reelection in 2014, is in favor of these FTAs. In an email to a constituent, he stated, “As with any trade agreement, however, it is essential that our nation's sovereignty be upheld, particularly as it concerns enforcement. Congress has the Constitutional duty to oversee and regulate international trade, and I am committed to fulfilling this obligation. That said, the Administration has not been forthcoming about the progress of the negotiations. It needs to improve its Congressional disclosure. Until it does this, it will be impossible for me to know whether the developing TPP agreement is one I can support. Regardless, I am hopeful the TPP negotiations ultimately produce a good agreement. I believe an FTA among TPP countries would be great for our economy and nation.”
FTAs have already harmed Oklahoma’s economy and driven many vital manufacturing jobs overseas and to Mexico. Much evidence proves that FTAs also usurp the sovereignty of nations participating in these partnerships and turn it over to panels that are not elected or appointed by the member nations, but by the WTO and the United Nations. The ultimate goal of these partnerships is to usher in a one world government under the rule of the United Nations.
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