Recently the Southern
Poverty Law Center (SPLC) posted an article, entitled "Paranoid
Style Redux: Nativist Conspiracy Theories Explored," that
ridicules those organizations and people who are warning about the
emerging "North American Union." The article credits the
John Birch Society (JBS) with being the leader in educating
the public about the North American Union (NAU), which, according
to SPLC, is a new conspiracy theory in the mold of the earlier "wild-eyed
and unsubstantiated theories" about the Kennedy assassination
and Neil Armstrong's landing on the moon.
With this article the SPLC appears to be living on the ragged edge
by trying to mock an already large and rapidly growing group of
responsible Americans who believe that a North American Union is
being constructed right in front of our eyes through the North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)/Security
and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) process.
The JBS has built a track record of success in calling the shots
correctly on the progression of trade agreements from economic integration
to political integration. For example, eighteen years ago JBS published
articles ("Europe Without Frontiers" and "United
States of Europe: Will Once Great Nations Sacrifice Their Sovereignty?")
in the April 10, 1989 issue of its newsmagazine, The
New American, warning about the threat posed to the sovereignty
of the European nations that were participating in the early stages
of the European Union. Then, five years ago the JBS published a
major article by William F. Jasper entitled "European
Superstate in the Making," (The New American,
May 6, 2002) summarizing its position on the EU process as follows:
"Over the course of half a century, the architects of the
European Union's various incarnations have lied to conceal
their true goal of a socialist regional superstate."
You can prove for yourself two very key points about the EU by
going to its official
website: (1) the EU is still in denial over whether it is a
regional superstate; and (2) the EU is in fact a regional superstate
as the JBS predicted 18 years ago.
Here is how
the EU describes itself:
The European Union (EU) is a family of democratic European countries....
It is not a State intended to replace existing States....
Its member states have set up common institutions to which they
delegate some of their sovereignty.... (emphasis added)
Although it is true that the member states of the EU have not given
up all of their sovereignty, as evidenced by the UK sending troops
to Iraq independent of EU wishes, they have certainly given up much
more than just "some of their sovereignty."
The official EU website goes on to name and describe many
EU institutions that are evidence of its developing superstate
- The European Parliament whose "main job
... is to pass European laws."
- The European Commission which "represents
and upholds the interests of Europe as a whole. It is independent
of national governments. It drafts proposals for new European
laws, which it presents to the European Parliament and the Council.
It manages the day-to-day business of implementing EU policies
and spending EU funds. The Commission also keeps an eye out to
see that everyone abides by the European treaties and laws. It
can act against rule-breakers, taking them to the Court of Justice
- The Court of Justice which makes "sure
that EU law is interpreted and applied in the same way in all
- The Central Bank which "is responsible
for managing the euro," the common currency of many of the
EU member states.
- And many more EU institutions.
Add to this evidence the fact that the EU member states were asked
a couple years ago to ratify a new EU Constitution which included
The Constitution, and law adopted by the Union's Institutions
in exercising competences conferred on it, shall have primacy
over the law of the Member States.
That article of primacy certainly would have been very clear-cut
evidence that the member states had lost their sovereignty to the
EU, if you were not already convinced. The ratification process
had to be put on hold in 2005 because ratification votes failed
in both France and Holland.
Now in 2007, the
EU Constitution has been repackaged as a treaty in order to
avoid unpredictable general referenda in member states. If ratified
by the member states, this EU treaty would also give the EU the
power to sign international treaties in its own right for the first
time in history, further undermining the sovereignty of member states.
Regarding its warnings about the North American Union, the JBS
is proceeding exactly like it did with the European Union. You can
read the JBS
analysis of the North American Union (5 MB pdf) in a special
issue of The New American magazine, published October 2,