* one world government
* Trans-Pacific Partnership
[Reposted from the Conservative HQ | George Rasley | June 8, 2015]
The establishment media and the DC political elite would like Americans to believe that anyone who expresses concern about the erosion of American sovereignty is some oddball "prepper" who is locked away in a mountaintop redoubt muttering about "one world government" while stocking up on food and ammunition.
While stocking up on food and ammo doesn't sound like a bad idea, we don't have a mountaintop redoubt. But from the perspective of our modest suburban DC office building the continued erosion of American sovereignty - which has accelerated to a dizzying pace during the Barack Obama presidency - can only be stopped in one place: the House Republican Conference.
As our friend Alabama's principled limited government constitutional conservative Jeff Sessions recently observed, "...the United States is a country-not an economy. And a country's job is to protect its citizens-whether from military attacks, or from unfair trade policies that threaten the economic well-being of its own people."
What's more says Sessions, "Under fast-track, Congress transfers its authority to the executive and agrees to give up several of its most basic powers.
"These concessions include: the power to write legislation, the power to amend legislation, the power to fully consider legislation on the floor, the power to keep debate open until Senate cloture is invoked, and the constitutional requirement that treaties receive a two-thirds vote.
"The latter is especially important since, having been to the closed room to review the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is clear it more closely resembles a treaty than a trade deal.
"In other words, through fast-track, Congress would be pre-clearing a political and economic union before a word of that arrangement has been made available to a single private citizen."
Sessions has made clear a point we have been hammering on in several other contexts, especially the Corker bill on Iran's nuclear weapons program and Obama's executive amnesty program: these attacks on American sovereignty can only succeed if Congress cedes its power to Obama, who has made no bones about his preference for multilateral world governance over American sovereignty.
In addition to appointing officials (and Supreme Court Justices) who believe "international law" can and should trump the U.S. Constitution, Obama Administration officials have also embraced a whole series of international treaties that undermine American sovereignty.
The model for these pernicious attacks on American sovereignty is the Law of the Sea Treaty which transfers jurisdiction over the high seas to a new United Nations entity (the Seabed Authority) that would be self-governing without an American veto power over its actions. By imposing taxes on mineral production it will provide an endless stream of revenue for all kinds of international mischief and corruption, mostly at the expense of American companies as Jeffrey B. Gayner, Chairman of Americans for Sovereignty noted in remarks to CPAC back in 2010.
As Senator Sessions has pointed out, the TPP creates a new transnational governance structure known as theTrans-Pacific Partnership Commission.
The details of this new governance commission are extremely broad and have the earmarks of a nascent European Union, with many similarities.
"Reviewing the secret text [of the TPP], plus the secret guidance document that accompanies it, reveals that this new transnational commission - chartered with a 'Living Agreement' clause - would have the authority to amend the agreement after its adoption, to add new members, and to issue regulations impacting labor, immigration, environmental, and commercial policy.
"Under this new commission, the Sultan of Brunei would have an equal vote to that of the United States," said Sessions.
And more to the point, in ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Senate would have given up its power to object to any of these future "Living Agreement" provisions, effectively abrogating the U.S. Constitution's Article I, Section 1 provision that "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States..." and its Article I, Section 8 powers to tax and regulate commerce to name but two of the more obvious erosions of American sovereignty in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
"The implications of this new Pacific Union are extraordinary and ought to be discussed in full, in public, before Congress even contemplates fast-tracking its creation and pre-surrendering its power to apply the constitutional two-thirds treaty vote," Sessions wrote to Obama in a letter reported by Breitbart's Matt Boyle. "In effect, to adopt fast-track is to agree to remove the constitutional protections against the creation of global governance structures before those structures are even made public.
"I would therefore ask that you provide to me the legal and constitutional basis for keeping this information from the public and explain why I cannot share the details of what I have read with the American people. Congress should not even consider fast-tracking the transfer of sovereign power to a transnational structure before the details of that new structure are made fully available for public review."
After the Senate passed the deal a couple weeks ago, the House could vote as early as this week. We urge CHQ readers to call their Senators and Representative (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) to demand they vote "NO" on TPA and "NO" on the Trans Pacific Partnership unless and until their provisions guarantee there is no surrender of American sovereignty, the deal is made public and disinterested studies of the economic benefits to American workers and quality of life are conducted.