"Every time I go to Arlington (National Cemetery), I reflect that these men and women did not die for a North American Union," said Dr. Jerome Corsi of World Net Daily-fame, eliciting applause and approval from the three or four hundred people gathered for the "Defending America's Sovereignty" conference recently held in Tulsa.
The conference was sponsored by "Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise" (OK-SAFE) as an opening shot in the war they've declared against what they believe are efforts to merge the United States with Canada and Mexico into a single entity modeled after the European Union.
Corsi was joined by Owasso's Republican state Sen. Randy Brogdon, Broken Arrow's Republican state Rep. John Wright, David Stall of the Texas-based group Corridor Watch and Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Council.
Each spoke on a different aspect of the emerging plans to bring about a North American Union and, while taking in and processing all that was said was much like trying to drink out of a fire hose, the event was actually more of an emotion-filled rallying cry for grassroots opposition than it was an informational presentation of why they believe such a conspiracy exists.
That was likely because most who had gathered didn't need convincing, as evidenced by the applause and standing ovations with which they responded to much of what was said.
Despite what he called a mainstream "media blackout" on the subject, the event's master of ceremonies, Bruce DeLay of KFAQ, told UTW that, he guessed, most of the people in attendance already understood what was happening behind the scenes, thanks to certain "notable exceptions" in the media, such as Corsi and CNN's Lou Dobbs.
For readers who are unfamiliar with the issue, our June 7-13 cover story "Trans America" (which can be read at HYPERLINK "http://www.urbantulsa.com"; www.urbantulsa.com) offers a crash course on the NAU by connecting most of the salient dots.
The conference represented the launch of a larger campaign by OK-SAFE aimed at opposing any federal funding for the activities of the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America, advocating the withdrawal of Oklahoma's membership from North America's SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO), opposing any legislation facilitating Public/Private Partnerships (called "PPPs"), and lobbying for a strengthening of the state's competitive bidding law in the interest of preventing PPPs.
DeLay kicked the symposium off by reading a statement by Oklahoma's Congressman John Sullivan.
"I am sorry that I cannot be here with you today and I appreciate... the opportunity to speak to you via this statement. Maintaining the sovereignty of our nation is extremely important to me," the Republican from Tulsa wrote.
"I know that many of you are concerned about the proposed construction of a transnational superhighway between the United States, Mexico and Canada as well as the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America," the lawmaker also wrote, assuring that he shares those concerns, as evidenced by his having co-sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 40, recommending said highway system not be built and that the U.S. not enter into a North American Union.
Corsi then explained in somewhat emotionally-charged terms how he believes the SPP, which was a closed-door agreement made in 2003 between Pres. George W. Bush and the chief executives of our neighbors to the north and south, is an intermediary step toward the dreaded NAU.
"Why is it that we are six years into a War on Terror and still do not have our borders closed to Canada and Mexico?" Corsi said.
"Either the War on Terror is a joke, or we need to close those borders," he added.
Among innumerable other points made, Corsi underscored the president's apparent reluctance to close the borders and the lack of transparency of the meetings of the SPP and its various sub-groups as indicators of Bush's efforts in a larger agenda to facilitate a North American Union.
Stall, who co-founded Corridor Watch to expose and oppose the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor, explained how it would be the first step in a massive, four-football-field-wide internationally-owned and operated superhighway--the "NAFTA Superhighway," a.k.a. the "NASCO Superhighway"--connecting Canada and Mexico along the Interstate-35 corridor, which would effectively cut in half Oklahoma and all other states through which it would run.
As it is conceived, the superhighway system would be part of a shared international infrastructure, he explained, and Americans on it and along it would be subject to laws imposed by international institutions whose authority would infringe on the sovereignty of individual states and the country as a whole.
Stall underscored the significance of the title of the implementation plan for the creation the TTC, which was drafted by the Texas Transportation Commission at the direction of Gov. Rick Perry.
"Crossroad of the Americas" is the document's title.
"Not 'Crossroad of Texas,' or 'Crossroad of America,' but 'Crossroad of the Americas,'" Stall emphasized with certain measure of alarm.
That proposed international highway would be funded through various PPPs, explained DeWeese, many of which would be with foreign corporations whose 75-year contracts with "no compete" clauses would further undermine American sovereignty by placing control of a road within what's left of the nation's borders in their hands.
"The NAFTA Superhighway stops here, at the border with Oklahoma," said Brogdon, eliciting a standing ovation.
"I don't have an answer for how we got so far off-track, but I do have an answer for how to correct it: elect people with a strong respect for the U.S. Constitution," he said.
Wright also offered some answers.
He exhorted audience members to send letters to their elected state and federal representatives, voicing their concerns over the erosion of the nation's sovereignty, as well as to make appointments to personally meet with those representatives.
Finally, after a brief explanation of how elected officials act only on authority delegated by constituents, Wright said, "Don't leave here angry at the government--you are the government. Leave here informed."
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