Saving the American Dream
America was once almost universally regarded as a land of opportunity, where almost anything was possible. And for good reason! In other lands, the heavy hand of government and a controlled economy stifled upward mobility and kept the people impoverished except for a relative few who possessed most of the nation’s wealth and also pulled the political strings. But here in America, the government was restrained by the chains of the Constitution, and the people prospered.
This contrast between the collectivist old world and America helps explain why many wanted to come here from distant lands and why even today many still want to come here.
In America almost anyone, no matter how poor, could pull himself up by the bootstraps into the middle class and in some cases beyond if he were willing to work hard enough. Home ownership a major component of what we call the American dream was achievable. So was starting a business. In fact, so many succeeded in converting their American dreams into American realities that our country quickly developed a burgeoning middle class, dwarfing the small or virtually nonexistent middle classes in other countries.
But for many of us, pursuing the American Dream seems more elusive than in the past. Even during a period of “recovery,” the economy is not too good, and many are out of work. In fact, many well paying jobs that helped give America its reputation as a land of opportunity have been moved out of the country.
Why? Part of the reason for the “giant sucking sound” of jobs exiting America was the creation of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement (see page 22). Yet when NAFTA was proposed, its promoters promised that it would create jobs and prosperity. Similarly, promoters of the free trade agenda today promise that entering into other multinational arrangements such as hobbling all of North America with the EU will also create jobs and prosperity.
Nonsense! In this special report, we show not only that the free trade agenda will not solve our nation’s economic woes, but that it is a dangerous and deceptive bait and switch. In a nutshell: The free trade agenda is not about creating genuine free trade (which would mean almost no government involvement), and it is not confined to the issue of trade; it is instead about transferring economic and political power to regional arrangements as steppingstones to global governance under the guise of free trade.
This agenda is farthest advanced in Europe, where the architects of European order proposed a Common Market. But by design, this supposed free trade zone has since morphed into the EU, a government of Europe (see page 16).
If we continue down the road of the free trade agenda, the promised jobs will not materialize any more than they did with NAFTA. But as bad as the economic consequences may be, they will pale in comparison to the political consequences. If the United States were to be submerged in a supranational government, the Constitution would become a dead letter, and America would be ruled by multinational bureaucracies and elites.
On the other hand, if we preserve our national independence, we will still possess the means under our Constitution to solve our own problems. One problem, most Americans agree, is that the federal government has grown too big far exceeding its constitutional mandate. Transferring power to supranational tribunals is going in the opposite direction of where we need to go.
The American Dream was more achievable when government was much more limited than today. We should be optimistic about making this great dream as bright as ever if we preserve our Constitution and country.
Because of what is at stake, we encourage you to read the articles that follow and to become involved.
— Gary Benoit
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