By: Larry Greenley
Whether the intention [of our American leaders] be defined as treason, however, or as merely the implementation of a difference in opinion or political philosophy, the results will include the total surrender of the independence of the United States [and] the loss of all individual freedom on the part of its inhabitants….
For we are at the stage where, unless we are always to let the enemy choose both battlefield and weapons, we must stop merely reacting to what the enemy does. Instead of merely defending ourselves, and harassing the enemy as much as we can while we give ground, we must take the offensive and strike back at points we select. [Emphasis added.] – Robert Welch, January 1961 JBS Bulletin
At the founding meeting of The John Birch Society in December 1958, Robert Welch stated that the method that the Establishment elites are relying most heavily on for “taking us over” is their plan “to induce the gradual surrender of American sovereignty, piece by piece and step by step, to various international organizations – of which the United Nations is the outstanding but far from the only example.”
Then, a little over two years later, Robert Welch clearly stated in the January 1961 Bulletin (see indented quote above) what is at stake for Americans: “the total surrender of the independence of the United States [and] the loss of all individual freedom on the part of its inhabitants.”
He then proceeded to clearly state what our strategy for preserving our independence and freedom would be: “We must take the offensive and strike back at points we select.”
Based on the above considerations, the JBS has been taking the offensive by striking back at the United Nations since the very early days of the Society in 1959. By 1962 JBS was offering Get US out! envelope stickers to help create awareness of the need for the United States to get out of the United Nations.
Years later in the January 1989 Bulletin, William F. Jasper issued the Society’s first warning about free trade agreements:
Legislation calling for the creation of “free trade zones” must be defeated. Plans to establish such areas will surely blur border distinctions and dilute U.S. sovereignty.
The Society has always distinguished between the classical free trade policy of Adam Smith and the Insider-created “free trade” agreement initiatives, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the present-day Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). While we don’t oppose classical free trade policy, we do oppose the numerous present-day “free trade” agreement initiatives and the economic and political integration of blocs of nations that they are intended to bring about.
While the JBS played a leading role in stalling the development of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and greatly slowing down the development of the North American Union (NAU) during the first decade of the 21st century, we now face new threats to our national independence and personal freedoms from the proposed TPP (involving the eventual economic and political integration of the United States and eleven other Pacific Rim nations) and the TTIP (involving merging the United States and the European Union).
What’s happening is that we’ve reached a new critical stage in the transition of the United States from a free, independent nation to becoming a mere “member state” within a UN world government. While back in the 1990s the U.S. was put on the path to economic and political integration with Canada and Mexico with the NAFTA agreement, now the proposed TTIP would lead to the economic and political integration of the NAU, represented for now by the United States, and the EU, which has already absorbed twenty-eight formerly independent nations in Europe.
The leading feature of this new critical stage is that instead of integrating groups of individual nations, we’re now seeing the integration of blocs of nations. That is, we’re fast approaching the time when regional economic and political blocs of formerly independent nations could be stitched together into a UN world government, thus completing the process that Robert Welch warned us about – “the gradual surrender of American sovereignty, piece by piece and step by step, to various international organizations – of which the United Nations is the outstanding but far from the only example.”
In 2013, JBS leadership chose to “take the offensive and strike back at points we select” by formulating the “Choose Freedom – STOP the Free Trade Agenda” action project to stop congressional approval of the TPP and TTIP partnership agreements. This action project, which is strictly in accordance with Robert Welch’s early warnings and strategy, has been designated one of the top two (along with “STOP the Con-Con”) highest priority JBS Agenda items.
Successfully stopping the TPP and TTIP will be a heavy lift. We’re faced with the enormous task of exposing the sovereignty- and freedom-destroying reality behind the “free trade” façade. We’re faced with having to oppose something that most congressional Republicans and many congressional Democrats support. We’re faced with very little media coverage of the negotiations of the TPP and TTIP agreements, which means that it’s extra hard to get people to focus on these agreements.
What we need is for our members and other conservative leaders and opinion molders to educate themselves and get inspired about the crucial importance of stopping the TPP and TTIP agreements. The best way to get the required depth of knowledge and big picture overview to be effective leaders in this battle is to read the special report of The New American, “How the Free Trade Agenda Is Knocking Down America,” September 2, 2013. This special report is available as a PDF at http://www.thenewamerican.com/files/TNA2917.pdf or (in physical form) from ShopJBS.org.
Next, after educating yourself, we need you and other conservative leaders and opinion molders to provide leadership in informing other Americans about the threat to our national independence and personal freedom posed by the TPP and TTIP agreements. While you’ll understand the threat to our independence and freedom and how these agreements would move us toward a UN world government, many people will be motivated to oppose the TPP and TTIP by fears of job losses. In light of this, our “STOP the Free Trade Agenda” pamphlets feature prominently the job loss aspect of these trade pacts.
Finally, provide leadership in your area to build sufficient grassroots pressure to influence your senators and representative to vote NO on TPA (fast-track), TPP, and TTIP. As of now, it appears that TPA and TPP could possibly be voted on in the lame-duck session that will be held after the November elections, but more likely the votes will come sometime in 2015. A vote on the TTIP could happen later in 2015, but more likely in 2016.
Please contact your senators and representative on these three issues:
- STOP Trade Promotion Authority
- STOP the TPP Agreement (Trans-Pacific Partnership)
- STOP the TTIP Agreement (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)
We must preserve our national independence and our personal freedoms!
Your Friends at The John Birch Society
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