You’ve Got To Be Joking
Response to Pro-Integration BS
The following letter was posted in response to a pro-integration blog which advocates the full merger of Canada with the U.S. See link below. If you are unfamiliar with the recently surfacing news that plans are rapidly being implemented to merge Canada, the U.S. and Mexico into a North American Union, you might want to read the previous post first: “Fortress North America: Deep Integration in The New Security Environment”.
You’ve got to be kidding. This is a joke, right? One of those long, drawn out jokes where you have to wait for the punch line? Ok, you got us, that was a good one.
Obviously you must be joking, because integration with what has now become a fascist nation – especially one that is sinking economically – would be insane.
Of course, if you take the C.D. Howe Institute seriously, then you seriously don’t know what you’re talking about. The C.D. Howe Institute is a corporate appendage. It routinely and consistently mouths the opinions, uniquely prettied up with spin for public consumption of course, of the corporate elite; specifically, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) – which represents the CEOs of the 150 biggest corporations in Canada.
Why not just quote Tom D’Aquino, head of the CCCE, directly? There’s no point in hiding the fact that the C.D. Howe Institute is a far-right corporate “think tank” – or PR machine, to be more accurate.
“Deep integration” may be good for the CCCE and the big corporations it represents, but it will not be good for small or medium-size businesses, nor for the vast majority of Canadians. Any thinking person can quickly realize this with the slightest bit of thought and a little bit of digging.
What “deep integration” represents is the full emergence of formalized, institutionalized corporate rule: via a council of 30 CEOs, representing the biggest corporate giants of the three nations – the North American Competitiveness Council. (Appropriately Orwellian in name, as it is a council of, by and for monopoly capitalism and oligarchy.)
For anyone who thinks NAFTA has been good for average Canadians, who is a fan of globalization, and who doesn’t mind being ruled by a continental council of CEOs, sign on, I say. For those more in touch with reality, read on. This is a bad deal.
The vast majority of Canadians, along with the vast majority of people in the U.S. and Mexico – across the political spectrum, right, left and centre – are completely opposed to such a merger.
This is why the negotiations, planning and execution of the “grand idea” is going on in secret, behind closed doors, and without parliamentary of congressional debate. The architects of this “grand bargain” know full well that it would never stand a chance if there was open debate or discussion in the democratic forums of government. It is a back door deal. And it stinks of high treason.
The intelligent response of Canada to the U.S. now would be to distance ourselves from this teetering giant – economically, politically and militarily – as the rest of the world is already doing.
The big money has already left the U.S., has gone to Europe and China. The central banks of Europe, Asia and the Arab nations are moving money out of the U.S. The U.S. dollar is falling, and will continue to fall. The U.S. has to bring in $2.8 billion a day to prop up its economy, in light of a $70 billion a month trade deficit.
The smart move for Canada now would be to increase ties with Europe and other rising economic regions, not tie ourselves to a sinking ship.
The reason for the back door putsch for deep integration is that the U.S. economy is about to melt down: the U.S. is an empire in decline, and it’s corporate elite want Canadian resources, particularly the tar sands, to rescue this sinking ship. Canadian CEOs are on-board, but the Canadian public doesn’t want this, and rightly so.
For another perspective on what would better be called “deep penetration” (of the sort that could only be attractive to masochists and sheep) see the following:
Regarding union with an empire in decline, all questions of democracy, freedom, sovereignty or fascism aside:
U.S. Faces “Economic Armageddon”:
The following sample of responses to the rapidly unfolding back-door execution of a North American Union shows the opposition is from across the political spectrum – and growing. Get the word out. The defining divide is no longer between right and left, nor between liberal or conservative, but between those who value genuine democracy – and freedom – and those who prefer corporate fascism. At the grassroots, right and left, liberal, conservative, radical and progressive, are beginning to unite. This is the fight of our lives. We’ve got to get it together on this one. The rest we can debate later. For now, the critical issue is whether we live in a democracy, or whether we descend into a tyranny. Virtually all people, whatever their political beliefs, would agree that democracy is preferable to fascism. We had better make that preference known, loud and clear, right now.