Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, April 19, 2008, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
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Notes and Summary of the President's Address --
"Columbia Free Trade Agreement"
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Next week, I will be hosting the North
American Leaders' Summit in New Orleans. This event will give me an
opportunity to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and
Mexican President Felipe Calder n to discuss some of the most
significant issues facing our hemisphere and the world. (continued
April 19 - Significant Anniversaries
Today is the anniversary of several significant events in American
19, 1775, 1993, 2008
April 19 is the anniversary of the battle of Lexington
and Concord, the battle that began the American Revolution, when the
British attempted to seize ammunition held by the colonists. The Second
Amendment was the result of this conflict, an amendment which
guarantees rights -- not of hunters and gun collectors, but of opponents
of tyranny and those
who are carrying out what the Declaration of Independence describes as a
"duty" to abolish
Every single person who signed the Declaration of Independence and
the Constitution would say that America faces a more serious threat to
"Liberty Under God" from today's government than we did from
Britain in 1776. All of America's Founding Fathers would begin working
to overthrow the government of the United States. The Constitution is a
Last year, The Oakland
Press asked, "When it comes to national tragedies, what is it
. On April 19, 1993, following
a 51-day standoff, federal agents raided the Branch Davidian compound
near Waco, Texas. A fire, later determined to have been set by the
Davidians, destroyed the compound and killed 57 of its residents.
. On April 19, 1995, a bomb inside
a rental truck exploded at the Murrah Federal Building in downtown
Oklahoma City, killing 168 people in what was then the worst terrorist
attack on U.S. soil.
. The killer turned out to be
27-year-old Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh's ex-Army buddy, Terry Nichols,
was also charged in the crime.
. On April 20, 1999, two armed
highschool seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, walked through
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. In the end, 12 students, one
teacher and the two murderers were dead.
. Add Monday's slaughter of 32 by
a 23-year-old South Korean student at Virginia Tech to the terrible
- There are two ideas that make up the American Mind:
- • Liberty Under God
- • Taking up Arms
- The Bible
says that "Liberty Under God" cannot be protected in
the long run by taking up arms against the short-term enemies of
"Liberty Under God."
How the President Differs from the American vision of
"Liberty Under God":
A Truly American Foreign Policy:
- The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations
is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as
little political connection as possible."
— Washington, Farewell Address (1796)
- I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government,
and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration,…peace,
commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling
alliances with none.
— Jefferson, First Inaugural Address
- A truly American Foreign Policy is conducted by American
business owners, not politicians.
- "Spreading democracy" demands, first, spreading
economic democracy: "Free Markets" or
"capitalism" through free trade: not
government-imposed isolationism: "sanctions" and
Free Trade means the absence of government
restrictions on trade
"Free Trade" does not mean a "Free
Trade Agreement" which manages trade but does not
leave it free
"Free Trade" does not mean a new,
unrepresentative, unelected regional government outside the
Constitution which governs trade, labor, and the
"environment" (which pretty much includes everything).
Judges in courts created under NAFTA (North
American Free Trade Agreement) have the power to overturn U.S.
laws and court decisions. This does not differ in any
significant way from having the British Parliament govern the
The Architects of NAFTA and other "free
trade" agreements are following the lead of the architects
of the European Union, who used "trade agreements" to
abolish the national sovereignty of European nations to merge
them into a new regional government.
The United States, Mexico, and Canada are being
merged into a "North American Union."
The European Union and the North American Union
will someday be merged.
The goal is Global Government.
"Global Government" and
"Globalization" are not the same thing.
The ability of American consumers to buy the
cheapest products from around the world increases our standard
of living. This is "free trade" and
The ability of American voters to determine
their rulers is being destroyed by "Free Trade
Agreements" which create new, unelected government
officials who have sweeping powers over economics and the
"environment." This is "global government."
Saturday Morning Radio Address
"Liberty Under God"
PRESIDENT: Good morning. Next week, I will be hosting the North
American Leaders' Summit in New Orleans. This event will give me
an opportunity to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
and Mexican President Felipe Calderón to discuss some of the most
significant issues facing our hemisphere and the world.
||The rhetoric here --
bringing in Canada and Mexico in a discussion of a "free
trade" agreement with Columbia -- is paving the way for the
"North American Union."
the issues that I'll be discussing with these leaders is the
importance of expanding trade in our hemisphere. Recently I sent
Congress an agreement that would expand America's access to
markets in Colombia. Unfortunately, the Speaker of the House has
chosen to block the Colombia free trade agreement instead of
giving it an up or down vote that Congress committed to. Her
action is unprecedented and extremely unfortunate. I hope that the
Speaker will change her mind. If she does not, the agreement will
be dead. And this will be bad for American workers and bad for
America's national security.
||If a Democrat
President had sent the Columbia Free Trade Agreement to Congress,
the Democrat Speaker of the House would have already voted on it,
and in favor of it. And eventually that will happen. This is
How can forcing Columbia to reduce tariffs on American-made
goods affect America's "National Security?"
is why: Today, almost all
of Colombia's exports to the United States enter duty-free.
But the 9,000 American businesses that export to Colombia,
including nearly 8,000 small and mid-sized firms, face significant
tariffs on their products. The situation is completely one-sided.
Our markets are open to Colombian products, but barriers that make
it harder to sell American goods in Colombia remain. If the free
trade agreement were implemented, however, most of Colombia's
tariffs on American goods would be eliminated immediately.
||The tariffs on
American goods can be lifted without moving us closer to
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also a strategic imperative to approve the agreement. By
obstructing this agreement, Congress is signaling to a watching
hemisphere that America cannot be trusted to support its friends.
Over the past six years, Colombia's President Uribe has been a
steadfast ally of the United States. He's transformed his country
from a near-failed state to a stable democracy with a growing
economy. He has partnered with America in the fight against drugs
and terror. And he has addressed virtually every one of Congress's
concerns, including revising the free trade agreement to include
some of the most rigorous labor and environmental protections in
||How does America
requiring Columbia to reduce its income (through tariffs on U.S.
goods) make America Columbia's friend?
Not only is the U.S. "burdening" Columbia by cutting
off Columbia's income from tariffs, but the FTA imposes
"rigorous" labor and environmental requirements on
Columbia. How does this make America Columbia's
done all this while his country is under violent assault from a
terrorist organization and facing constant intimidation from
anti-American regimes in the region. As Canada's Prime Minister
Harper has said, "If the U.S. turns its back on its friends
in Colombia, this will set back our cause far more than any Latin
American dictator could hope to achieve."
||The U.S. federal
government has done as much to keep "anti-American
regimes" in power as anyone, by keeping communists in power
in the Soviet Union for
the last 80 years.
Death,” Viktor Bout Arrested
in Congress have made a serious error, but it is not too late to
get it right. This week, a long list of senior officials from
Democratic administrations and Democrats from previous Congresses
signed a letter urging Congress to approve the agreement this
year. They wrote, "We feel that the treaty should be
considered as soon as possible and that any obstacles should be
quickly and amicably resolved." I strongly agree. I believe
that if the Speaker allows a vote on the merits, a majority of the
House of Representatives will approve the trade agreement. So I
urge leaders in Congress to reconsider their position, recognize
the stakes at hand, and approve the Colombia agreement as soon as
||Democrats are just
as committed to regional government as Republicans are. They have
no real disagreements to the concept of "Free Trade
Agreements" which build the infrastructure of a government in
the Western Hemisphere which resembles that of the European Union.
What this shows, however, is that Congress does have the power
to prevent the United States from being merged with other
governments in the Western Hemisphere.
to Stall Bush on Columbia FTA Proves Congressional Legislative
Authority Still Exists
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John Adams once wrote that the American
Revolution began in 1761, when Massachusetts attorney James Otis
began legal challenges to the Writs of Assistance. He lost the case, but
"American independence," Adams wrote, "was
then and there born." Now do the math. That means it took 15
years to convince the rest of America to declare Independence (1776).
Then another seven years of war was required before a Peace Treaty was
signed (1783), and then six years before the Constitution was finally
ratified (1789). That's almost 30 years. (And Jefferson said we
shouldn't go 20
years without another rebellion!) How can we hope to convince
Americans to fight for principles they were never taught in government
schools? We need to be in this battle for the long term. "Eternal
Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
Governor Howard Dean delivered the Democratic
Numerous talking points, no arguments or analysis, generally
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