Constitution Party Discourages Participation In The Free Trade Area Of The Americas Resolution

by Constitution Party National Committee – Salt Lake City, Utah

WHEREAS, the United States of America should be a world leader in promoting mutually beneficial commerce among nations, while preserving our own independence;
 
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land, and Article I, Section 8, states that Congress shall have the power “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations”. Congress may not abdicate or transfer to others these Constitutional powers. Entrance into the FTAA is an explicit transfer of this power to a multinational regional government. Entrance is unconstitutional, and a supporting vote would constitute a clear violation of the Oath of Office for any member of Congress;
 
WHEREAS, entering into the FTAA would make our nation subservient to the governance of this proposed regional government, all in the misleading guise of economic prosperity based on “free trade.”;
 
WHEREAS, the counsel of the father of our nation, George Washington, advised us in his farewell address: “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.”
 
WHEREAS, the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was promoted as potentially bringing additional prosperity to the United States and leveling the commerce playing field with Canada and Mexico, our nation has instead suffered the loss of countless jobs and irreparable damage to industries due to NAFTA, much of which has occurred in the manufacturing sector. Furthermore, the United States has gone from a trade surplus with Mexico prior to NAFTA to a substantial trade deficit;
 
WHEREAS, the United States has, in clear violation of the Constitution, entered into binding membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), which has been called “The United Nations of World Trade”;
 
WHEREAS, the United States consistently bows to the wishes of the WTO, only proving the words of Texas Congressman Ron Paul to be prophetic: “The most important reason why we should get out [of the WTO] is to maintain our nation’s sovereignty. We should never deliver to any international governing body the authority to dictate what our laws should be. And this is precisely the kind of power that has been given to the WTO.”;
 
WHEREAS, both the WTO and NAFTA, through the use of trade tribunals, usurp American independence through their claim of sovereign authority over decisions of American courts and their granting of awards to foreign businesses;
 
WHEREAS, the United States is considering entering into a new 34-member Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in 2005; and
 
WHEREAS, based upon the experience that the United States has had with NAFTA and the WTO, United States membership in the planned FTAA would likely decrease manufacturing throughout the United States:
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Constitution Party National Committee urges all American citizens to actively join with us in demanding that members of the U.S. Congress vote no on Free Trade Area of the Americas, and any other measure introduced in furtherance thereof.