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    Wednesday, August 03, 2005

    CAFTA Now Law; Congress, President Spit on American Sovereignty and the Constitution

    Not what you'd expect from a Republican Congress and a Republican President, is it? Republicans are supposed to be pro-American sovereignty. However, Bush, since taking office, has seen fit to let Mexico dictate American border policy -- and for their part, the so-called Republicans in Congress have done little to keep the President in line on this issue.

    Now they've done it to us again. The Republicans in Congress (not the Democrats) have seen fit to approve a treaty that unconstitutionally delegates some of their enumerated powers to a foreign body. And a Republican president has just signed this same unconstitutional act into law (not the first time he has done such). Please be aware, their opposition to CAFTA does not make the Democrats good guys. While some of them opposed it out of genuine concern for the American worker, most probably opposed it because they are against trade and against anything the Republicans and Bush are for.

    So what does CAFTA do that is so wicked? Let me tell you. "[It] may serve as forum for restricting or even banning dietary supplements in the U.S. . . . pharmaceutical companies want government to control the dietary supplement industry so only they can manufacture and distribute supplements. These supplements would then become synthetic in form and limited in potency.

    Recently, a U.N. body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, met in Rome and 'approved a regulatory framework that would eventually phase out over-the-counter sale of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other food-based nutritional aids.'
    This ruling would nullify the United States Dietary Supplement, Health and Education Act of 1994, which was enacted after the federal Food and Drug Administration threatened to ban vitamins and other non-drug supplements. This is why the drug companies support WTO and CAFTA. They see international trade agreements as a way to do an end run around American law and restrict supplements through international regulations . . . 'any dietary supplements could become available by prescription only and at a much higher cost, if available at all, and this alone is sufficient reason for Congress to oppose the unconstitutional, sovereignty-destroying CAFTA bill.'"

    Do you like the positive health effects of your vitamins? If so, start encouraging Indian tribes to manufacture vitamin supplements, because in ten years, if this situation is not rectified, reservations may be the only place you can get vitamins.

    The other (main) problem with CAFTA is that is is flat unconstitutional. As Representative Ron Paul of Texas clearly states, "The Constitution clearly grants Congress alone the authority to regulate international trade. The plain text of Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 is incontrovertible. Neither Congress nor the president can give this authority away by treaty, any more than they can repeal the First Amendment by treaty. This fundamental point, based on the plain meaning of the Constitution, cannot be overstated. Every member of Congress who votes for CAFTA is voting to abdicate power to an international body in direct violation of the Constitution."

    Constitution of the United States, Article VI Clause 3: [A]ll executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution. [emphasis added]

    Everyone who participated in making CAFTA law violated their oath of office, their solemnly sworn oath to uphold the Constitution of these United States. They should be at the very least summarily removed from office. At most, they should be tried and jailed for perjury -- clearly they did not mean their oaths when they made them.

    18 USC 1621
    Perjury generally

    (1) having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly, or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate by him subscribed, is true, willfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true; or
    (2) in any declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under section 1746 of title 28, United States Code, willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not believe to be true;

    is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. This section is applicable whether the statement or subscription is made within or without the United States.

    If a crime in punishable by 5 years in prison, it is definitely a felony under the laws of these United States.

    Come on, Democrats, you know you would love to impeach Bush -- commission of a felony while in office is grounds for impeachment. Or course, no Democrat would dare, because the Democrats hate the Constitution and violate it every chance they get. They will never hold the President to it, because, the spotlight will then turn on their many violations of their oath of office.

    For a full list of those who supported CAFTA, visit the following pages: House Roll Call Vote on CAFTA, Senate Roll Call Vote on CAFTA

    What really concerns me are the Congress-critters like Cliff Stearns of Florida. A Republican. I heard him on the radio admitting that CAFTA violates the Constitution. It sounded in the interview like he opposed CAFTA, and yet he voted for it. I could be wrong, though. Those of you in Stearns' district ought to contact his office and ask him to clarify his statements.
    ---------President calls secret meeting to pitch CAFTA
    ---------Bush signs Central American Free Trade Agreement


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