I just called the Senate Finance Committee office in Washington DC and its very important we intensify our opposition to CAFTA due to the harmonization language it contains which forces harmonization of our dietary supplement laws to restrictive Codex standards.
All they did today was they had opening remarks- then they adjourned. Tomorrow will be the bigger day, so there is still time for us to lob in our 2 cents worth.
Please take the following actions and urge everyone you know to "pile on"- we need to hear the sounds of bones breaking on this one folks cause its EAT or be EATEN & its way better to be PISSED OFF than to be PISSED ON, so speak up NOW while you still have the CHANCE to be heard because these PAC $$ addicted Senators need to be reminded that we even EXIST out here:
WHAT TO TELL 'EM WHEN YOU CALL:
"I'm a dietary supplement consumer, and I am very concerned about language buried inside of CAFTA and FTAA which broadens and deepens the scope of the WTO's SPS (Sanitary Phytosanitary Measures) Agreement.
Article 3 of the SPS in the WTO Agreement reads "To harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary measures on as wide a basis as possible, Members SHALL base their food safety measures on international standards, guidelines or recommendations."
This threatens to force harmonization of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 to mindlessly restrictive UN Codex standards which would block my access to vitamins and minerals within the therapeutic range, for starters, then other dietary supplements as Codex expands.
It is evident to me from the book INTEGRATING THE AMERICAS- THE FTAA & BEYOND by the Rockefeller Foundation that this effort to expand NAFTA throughout our hemisphere poses as much of a threat to our national sovereignty as the EU currently does to the sovereignty of each of its member countries.
From a fiscal standpoint, it makes no sense to continue the failed policies of NAFTA which have caused our $617 Billion trade deficit unless you have abandoned your oath of office completely and are trying to crush the doller to usher in a hemispheric wide currency. I don't want to live under a world government, I want to live in the America that used to exist but which Congress is clearly attempting to destroy on behalf of multinational corporate interests who have no use for our constitution or Bill of Rights.
Congressman Paul wrote an article correctly identifying CAFTA as an unconstitutional threat to our sovereignty. http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2005/tst060605.htm 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.
Unless you vote AGAINST CAFTA and also oppose FTAA with every fiber of your being, you can rest assured I will oppose your political career as long as there is a breath left in my body, because if you vote for CAFTA, I will consider you to be threatening MY LIFE!!!"
WHO TO CALL TO TELL THIS TO:
(Call the Capital Switchboard # 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to each of these people, and after you're done talking with each one ask to be reconnected to the switchboard so you can be connected to the next one):
Charles Grassley, IA
Orrin Hatch, UT
Trentt Lott, MS
Olympia Snowe, ME
Jon Kyl, AZ
Craig Thomas, WY
Rick Santorum, PA
Bill Frist, TN
Gordon Smith, OR
Jim Bunning, KY
Mike Crapo, (pronounced "CRAY-PO") ID
Max Baucus, MT
John D. Rockefeller,IV, WV
Kent Conrad, ND
Jeff Bingaman, NM
John Kerry, MA
Blanche Lincoln, AR
Ron Wyden, OR
Charles Schumer, NY
ALSO- Keep sending in this form letter where you can also add your own comments
SNOWBALL THIS ALERT- IF CAFTA MAKES IT OUT OF COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY JUNE 29th) they're going to bring it to the Floor of the Senate on FRIDAY, then it goes before the House Ways and Means Committee and to the Floor of the House after the week long July 4th recess)
Donations are needed to Send John Hammell back to Capital Hill for more lobbying on this issue.
See address below or donate via paypal at http://www.iahf.com (paypal button on top of scrollbar inside the site)
We have no leverage with the unelected bureaucrats at CODEX, but we DO have leverage with members of our congress and we CAN keep Codex from coming here, IF we work together and OVERCOME the challenges of organizing people during the summer when folks are on vacation.
The elements of coersion ALWAYS make moves like this against us during the summer, we just have to work that much HARDER to stop them!
PLEASE SNOWBALL THIS ALERT!!