Follow de Money, Sí – I mean, Ey?

By: Erik Rush

If it hadn’t happened in my own backyard, I might have missed it. Humbling, but true. It’s been reported by other news sources by now, but since it did occur so close to home I’ll share my angle…

Inasmuch as I’ve been following the actions of globalists for almost thirty years, it may surprise that I’ve only taken to writing with regularity fairly recently. The reason for this is that their machinations of late have become more audacious and their effects apparent (i.e., the Amnesty bill, the Mexican trucking “experiment” and the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, all of which have been unpopular with the majority of Americans, but have strangely taken shape anyway – or come damn close).

The 2007 Great Plains International (yes, “international”) Conference took place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Denver, Colorado over the weekend (September 19-21). What is the Great Plains International Conference, you ask?

Why, the Great Plains International Conference is an annual conference hosted by the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor project…
“The Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor is a planned, multimodal transportation corridor including a multi-lane divided highway that will facilitate the efficient transportation of goods and services from Mexico, through West Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma, and ultimately on into Canada and the Pacific Northwest.”
- Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Mission Statement (abbreviated)

The idea is commerce: Enhanced and more effective trade, at least initially. Ports-to-Plains’ membership consists mostly of local, county and state officials along the “corridor” between Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and communities in northern Colorado. More extensive development plans encompass extending the ‘Corridor north through Nebraska, the Dakotas to the Canadian Border.
The event was hosted by Ports to Plains and the Colorado and Texas departments of transportation. This makes some sense, as the DOTs of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico provide guidance and oversight to P2P. Ports-to-Plains also has a lobbyist working in Washington, D.C. Big surprise there.

Co-hosting were Colorado Governor Bill Ritter (D), Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (R), U.S. Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO), U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), John Salazar (D-CO), and the Consulates General of Canada and Mexico. I’m sure the bipartisanship amongst the elected officials hasn’t escaped your notice.

Other than the overlapping state DOT legalities, national security and local impact issues with which one might find concern, a noteworthy moment came when one of the attendees, Evaristo Lenin Perez, the Mayor of Ciudad Acuna, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas, began enthusiastically discussing the vast benefits of a “North American Union” with members of the media who were present.

Now, from all I can tell, Mayor Perez is a pretty decent guy, his middle name notwithstanding.

“Lenin wears a band on his right wrist. When asked what it means, he says Programa Marginacion, meaning zero poverty. He realizes that the poor have no medical program and no employment. While Mexico suffers 35 percent unemployment, Lenin reaches out to the impoverished people, realizing that they are victims of a failed Mexican federal government. He touches them and their lives. He does everything within his power to help the lowliest of his city. He’s a leader who sets the tone by his example.”
- A Mexican Mayor named Lenin, Rio Grande Guardian, September 21, 2007

I don’t blame Perez for using the venue to gain ground for his causes. His North American Union “vision of promise” is naive in my view, as reflected in my recent book Annexing Mexico: Solving the Border Problem Through Annexation and Assimilation. As with border security, Mexico’s poverty and corruption problems as well as our national security issues must be addressed first, which they would not be in the case of a North American Union – at least as far as the average American can tell. All we’re getting from our president relative to any such plans has been nebulous, condescending and so furtive in tone to be convicting.

Now, I’m not suggesting a NAU grand conspiracy that extends from some shadow government all the way to folks like Joe Kiely, town administrator for Limon, Colorado (it’s on the P2P route), but it wouldn’t be the first time people (from the Ports to Plains officials to elected state and Federal government people working on the project) were short-sighted where the prospect of increased commerce was concerned. It’s clear that there are dollar signs in the eyes of all involved, from the locals who stand to benefit, to the Representatives and Senators – and perhaps other unnamed parties.

The fact is that the United States has painted itself into a corner economically. With an $8 trillion-plus national debt, most of which is owed to communist China of all places, people from economists to the reasonably-informed in this area are a tad uncomfortable, to put it exceedingly mildly; it is of great concern to the current administration, despite its free-spending history.
Most of us have been forced to guess at the motivations for discussions regarding an NAU in which U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials have been engaged – and they have, despite what they’ve articulated. I’ve illustrated some of the downsides previously: Augmented exposure to Canadian socialism, Mexican corruption and poverty, and increased access to terrorists.

Knowing that our government has a poor track record when it comes to proactivity concerning just about anything one can bring to mind, having to suffer the unknown unintended consequences of grandiose plans such as these ought to instill a chill in the hearts of Americans.

Erik Rush is a New York-born columnist and author who writes a weekly column of political fare. He is also Acting Associate Editor and Publisher for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. An archive containing links to his writing is at His book, “It’s the Devil, Stupid!” is available through most major outlets. His new book, Annexing Mexico, has just been released.
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