U.S. citizens have not amended our Constitution to grant the World Trade Organization (WTO) or any other global body veto power, or any other supervisory power, over our sovereign right to pass and implement domestic laws. Nevertheless, Canada and Mexico have filed their complaints at the Geneva-based WTO, and an international tribunal will now decide if U.S. citizens can retain their sovereign right to self-government.
Many of us have naively presumed our government officials vigorously preserve and defend our sovereign rights during trade negotiations, but what we have, instead, is a systematic effort by these globalists to further their idealistic goal of free trade, the antithesis of fair trade. There is nothing wrong with an international agreement to establish international trading principles, but there is everything wrong with abrogating our sovereign right to decide for ourselves whether to accommodate a complaint from a foreign government.
The global battle over our domestic COOL [Country of Origin Labeling] law is unconscionable. Our COOL limits neither the volume or scope of products eligible for import into the United States, nor does it impose any requirements on imported products that are not also required on domestic products.
The WTO has no right or authority to interfere with Americans' sovereign right to require their food be labeled as to its origin. Why would the U.S. allow the WTO to even entertain a complaint against our constitutionally passed COOL law? And why would we surrender our sovereign right to self government? Each of us should contact our Senators and our Representative and demand of Congress that we do not surrender our sovereign rights to the decisions of international tribunals on issues they have no business being involved in within the borders of the United States of America.
We must take care of America first and COOL does this by informing consumers as to which food product is American. But until we the people stand up for ourselves, we will continue to see unelected officials who are not accountable to the citizens of the United States, but rather to whichever Administration is in place continue to erode our constitutional rights and privileges. It is time to reverse this disastrous course. No longer should the interests of foreign governments usurp our nation's sovereign right to maintain a safe and secure food production system. Domestic food production not only is a matter of food safety, it is a matter of national security.
Multinational food conglomerates that have become too big to fail and too big to regulate are the principle architects of this grand scheme to undermine U.S. sovereignty by subjecting our domestic food laws to international tribunal decisions.
Just four of these behemoths Tyson Fresh Meats, Cargill Meat Solutions, JBS Swift & Co., and National Beef Packing Co. control nearly 90 percent of all the fed cattle in the U.S., and individual cattle farmers and ranchers are finding it impossible to recover even their cost of production. We are becoming more and more dependent on imported products to maintain an adequate food supply in the United States, and that is wrong. The large corporations are not going to reverse this pattern, and it seems neither will Congress.
The proverbial pendulum has swung way too far. No longer can we be complacent or apathetic. We must begin to fight to preserve and defend the rights that we have. It is up to us, the people, to force Congress to change the course of this great nation. Until we organize and stand together, we will continue to be relegated to only complaining about our problems, rather than proposing and implementing solutions. The first step every American needs to take is to find the organization that is fighting to preserve the independence of American citizens and then support that organization. There is no better place to start than with our food, which is the focus of R-CALF USA.
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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALFUSA represents thousands of U.S. cattle producers on trade and marketing issues. Members are located across 47 states and are primarily cow/calf operators, cattle backgrounders, and/or feedlot owners. R-CALFUSA directors and committee chairs are extremely active unpaid volunteers. R-CALFUSA has dozens of affiliate organizations and various main-street businesses are associate members. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516.