Within one week I have seen on television and in the press spontaneous demonstrations by millions of French youth and American Latino 's. Could it be that they are connected by the same phenomena? Borders between countries are for the purpose of each nation tribe being able to manage the affairs of their own people. When the needs of our own people are disregarded by our politicians in favor of big business going offshore, the border disappears.
NAFTA destroyed the fragile agricultural economy of Mexico. For decades corn, beans, sugar and rice have been staples for Mexicans. NAFTA allowed the importation of cheap maize and frijoles, subsidized by the US government. This is the reason for the increased demographic movement of peoples looking for a better life. Illegal immigration is not just an American problem, it is a French problem, and a Danish problem, and Turkish immigration to Germany has been a problem. Congress has tossed into the discussion the fear of terrorists being able to be among the poor people who die on Southwestern deserts. But all of the known terrorists who came here had legal passports and credit cards. Illegal immigration is a world problem.
Evidently it is only serendipity that accounts for the meshing of all of our problems war, illegal immigration, health care, education, and rampant corruption in government. In every case you will find the greasy hand of corporations. If our lawmakers were not dependent on corporation money they would recognize that they are the ones that are responsible for the millions who have taken to the streets. We can only hope that in November there will be enough progressives elected to change the direction of a government that is like a truck going downhill without brakes. This is a trend that is not going to wait until 2008. If they persist in their attempt to steal elections they will all find themselves out of a job. The verbal flatulence of these careerists is not going to solve anything. It is going to take a demographic shift of the American people to the streets to solve the problems that the World Bank, WTO, GAAT, NAFTA, and CAFTA have presented us with. Instead of illegal immigrants we are going to have illegal demonstrators.
While the White House is a hopeless case there are good people in Congress. But there is nothing worse than a good person trying to hang onto her job. To do this she will agree to a war that is patently a war crime, and resist impeaching a war criminal. This is not only not only true of the minority speaker, but is true of the progressive and Black caucuses. Hardly any of them would just walk out to the nearest bus station and leave this poisoned swamp even if doing so would add to the hue and cry for decency. Russ Feingold would accomplish more if he just held up his middle finger and called a pox on both of your houses. Lets face it, being a member of Congress is a good deal. They get better health care than ninety per cent of the rest of us, they get a pension to retire on that no corporation can rob them of, and up until now they hold a position that demanded respect.
Globalization means no borders and I do not think it can be stopped now. We are so far in debt that without foreign investments we would cease to function. We raised hell about Dubai controlling 23 of our ports, but China runs the ports in San Francisco. General Motors is going down the tubes, and Toyota, Hundai, and European auto markers are still selling cars. There is no border for them and there is not going to be any border for anyone else. If American trade unions were not so closely aligned with the corporations politically they would begin the task of spreading the kind of union activity around the world that we have here in the US. Or rather had here in the US. If we are going to employed and ruled by foreigners we are going to end up foreigners in our own land and nobody can do a thing about it.
John H. St.John
Editor California Farm Reporter, State Field Representative for The California Dairyman's Association, President Eagle Lodge Number One UFL Papermakers Union.