Make of it what you will, but this proposal from the Council on Foreign Relations sure does sound a lot like a step towards a post-democratic governmental structure like the European Union. And I don't believe there's any inherent reason to believe otherwise.
We can "hope" they aren't trying to "change" America, but things keep getting stranger by the day!
The Task Force’s central recommendation is establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security community, the boundaries of which would be defined by a common external tariff, and an outer security perimeter.
At their meeting in Waco, Texas, at the end of March 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin … adopted a Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), establishing ministerial-level working groups to address key security and economic issues facing North America and setting a short deadline for reporting progress back to their governments …
To that end … We propose a community based on the principle affirmed in the March 2005 Joint Statement of the three leaders that “our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary.” Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe.
- Establish a common security perimeter.
- Develop a North American Border Pass.
- Expand border infrastructure.
- Expand NORAD into a multiservice Defense Command.
- Increase information and intelligence-sharing at the local and national levels in both law enforcement and military organizations.
- Establish a North American investment fund for infrastructure and human capital.
- Enhance the capacity of the North American Development Bank (NADBank).
- Make a North American commitment to a cleaner environment.
- Adopt a common external tariff.
- Establish a permanent tribunal for North American dispute resolution.
- Establish a trinational competition commission.
- Implement the Social Security Totalization Agreement negotiated between the United States and Mexico.
- Strengthen government structures.
- A North American Advisory Council.
- A North American Inter-Parliamentary Group.
Establishment by 2010 of a security and economic community for North America is an ambitious but achievable goal that is consistent with this principle and, more important, buttresses the goals and values of the citizens of North America, who share a desire for safe and secure societies, economic opportunity and prosperity, and strong democratic institutions.