Attend discussion on real cost of free trade

Aug. 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

We have just recently observed Independence Day, and it's not long until Constitution week. How many of us really appreciate the meaning of these two historical events? Seems to me they should become more and more important as we see personal freedoms and national independence and sovereignty eroding. And then we hear about chaos on the border, Internal Revenue Service scandals, the Common Core education plan, the Environmental Protection Agency's growing regulation threats and turmoil in the Middle East.

We don't hear much about the call for a Constitutional convention or about so-called free trade agreements that are being planned. Commonly referred to as Con-Con, Convention of the States or Article 5 Convention - it makes no difference. They all amount to the same thing with conservatives having good intentions, like adding a balanced budget amendment. Problem is that there is no way of limiting a convention to a certain topic. A present-day convention could lead to a complete rewrite of the precious document that we have now.

Please get the message; we need to obey, not rewrite, the Constitution!

Who has heard about the Trans Pacific Partnership or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? These are the two so-called free-trade agreements the Obama administration is negotiating at this time. With only one-fifth of the lengthy agreements dealing with trade, believe me, it is not good for the United States of America. Can you imagine being in partnership with the European Union?

I invite all citizens who are concerned with the present state of affairs in our country to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 4102 N. Ben Jordan St., to hear Arthur Thompson, CEO of the John Birch Society, discuss the real cost of free trade. The event will have a $10 admission fee. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Obert Sagebiel, Cuero



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