Our president needs your help!

Shortly after taking office, President Trump wisely saw the danger in the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and withdrew from it. Mr. Trump was rightly critical of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) treaty, promising that it would be renegotiated, to our benefit!

These negotiations were carried on by Obama holdovers and in fact most of the language in the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) is the same as that in the TPP. If it was bad in the TPP, how could it be good in the USMCA?

I believe the president has been deceived, and I hope the people that are closer to him than I am will tell him so.

Following is some ammo you may want to use:

Dr. Ludwig von Mises (for whom the von Mises Institute at Auburn University is named) was a free market economist and a native of Austria. In his later years he became an American citizen, but before that he studied our free enterprise system for many years. About 1960 he expressed his conclusions as follows: In America today they have the highest standard of living the world has ever known, because the government of that country embarked later than the governments of most other nations upon a program of interference with private business.

In other words, “the American way is the best way” so the “America First” agenda benefits all the world. We speak of ours as “a sovereign nation” a misnomer. Only God is sovereign! Under God we can be sovereign, that is not bound by so-called “free trade” agreements such as NAFTA.

President George Washington warned about “entangling alliances” with the nations of Europe. He knew what he was talking about. The only responsibility we have toward those nations is as individuals to give them the Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ.

When deciding what, if any, trade agreements to join, Congress need ask only one question: Does it diminish our sovereignty? If the answer is “yes,” we don’t need it. One brief example of how such agreements work against us will prove my point: Some years ago, the governments of Canada and Mexico asked the World Trade Organization to stop our grocery stores from labeling the meat they sell, revealing its country of origin. The WTO ruled against us, and because we are members of the WTO, we had no choice but to abide by their ruling. Who are these people? I don’t know and I don’t care, but they should not have this power over our food supply.

Congress will likely vote on the USMCA in the next 60 days. You know what to do.

JERRY B. GRANTHAM SR.

Goldsboro