Your Australian Free Trade Agreement negotiations
 
February 2, 2004
 
 
Mr. Zoellick:
 
As a cognizant native America (born and bred here in this land that I love), your actions concern me deeply. I live in rural west-central Ohio, a land of prime soils and Amish and Mennonite farmers that spent 1999-2002 under siege by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which attempted a wholesale 'rural cleansing' of a vast swath of the best farm soils in Ohio and the world.
 
A 'free trade agreement' with any country is NOT to be mistaken for a Fair Trade agreement.
 
Australians are seeking greater access to the U.S. beef, cattle, dairy, fruits, vegetable and sugar markets. Fine -- let them 'seek' it through the same channels that all resource providers do. What's in this for American resource providers?
 
A 'free trade agreement' with any country is NOT to be mistaken for a Fair Trade agreement.
 
I can hear a giant sucking sound as the Al Gore prediction comes true: No more farming in America in five years. He said this in 1999, and guess what? It's five years later. Look at the Klamath Basin, and farmers/ranchers all over America that are being rurally cleansed.
 
What is being done in the name of a 'free trade agreement' is actually a Constitution-gutting move that benefits only those in the rarified atmosphere of power. The 'little guys' -- whether in America or Australia -- will not achieve a better life. Like China and 'our' 'permanent normal trade relations,' or PNTR, nothing has improved for the rural farmers.
 
A 'free trade agreement' with any country is NOT to be mistaken for a Fair Trade agreement.
 
This 'march toward globalism' -- in this arbitrary and capricious manner -- leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. It should do the same for you, sir.
 
A 'free trade agreement' with any country is NOT to be mistaken for a Fair Trade agreement.

While it may be 'politically correct' to 'Think globally and act locally,' the fact remains that such thinking -- and actions -- is not done for the good of most people.
 
A 'free trade agreement' with any country is NOT to be mistaken for a Fair Trade agreement.
 
It is past time for those in positions to negotiate away America's sovereignty and the freedom/property rights of her people, to read the story, "Man Without a Country."
 
A 'free trade agreement' with any country is NOT to be mistaken for a Fair Trade agreement.
 
I will be watching this issue as it unfolds; trusting only that you will hear from enough people that cherish America's Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence -- her very Existence -- that you will do what is truly right.
 
A 'free trade agreement' with any country is NOT to be mistaken for a Fair Trade agreement.
 
Julie Kay Smithson
 
London, Ohio