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Debunking the North American Union Conspiracy Theory
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet. Posted June 15, 2007.
The North American Union, an increasingly popular conspiracy theory about a group of shadowy international "elites" who are planning to "replace the United States" with a transnational government, is a manifestation of xenophobia that would do the John Birch Society proud.
Just what is the North American Union (NAU)?
Originally posted by Ironside
I find it highly likely would ever succeed, let alone take off. Many people would still be against it, even going so far as to side with the government! Just look at the Mexican Border Crisis, do the people look like they want an NAU?
Majority Leader Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record), D-Nev., said he would revive the bill to legalize as many as 12 million unlawful immigrants late this week.
The so-called clay pigeon is how he's expected to do it, under a strategy that was still taking shape Monday.
Under the tentative plan, Reid as early as Friday would launch his target — an amendment encompassing all 22 proposals — and shoot it into its component pieces. The Senate would then vote on ending debate on the immigration measure, which would take 60 votes and limit discussion of the bill to 30 more hours. After that interval, all 22 amendments would have to be voted on, with little opportunity for foes to interfere.
Ironically, the move is usually used by mavericks — not leaders — to slow down legislation, not free it from a procedural thicket.
The maneuver appears to be a relatively modern innovation; Dove said he first became aware of it in the early 1970s, when then-Sen. Jim Allen, D-Ala., a master of parliamentary procedures, used it against a bill pushed by the then- majority leader, Sen. Mike Mansfield, D-Mont.