Corsi, WND Flip Out About Passport Idea

With its usual calm thoughtfulness, the link on the front of the Worldnetdaily says, “R.I.P. America: U.S. passports to be eliminated?” The headline on the actual article when you click on it: “U.S. PASSPORTS ON VERGE OF ELIMINATION?” OMG! Obama is going to eliminate American passports! Yeah, except, not so much:

A Soros-funded group arguing to replace the U.S. passport with a North American passport appears ready to take up the mantle of championing the concept of a European Union-style regional government to supersede the sovereignty of the United States, Mexico and Canada, fulfilling the dream of the late American University professor Robert Pastor.

The future of the U.S. lies in North America, not in the United States as a sovereign nation, contends the New America Foundation, a Washington-based leftist think-tank with ties to Jonathan Soros, son of famed leftist billionaire George Soros.

Appropriately named “New America,” the foundation believes the U.S. passport should soon become obsolete and replaced with a European Union-style passport issued for all citizens of the U.S., Mexico and Canada…

“The United States, Canada and Mexico are bound by a shared economic, environmental, demographic and cultural destiny. How we move forward together is key to our success,” wrote André Martinez, an editor with New America and a professor at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University; and Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, a fellow at New America and a former adviser on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s policy planning staff, in an article titled “Why we need a North American Passport,” published by CNN.com.

“In recognition of our shared destiny, the three countries should create a North American passport that would, over time, allow their citizens to travel, work, invest, learn and innovate anywhere in North America. Work, tourist and student visas are necessities in the modern world to regulate the flow of people between sovereign states,” Martinez and Kurtz-Phelan declared.

“In the North American context, much like within the European Union, our economies and societies are far more integrated than our immigration system recognizes – and a North American passport, much like the EU passport, would align our laws with reality.”

Well of course. Can you name a single idea ever floated by a think tank that wasn’t “on the verge” of becoming the law of the land? I mean, as soon as you publish an op-ed online advocating an idea, passage through Congress is practically mandatory, isn’t it? Personally, I think this is a great idea. I also think the idea that it’s going to happen any time soon is patently absurd.

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  • John Pieret

    What? … Is WingNutDaily running out of things that are actually happening to freak out about? Now they have to freak out about things that somebody just proposes?

  • Carlos Cabanita

    Total confusion. There is no EU passport. People in the EU still get national passports. But what’s original in the EU is that a citizen of any state belonguing to the Schengen space like me can travel to every coutry of that space WITHOUT a passport, just with an ordinary ID.

  • Carlos Cabanita

    …and not even stop at the borders, unless there is any emergency.

  • csrster

    Is it even worth pointing out that there are no EU passports? EU countries use a standardised _design_, but each country issues its own passports to its own citizens, just as they always did.

  • Chiroptera

    So the proposal is to have the national governments accept documentation of citizenship issued by a regional entity? Does WND bother to explain why that would be terrible? Or do the save print by just using ALL CAPS to remind the readers to be afraid?

  • D. C. Sessions

    People in the EU still get national passports. But what’s original in the EU is that a citizen of any state belonguing to the Schengen space like me can travel to every coutry of that space WITHOUT a passport, just with an ordinary ID.

    Oh, you mean like it used to be between the USA, Canada, and Mexico until a bit more than ten years ago? It was a bit of a shock to me when I started having to produce my passport for trips to Canada and Mexico for the first time.

  • brucegee1962

    Chiroptera, I believe the answer to your question is “Because Mexicans.” That really says all that needs to be said, don’t you think?

  • gshelley

    According to Wikipedia, the EU doesn’t issue passports, it is still done by member states, so this would seem to be going further than the EU.

    If they’re going to go on an ill informed paranoid rant based on one suggestion, turns out they could have done it better by actually being acurate

  • llewelly

    I guess when you’re approximately on the same side as people who have 889 million goddamn dollars to use in transforming think tank ideas into laws, it’s easy to lose track of how much fucking work it takes.

  • llewelly

    Oh, you mean like it used to be between the USA, Canada, and Mexico until a bit more than ten years ago? It was a bit of a shock to me when I started having to produce my passport for trips to Canada and Mexico for the first time.

    How could it have been a shock when the change made so much sense? After all, surely Canada and Mexico were involved with a few planes crashing into American buildings, weren’t they?

  • eric

    @6: we still have a version of that, something which is a bit of a hybrid between a standard photo ID and a passport.

  • matty1

    One of the things the British right hate about the EU, and in my opinion one of the best things about it, is the free movement of people. Even from outside Schengen we simply show a passport at the border and go straight through. No charge, no time limit on how long you can stay in another EU country and no visas defining the reason for being there.

    But no, the EU does not issue passports or control immigration to member states from outside the union.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    IF THE EU (PRONONCED “EWW”!!! COINCIDENCE?!!!) DOESNT ISSUE PASSPORTS THAN WHY DOES THE EU ISSUE PASSPORTS?!!! CHECKMATE LIBERALS!!!

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Used to be you Americans and Canadians could cross the border without passports and IIRC, that was true for Mexico, as well.

  • Synfandel

    Used to be you Americans and Canadians could cross the border without passports and IIRC, that was true for Mexico, as well.

    That was before those terrorists infiltrated the US at the Ontario-Vermont border.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Synfandel, to be fair, it was that state’s fault. Stupid motto. “Vermont is for Jihad”? Come on! Almost as bad as the Coho’s “15% off for terrorists” advert misprint.

  • tbp1

    I’ve noticed that virtually every time a WND headline is in question form, the answer is “no.”

  • Kimpatsu

    Pity. I would very much like to eliminate all passports and border controls. Let anyone travel anywhere, unhindered.

  • samgardner

    Is WingNutDaily running out of things that are actually happening to freak out about?

    I guess you don’t read the daily Nut a lot? They regularly freak about things that aren’t happening and have no chance of happening.

  • StevoR

    Well ya gotta get the cash off the rubes somehow dont’chya?

  • StevoR

    Not that its hard .. But well, that.

    Can you name a single idea ever floated by a think tank that wasn’t “on the verge” of becoming the law of the land?

    In reality or in their feverish nightmares? Coz very different things.

  • kesovich

    Speaking as a Canadian, but not all Canadians obviously… I *really* don’t want to be associated with you people with a Passport. I already have enough trouble with Americans pretending to be Canadians abroad so that they don’t get treated like crap, cause they treat people in foreign nations like dirt. And then they still treat the people in whatever country they travel to like crap, so it gives us Canadians a bad reputation.

  • http://www.aquaticape.org anthrosciguy

    …and not even stop at the borders, unless there is any emergency.

    Last year when we took the bus from Amsterdam to Prague, it stopped in Germany for passport checks. No such check at the Czech border. But it’s certainly easier to go from The Netherlands, or France, to Germany and back than it is as an American or Canadian to go back and forth between the two countries (in most places). Not that it’s really super hard, but more questions and suspicion (on both sides) than in Europe. That’s pretty sad.

  • Synfandel

    …more questions and suspicion (on both sides) than in Europe.

    I always find it amusing that US customs staff treat Canadians like Mexicans—as if we all want to get into the US and find a way to stay. We do occasionally have reason to visit, but we’re always delighted to come back home to our public health insurance, gun control, safer communities, (relative) race harmony, labour protections, and 24-hour hockey leagues.

  • weatherwax

    I’m surprised it took the WND this long to pick up the story. It’s been going through conspiracy sphere for years. Always going to happen at any minute, along with a single currency.

    I’ve heard many times that President Obama/ Bush/ Clinton has signed the agreement and it’s a done deal. Point out that the president does not have that kind of authority, and it wouldn’t matter if he signed an agreement or not, and they’ll insist the US Senate signed off on a secret treaty.