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.