SOVEREIGN ENTITIES (House of
Representatives - September 18, 2000)
The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Hulshof).
Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from
Washington (Mr. Metcalf) is recognized for
Mr. METCALF. Mr. Speaker, the President warns of the
potential of a new age of civil wars. He is one of the
progressive new center-left academics turned leader and a
proponent of the view that he and his family of progressive
thinkers can find the cause of wars and intervene with a
It has been demonstrated time after time that the United
States can be drawn into war after war, national conflicts
within borders and across borders. American troops die and
suffer for the policy formulations we are never informed of
and without the specific congressional declaration and war
powers that the Congress alone retains.
Since the United Nations was founded in 1945, America has
not won a war but lost each and every conflict but one,
depending on your view of the Persian Gulf War.
The Millennium Report recently issued by U.N. Secretary
General Annan calls for `a strengthened Corps of Commanders
in New York ready to organize and intervene with
peacekeeping operations within a week or two.'
There is little that I fear so much as U.S. troops being
committed to such an international force that can intervene
without requiring specific congressional approval.
Should this concept ever conclude where it is intended, a
standing army with a stronger corps of commanders, we will
see the development of a threat greater than ever in our
recent past. Already we have seen the power of a few
enormous multinational corporations grow to a size that
exceeds all but the largest nations. Fifty-one corporations
are presently larger than the bottom 100 nations.
We have seen the jurisdictional prerogatives of NATO
enlarged and both our own CIA and NATO find in their
mandates to now include protecting these same corporations'
trade routes and corporate markets. How did they find that
new information there? Globalization has created new
sovereigns out of these paper entities. The United Nations
would create a new standing army to protect these new
There is much too much hope placed on globalization and
the interdependence upon nations. The rhetoric only hides
the reality of who really benefits and what the real
consequences are here at home. Wages in America are
stagnant, and in the last 3 years there have been periods of
Maybe wages are going up slightly in some countries, but
this too can be explained by other than globalization's
trade benefits: the present world economy is driven by
speculation, not productivity; mergers and acquisitions, not
growth and new entrepreneurship; workers shifting from one
well-paying job to three less well-paid service jobs; wealth
increased for the few investors, owners and profiteers while
the standard of living drops again and again as every new
dollar buys less goods for every family.
We are today proud of an economic boom that nobody would
dare suggest can be sustained. When the inevitable downturn
arrives, wages will be scuttled. Wages worldwide will return
to the pre-speculative period. But the largest corporations
will not feel the pain, as each merger, each acquisition
grants to the parent firm unlimited opportunities to
downsize further and eliminate more jobs.
Is there any question about what entities are really