Minutes of the Operating Committee of the America First Party
Monday, July 23, 2007
BE IT REMEMBERED that the Operating Committee of the America First Party met on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. East Coast Time, pursuant to the previous resolution of the Operating Committee.
The Chairman led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Hey delivered the invocation.
The Secretary called the roll of Operating Committee members:
- Jon Hill of Massachusetts, Chairman
- John Hey of Mississippi, National Secretary and Treasurer
- J. C. Schweingrouber of Ohio, Public Relations Committee Chairman
- Tom White of Massachusetts, Candidates Committee Chairman
- Martin McClellan of Florida, Vice-chairman
- Mike Fleharty of Ohio, Ballot Access Committee Chairman
- Joe Spitzig of Ohio, Platform Committee Chairman
A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 9:09 p.m.
Mr. White moved the adoption of the standard Agenda. Mr. Schweingrouber seconded the motion. The Agenda was adopted by unanimous consent.
The Chairman delivered his report. He has been working with the Partybuilding Committee to set up interviews with potential organizers in several states. He has forwarded a revised version of his anti-SPP resolution for the National Committee's consideration.
The Secretary reminded the members that he had previously circulated draft minutes for the July 16, 2007 meeting of the Operating Committee. Mr. Hey moved the adoption of the minutes as published. His motion was seconded by Mr. Schweingrouber. The minutes were adopted by unanimous vote.
The Treasurer reported that the party's bank balance is $ 6,913.99. There are no outstanding unpaid invoices due at this time.
Mr. Hill reported that the Partybuilding Committee is meeting tomorrow to hold an interview for an organizer in Tennessee.
Mr. Schweingrouber delivered the Public Relations Committee report. The newspaper articles are almost completed for the next issue. Work has begun on the issue to follow.
A discussion took place regarding how to combat false information being posted about the party on various political websites.
Mr. Hey reported that the Rules Committee continues on hiatus.
A resolution opposing SPP was discussed, and changes were made.
Mr. Hey moved that a resolution denouncing SPP be forwarded to the National Committee for its consideration. Mr. Schweingrouber seconded the motion, which was adopted by unanimous vote.
The proposed resolution reads as follows:
Opposing the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a NAFTA Superhighway System, and a North American Union with Mexico and Canada.
Whereas the United States Departments of State, Commerce, and Homeland Security participated in the formation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) on March 23, 2005, representing a tri-lateral agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, designed, among other things, to facilitate common regulatory schemes between these countries; and
Whereas the SPP aims to make regulatory changes among the three countries in the areas of transportation, security, and border security by means of a process which SPP documents describe as "permanent"; and
Whereas the SPP, by advancing "permanent" regulations in these matters properly under the jurisdiction of Congress, opposes congressional authority to review existing relationships with other nations, and is therefore unconstitutional; and
Whereas the proposed "permanent" regulatory changes proposed by the SPP violate and threaten United States sovereignty; and
Whereas a NAFTA Superhighway System from the west coast of Mexico through the United States and into Canada has been suggested as part of a North American Union to facilitate trade between the SPP countries; and
Whereas the State of Texas has already begun planning of the Trans-Texas Corridor, a major multi-modal transportation project beginning at the United States-Mexico border, which would serve as an initial section of a NAFTA Superhighway System; and
Whereas future unrestricted foreign trucking into the United States could pose a safety hazard due to inadequate maintenance and inspection, and could act collaterally as a conduit for the entry into the United States of illegal drugs, illegal human smuggling, and terrorist activities; and
Whereas a NAFTA Superhighway System would likely include funds from foreign consortiums and be controlled by foreign management, which threatens the sovereignty of the United States; and
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the America First National Committee, that:
(1) the United States should prohibit the Security and Prosperity Partnership from implementing further regulations that would create a North American Union with Mexico and Canada; and
(2) U.S. participation in the Security and Prosperity Partnership should be immediately terminated; and
(3) the United States should not engage in the construction of a NAFTA Superhighway System; and
(4) that the President and Congress of the United States should perform their constitutional duties by strongly opposing these acts or any other proposals that threaten the sovereignty of the United States.
Mr. Hey moved that a teleconference meeting of the National Committee be called for Monday evening, August 6, 2007 at 9 p.m. East Coast time. His motion was seconded by Mr. White and adopted by unanimous vote.
There being no further business, on motion made by Mr. Hey, seconded by Mr. Schweingrouber, and adopted by unanimous consent, the meeting was adjourned at 9:51 p.m.
John Pittman Hey
America First National Committee