The world has always had "foreign trade," but for those of you who don't believe that trade and the trade agreements that are necessary to make it work in today's world are desirable, 2008 is only 3 years away.
I do not remember trade agreements being a big issue in the past few presidential elections, but that does not mean that you can not try to make it one in the next election. I would suggest that you make it clear to the candidates how you feel about it, and then ask them how they feel about trade.
If you can find one candidate who will promise to veto any and all legislation regarding trade agreements, then, by all means, get behind him or her. It is your right. Then we will see what happens.
If you can't find a candidate who is against trade, well, all I can say is, "MAYBE in 2012." All you can do is keep trying and live with reality until then - or quit living. Good luck!
By the way, have you heard of Mercosur? How about "Political Mercosur?" If not, do a Google search. Find out who they are and then find out how long the EU has been courting them and trying to work out a "regional trade agreement" between those trade unions.
This might explain why we, as a country (and perhaps as the group, NAFTA) seem to be in a hurry to work things out in Central and South America. Global competition is today's reality, and it is not going to go away soon. Our government has taken the position that countries are like companies. You are either going forward or you are going backward. In the real world, there is no such thing as the status quo. They believe we must compete, because they see the long-term alternative as unacceptable.
But, once again, there's always 2008 and 2012 and --------- if you don't agree with that.