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Guest Post by Dave Pruett
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” — James Madison in The Federalist Papers.
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You don’t have to know much about the “trade” deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be more than a little suspicious.
First, there are the very peculiar bedfellows. Supporting the TPP are President Obama and most Congressional Republicans, the same Republicans who’ve vehemently opposed his every initiative for the past six and one-half years.
Against the TPP are most (but not all) Congressional Democrats, Ford Motor Company, virtually all trade unions and environmental groups, watchdog groups such as Public Citizen, and usual Obama allies such as Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, who, in a testy open letter to the President on April 25, called for greater transparency on the TPP.
Furthermore, when asked to lend his support for so-called “Fast Track” authority for the TPP, Obama water-carrier and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid chafed, “So the answer is not only no, but hell no.”
Also opposed: liberal icon Noam Chomsky, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, Republican hopeful Mike Huckabee, many Tea-Party groups, and conservative Republican editorialist and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan. Conspicuous by silence: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
What’s going on here? Why the strange alliances?
Peel back the layers of the TPP and you’ll find what some believe to be a “corporate Trojan horse.” Disguised as “free trade,” the TPP’s provisions and tactics undermine Constitutional safeguards and national sovereignty. But there’s also a silver lining. The TPP exposes who, in the marbled halls of political power, is working for whom. It forces politicians to put their cards on the table, and by their hands you will know them.
Barack Obama is secretly negotiating a global economic treaty which would destroy thousands of American businesses and millions of good paying American jobs. In other words, it would be the final nail in the coffin for America’s economic infrastructure. Obama knows that if the American people actually knew what was in this treaty that they would be screaming mad, so the negotiations are being done in secret. The only people that are allowed to look at the treaty are members of Congress, and even they are being banned from saying anything to the public. American workers are about to be brutally stabbed in the back, and thanks to all of this secrecy and paranoia they won’t even see it coming.
The name of this new treaty is “the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, and it is being touted as perhaps the most important trade agreement in history. But very few people in this country are talking about it, because none of us are allowed to see it. An article that was just released by Politico detailed the extreme secrecy that is surrounding this trade agreement…
If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.
If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving.
And no matter what, you can’t discuss the details of what you’ve read.
This treaty is going to affect the lives of every man, woman and child living in this nation, and yet it is deemed so “important” that none of us can know what is in it?
If you want to know whose vote really counts in your state, examine this data. Do you think your Congress critters care what you think? Guess who fills their campaign coffers with millions? The game is rigged. It’s a club and you’re not in it.
|State||City||Top company by revenue||Revenue (billions)|
|Alaska*||Juneau||First National Bank Alaska||$2.4|
|California||San Ramon||Chevron Corporation||$228.84|
|Colorado||Englewood||Arrow Electronics, Inc.||$21.35|
|Delaware||Wilmington||E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company||$36.14|
|Florida||Doral||World Fuel Services Corporation||$41.56|
|Georgia||Atlanta||Home Depot International, Inc.||$85.53|
|Hawaii||Honolulu||Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.||$3.23|
|Idaho||Boise||Micron Technology, Inc.||$9.07|
|Illinois||Decatur||Archer Daniels Midland||$89.80|
|Iowa||Cedar Rapids||Transamerica Life Insurance Company||$19.64|
|Kansas||Wichita||Koch Industries, Inc.||$115|
|Maine||Scarborough||Hannaford Bros. Co.||$3.98|
|Maryland||Bethesda||Lockheed Martin Corporation||$45.35|
|Massachusetts||Boston||Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc.||$38.50|
|Mississippi||Laurel||Sanderson Farms, Inc.||$2.68|
|Missouri||St. Louis||Express Scripts Holding||$104.09|
|Montana||Billings||Stillwater Mining Company||$1.03|
|Nevada||Las Vegas||Las Vegas Sands Corp.||$13.76|
|New Hampshire||Portsmouth||Sprague Resources LP||$4.60|
|New Jersey||New Brunswick||Johnson & Johnson||$71.31|
|New Mexico||Albuquerque||Presbyterian Healthcare Services||$2.05|
|New York||New York||Verizon Communications||$120.55|
|North Carolina||Charlotte||Bank of America||$101.69|
|North Dakota||Bismarck||MDU Resources Group, Inc.||$4.46|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma City||Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.||$26.09|
|Rhode Island||Woonsocket||CVS Caremark||$126.76|
|South Carolina||Hartsville||Sonoco Products Company||$4.48|
|South Dakota||Sioux Falls||Sanford Health||$3.10|
|Utah||Salt Lake City||Huntsman Corporation||$11.07|
|Vermont||Waterbury||Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.||$4.35|
|West Virginia||Morgantown||West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc.||$42.73|
|Wisconsin||Milwaukee||Johnson Controls, Inc.||$42.73|
|Wyoming||Gillette||Cloud Peak Energy, Inc.||$1.39|
(Source: Hoover’s, via Broadview Networks)
Guest Post by Jesse
Dr. Robert Hare is describing what a psychopathic corporate culture might be like, not what all corporations are.
Corporations can have personalities if you will, based on the character of their leadership, and the traits and tendencies which they tend to seek out and reward.
Governments may have the same character traits, whether they choose to call it culture, or tone, or philosophy. Certain behaviours are rewarded, and others are suppressed and discouraged. Quite often a few like-minded and powerful personalities may set the character of the organization, and choose subordinates who are either servile or of a simple mind.
Otherwise corporations are not people, and do not deserve the rights of people because it grants to the corporation mangers a power that makes most other individuals unequal under the law. It is an extension of power and rights by proxy, greatly leveraged.
If an individual has a voice, the individual managers of a major corporation can obtain a much greater voice, one applied by the power and money of a large organization. These are the modern übermenschen that we are unwittingly raising like titans over the world of real people.
And when they are singularly amoral, or focused for anti-social purposes, or criminal activities, the resultant damage of which they are capable can be devastating, not only to individuals, but even to towns, cities, and small nations.