Remember Keith Olbermann’s old MSNBC segments about the nexus of politics and terror? Olbermann conclusively made the case that the George W. Bush administration exploited the public’s fear of a second 9/11-style attack to maintain its dark grip on political power. Looking back, one is horrified by the reality that after a while, the public became numb to such emotional exploitation, and began to dismiss the idea that a second attack could take place–a reality that would arguably help someone who actually wanted to strike America again, and would have the perfect opportunity to do so, since the Bush administration had cried wolf so many times that no one would pay attention if a threat turned out to be real.
Today, there is a real threat to the homeland, a risk to national security, a danger that imperils American lives. However, this threat is not posed by radicalized religious fundamentalists planning to take down another tower or attack another sporting event. This threat is posed by radicalized market fundamentalists who are, as we speak, planning to set off an economic dirty bomb known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.
By supporting this immoral and injurious agreement—one that is guaranteed to kill even the mildest of efforts to remedy income inequality, restrict consumer exploitation and reduce carbon pollution in the United States–President Obama is, in effect, betraying the men and women who worked tirelessly to elect him in 2008 and re-elect him in 2012. They didn’t fight for this. They didn’t fight for the ultimate handout to the one percent.
What would Barack Obama the community organizer say about what Barack Obama the president is doing? Young Obama fought to raise up the marginalized, the economically oppressed, the hurt and the hungry, the disenfranchised and discriminated against. Old Obama is supporting a sleazy and sick trade deal that is going to push society’s scorned further into the districts of destitution. What is he thinking? Who is this helping? Why give the privileged even more privileges?
Obama talks about how his daughter’s asthma motivates him to address the climate crisis. Supporting a repugnant trade deal that will make it easier for polluters to spew their garbage into the air will hurt every daughter and son with asthma. Where is the logic in this man’s actions?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is nothing more than a fist across the jaw of every American who believes in a fair wage, a stable climate, a rational economic system, a just and stable future. President Obama has obviously been influenced by the trans-partisan mentality that all trade deals are by definition good deals. Sadly, and shamefully, he has yielded to Establishment peer pressure.
It remains to be seen if the courageous voices against the TPP will be enough to turn back this threat. Sadly, too many Americans remain unaware of this threat–unaware that if implemented, the Trans-Pacific Partnership will reduce them to squalor, locking them for life in the prisons of poverty and pollution.
Can these courageous voices prick the President’s conscience? Can they get him to realize that this trade deal is wrong on the economic and moral merits? Can they win this fight?
What happens to you and your family if they don’t?
Call your Representative and Senator today and tell them that the TPP should be DOA.