Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

Message to TPP elites: Secret government is Un-American

Written by Jim Hightower | JimHightower.com

So, someone hands you a beer, but instead of it being a recognizable brand, it's in a totally blacked-out can with nothing but the letters "TPP" printed on it.

"You're really gonna like this," says the smiling stranger who handed it to you. But you naturally hesitate and ask: "Well, who made it? What's in it?' Now the guy's smile seems forced as he says: "Sorry, pal, but those are trade secrets. Trust me though – there's nothing bad in it. Just drink up... and enjoy the buzz that it's gonna give you."

Would you swallow that? Neither would I, but here comes Barack Obama, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Speaker John Boehner, and every corporate lobbyist in Washington insisting that We the People should quickly chug-a-lug their strange brew called TPP (the Trans-Pacific Partnership) – without knowing what's in it. "It's just a free trade agreement," they say, with lying eyes and forced smiles.

But TPP is not free, not about trade, and not anything that we normal Americans would ever agree to. Rather, it's a raw deal enthroning global corporations over our democratic right to be a self-governing people! It creates a whole new privatized government, subjecting us and our laws to an overriding supreme authority of corporate tribunals set up by the World Bank and the UN.

TPP literally is an un-American sneak attack on us by our own "leaders." Negotiated in strict secrecy by a handful of corporate elites and government officials, they produced a secret "deal" that is to be kept secret from the people for four years after it is approved, even though it transfers much of our people's sovereignty to secretive international tribunals made up of global corporate lawyers with no accountability to The People.

Holy Thomas Paine! To fight this establishment of secret government, go towww.stoptpp.org.

"Dont Keep Trade Talks Secret," www.nytimes.com, April 14, 2014.

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