When did the United States government begin believing that they could keep anything secret from its nation’s people? Our President, Legislators, and the Supreme Court all work for us. We, the people, have a right to know what actions our government is taking which will affect the entire nation. Transparency, not secrecy, must be the rule.
For the last 14 years our nation has moved closer to an Oligarchy. Our right to vote has been replaced by Congressmen and Senators who have been selected for office by the wealthiest Americans. All decisions made by our government are for their greater good, and not for the majority of our people.
Protests broke out at a secret meeting in the United Sates Senate today. They were there to object to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. This is an already negotiated agreement between a dozen nations, including the United States; and it is horrific enough to have been discussed without the knowledge of the American people.
TPP will allow the proven environmentally dangerous and life-threatening operation by the oil companies called ‘fracking.’ It includes other practices that are harmful to the planet. New rules would be established which would prevent access to medicines critical to sustain life; generic medicines which help 13 million people surviving HIV would be unavailable. Pharma, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, would see it profits soar even higher at the public’s expense.
Our government is attempting to ‘fast track’ the agreement without making the details available to the public. The Bush and Obama administrations have consistently hidden legislation from the electorate. They have ignored or bypassed the Constitution boldly, daring the American people to challenge our corrupt government.
Orrin Hatch, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, is the Chairman of the committee discussing the agreement. When protesters were physically forced to leave the chamber Tuesday, he had the nerve to make a statement saying that he understands that there is some opposition to TPP, and the first amendment allows dissent; but it must be done in a civil manner. The truth is they not only don’t want dissent, they prefer that the American people have no knowledge of their actions.
The United States Government believes that TPP will be signed by the end of 2015, whether the people approve or not.
Joining the U.S. will likely include Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan.
I am fond of quotations from the great men and women who have cared so much about our nation’s people. People are the nation; not the soil, buildings, or national monuments. Abraham Lincoln believed that a government which obtained excessive power should be removed.
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”
When the people lose their freedoms, and have them given to a select few, the United States is no longer a Republic, it is truly an Oligarchy.
We, the many, must stand up against the few and remove them from political office. This is our country, and we must not let it be taken away without a fight.
Commentary by James Turnage