This is a post to all those haters out there! You know who you are. The ones that call Obama the most divisive president in the history of the U.S. Well, sure, he’s made some mistakes along the way, in which he’s acted stupidly. And, there’s been times when he’s misidentified the enemy. (One of the reasons I oppose his hitlist.) And sure, he may have offended some “white Hispanics” out there with his thoughts about what his son may look like. (I understand his friend, Cher, has told him, “Trust me, you don’t even want to go there.)
So, sure, he’s made too many mistakes to count, the point is, he’s a tremendous unifier! Oh, I see you may be a bit skeptical about that assertion. Well, I should have expected that from a bunch of skeptics, so I suppose I’ll just offer you proof.
Go here. (pdf) Now, I’ll lay a bit of context down for you. President Obama has been trying to iron out a trade deal with several Pacific nations. Congress has been trying to be kept apprised of the progress and details, but with little avail. And, that right there is proof of how Obama unifies!
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been so incensed by the lack of access as to introduce legislation requiring further disclosure. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has gone so far as to leak a separate document from the talks on his website. Other Senators are considering writing a letter to Ron Kirk, the top trade negotiator under Obama, demanding more disclosure.
See? Not only are members of both houses have a common cause, they are reaching across the aisle where Dem and Repub have a common interest! Well done, team Obama! But, Obama sees that this is only a token action. He wants true unity! And that’s what he’s going to get! (He is the president, after all.)
Today, the referenced pdf was leaked.
Under the agreement currently being advocated by the Obama administration, American corporations would continue to be subject to domestic laws and regulations on the environment, banking and other issues. But foreign corporations operating within the U.S. would be permitted to appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal. That international tribunal would be granted the power to overrule American law and impose trade sanctions on the United States for failing to abide by its rulings.
The terms run contrary to campaign promises issued by Obama and the Democratic Party during the 2008 campaign.
“We will not negotiate bilateral trade agreements that stop the government from protecting the environment, food safety, or the health of its citizens; give greater rights to foreign investors than to U.S. investors; require the privatization of our vital public services; or prevent developing country governments from adopting humanitarian licensing policies to improve access to life-saving medications,” reads the campaign document.
Yet nearly all of those vows are violated by the leaked Trans-Pacific document. The one that is not contravened in the present document — regarding access to life-saving medication — is in conflict with a previously leaked document on intellectual property (IP) standards.
“Bush was better than Obama on this,” said Judit Rius, U.S. manager of Doctors Without Borders Access to Medicines Campaign, referring to the medication rules. “It’s pathetic, but it is what it is. The world’s upside-down.”
See? Obama has managed to come up with a policy which virtually everyone can despise, albeit for different reasons.
In this particular case, I would oppose this agreement, as I would most trade agreements. A trade agreement should consist of two things. A seller, and a buyer, agreeing on a price and a governmental institution ensuring that the interests of the nation are not compromised. Anything else is an usurpation of self-rule. I may not agree with many of the laws we’ve enacted. But, they are our laws. Any circumvention of said laws without the expressed will of the people is heternomic tyranny.
You can read more here.