The Senate voted today 60-37 to support Fast Track.
If there was ever any sliver of doubt that Congress on issues that really matter to the power elite represents the public over corporations, it should end. Corporate power prevailed over people power.
There was no public outcry supporting Fast Track…and the mis-named “trade” negotiations behind them. No mass rallies. No bottom up organized call-in days. Not even any “astro turf” phony front groups bankrolled by corporate interests promoting it. Just power politics of the all-too-common variety — featuring swarms of lobbyists and, no-doubt as in the House based on public records, political campaign
investments “contributions” to Senators.
Call it Exhibit # (fill in any four, may even five, digit number here) of how our government isn’t broken, but instead fixed. It will only get unfixed when there’s much more mass education and organizing to address the rigged ground rules favoring big money and corporate interests over those of real people.
On the positive side, our efforts will become in one respect easier. We’ll need to waste far less time challenging the “we live in a functioning democracy” propaganda that has mesmerized far too many.
After Obama signs Fast Track, then comes the individual expanded corporate rule treaties: TPP, TTIP and TISA. Born of secret negotiations (to the public and media that is, but not to the corporate consultants), there may be opportunities to lift up the essence of each of them — the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) resolution process with their corporate attorney-dominated “Tribunals.” The opportunities for us to raise the contradictions between how our representative talk about “democracy/sovereignty/self-determination” and how the ISDS trumps “democracy/sovereignty/self-determination” to benefit corporate profits will be there.
If nothing else, these will be teachable moments. May we take full advantage of them.
This is also further underscores why we need a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood and money as speech, ala Move to Amend. With no political potency from major corporations, Fast Track doesn’t even get a congressional hearing, let alone a vote, let alone passage.