Post-Democracy In Action

I tried to make the point the other day that the primary role of elected governments is to fool the public into going along with that which is against their interests. Increasingly, the management of national affairs is in the hands of extra-national organizations like the EU. The people can vote themselves silly, but public policy will be determined by the unelected elites of the global managerial class.

It’s not just the global elite dodging the will of local populations with the aid of national governments. There’s a degree of spite in much of what we see going on these days. The EU could probably make some concessions in Greece to smooth things over, but they really want to rub the Greeks nose in that turd sandwich they are making them eat.

Pat Buchanan said thirty years ago that America is the first country where the elite openly despise the people and culture that puts them into the elite. He was wrong in that the Euros have reached that point first, but America is trying hard to catch them. That’s blazingly obvious as you see in this story breaking from Breitbart.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
67% is pressuring House GOP leadership, particularly Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
47%, to delay plans to muscle Obamatrade through the House of Representatives quickly. In in a letter to McCarthy obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, he’s asking leadership to slow down and consider the ramifications of what it is doing.

“I write to you today to request that you delay any vote on fast-track authority for the Executive until the President has made public all text and information pertaining to the new economic union known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission, as well the ‘Living Agreement’ authority,” Hunter wrote to McCarthy, his fellow California Republican. “My concern is that this allows the President and the members of the union to change the agreement and its membership following adoption.”

Hunter’s concern is well founded.

Despite claims from some Obamatrade proponents to the contrary, if Congress approves Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) which would fast-track and all but ensure the approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal, the “Living Agreement” inside the TPP would allow President Obama and the other TPP nations to add China or any other country for that matter to the deal without seeking approval from Congress.

I’m a pro-trade sort as are most people in America. Most of the GOP are rabidly pro-trade. This is not a trade deal, however. It is way to circumvent the voters and obscure future evasions from them. You can feel the sneering contempt for the voters in the reaction of leadership to attempts to make the details of this bill public. It’s as if the GOP is deliberating spiting their own voters.

Do they hold the people in contempt? Many of them surely do. Nancy Pelosi would hold random beheadings of commoners on the mall if she could get away with it. Most simply have decided that representative government no longer works for them and their paymasters. The men and women in Congress serve the people who pay them and it is not the guys reading this wondering who to vote for in the primaries.

2 thoughts on “Post-Democracy In Action

  1. What if this secret trade deal is some kind of last ditch attempt to cobble together a pre-emptive coalition to stave off an Asian Pacific war, and that’s why they can’t reveal the details?

    Is that even remotely possible?

  2. Any treaty or agreement with sections so secret they have to be read in a secure facility with no notes taken should be tossed in the trash. Idiots.

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