BY: Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters
First it was Ferguson, then Baltimore, and now Charleston. The nation has remained focused on the aftermath of chaos and rioting in Missouri after the Michael Brown shooting, in Maryland after the death of Freddie Gray, and now Charleston after a truly horrific massacre that took the lives of nine African-American worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
In all this time we have been glued to the television, the Internet, and social media in a national argument about “Black Lives Matter,” police tactics, black-on-black crime, and the Confederate battle flag and slavery, while paying little attention to actions in Washington that will have a much greater impact on all of our lives in the near future.
That is not to say that those are not important issues but while the public mind has remained centered on race, with a little gay marriage thrown in for good measure, Congress has slowly and methodically handed President Obama the fast track trade authority he has been craving for years in order to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that might usher in our final destruction as a sovereign and independent nation.
First, what of this politics of distraction? It comes right out of the Liberal Playbook. Keep the public stirred up with emotionally divisive issues – race, religion, abortion, gay rights – then quietly, behind the scenes, implement policy agendas the people would normally oppose, like sovereignty-eroding, job-killing, immigrant-flooding, corporately-lucrative trade deals.
Although Saul Alinsky did not have a specific rule for this particular tactic, several of his “Rules for Radicals” are used to accomplish it:
Rule Number 3: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
Liberals love to bring up race and use it as a distraction because they know conservatives fear a debate that involves racial issues and will remain in a constant state of confusion, eventually retreating on whatever question is before them.
Rule Number 6: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
And the Left has a vast supply of racial agitators and race baiters who just love any opportunity to sow seeds of discord, division, and strife, and they are good at it.
Rule Number 8: Keep the pressure on.
Over the course of nearly a year, we’ve moved from Ferguson to Baltimore to Charleston with relative ease, keeping the public’s mind focused on racial and other divisive issues with one hand, while the other hand is working on TPP behind closed doors.
And finally, Rule Five and Rule Thirteen work together.
Rule Number 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
Rule Number 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
These are two of Obama’s favorites. In this case, the Left has targeted the enemy and are using ridicule to freeze, personalize, and polarize their target – White America, especially those who “cling to guns and religion.”
Though most of America is sick and disgusted by all the racial agitation and efforts to divide the nation, the powers that be are happy at these turn of events because they can now get their signature trade bill through Congress and to the President’s desk without nearly as much light shined on it as it needs.
And what would a bright light of truth find in the TPP proposal? That it is, to borrow from Neil Sheehan, a bright shining lie.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not really about trade. It’s not a bill to facilitate international commerce and open up new foreign markets for American products. Of course it’s being sold that way but that’s not the truth, or at least not the whole truth.
This bill is about eroding national sovereignty, national borders, and national identity, particularly for the United States of America. This has been an ongoing policy for more than 20 years and is straight from Karl Marx, who once said that he favored global free trade because it “breaks up old nationalities and carries antagonism of proletariat and bourgeoisie to the uttermost point” that “hastens the Social Revolution.”
And what’s worse, Republicans are stupidly going along, that or they are actively involved in the scheme. The only explanation is the hold Corporate America has on the GOP.
TPP, like our previous trade deals, will continue to erode jobs and weaken our economy to the benefit of the rest of the world. Like NAFTA, it is being sold to us as a benefit to the US economy. But NAFTA has been an economic disaster.
In 1993, Ross Perot was ridiculed for his “giant sucking sound” analogy but he was right. According to Robert E. Scott of the Economic Policy Institute, “NAFTA was supposed to create 200,000 new jobs through increased exports to Mexico but, by 2010, growing trade deficits with Mexico had eliminated 682,900 U.S. jobs, with job losses in every U.S. state and congressional district.”
Mississippi lost more than 105,000 manufacturing jobs from 1994 to 2014, with 5,300 lost directly as a result of the trade deficit with Mexico. Another 19,400 have been lost as a result of trade with China since 2001. While the US net loss has been in the millions.
In more recent times, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, completed in 2010, President Obama boasted that it would increase U.S. goods exports by “$10 billion to $11 billion,” supporting “70,000 American jobs from increased goods exports alone.” But within one year, says Scott, US exports fell $3.5 billion, while imports from South Korea increased more than $2 billion.
“Given the big gaps between promised and actual outcomes, the United States should stop negotiating trade deals and fix the ones we have,” writes Scott.
But we are moving forward with TPP, which is predicted to be no better, and probably worse. One Princeton economist is predicting the loss of as many as 40 million jobs in the next 20 years.
Sadly that’s only part of this impending disaster. According to reporting by Breitbart, the hidden immigration provisions in the TPP are downright scary. And this is really what the bill is aimed at.
One immigration expert explained that our immigration laws would have to change to meet these trade pact provisions, and apparently, at least as far as we can tell with all the secrecy, the President will have unilateral authority to make those changes.
The immigration provisions do not include an economic based test, which we have in US law that permits foreign workers based on what the economic needs are at any given time and to make sure “there aren’t American workers available to fill positions.”
Additionally, all visa applications must be approved within 30 days, an unrealistic goal that has never been achieved and never will. The current backlog for hearings after the last wave of illegals is now years, not weeks. And if the work visa is not approved within 30 days, at least from what we understand, it will be automatically approved. Prepare for another wave far bigger than the last one.
So while we argue over a flag, book covers, statues, and stained glass windows at the National Cathedral, our government is hard at work turning our republic into a Third World nightmare. And if it is not stopped, a banana republic we will become.
To echo Ann Coulter, Adios, America! It’s been fun!