ACROSS PARTY LINES
OPPOSITION TO U.S.-SOUTH KOREA TRADE DEAL COULD CREATE ALLIANCES
By: Sean Scallon
Look around now and see how people are lamenting party lines between
Republicans and Democrats representing fronts like those used in World War I. Listen to
proposals to mix the seating of members of Congress for President Obamas State of
the Union Address instead of the usual partisan division. Watch commentators on television
decry the lack of civility in our politics in the aftermath of the shooting of a member of
Polarization in U.S. society may well be tame compared to the past but for the sake of
today, its not unfounded to say the parties to seem like the Yankees and Red Sox
trying to one-up each other competing for the AL East title every season. But there is a
question upcoming which can break down the walls and help members of Congress reach across
those party lines in a common cause.
Opposition to the proposed U.S.-South Korean trade agreement, or KAFTA, could well
engineer a new spirit of bipartisanship if not friendship and camaraderie among the
members once they realize not every vote before Congress breaks neatly along Democratic
and Republican divisions.
A bipartisan group in Congress helped to pass NAFTA, the North American Free Trade
Agreement and other subsequent trade deals since 1993. A bipartisan coalition has opposed
them. The interests represented by our lawmakers opposed to such trade deals varied as
well. Unions and civil rights persons opposed globalized trade, those fearing the rise of
"New World Order" or those who believe in levying tariffs as a means of raising
revenue for the Federal Government and preserving vital U.S. industries.
But whatever the reason or interest, whatever the belief or representation,
theres underlying value in opposition to the sprawling trade deals negotiated by
nation-states these days. These arent just simply commodity swaps, the equivalent of
baseball cards one trades at recess. A vast structure of rules and regulations are drawn
up to the benefit multi-national corporations from low labor costs and low tariffs for
goods sold in big-box stores. Or agribusinesses using taxpayer subsidies to eliminate the
competition. A base value of the opposition to KAFTA, one which can unite Left and Right,
Republican and Democrat, is the desire to break the globalists iron grip on the
means of international trade for benefit of all citizens, businessmen, working men,
farmers, union members or housewives, anyone who is not a member of the insiders
club. And given these citizens vote, the politicians will follow regardless of what letter
is after their names, D or R.
People have seen through the fraud of NAFTA, the golden age which never came despite
the dreams of the globalists. Theyre not going to want their representatives to
slavishly support the President just because he happens to be the titular head of one
party. Nor will they accept other members of Congress blindly following the will of their
leadership. They want them to get out of their trenches and meet in No Mans Land to
do whats right for them. Hopefully this truce over KAFTA will last a lot longer than
Sean Scallon is a freelance writer and newspaper reporter who
lives in Arkansaw, Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Chronicles: A magazine of American
Culture. His first-ever book: Beating the Powers that Be: Independent Political Movements
and Parties of the Upper Midwest and their Relevance in Third-party Politics of Today is
now out on sale from Publish America. Go to the their website at www.publishamerica.com to
order a copy. He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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