Obama and the Betrayal of American Sovereignty

Reuters. With his Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Obama visited Lowell Schachtsiek's farm in Palmyra, Missouri, April 28, 2010.

By Howard Bridges

This article was triggered by an email received questioning Obama’s Missouri visit and any real commitment he has to those people, to local economies, to rural communities, and to this country. It set off reflections on what this government has been doing to undermine the lives of ordinary people over many years, and what Obama has been arranging under his own administration, including a bill, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (S 510), that would remove the most basic of all constitutional and human rights.

The US has been going through tremendous changes:

* With Reagan when he attacked worker’s unions and began deregulating industries;

* With GW Bush when he put a Monsanto lawyer on the Supreme Court, and GMOs were treated as “substantially equivalent” to natural life forms, and patent law was then extended to nature;

* With Bill Clinton when he put NAFTA, GATT, the WTO and HACCP into place, outsourcing US industry and centralizing the US food supply into corporate hands;

* With GHW Bush when he undid constitutional laws to arrange spying on and extreme control over citizens, put in pandemic plans to include martial law, international control by the WHO and UN, forced vaccination but immunity for pharmaceutical industry vaccines; and

* With Obama as he has left in place and greatly extended Bush’s dismantling of constitutional rights, has allowed bankers and Wall Street full rein to hollow out the economy, has declared two false national emergencies (one around 9/11, one around a fake pandemic), empowering the military and corporations, has bowed to the nuclear industry, the pharmaceutical/medical industry, the insurance industry, the oil industry, the war industry, the chemical industry, the biotech industry, and is now set to end net neutrality.

Breaking promises

So far, in doing what he has in that direction, Obama has betrayed the anti-war movement, the environmental movement, his own pledges to restore constitutional rights and undo Bush’s orders, the single payer/public option healthcare movement, the anti-global warming movement, the justice/human rights movement, and his commitment to maintain internet freedom.

Except for his consistent pro-nuclear stance, each of Obama’s obeisances to international corporations and to those undoing laws protecting sovereignty of the country and its sovereign people, directly betrayed his own campaign commitments. Obama acquired favor from a public who believed, based on his words, that he would work to deliver peace, environmentalism, constitutional protection, a sustainable future for this country and the world and did the opposite. Promising good for this country, he has caused or passively allowed extremely harmful things to move forward.

In this, he has proven to be an extraordinarily deceptive president.

Globalization

All the actions of the presidents listed above can be summed simply – they were each putting into place their piece of a giant puzzle which, with all pieces in place, set up full globalization.

They were working in the financial interests of multinational corporations and bankers by undoing rights and the sovereignty of the American people and this country, breaking down all structures, laws, and communities, in order to reshape a system for global control and a global economy.

What people are experiencing with Obama is that the movement from a national economy with sovereign constitutional rights and borders, toward an international global economy with open borders and international corporate “law,” has sped up exponentially. And he seems to be trying to drop some last major pieces in to complete the puzzle.

Betrayals

So far, in doing what he has in that direction, Obama has betrayed the anti-war movement, the environmental movement, his own pledges to restore constitutional rights and undo Bush’s orders, the single payer/public option healthcare movement, the anti-global warming movement, the justice/human rights movement, and his commitment to maintain internet freedom.

But the betrayal of those who carry everyone’s dreams for a sustainable future comes now.

Obama is on the verge of committing the most significant betrayal in the history of the country – ending US sovereignty over its own food supply, and thus its true sovereignty as a nation, through Senate bill S 510.

Control over the US

S 510 would establish control by multinationals, leaving this country entirely dependent on them. Unlike with NAFTA, which stole jobs and sent them overseas (as part of corporate globalizing of industries), making the US dependent on fewer, and cheaply paid corporate jobs, S 510 initiates US dependency on multinational corporations for existence itself. Such food control is a means of taking over countries without armies.

A long series of international corporate grabs and constitutional deconstructions are rapidly being accomplished under Obama. S 510, however, is the most significant. It is not a “food safety” bill (it will actually make food less safe).

S 510 enables “full corporate control of the US food supply” bill.

Though he is speaking of India, Pushpa Bhargava, a senior scientist there, describes a situation identical to that now faced by the US.

“And whosoever controls Indian agriculture, de facto controls India. The unpleasant fact is that the above clan, comprising a miniscule proportion of Indians, believes it stands to gain enormously by such a sell out.”

A president with uncertain loyalties

In considering that his actions do not serve the sovereign interests of the US but those of international elites and corporations, it is of note that Obama now holds a position on the UN Security Council. This appears to be unconstitutional, as the President of the United States is not allowed to hold any other office in order to ensure his undivided allegiance.

Obama’s actions serve the global interests of Monsanto and the chemical-biotech-pharmaceutical-food industry, all now integral to agribusiness. Those industries are in an aggressive drive to take control the world food supply and corporatize agriculture. It is a literal war, international in scope, and waged against the people of the world.

Obama’s silence on a deadly bill

As Obama visits rural towns, he is telling them nothing about the food globalization bill he supports which will crush their communities. Surely he would mention the bill if there were anything good in it for farmers and farming communities.

He is silent about it. But he acts as their friend, saying he is in favor of alternative energy which he claims will bring them jobs. He visits mom and pop coffee shops where he is treated kindly, but not telling them, either, about the bill that could destroy their store and their livelihood and harm their little town.

Reuters. President Obama has found that rural cafes are both photogenic and authentic. He stopped at Peggy Sue's Cafe in Monroe City last week on a swing through Missouri.

This visit to a honest local community distracts from his globalization bill and paints a false PR impression that he cares about local economies. But he is selling industrial jobs.

Alternative or not, those jobs will be corporate, and not provide the independence rural people have always sought by running their own farms and having their own businesses. That sovereignty over their own lives has been all but wrecked by long standing government policies that have favored banks (including international ones) and monopolizing agribusiness.

Out in the midwest, Obama says he wants to help rural economies but back in DC, Obama promotes a bill that would drive the few farmers America has left off their farms, crush any kind of local food production and independent local economies based on both, and could take their land. The bill harmonizes with EU laws doing just that and the EU commission is quite clear about what they think of small farmers and their interest in acquiring farmland.

Obama helps Monsanto’s labeling game

Obama is also working to help Monsanto and biotech companies gain control over all food in the world by using his government to push at the upcoming Codex meeting to ban all labeling of GMOs throughout the world.

He first bypassed Congressional approval and appointed Michael Taylor (Monsanto VP) as Food Czar at the FDA over all US food. Taylor had previously written a white paper for Monsanto, originating an Orwellian twisting of normal language to create a legal strategy whereby Monsanto could sue honest farmers who had truthfully labeled their milk rBGH-free, for dishonesty. Using precisely the same tortured legal methods, Taylor on behalf of the Obama administration, is now going to demand from Codex (a corporate agency) that no food anywhere in the world be labeled as GMO or not-GMO because to do so would be “False, Misleading or Deceptive.”

No one wants things to be false, misleading or deceptive. Honest labels are not “False, Misleading or Deceptive.”

But this corporate game-with-labels is. It is an effort to control all sources of plant and animal life (and genetically engineered human DNA would be included), which is dependent on preventing people from knowing what corporations are doing to life, and what people are being exposed to, in food and with drugs and vaccines.

In India, the draconian biotech bill there would shut down knowledge of GMOs in food or drug/vaccines by imposing prison sentences and heavy fines for anyone questions them. From Bhargava again:

“Section 63 says, ‘Whoever, without any evidence or scientific record misleads the public about the safety of the organisms (GMOs) and (their) products, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to one year and with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees or with both.’ And who will decide whether there is “evidence or scientific record?”

Obama and deception

No one wants things to be “false, misleading or deceptive.” Deceptiveness is important to recognize. Yet, Obama’s words have been. And the food bill in the Senate is.

How many American know about it? How many know what Obama is set to do to this country, right now, by means of it?

To real people in Missouri, being face to face and exchanging a hand shake matter. With their handshakes, they are saying they are desperate to rebuild their local communities and to get their country back on its feet.

But with S 510, Obama is planning to knock the stuffing out of their local communities and to put the whole country under the control of Monsanto and other multinationals. So, to a President working on behalf of corporations and to the corporations bent on globalization, the honest faces of those “real people” are only corporate photo ops for selling a multinational corporate agenda.

(The irony is that many of these nice people may favor the tea party, whose central tenet is opposition to globalization.)

Further Reading

What globalization is and its contrast with local economies: “Swadeshi: localized economics” (…a concept developed by Mahatma Gandhi). Here is an excerpt:

Corporate globalized economy. In standard modern-day economics, the goal is to maximize profit at any cost. To this end, corporations will use many techniques to relentlessly pursue the bottom line. They will often:

* Seek to maximize output per worker, regardless of health and safety concerns
* Seek areas of the world where wages are low and human-rights laws are lax
* Seek to ensure low wages by maintaining sufficient unemployment in the worker pool
* Disempower communities through lobbying, policies and legal action
* Use economies of scale to reduce per-unit costs, regardless of how much of a product is actually needed
* Orient production towards the buyers who can pay the most
* Concentrate capital due to winner-take-all competition and unfettered “free” markets
* Pump money into advertising to create an imagined need
* Promote the myth that happiness lies in consumption

It is hard to overstate the social problems that are caused by this corporate paradigm. Many countries now struggle with:

* Widespread unemployment and plummeting wages
* A dwindling middle class and a growing income gap between rich and poor
* An impoverished working class
* Dangerous or mind-numbing manufacturing work
* Exploitation of child labor
* A disenfranchised populace that’s easily incited to fanaticism, violence or terrorism
* Demographic upheaval and ruptured families due to lack of local work
* Widespread hunger and accompanying disease
* Erosion of democracy, human rights, and worker rights
* Environmental damage due to manufacturing and shipping …

In stark contrast to the bottom-line mentality of standard modern corporate economics, Swadeshi [local economics] promotes:

* Full employment
* Local production to meet local needs
* Humane working conditions and human rights
* Simple living and reduced consumption
* Work as a means of expression and fulfillment
* Work that is compatible with family, community and spiritual life
* Sufficient compensation
* Community input and empowerment
* Protection for small business
* Protection for the environment and local living conditions
* Many small-scale producers with a more equitable distribution of wealth
* Pursuing happiness through meaningful production, intention, and community.

4 responses to “Obama and the Betrayal of American Sovereignty

  1. This is a direct result of American voters being too stupid to know they’re supporting corrupt political parties, who are on the take from the corporations.

    The two corporate parties receive THE MAJORITY of their money from corporate sources.

    We need to start supporting non-corporate alternatives, like the Green Party, which doesn’t accept ANY corporate money.

    5% of the vote will get the Green Party matching Federal funds, and will start to take our country back from the corporations.

    Vote Green!

  2. Suzana Megles

    I believe it was under Reagon that the CAFOs came into existence. While it may not have been his idea – as far as I know he didn’t care at all about what would happen to these poor incarcerated animals. If he was ignorant of the consequences then he had no right to be president.

  3. Pingback: The Progressive Mind » Food Freedom

  4. The real motivation, as unbeleievable as it seems ,comes from the anti christian crowd who use other religious “freedoms’ simply as tools to destroy Christian attitudes, social values and community spirit,and in so doing create consumerism and materialism as the new false religion of the disenfranchised worshippers, or even the atheists, agnostics and all other combined into one basket of money devotees.Later it will be revealed that a return to pagan food worship will be instituted , and harvest rituals, sacrifices and so on will all be bought back into fashion, but it will be controlled by the members of the Church of Satan legalised on the 30 ,april 1966 by the Californian Government , and making California the new world leader .

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