Did you know that there were 12 apostles at the Last Supper?
First, there was Fort Knox and then Fort Federal Building with the weird address of 911- 11th Ave. Senator Wyden called for a gathering, a "Listening meeting" he said, what we had to say was important.
There were 12 people on the panel who were on a stage, each person who represented some company or organization that had something to do with trade was present. Each in turn had a few minutes to explain where they or their organization stood concerning the TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership. It seemed to me that the panelists were hand picked by someone in favor of this TPP as only a few of the 12 panel members gave voice to the concerns of the constituents who filled the auditorium. There is no doubt in my mind that we were the majority and to show Sen. Wyden just how many were against this partnership as written today, *Brett "VandenHeuvel" asked us to stand up, and we did. I looked around and maybe 70-80% of the people who took a few hours out of their day to attend this gathering were in favor of more openness and transparency before any agreement was signed. Sen. Wyden did not look happy.
The biggest question seemed to be the transport of coal through Oregon on its way to China. We were given a raffle ticket to decide who would get to ask a question. I hate this stuff when the host, in this case Sen. Wyden, control how many people will address the panel. If you consider that it took me an hour to get there, had to go through some serious searches by security and spent almost two hours listening to people telling us how wonderful the other panelists were, you might want to let any constituent who wanted to talk do just that, get up and ask a question. Controlling the number of people, you miss the opportunity to have all the good ideas out there for consideration. I felt like I was at a BINGO game.
The end result was that Sen. Wyden went through the motions, told us that he had not made up his mind. He insisted that he wanted to hear from us, but ran the time out by having a large panel who were asked what they thought after some questions were offered by the peasants. The audience was cut in half when I took my leave. It was a waste of my time. Maybe something miraculous happened after I departed but I don't think so.
So where are we?
Until the public starts to send a message to the politicians that we will not vote for them if they do certain things, like putting in effect another bad trade deal, nothing of significance will ever happen. A nervous politician is a good representative, a fat & happy politician is an ass. I should have gone for a swim in our pool, the exercise would have been good and I would feel much better and cleaner.
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For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party, http://progparty.org/
War is failure, occupation a disgrace!
"Funding these wars is killing our troops"
* Why laughter?? Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.
Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, "Henry, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau replied, "Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?"
Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."
"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world."
Eugene V. Debs