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King Obama, His Royal Court, and the TPP - Ralph Nader

Business  (tags: Economy, U.S., Barack Obama, Trade, TPP, Corporate Power, Ralph Nader )

- 1367 days ago -
I challenge President Obama to state publically that he has read the entire TPP. Even a benign monarch would do this for his/her trusting subjects.


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David C (80)
Friday June 26, 2015, 11:48 am
I would challenge the writer to not be obnoxious and rude and call President Obama, "King"......1. doing things like this don't help to open any discussion, 2. historically this is the same way trade treaties have happened under many presidents from reliable sources including some very liberal commentators (so Mr. Obama is not first) and 3. you may disagree with TPP, but if any President in the last 50 yrs has worked to not be a "King" it is President Obama............which sadly has created lots of compromise that has frustrated many of his supporters.......

David C (80)
Friday June 26, 2015, 11:49 am
by the way, wonder where this country might be if mr. nader hadn't helped there be a be careful of what you wish for in our silly election systems

Teresa W (782)
Friday June 26, 2015, 1:29 pm
Has the US become a monarchy????

Judy C (91)
Friday June 26, 2015, 3:40 pm
Even the most composed and reasonable commentators are beyond frustrated with Pres. Obama. He has been a massive disappointment to the vast majority of his former supporters, myself included. The way previous harmful trade deals have bypassed any appropriate processes is no reason to unilaterally continue in that mode. Mr. Obama does what he has to do to satisfy those pulling his strings, whether that is appearing reasonable or acting like a monarch. He is a tragic figure perhaps in a sense, because he seems to have sold out his principles.

Ralph Nader would have been President if the electorate had any sense. We can't blame that on him!

Jill P (64)
Friday June 26, 2015, 7:12 pm
Denying the barbaric acts the "constitutional" President has commited and continues to perpetrate does not make the crimes go away.
Loyalty ot a Party does not help either.
Obama has been less transparent than GWB.
If this TPP is so great why in the world, if it is really simply a trade agreement, is is under lock and key and even members of Congress cannot read it but yet they are to support it and vote for it. That is sick, underhanded and corrupt beyond words.
This disgusting dictatorial piece of legislation was co written by many of the major cororations we know and hate like Monsanto, Boeing, AT&T, GE, to name just a very few.
If you had bothered to read the article you will see why Nader used "King" to describe him. Because the Tyrant Obama, my words not Nader's, Has circumvented the whole Democratic process to get his way and satisfy his corporate sugar daddys.
How anyone can defend someone who kill thousands daily with his assassin list, drone strikes on civilians, massive spying on innocent Americans, torture, taking single payer healthcare off the table, his decision alone like a dictator, private meetings with corporations to draft legislation like God awful Obamacare (no he doesn't), and now world domination through his corporate buddies with the TPP is sick and sociopathic. How anyone can defend that is beyond me.
He is a tyrant. If a Republican committed these crimes, and they have, many would be outraged but because he is a Democrat and many still think that means liberal, he and his crimes are supported.

Kay M (46)
Friday June 26, 2015, 9:25 pm
Good Evening and thank you for this article - which I read and noted - Yes I agree - I also do not want the TTP to go forward without the citizens knowing all of what is in it Sincerely Kay M.

Billie C (2)
Friday June 26, 2015, 10:20 pm
because obama isn't gop he's given passes on things that would have a gop president in handcuffs and riots in the streets. but how dare anybody say anything against obama he's black and therefore can do no wrong. the standard answer is you are a racists or bush did so and so, therefore obama can do what he wants with no oversight. keep letting him get away with this garbage and you will wake up one day soon owned by some corporation that could care less about what you think or what our constitution says. unless we the people come together and stop all sides this country is toast. if all you care about is party then i hope you enjoy your new hell under whoever obama has sold you too.

Roger G (148)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 2:33 pm
noted, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 2:44 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 3:54 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this great article by Nader, Judy.
The most important part was that this was done secretly and remains secret.....except for what WikiLeaks has released. It was so secret that members of Congress were only allowed to read it in a special room, take no notes and speak about it to no one. That in itself says much.

Saturday June 27, 2015, 4:01 pm
So sad, in the direction the country is going, long after being promised the opposite.

Donna G (42)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 4:31 pm
Ralph Nader has done a lot to ensure the safety of American consumers. I'm not sure that I agree with him referring to our President as a King and the corporate lobbyists as his court; but, some of what he writes does make sense. Mr. Obama is a corporatist, it only makes sense that he works with the corporations. So many of our members of Congress are also corporatists. I still am not clear as to why Obama insisted that these negotiations be kept secret from the population. When a politician is working with with corporations, do we really think that they have our best interests at heart. It's all about the bottom line. From what has been leaked, TPP is even worse than NAFTA.

Dave C., In case you missed it, it was not Ralph Nader that caused GWB to be elected. It was the SCOTUS.

Jill P (64)
Tuesday June 30, 2015, 1:53 pm
In case anyone is still confused about Parties and policies and loyalty, here is from the...well, I won't say horses mouth, I like horses...
"As Obama later explained to some of his rich friends at an event called The Wall Street Journal CEO Council a month after trouncing Romney’s bid to unseat him: “When you go to other countries, the political divisions are so much more stark and wider. Here in America, the difference between Democrats and Republicans–we’re fighting inside the 40-yard lines…"

Darren W (218)
Sunday January 3, 2016, 11:44 am
Shared all over social media.

Darren W (218)
Thursday September 15, 2016, 12:53 am
Reshared the article over social media.
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Young Turks

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