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- From: Jay Fenello <Jay@Fenello.com>
- Date: Fri, 03 Dec 1999 15:17:57 -0500
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>Subject: The Battle In Seattle: From the Frontline
>Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1999 14:48:11 -0500
>The Battle In Seattle
> From the Frontline
>December 3, 1999
>It will take some time to tally up the results of the "Battle of Seattle"
>but there is no doubt the globalists are running scared. Before Seattle
>they were smug: the op-ed columnists in the Times and Wall Street Journal
>talked about WTO and NAFTA foes with the patronizing tones reserved for
>folks trying to use hand looms long after it was established cotton could
>be spun with electric power. "Luddites", members of a left-right
>"Halloween coalition," -- so the epithets ran.
>Americans understand, so the globalists claimed, that consumer choice is
>king; that the China market is huge. The unspoken corollary was that one
>day the United States would import ALL its manufactured goods from the
>likes of China and El Salvador. Only fools, those who refused to
>listen, couldn't understand that.
>But a couple of days of trade bureaucrats needing squads of cops in full
>riot gear to escort them to and from their hotels, and the globalist
>nation-breakers are a little less arrogant. President Clinton, nothing if
>not attuned to the political breezes of the moment, arrived in Seattle and
>suddenly began talking how the WTO should put labor standards on the
>Labor standards. Imagine that. A two-term Democrat who has always
>received the major union endorsements, who has made very effective use of
>union soft money political advertising, just now claims to have discovered
>that one his core constituencies might have legitimate interests at stake
>in the trade negotiations
> But as soon as talk of labor rights and standards crossed his lips,
>Clinton's buddies at the WTO rebuffed him. No question of it. Clinton,
>they sniffed, was trying to appease a domestic constituency. But the WTO
>wouldn't have it. Speaking out against child labor in the global trade
>talks was a definite no-no. Labor standards would "discriminate" against
>the "developing" countries.
>Happily the WTO doesn't - yet - have the last word here.
>A formidable coalition against it is now forming; nay, it already exists.
>It has passion on its side as well as reason. It includes
>environmentalists, important groups like Friends of the Earth, and the
>thousands of folks who marched on Monday in sea turtle outfits. (The WTO
>had declared American laws against fishing techniques that killed sea
>turtles illegal.) Its backbone is union members, who want keep decent jobs
>that provide decent benefits for themselves and hope their kids can have
>them too. It includes folks like Ralph Nader, a veteran activist, a
>fertile political mind. And of course it includes economic nationalists,
>people like Pat Buchanan who put America first without apology. Buchanan
>is the sole presidential candidate who opposes the WTO and probably the
>only one who had given the organization more than passing thought before
>The globalists fear this coalition, and now so much more than they did
>last Monday. Washington is so thick with lobbyists, politicians could
>delude themselves that only the folks who can fund campaigns with big soft
>money really count. But in a democracy, the soft money folks can be
>overwhelmed -- and that may be what's beginning. Millions of American
>recognize - even if they aren't union members or working class that
>America is a better place because workers can earn good wages, have access
>to health insurance, hold jobs on which they can support their families.
>You don't need a personal connection with Teamsters or steelworkers to
>realize this, just some common sense.
>After Seattle, the nation's politics seem pregnant with possibility. The
>elite consensus which wants Americans to buy and consume and not think too
>much about important questions looks suddenly shaky. Other issues may
>emerge as well. Perhaps immigration - where most Americans want a
>slowdown, and the Congress doesn't listen to them. Perhaps an hyper
>active foreign interventions supported by both Republican and Democratic
>elites, the folks who think American can solve every problem with force,
>or those who yearn for a new Cold War. Here, the elite hold on public
>opinion is even more tenuous than it is on trade.
> After Seattle, it looks like real democracy may be starting up again.
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