Kevin Zeese Optimistic About Stopping TPP Fast Track, but Shouldn't Be
An email today from the Green Shadow Cabinet contains a link to Fast Track Is Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
The byline says, "There is bi-partisan opposition in Congress to Fast Track and a large movement of movements mobilized to stop it."
When you read the article, however, you find:
roughly 30 House Republicans are already on record opposing the trade legislation.
I counted the signees, and there's 151 of them. So, that is, indeed, "most Democrats".
Now, some math:
151 + 30 = 181. This is obviously considerably less than half of the 435 legislators comprising the US House of Representatives.
Gee whiz, with the math lining up like this, what could possibly go wrong?
I think if Zeese and other anti-TPP activists had taken the book "Nine things successful people do differently" to heart, they would instead be flashing neon alert signs (so to speak), saying something like "We need 300 legislators (including a comfortable margin of safety) in the House who are committed to rejecting economic treason, and any fast tracked trade agreements, and so far we only have 60% of them. Are YOU willing to help get us the numbers we seek?"
While Zeese article contains some encouraging news, e.g. "The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka said unions oppose the trade deals and will put resources into a campaign to stop Fast Track. ", beside the adverse mathematics I mention, there is this mind-boggling paragraph:
A major opportunity to show our opposition to Fast Track and stop these trade agreements will be in New York City. A meeting of trade negotiators for the TPP has been scheduled for Jan. 26-Feb. 1. It will take place at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in midtown Manhattan. They are pushing hard to complete the negotiations and a protest at this event will let trade negotiators know that the people say “No Fast Track, no way, not ever, not today.”
Is it just me, or does anybody else see that protesting to people who certainly know that they are in the business of screwing over the American public is a fool's errand? Zeese appears to have no concrete goal about anti-TPP meme penetration amongst the voting public (which would clearly be a mistake; again, see 9 Thing Successful Peopel Do Differently), which is the way to go.
All of which may fail, anyway, without credible electoral threats. (For multiple references, see my diary
Towards Mobilizing Successful Activism Against the Plutocracy, especially "Twisting Your Congress Critters’ Arm – A Goldilocks’-Sized First Step In Domination by the Electorate (Short Version)" )