A senator representing a corporation like Wal-Mart instead of American citizens? Well, not officially. I believe that’s part of the lobbying process (known as bribery in the third world).
However, recent events by our nation’s corporate/government alliance would seem to confirm something even more unsettling has taken place.
First, I invite everyone to read “The Space Merchants,” written by Frederick Pohl and C.M. Cornbluth and published in 1952. It is science fiction but closely describes what is happening now in America. In fact, it presents an amazing view of the dystopian world we are about to enter.
In this future time multinational corporations run the world for profit. The environment has been decimated by overpopulation, real food is in short supply, nose plugs are worn outdoors in order to avoid inhaling pollutants and consumers, also known as workers, are beholden to companies for their contract jobs. Public services are privatized. Police departments are run by Pinkerton or Burns Detective Agency and Food Customs inspectors are provided by A&P food stores.
Two large advertising agencies compete to control this corporate world in which consumers are manipulated by the best ad pros, who can shape the publics’ preferences before they become adults. Profits for the corporation and its stockholders are the reason for their existence, as they continue their efforts to capture more markets.
The story takes place in North America, a place where corporations decide where some of the huge excess of humanity will work and how much they will be paid. The biggest crime is BC, breach of contract. You can get off with a fine for killing someone but a breach of contract is not tolerated, unless you have some pull with the Chamber of Commerce.
In this world senators represent corporations. Not all senators are equal. For example, the Senator from Du Pont Chemicals has 45 votes while the Senator from Nash-Kelvinator only has 6. To get a bill passed quickly, the leader of the corporate world goes to the State Department and receives a promise from an attache’ to “get the enabling bill put through committee this afternoon, and with any luck at all, it’ll clear both houses tonight.”
Today America is moving rapidly toward becoming a regional trading state for the benefit of multinational corporations through trade agreements that transfer constitutional power from Congress to corporate bureaucrats and tribunals, which trump the authority of the U.S. court system and Congress. Profit for corporations is the motive. An economic union of North America (SPPNA) is now being implemented and wages are being driven down with cheap imported labor so corporations in this union can compete against third world economies. Plans are in the works to eventually privatize, allowing corporations to bid on public services (for profit), such as: education, water, museums, social security. The icing on the cake is that pollution and shortages of water and farmland will get worse. And the catastrophe will be assured if the immigration floodgates are opened. Then America the Beautiful will become a fading memory.
And, speaking of unelected individuals running our nation, the leaders of the three member states of this union of North America have established the North American Competitiveness Council. It consists of ten members from each state. The U.S. branch of the NACC has a Secretariat, “composed of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Council of the Americas.” Members of the NACC, “high-level business leaders (mostly CEOs), will meet with the leader of our nation, as well as ministers (U.S. Secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security).
These business leaders will “advise” the President and Secretaries “…on issues of immediate importance and provide high-level, strategic, medium to long term advice.” They will address “numerous subjects of mutual interest and concern among the North American nations in areas as diverse as the movement of goods, traveler security, energy, environment, and health.” You can be sure the list is much longer. [U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Council of the Americas]
Corporations, it appears, will not have to spend so much time lobbying and handing out chump change to politicians in this new corporate/government alliance. When they advise our leaders, they are really saying, “This is what we want. Handle it.”
On March 31, 2006 in Cancun, Mexico, the leaders of America, Canada, and Mexico met with business leaders of the North American Competitiveness Council. Prime Minister Harper of Canada made it clear who was running this developing union of North America:
“We committed to further engage the private sector. We’ve agreed to set up a North American Competitiveness Council, made up of business leaders from all three countries, to advise us on ways to improve the competitiveness of our economies. They will meet with our ministers, identify priorities, and make sure we follow up and implement them.” [ http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?print=yes&id=15954 ]
Wal-Mart happens to be the biggest multinational member of this “advisory” council. This group of CEOs has the power to make their wishes come true, administratively or with legislation passed by Congress. Why would the CEO of Wal-Mart want to become a senator. That would be a big step down.
And now, meet the corporations that make up the U.S. section of the North American Competitiveness Council:
- Campell Soup Company
- General Electric
- General Motors
- Kansas City Southern Industries
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
- Mittal Steel USA
- New York Life
- United Parcel Service
Did you vote for the CEOs of these corporations?
The time is, indeed, getting late.