Here is the responsibility definition taken directly from dictionary.com. " The state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management. " I think this would be considered an accurate assessment by nearly everyone.
Being responsible, answerable and accountable. Those three words would seem to provide the solutions to many things affecting and troubling our world. While not everything can be fixed or avoided, there are so many events that could, by simply accepting and becoming responsible, answerable and accountable.
There is a defining moment coming up soon that will be very telling in this regard. This decisive time in history will tell us much about where our direction as sovereign nations and as individuals will proceed.
It will give us a glimpse into our future and will become a footnote in history as successive generations look back to see how we handled this opportunity. They will see how we accepted our own role in exercising this responsibility definition.
There is a provision of sorts within the federal government where the sitting president is allowed to negotiate agreements and treaties on his own and then present these agreements to congress for their approval. Well..... sort of an approval. They get to vote yes or no on the contract in it's entirety.
They do not get to question or debate it in public. In fact in some cases, only a select few congress members get to read these previously agreed upon documents. And even these pages have parts redacted. The full content never becomes public. At least not until the deals are done and the unaware public is left with any consequences.
The amazing thing about this fast track process is that this seemingly unfettered power of the executive branch is not wrestled away. The legislative branch freely gives away the very power granted to it by the founding fathers. So why would they give away these Constitutional rights and duties?
Is it a fear of responsibility? That responsibility definition from the first paragraph does come with a price. Being accountable and answerable does put us out there in the open. Is it easier to hide behind this fast track provision so that congress members have deniablity from any negative fallout of misguided or even corrupt deal making between governments and mega-corporations?
Just below is an example of the stranglehold these types of "trade deals" have on national interests. This information came from a column written by Ray Rogers.
We'll know much more about the acceptance of that responsibility definition by both our elected congressional members and ourselves when the final outcome of two pending "free trade" agreements are decided.
I place the two words "free trade" in quotes because those two little words are good examples of the lack of financial literacy facing our nation. Even more than the massive student loan debt. These two little words also illustrate the problem when voting populations only becoming really interested in political issues when a presidential election comes around.
Some people hear the words "free trade" and immediately fall into line in favor of such action. I'm fully in support of free trade. But I want to be sure it is really free. Is there an immeasurable cost associated with this "free trade." And is it really only free for massive corporations who have long histories of ignoring public health in favor of bottom line earnings?
Very soon there will be a vote concerning two international trade agreements. One is called the "Trans-Pacific Partnership." The executive branch would like to see this agreement fast tracked around public debate. Here is a link to an informative article about the secrecy clouding this agreement.
I don't find myself in agreement with the senior senator from Massachusetts very often. But when she is right, she should be congratulated and supported in her correct assessment. Here is her take on the dangers involved with this flawed agreement. "The name may sound mild, but don't be fooled," ....."Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty."
So you know, "ISDS" stands for investor state dispute settlement. I've seen several explanations of this pending agreement that multinational corporations would love to see fast-tracked. The video just below gives the best explanation because it features corporate measures already using this clever method of undercutting national laws.
When I placed this video in a previous blog page I apologized in advance for some unnecessary language. I offer the same apology here. The message is very important. The host could have chosen a couple words better. It is a bit satirical in nature, but very informative.
The other under the radar deal is called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This proposed agreement between America and most of Europe would open many doors for large corporations including members of the Monsanto conspiracy and big pharmacy.
One example would the herbicide industry. Europe has much tighter controls on herbicide usage than does America and Canada. Passage of this agreement could allow U.S. based companies including one based in St. Louis Missouri to get around laws of sovereign countries.
I've included another video that gives some great insight into the pitfalls surrounding this secretive agreement.
If you're reading this page in Europe or the Far East, you need to realize that you will be directly affected by decisions made in the U.S. congress. Even if that decision is to abandon the words and spirit of the responsibility definition listed at the top of this page. Please make your voices heard. That first video gives a telling example of the long reach of unrestricted corporate empires.
If you are an American citizen reading this page, please join me in a critical role. We must accept our position in this responsibility definition. We must be accountable and answerable. It is incumbent upon us to contact our elected representatives and push them to accept their own accountability.
They cannot abdicate their responsibility and let these agreements slip through without full transparency and open debate. The executive branch position is that the trade agreements could fall apart if there is an open debate in the U.S. congress. If the deals cannot stand up to questions and full discernment, they shouldn't go forward. A good deal is good even after full debate.
The root word of representative is "represent." This is a verb-an action word. Action doesn't mean shrinking from the true responsibility definition of being answerable and accountable.
The same is true for all of us. Responsible citizens do what is right for our world now and for the planet we will leave for future generations. Will we be answerable and accountable?
Please move quickly to spur your representatives into action.