Both establishment parties reject the idea that Americans are capable of creating for ourselves the necessities of our lives. Instead, under their guidance, we are to pay foreigners an ever increasing amount of American wealth to perform for us the very work we should be doing ourselves. Even that establishment faction purportedly representing American working class interests openly rejects, on campaign, the necessary requirements for saving American working class jobs. Few issues better illustrate the disparity of interest between ordinary Americans and our governing establishment than the globalization of American industry.
The truth is that both the Republicans and Democrats have been purchased by financial interests who benefit from current governing policies negatively affecting Americans. Ordinary Americans would rather their jobs not be shipped overseas, as we would rather not be flooded in our own country by foreign applicants for the few increasingly low-paying service positions left available to us. However, political elites do not care about our concerns. Their motive is profit, not patriotism.
Industry is good for our country. When we pay Americans for their wares, we circulate wealth within our economy, and Americans in general benefit. When we generate domestic industry we are allowing our children and families to provide for us, and we are paying them in return. Combined with technological advancement, circulating wealth within our society has a compounding effect, adding to the richness of our nation.
Proponents of globalization cite as their aim an equalization of the international community. This equalization occurs at the expense of our country. Several decades of American deindustrialization have resulted in a massive shift in the type of work many Americans perform. Rather than producing actual goods our people need, the bulk of Americans have begun to serve one another, with just about everyone serving the folks at the top.
Even many domestic based companies find it more profitable to produce abroad goods and services destined for purchase in our country. This will continue to happen at an increasing rate as technological advancement enables further efficiency of labor. Just as soon as we are able to create for ourselves new industry and means of employment so will there be someone from another country eventually educated enough to perform the same task at a lower rate of pay. The result is (and has been) an inevitable depression of our wages and an increase in American unemployment.
Globalization advocates point toward a general increase in trade and production as setting free trade on the positive side of the “sum-total” argument. Ordinary Americans aren’t seeing any benefit. In fact, we are losing ground. Our standard of living has decreased, as has our ability to meaningfully care for our families. Just as we have recently been forced to bail out corporate elitists and vested financial interests in our own country, we are constantly being forced through international financial consolidations (IMF, World Bank) to pay for the industrialization of the rest of our planet.
Through unbridled free trade the name of our country is now associated with the virtual enslavement of millions of foreign workers. While large investment conglomerates enjoy high returns, average Americans do not. Instead, we enable sweatshop owners to employ children, while their “American” retailer charges hundreds for our shoes. Innocent Americans are often blamed for the actions of companies which are essentially attached to our country in name only.
It is unfair on principle and damaging to American workers that imports competing with American industry, produced under labor conditions illegal in the United States, be allowed to freely compete with the efforts of genuine American business. Our wage, safety, and environmental standards help to mark us as a first world nation. Allowing corporations to offshore their production permits them to circumvent these standards, rendering them useless.
The outsourcing of American industry has resulted in the loss of millions of American jobs. These jobs and their work were initially the product of American invention. By permitting the selling off of our competitive advantage we have created a situation wherein the intellectual toil of generations of Americans has been placed in competition with the efforts of current American workers.
Ruling elites, untouched by the rape of America, profit by the transfer of our wealth and industry through its use in the generation of new global markets. This forces us to carry the burdens of the world in order to maximize their global corporate profits.
Corporate profits do not take precedence over the welfare of the American people. Businesses ought to be accountable to their country of origin. We will halt the export of American jobs by penalizing firms who outsource their production. American companies that seek to circumvent American labor standards by employing foreign labor will face severe restrictions on their ability to make available their wares to the American consumer.
Our government has the responsibility to protect American interests. This includes guarding the means by which we secure our daily bread. Accordingly, we oppose and will work to repeal the many active trade agreements specifically designed to benefit international corporations at the expense of American workers.
We believe that what stems from the benefits of our society should, in turn, accrue to the benefit of our people. Relations with other countries must be determined by their benefit to us. By bleeding our country of resources needed for our society we are depriving our people and restricting our capacity for advancement.
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