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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:24 AM
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Patriotism Requires Economic Nationalism
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:35 AM by Phred42
this is one from 2007 but it's worth reviewing under the current circumstances
the thing is that today, we are talking about the survival of the Republic.
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Patriotism Requires Economic Nationalism


by Stephen Crockett
02/20/2007

http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/contributors/799

If you consider yourself a patriot, and are not concerned about the ballooning trade deficit, the huge national debt, and the loss of 3 million manufacturing jobs since the current Bush first occupied the White House, you are lying to yourself. If you are a political figure, you are likely lying to the American public, as well.

Economic globalization is certainly not inevitable. The inevitability of uncontrolled globalization is deliberate disinformation promoted by the largest international corporations and their academic, media, and political lackeys. Economic globalization is the result of deliberate public policy changes by our government and other governments. The policy changes have been pushed by large international corporations seeking to maximize their profits regardless of the cost to the American economy or the American people.
Our very way of life is being undermined by government policies that fail to rein in the unchecked greed of large international corporations. Every American patriot must demand a reversal of American government policies and attitudes toward a people-oriented, economic nationalism instead of government-sponsored international corporatism.

International trade is often a very good thing. However, it should be a managed process regulated by the citizens of the nations involved in the form of their governments. Defense and foreign policy considerations should be given significant weight in the establishment of international trade policies. Trade was very helpful during the Cold War with our former international rival, the late Soviet Union.

Trade should not be organized by trade agreements that damage our manufacturing base because our military strength depends on manufacturing. International trade should not lower the living standards of American workers. Our worker safety regulations, wage levels, environmental regulations, and product safety requirements should all be enhanced instead of undetermined by our trade agreements. Trade should not create more government debt for our nation. International trade should produce large amounts of government revenue in the form of much higher tariffs. We need more economic nationalism.
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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:27 AM
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1. Ralph Nader (Yeah, I know, I have problems with him too) once sent a letter to the
Top Fortune 100 companies based in the U.S., requesting that they say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag before every board meeting. I believe 68 responded, with only one accepting the request. All the others who responded basically said "We're multi-national corporations and we don't pledge allegiance to any one country."

That's what we're up against.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:36 AM
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2. Nationalism in any form is a mental illness. It is a disease upon humanity.
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:36 AM by RGBolen
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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:37 AM
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3. right.......uh huh....
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:37 AM by Phred42
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:53 AM
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4. Wanker!
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