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U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on a rainy and foggy night in Romulus, Michigan, January 26, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)





I recently rode in the back seat of a car with President Obama (I know, scary right?).  We have some history with each other.  The car was slowed down to park beside the side entrance to a brick building .  Ahead of us were other acquaintances of the President peering down from a skywalk linking to another building.  I asked the President what he thought about all the people saying he has torn the U.S. Constitution to shreds.  His reply was rather flippant.  He basically said, “That is really no concern to me”.  The President then proceeds to exit the vehicle with a look of burdensome stress  on his face.  I reckon the pressures of the presidency has been getting to him.  Standing in front of the door of the building, he then executes some kind of happy-go-lucky attitudinal routine to loosen himself up before entering. Do you believe this really happened?  It DID happen, albeit only in a dream! lol, gotcha didn’t I.

Ok, seriously, in the last handful of days, 2 U.S. Senators, Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) have publicly challenged the President about the TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) and the ultra secretive TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership).

In an interview with Breitbart News on Saturday morning, when asked about the revelation that many Congressmen in the Republican Party voted to fast-track the TPP in the Senate—and many in the House GOP leadership have been pushing it—without reading the text of the TPP in the secret room inside the Capitol, Paul went ballistic.

“The American people are frustrated by Congress—Congress has about a 10 percent approval rating,” Paul said. “I think part of that is that they don’t think we’re taking the amount of time to do an adequate job to read the legislation. It’s sort of twofold: They don’t give us enough time, and they also make the bills too long. I have a bill called Read The Bills Act, and in it there’s a requirement that you have to wait one day for every 20 pages of legislation. So 800-page legislation [like Obamatrade] would wait 40 days. You’d wait 40 days so we’d have adequate time to read it. Yeah, I’m a believer that we should read legislation before we vote on it.”

Paul also said that “absolutely” President Barack Obama should immediately release the TPP text, instead of keeping it hidden from the public.

“It kind of boggles the mind,” Paul said “Who’s in charge of the administration that decides to keep a trade treaty secret? To keep it classified makes no sense at all.”

Paul also laid out how this deal would cede congressional authority to the administration even more—despite Obamatrade proponents’ arguments to the contrary.

“To me, it’s kind of you put the cart before the horse to give the permission to do something you haven’t seen,” Paul said. “They claim you’ll get to see it, again but you’ll only get an up-or-down vote with no amendments. Also, they get rid of some of the rules on—I guess it’s not, you can’t filibuster it either. It passes with a simple majority.”

On Monday,  U.S. Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, publicly released a letter he sent to President Obama to hold his feet to the fire due to unanswered questions from a previous letter sent about a month earlier as well as asking for information about the new global governance structure to be formed under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty. Sen. Sessions has been one of the main cogs opposing Obama and the GOP leadership about the ultra secretive Obamatrade agenda.

“On May 6th of this year, I sent you a letter (enclosed) regarding your request for Congress to grant you fast-track executive authority,” Senator Sessions reminds in his new letter to President Obama. “Under fast-track, Congress transfers its authority to the executive and agrees to give up several of its most basic powers. These concessions include: the power to write legislation, the power to amend legislation, the power to fully consider legislation on the floor, the power to keep debate open until Senate cloture is invoked, and the constitutional requirement that treaties receive a two-thirds vote.”

This latter point is crucial, the senator notes, “since, having been to the closed room to review the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is clear it more closely resembles a treaty than a trade deal. In other words, through fast-track, Congress would be pre-clearing a political and economic union before a word of that arrangement has been made available to a single private citizen.”

In his June 5 letter, Sessions reminds the president of previous unanswered requests: “I asked that you make public the section of the TPP that creates a new transnational governance structure known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission. The details of this new governance commission are extremely broad and have the hallmarks of a nascent European Union, with many similarities.”

Senator Sessions’most recent letter highlights one of the most subversive aspects of the TPP (and its sister agreements, the TTIP and TISA): the secrecy with which they are being negotiated and hiding the documents from public view and elected members of Congress, whose constitutional obligation is to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and, more importantly, to safeguard our constitutional Republic from subversive threats such as those presented by TPP/TTIP/TISA.

“Reviewing the secret text, plus the secret guidance document that accompanies it,” says Sessions, “reveals that this new transnational commission — chartered with a ‘Living Agreement’ clause — would have the authority to amend the agreement after its adoption, to add new members, and to issue regulations impacting labor, immigration, environmental, and commercial policy. Under this new commission, the Sultan of Brunei would have an equal vote to that of the United States.”

President Obama and his GOP allies enjoy bragging about their self-proclaimed commitment to transparency and openness. Senator Sessions is trying to hold them accountable on this matter, demanding the TPP be brought out into open view— instead of attempting to push it through Congress on Fast Track, before Congress and the American people can thoroughly examine and debate it.

“The implications of this new Pacific Union are extraordinary and ought to be discussed in full, in public,” Sessions wrote, “before Congress even contemplates fast-tracking its creation and pre-surrendering its power to apply the constitutional two-thirds treaty vote. In effect, to adopt fast-track is to agree to remove the constitutional protections against the creation of global governance structures before those structures are even made public.”

Senator Sessions ends his letter by challenging President Obama to “provide to me the legal and constitutional basis for keeping this information from the public and explain why I cannot share the details of what I have read with the American people. Congress should not even consider fast-tracking the transfer of sovereign power to a transnational structure before the details of that new structure are made fully available for public review.”

Unfortunately, TPA seems to be making some headway this week  though House Speaker John A. Boehner wouldn’t declare victory ahead of a Friday showdown, saying only that Republicans will provide enough support but that it’s up to Mr. Obama to deliver dozens of his own party members.

“We’ll do our part, and I hope they’ll do their part,” he said.

The window of time is closing quickly on this TPP/TTIP/TISA nightmare as Congress seems to be owned by these transnational corporations.  But perhaps there is hope with Congressmen such as Paul and Sessions speaking out and wikileaks releasing these documents helping America to wake up from this bad dream.

Which reminds me. I had a previous dream about the President.  I had been doing some yard work for him.  So I knocked on the door to his house to receive payment.  The President and his wife answered the door and invited me in.  They showed me around before some others showed up.  After chit chatting a little, I told Mr. and Mrs. President I would be praying for them.  A huge smile appeared on Obama’s face.  After going outside, war was happening….Only God knows what the future holds.




About Caleb Hitt

Caleb Hitt is a citizen journalist, co-host on Battle Of New Orleans Radio Show, and 9/11 blogger ( Follow him on twitter.