Friday, November 20, 2009
Ambassadors for America
This is a letter I just submitted to the editor of my local paper, the Spokesman Review. There were several issues I wanted to cover. I think I managed to touch on them a tad bit.
Truly harmful political correctness exist within the ‘you’re either with us or against us’ right wing of the Republican Party where strict loyalty is demanded, down to accepting every talking point, including coddling of international corporations
The far right big conservative mucky mucks must not only be amazed, but overcome with giddiness that every lie and distortion they fling against the wall sticks. They must also have contempt for their malleable base and bad backs from bending over for corporations who have used favorable legislation greedily, rather than investing in the US.
We are all ambassadors for America when we leave our shores and that includes business.
If you care about human rights, it's plain that a sizable portion of the money we save buying cheap imports, is money that's being used to subjugate others. There's a direct link between trade policy, the consumer and human rights violations throughout the Third World. Money spent on these products highlights not only international corporate indifference to the plight of our fellow human beings but compliance with child labor and slavery, while our ignorance allows it to continue.
Department of Labor report - child labor and forced labor (pdf)
Free the Children