HIGHTOWER: Sen. Murray's Amazing Letter

An astonishing letter has come into my hands, and I want to share it with you. It's a letter that Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington State, wrote to President Clinton, and it's filled with a breathtaking level of ignorance and arrogance.Her subject is the big meeting of the World Trade Organization to be held in Seattle this November. Clinton, other heads of state, WTO officials, and corporate executives are gathering to prepare a whole new round of globaloney to shove down our throats. But some uninvited guests are going to show up, too. Churches, consumer groups, unions, farmers, citizen activists, environmentalists, and other citizens are coming to protest the WTO's anti-democratic agenda of corporate supremacy.This upsets Sen. Murray, who tells Clinton in her letter that "The Seattle Host Organization is reporting that many companies ... are hesitant to become active supporters because they are concerned about security and confrontations with various demonstrators." Well my my, we sure can't let the people's First Amendment rights ruffle the feathers of these distinguished corporate executives.So she wants Clinton to do two things: First, give a national speech explaining that "The WTO is the indispensable rule making, enforcement body ... for all countries." Hello ... Patty ... remember the Constitution? When did we replace our own self-government with the WTO? Second, she wants Clinton to call-in those pesky protesting groups and tell them "that you do not want disruptive and damaging actions distracting the media and the public from your important goals." Right on! We can't have just plain citizens assembling in the streets and speaking out like this was some kind of a democracy -- and we certainly can't allow the people's voices to distract the media from Bill Clinton's "important goals."This is Jim Hightower saying ... She's a U.S. Senator? Let's send Sen. Murray back to a high school civics class. To read her whole letter, go to my website: www.jimhightower.com.

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