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Fri Jul 29, 2016, 05:31 PM

5. TPP and orthodoxy and party loyalty

I was fairly open to the Trans-Pacific treaty because I believe that international trade works best when the nations come together and agree on standards and practices and policies. I was supportive of TPP because the Obama admin seemed to be working hard on making it a sensible agreement, but I will admit I was a little, oh, miffed by the secrecy. And when I listened to anti-TPP arguments, I often heard nothing but generic anti-capitalist talking points.

So I shrugged and continued to support the TPP, hoping that it would be a thing that the two parties could work together on. Maybe (I was being naive here) it would even be something that would bring together folks.

Then the details started coming out, and as a majority of Democrats seem to be opposed to the agreement, I have backed off on my support and from approx. May onward I've been of the opinion that the TPP should be shelved and re-negotiated in a more open forum, with a greater focus on labor rights and environmental protection.

For me, this is what it means to be a member of a party. There are things I would argue for vigorously even if I found I was in a minority, but there are other things that I trust the policy wonks to work on. My loyalty to the Democratic party means that I will work to support the ideas that the party's platform and the statement of values in the by-laws articulate. Thus, I have gone from being open to the TPP to being opposed, partly because of logical arguments, partly because of party loyalty.

I do not think that Hillary Clinton has any less of a loyalty to this party, and I do not think that she has some kind of secret agenda to seize power and then force the TPP through. What kind of paranoid thinking are people having? What kind of caricature of human behavior is even being imagined here? Yikes.

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