While we've all been consumed with whether or not Confederate flags should be allowed on government property or with the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, President Obama and the United States Congress have focused their attention elsewhere.
It's not uncommon for the government to pass controversial and secretive legislation when the rest of us are consumed with social controversies, sports, or celebrating the Holiday's. This week the Senate passed a highly controversial bill called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is a trade deal that encompasses 40% of the world economy through a partnership of 12 countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Japan. The deal is all about setting the rules on labor, the environment and economics so that the United States can have more control over China.
The interesting thing about this bill is that it was highly supported by President Obama, as well as the majority of Republicans and big business. Those in opposition to the bill were groups such as the Tea Party, Labor Unions and Democrats. Proponents say that the TPP will bring more opportunities for American businesses, opening up markets and creating jobs. Opponents argue that this would put American manufacturing jobs at risk.
Others claim that the TPP gives the President power over almost every aspect of human activity. Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has revealed that the TPP has limitless influence over individual rights, Internet freedom and the rule of law. "If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you're ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs," Assange wrote.
Alex Jones with Infowars believes that the passing of the TPP is the "biggest blow to our sovereignty ever". Watch his four-minute reaction here: