Corporate America's vanishing allegiance
By Christopher Adamo
The European Union is in tatters, which admittedly is not a bad thing. Yet the particular reasons for its continuing collapse portend a dark future for the continent that once defined Western Civilization. In short, the EU represented a futile attempt to forge a multi-national consensus on almost purely economic terms, purposely devoid of past loyalties to individual nationalism or any vestige of spiritual truth.
As a result, each entity within the power structure is left vying for power, or more accurately, economic dominance, with little or no consideration for those antiquated ideals of morality or principle. However, no great civilization can be established on the insipid precepts that remain.
In his March 31, 2006 nationally syndicated column, Colonel Oliver North describes an abominable trend within corporate America, whereby members of the military (both active duty and reserve) are being systematically excluded from hiring. Colonel North explains this phenomenon in part as a result of the fact that in modern America, the bulk of higher management has never served in the military, and is thus unsympathetic to the plight of those who defend and protect the country.
Government abuse of this nature is perhaps exemplified by its unwillingness to enforce its own borders, passively accepting the violation of its own statutes for economic gain. Why then should corporate chiefs be expected to abide by laws protecting veterans, when the President himself is willing to wink and nod at those same corporations as they supplant American workers with illegals who hold no allegiance to the very country the veterans sacrificed of themselves to defend?
Greater even than the social or economic impact of the illegal invasion, the biggest casualty of the immigration debate is the rule of law itself. While previously established law constitutes the only workable solution, reverting to it is no longer even being considered as an option.
Instead, power brokers ignore the law and defer to those benefiting from a burgeoning "underclass." In the long run, they empower an increasingly militant constituency that will just as quickly wave Mexican flags as American flags when protesting in the streets.
Elsewhere, similar breaches of law are decimating an industry that once represented the backbone of the country. American agriculture presently faces a bleak future at the hands of multinational corporations that exert monopolistic control over the markets. In response, ranchers and cattle growers have toiled tirelessly to convince the government to simply uphold the "Packers and Stockyards Act" of 1921, specifically designed to prevent such abuses.
Yet throughout the tenure of two Agriculture secretaries, and despite Senate hearings, it is apparent that the US Department of Agriculture has no intention of abiding by a law that would shield the livelihood of America's beef producers against the ravages of corporate market manipulation.
And if, as a result, an American steak ever becomes as difficult to find as an American television set presently is, the USDA will no doubt blithely dismiss the nation's total dependence on food imports on the grounds that foreigners merely "grow livestock Americans are unwilling to grow."
This is not to assert that such power brokers are deliberately "unpatriotic," but rather that having abandoned any sense of responsibility other than their quest to maximize next quarter's bottom line, such quaint concepts have become absolutely irrelevant to them. And increasingly, if the law itself becomes a hindrance to that end, it must somehow be circumvented.
But unless the law is upheld in such a manner that it remains a guardian of the rights of all citizens, it will degenerate into a weapon by which the strong can control and exploit the weak.
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer and staff writer for the New Media Alliance. He lives in southeastern Wyoming with his wife and sons. He has been active in local and state politics for many years.
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