Ordinary citizens are reeling from the loss of jobs and industry. But wonderful ideas still germinate in the fertile soil of American Freedom. No other country can boast or compete with that. But they can steal it. And if the new Patent Reform Bill is passed with our unique “first to invent” system replaced with the failed European model, it will reward only global businesses and the politicians who do their bidding.
America must stop this bill. Now. While the rest of us were worrying about losing jobs and savings, with the support of Democrats and Republicans alike, this job-killing monolith soared through the Senate 95-5, then passed the House Judiciary Committee with only three Republicans dissenting.
When China began opening up to Capitalism, the Chicago Tribune did a fascinating article on a wealthy Chinese businessman who had come to the U.S. to learn how ethics played a roll in American business practices. The Chinese system was not functioning well because of the lack of trust or honesty. He felt strongly that America stood in contrast…at least historically… having woven in its early years a deep commitment to high standards of conduct from Judeo-Christian values.
In his book, “Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union,” Russian expert David Satter observed the same thing. Satter wrote that capitalism in the former Soviet Union without values created chaos and provided economic rewards only for those who sought wealth without regard to the effect on their countrymen.
Post-Modern America likes to think it has outgrown the strong principles of the past, but it has not. Selfish gain without regard for the good of the whole is a certain way to destroy a country. The oligarchs stripped Russia of its natural resources. Politicians and businessmen alike joined in that endeavor and it wasn’t until former KGB leader Putin marched in eradicating freedoms that they were stopped. Freedom can’t exist in a vacuum and neither can Capitalism.
We are right to support “big business.” They are one of the crown jewels of America. They provide jobs, billions of tax dollars to support the economy, and charitable contributions that enrich us all. But they are not always right. And when they step over the line, they must be stopped. It is the job of Congress to guard and protect the American people…not do the bidding of major corporations.
Republicans and Democrats SHOULD be bedfellows on HB 1249. They should roll over together to defeat it. And as we pull back the covers on this very un-American, unconstitutional bill, we hope they will!