Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the defeat of President Obama’s trade legislation in the House on Friday was the right outcome for average Americans.I'm cool with the idea that I disagree with Sanders about the vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers, and that - for now - that has stopped Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from going forward. I don't know whether or not I disagree with him about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement because the negotiations aren't completed yet.
“The House has put a kibosh on the Trans-Pacific [Partnership],” he said at a rally at Drake University in Des Moines late Friday, according to The Des Moines Register.
“Our trade policies over the last 40 years … have been a disaster,” Sanders said. “TPP is a continuation of these disastrous trade policies.”
“Today, the good side won,” he added.
But what I find completely unacceptable is his notion that he's on the "good side" in this disagreement. Does that put me on the "evil side?"
I would have understood if he said, "Today, the right side won." In any disagreement, we all assume we're on the "right side." But to infuse this difference with notions of good and evil is demagoguery. I'm not interested in a leader who goes there on an issue where reasonable people disagree.
P.S. I'll simply note that otherwise Sanders made it clear what all this is about. The obstruction over TAA and TPA is not over anything having to do with those bills. Its all about stopping TPP. And the reason is simple - "our trade policies over the last 40 years have been a disaster." So, in the end, this is all about the past (not the current agreement being negotiated). For people who call themselves "progressive," that's a sad commentary.