“Come Home America” Message Was Clear Winner at Iowa Straw Poll

Come Home America Ames Message
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W.A.R: Wasted American Resources

The Des Moines news reporter who noted our anti-war message at the entrance of yesterday’s Republican Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, was not present with us long enough to see the real story. Our banners actually got an amazingly good reception! Our group of sign holders were all surprised how many of the thousands of straw poll attendees, even Pawlenty and Santorum t-shirted fans, were responding positively to the “Come Home America” message and banners warning that “Endless War = Endless Debt” and “War IS Taxing”: The anti-war enthusiasm also manifested itself as people from all political (conservative, libertarian, and socially progressive) backgrounds stopped to talk, with many even giving up an hour or two to help us hold the banners.

Endless War: Endless Death
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Endless War: Endless Death

Attendees seemed genuinely interested when we encouraged them to sign our recent “Dear Obama” letter and told them we were part of a non-partisan effort to focus on the most important ISSUES of the day, instead of the promises, slogans, cute winks and other crazy antics of any particular political candidate.

Remember the Constitution
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Remember the Constitution

The truth is that progressives who support social safety nets, funding of public education, and who are opposed to the widening disparity between the wealthiest and the poor in the United States cannot possibly see their goals realized without the US government making a clean break from the last decade of destructive and costly wars.

Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
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Libertarians will not see a return to adherence to the Constitution, civil liberties and away from national security policing and “War Presidency” empowerment. “Greens” will not see more funding and research diverted to sustainable and environmentally clean energy technologies. And fiscal conservatives cannot possibly get the small, decentralized government they long for while the United States seeks costly world empire and military superpower status.

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All the people’s worthwhile goals are connected by money and are antithetical to the US’ spending on runaway militarism. If the American government continues to be controlled by the military-industrial-congressional-media complex, in defiance of this popular consensus, throwing trillions of hard-earned and increasingly scarce taxpayer dollars on bombs, drone technology, armoring tanks, and outright corporate contractor fraud, none of these other popular group objectives are possible.

Come Home America at Ames
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While the hundreds of national media in Iowa covered the actual, close straw poll finish (near tie) of Michele Bachmann only beating Ron Paul by 152 votes, they did not seem to care or cover the enormous outpouring we witnessed from people of different political backgrounds and loyalties—confirmed by numerous national polls–showing consensus for ending the wars and runaway militarism. Perhaps the “Come Home America” kick-off bannering at the early Iowa Straw Poll event revealed the unique moment we’re in, watching a perfect storm of various rationales coming together.

Stop War at Ames, Iowa
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In any event, look for our Come Home America initiative to represent this convergence and strengthening consensus outside many of Obama’s upcoming speeches as well as other major political events throughout the nation. We hope to mount banners as in the photos of yesterday’s event in Iowa. While politicos and horse race bettors constantly talk of making their selections using the “lesser of two evils”, one thing is clear: It is the issues more than the political personalities that matter and WAR is not the lesser of two evils! It is THE EVIL that poisons and contaminates everything else.

Endless War and Endless Debt
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Endless War and Endless Debt
  • liveload

    Excellent work

  • Vogger

    Great piece. More like this on antiwar.com!!! Very Facebookable.

  • A wonderful display of what the antiwar movement should be doing: exemplary work!

  • Bill

    Thank you for all you've done, and we all must be vigilent because the neocons have pawlenty..err…sorry…I mean plenty more empty suit puppet candidates to throw at us.

  • War is not only taxing. War is wasting. US government should stop war. Was is full of worry.

  • emistruth

    As the most decorated Marine, General Smedley Butler said: "War is a racket." Most wars are criminal enterprises that would make Al Capone envious.

  • Great work! I hope antiwar.com can post lists of where people can get in touch with CHA in their own areas.

    • unVet

      The fabulous Angela Keaton has posted several local chapter contacts on comehomeamerica.us. Click on "Your Local Chapters" to see the list.

      This list is rather short, so if you don't find someone in your area, contact Angela and get yourself listed as your area's contact.

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  • Orville H. Larson

    My compliments to Coleen Rowley on her excellent post. It has plenty of wisdom and insight.

  • huang3450

    Thank you for all you've done, and we all must be vigilent because the neocons have pawlenty..err…sorry…I mean plenty more empty suit puppet candidates to throw at us.
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  • A wonderful display of what the antiwar movement should be doing: exemplary work!