Crime of the Century
can easily analyze (1) the deceptions in Bush's Iraq policy, (2) the generally
subservient response of the Democrats in Congress as they try to determine how
little pressure they can put on the president
and (3) the insane promotion
of the invasion of Iran (the ships are all lined up, catalyzing incidents have
occurred, the media is cooperating by reporting the buildup as a reasonable
challenge to Iran's "behavior"). Yes, we have to keep the pressure on Congress
to de-fund the war through our reps and as well as using the threat of impeachment
– it should not be off the table as Pelosi suggests. The question remains as
to how the grassroots can fight this.
Does the grassroots
have other means that we can use? Examples:
(1) Soldiers can
refuse to deploy without proper equipment and training, which they aren't getting.
Currently, some soldiers will be sent with two weeks instead of six months training
into the hottest combat zones. There can be both legal challenges (a role for
those of you who are lawyers) and direct actions at deployment sites (especially
good for veteran and military family involvement). Economically, we can also
support resisters with funds for their legal trials and funds to help house
and feed those who have gone to Canada (church groups). Some people are already
doing these things.
(2) What about
states that have recall votes – can we start to recall reps and senators that
have not legislated in the people's interest? (Remember the California recall?)
(3) Parents, teachers
and students can build stronger counter-recruitment campaigns to get the army
(ROTC) completely out of schools, not just "opt out" forms limiting recruiters
which are less effective.
(4) Get your school
board to have a series of educational events for both parents and students on
the war combined with an action at the end.
(5) What kind
of job actions could union workers do?
(6) And of course
their is always tax resistance (not paying your taxes until funding the war
stops – no taxation without representation). Of course, tax resistance has to
be done by large groups resisting together (a community group, a small town,
a bowling team, a church group, etc.).
We have the information
now, we are continuing to spread it. We have won the first battle. Most Americans
are against the war. So now is the time to develop actions, above and beyond
blogging and criticizing and e-mailing Congress, waiting for them to act. While
many of the actions I suggested seem "way out there," the war is way out there
and most of these actions are possible in both modified and full form. And are
being done right now. Just not with enough people. The important thing is that
we – each one of us – has to organize a few other people into an action
that is more than informational, that has an effect. There is a pop song right
now which seems to express the view of many young people. The song catalogs
the ills of the world, and the war and then opines "We are waiting, waiting
for the world to change." We cannot wait. We have to do it. Get three of your
friends and plan an action that will have concrete results – getting a
candidate in or out, stopping the number of citizens willing to fight in this
war, taking money from the government if it will not listen to the people (we
can vote with our purse, even if Congress won't).
Would love to
hear what your community or group is doing.
fear that the reader is correct that we cannot rely on our elected representatives.
Is there leadership, energy, and sufficient will for grassroots opposition to
stop the Bush regime?
could not agree more, but how do we stop this thing? We have a Zionist-controlled
media (or at least Zionist-friendly in the extreme) that pumps the propaganda
out to Joe Sixpack daily. We hear over and over that Ahmadinejad wants to "wipe
Israel off the map," though most people repeating this are well aware he said
nothing of the sort. We get nothing but the hard-line Israeli angle from Palestine,
and indeed the entire region. Even Saint Jimmy is being savaged by these pigs.
I simply don't
see how we can rein these thugs in until Americans are in possession of the
facts. The "journalists" in the MSM are not going to turn on those
who sign the checks.
I think we're
~ M. Johnson,
agree it is a difficult situation. The U.S. media are nothing but a collection
of whores. Even on savvy Internet sites, many things cannot be mentioned.
Hagel and the Return of the Old Right
This was an excellent
piece. I certainly hope Hagel shakes things up. I look for a major split in
the GOP base over him, though. There are still too many rank-and-file Republicans
firmly committed to war with both Iraq and Iran. (I fired off an e-mail to a
local talk-show host the other day when he flatly stated that Hagel was a liberal
for opposing the war, pointing out that Hagel has an 86 percent lifetime rating
from the American Conservative Union.) If Hagel gets the nomination, would these
same people hold their noses and vote for Hillary since she's an uber-hawk?
~ Mike Tennant,
a regular reader:
I offered to work
for Hegel here in the South last year. However, his refusal to investigate the
NSA surveillance was shocking and turned me off. People can change, but don't
ever forget he voted against that investigation.
~ Alex Sabbeth
Hagel "replicates not only the positions but also the essentially libertarian
sensibility of the Old Right?"
Does that include
his unwavering support for compulsory national service?
Now that I think
about it, I guess you're right. The Old Right liked the Vietnam draft just fine.
I suppose they’ll like Hagel's brand of involuntary servitude as well.
As for me, Hagel's
support for conscription is a fatal flaw.
~ Debbie Hopper,
Mothers Against the Draft