Sunday, February 18, 2007

Bush's Baghdad Address

Four swore and seven implied that Iraq would bring forth on this continent, a new mushroom cloud, conceived in Baghdad, and dedicated to the proposition that all cities can be destroyed equally.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, er…I mean War on Terror testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to drill for oil on a portion of that field, as a final testament that our place on the planet is above all others and knows no boundaries when it comes to shame. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men and women, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what I said here, but it can never forget what we did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished task of raping the Middle East of its resources and to decimate its populations to the point they can never unify against us to create a coherent nation that would stand against us. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – no, they died in Iraq. This nation, under a Christian God, shall have a new birth of Capitalist ideology -- and that government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations, shall not perish from the earth.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Time to Act!

Voices for Creative Non Violence has launched a campaign called The Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War.

They are occupying congressional offices across the country in an ongoing effort to demand not only an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq but also money for humanitarian aid and reconstruction to be done, not by Haliburton et. al.; but by the Iraqi people.

Despite this little article in our Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Arrests for attempting redress of grievances have been made.

For those of you who wish to participate in this project I urge you to contact Voices for Creative Non Violence and get involved. Not everyone is willing or able to get arrested even for the very best of reasons but there are certainly other ways to support this effort. You can leaflet outside to let passersby know what is going on inside their Representative’s offices at the time of the action. There is press work to be done which often involves phone calls and hand delivery of press releases. If you have a blog write about these actions. You can go to court to support those who do get arrested.

We have all been waiting for something to do to stop this war. This is a very creative and direct way to put pressure on the people who have the ability to reign in George W. Bush. Let’s all think about what we can do to support and build on this campaign.

Lot’s of information is available at their website:
The time is way past due for us all to pitch in and help end this nightmare. Every voice counts. Let’s be creative, non violent and most of all heard!

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