Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Stand strong... don't get caught in the "two-party trap."

What are our goals and objectives as liberals, progressives and leftists? To elect Obama and defeat Romney or put an end to these dirty imperialist wars and use the resulting "peace dividends" to create the universal social programs required to solve our problems?

Obama was very clear last night when he stated the war in Iraq was over; but, what he didn't tell us is that the occupation of Iraq is now in progress which will cost us more than the war itself.

And the war in Iraq is only "over" because the people of Iraq have been "defeated" (overwhelmed) and when they recover and regain their strength their war against imperialist occupation will resume.

One need only look at any of the previous empires or imperialist powers going far back in history to the Roman Empire, the British, French, Spanish or to our own Spanish-American War or Hitler's Germany or look at the Japanese imperialists--- it is only a matter of time before occupied nations rise to struggle for their freedom and and once again war erupts.

Failing to recognize Obama and Romney for the imperialist warmongers they both are is going to be a costly and deadly mistake--- especially for liberals, progressives and leftists and the most especially the working class which will be forced to pay for all these dirty little imperialist wars AND the resulting NEVER-ENDING occupations.

As Obama and Romney carry forward their contrived ritual pretending they have any differences we should be organizing to bring people into the streets to oppose the next two wars they have prepared for us: Syria and Iran.

We shouldn't fear Romney because we know that it is possible for a militant, well organized, united and powerful anti-war movement to drive warmongers from power: Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon being two examples.

Using our limited time and resources building up opposition to war and these two warmongers intent on carrying out Wall Street's imperialist agenda is what is important, not weakening our already confused, divided and weak anti-war movement by supporting the enemy of peace: Obama.

Building a strong anti-imperialist peace movement is the only road to peace because support for Obama or Romney places us squarely on the road to never-ending imperialist wars.

It is wrong to wait until after the election to begin building a network connecting peace activists from around the country that will be a powerful bulwark against these dirty imperialist wars and occupations.

It is wrong to deprive real candidates for peace our votes in spite of the fact they have no chance of winning because we need to view their alternative campaigns as part of the struggle for peace.

Just as it is wrong to vote for either of Wall Street's two imperialist warmongers, it is wrong to suggest that peace activists wait until war breaks out to demonstrate opposition to the war.

Our opposition to new wars in Syria and Iran must begin by telling Obama he will not be getting our votes because of his plans to wage imperialist wars in Syria and Iran.

If Obama had any semblance of honesty about him he would campaign by telling the American people he intends to go to war with Syria and Iran.

This is the real dishonesty of the entire political process dominated by our Wall Street enemy--- they tell people anything they want to hear in order to get their votes knowing full well their real agenda has nothing in common with the words they spout.

After all; who would vote for Obama if he was honest and campaigned on a platform that included going to war with Syria and Iran? Only those who would sit in silence knowing Obama works from a "kill list" on his desk.

The most important things you can do in the next two months is organize an anti-imperialist peace organization in your neighborhood, where you work, where you go to school in your church--- and vote for one of the four candidates for peace, social and economic justice:

Jill Stein... the Green Party
Rocky Anderson... the Justice Party
Stewart Alexander... the Socialist Party
Roseanne Barr... the Peace and Freedom Party

If you live in Minnesota, vote for Michael Cavlan for United States Senate on the Open Progressive Party ticket. A vote for Michael Cavlan will be a vote for a fellow grassroots peace activist; the kind of person we need in public office.

Stand strong--- don't get caught in the "two-party trap."