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...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


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

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Monday, February 23, 2015

No authorization for more war. "AUMF"... No New "Authorization to Use Military Force"

I would encourage you to sign and pass this petition along to your friends and fellow workers.

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The U.S. Congress is considering another "Authorization for the Use of Military Force" -- a broad approval for more war.
This is the last thing we need. These wars are not making us safer but are generating enemies. They are not surgical operations, but mass killings, as well as assaults on the natural environment and the public budget -- not to mention excuses for curtailing civil liberties.

Please click here to sign the following statement for delivery to the media and Congress:

We oppose any new authorization for the use of military force and call for the immediate repeal of the authorizations passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002.
P.S. This petition is jointly promoted by U.S. Labor Against the Warin partnership with Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Iraq Veterans Against the War, KnowDrones.com, Military Families Speak Out, Peace Action, Peace Action Montgomery, RootsAction.org, United National Antiwar Coalition, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones,  and World Beyond War.
In general, I don't waste my time with these on-line petitions any more but this is one I support. It certainly can't do any harm to sign it. Add your own comment, too; I did.

What is really needed, though, is organized, united and militant action action in the streets and at the ballot box.

Voting for the Democrats is useless as the election of Obama has proven. Never again will Wall Street allow or tolerate its Democratic Party to be used as a voice for peace as progressive George McGovern did.

We need a new working class based anti-monopoly progressive people's party for peace, social and economic justice which will make as its main priority challenging Wall Street for political and economic power... This is something that can't be put off any longer as the phony liberals, progressives and leftists tell us this must not be done now and we should put off doing this until later. They always tell us, "Wait for the next election" but when the next election comes they play the same tune. The time is now. The struggles for real reforms required to meet the needs of the people for jobs, real health care reform and peace must be merged with challenging Wall Street for political and economic power. Real system change is what is required.

Capitalism is Wall Street's system, a system breeding endless wars; socialism is the system of the working class, a system for peace--- socialism is what we need to be building towards as we fight for reforms while challenging Wall Street for political and economic power. What we need is a socialist cooperative commonwealth which finally puts the needs of people and our living environment before Wall Street's profits.

We must not be afraid to state all of this--- not at some distant point down the road as the apologists for the sleazy, warmongering Democrats say we need to do; but today, here and now.

These Democratic apologists are trying to set us up to support Hillary Clinton; one more worthless warmonger supporting the Israeli killing machine (and every single reactionary government in the world propped up with our tax dollars) who will try to hide her support for Wall Street and its dirty imperialist wars behind a phony "economic populism" from which she and her supporters would have us believe financing all this militarism and these dirty wars is of little consequence to the economy when just the opposite is true. Don't buy into this crap of "economic populism" being peddled and pushed by the Democrats and their over-payed party hacks and these millionaire labor leaders who have no sense of urgency in solving the problems of working people.

These millionaire labor leaders waste our resources electing these Dumb Donkeys to make wars but won't take the time to file a grievance or fight for justice and a voice at work.

Feel free to forward this e-mail on to your friends and post it anywhere. Add your own thoughts, too.

Just a note to inform you since many have been asking why I am no longer on FaceBook. FaceBook shut me down... So much for democracy; just more hypocrisy.

I invite you to share your thoughts and ideas.

One last thing. A very few Democrats have said they are not for giving authorization for this war against ISIS... Don't be surprised when most of these Democrats change their tunes and go with the flow of Wall Street bribes. Militarism and wars are among Wall Street's most profitable ventures--- hence there is this massive Military-Industrial Complex presided over by these Wall Street masters of war.

We have a capitalist system that is in the "advanced stage" of decay--- this advanced stage of capitalism is called imperialism.  Imperialism is when these huge monopolies have merged with the government and their one and only concern is for Wall Street's profits, the "bottom line," which never takes into consideration the lives, livelihoods and problems of working people.

We, the people, are paying for these dirty wars in many ways. We are living with a run-away "cost-living-crisis" eroding our standard of living and dragging us all into poverty--- all fueled by militarism and wars along with monopoly price fixing---- all maintained through a thoroughly corrupt political process as rotten to the core as is the capitalist economic system itself.

Another way we pay for this mess Wall Street has us entangled in is the loss of democracy and loss jobs in spite of endless talk by these hypocrites about how the United States is the world's greatest bastion of democracy and all the talk about "jobs, jobs, jobs" at election time but as these very same politicians go goose-stepping backwards in the footprints of Joe McCarthy and his accomplice Hubert H. Humphrey (who was the primary author of the Communist Control Act of 1954) in trampling our democratic rights they fail to assign themselves the task of attaining and maintaining full employment.

The jobs being created are a bunch of poverty wage jobs no one can raise a family on.

We need jobs paying real living wages.

We need Minimum Wage legislation legislating real living wages based on all "cost-of-living" factors not this Minimum Wage legislation which assures business of being able to hire workers at low wages.

Low wages mean higher profits for employers.

It isn't the job of government to assure employers have a huge pool of cheap labor.

Rather, it is the job of government to provide legislation to improve the lives of the majority of the people who are working people.

Wall Street employers can fend for themselves; these greedy bastards don't need government intervention looking out for their bottom line.

Some suggestions for action you can take in addition to signing this petition:

* Start a peace committee in your neighborhood, where you work or go to school.

* Set up a table where there are lots of people and circulate this petition.

* Write a "letter to the editor" of your local newspaper, union newsletter, or student newspaper supporting this petition.

* Send your letter to the editor to public officials, circulate your letter among family, friends, neighbors.

* Consider running for public office or help support a real peace candidate breaking free from this two-party trap.

Again, I look forward to sharing ideas with you.

Please sign the petition not to authorize any more wars and check out and share my blog posts from time-to-time.

Yours in the struggle,

Alan L. Maki




No New Authorization for the Use of Military Force

The U.S. Congress is considering another "Authorization for the Use of Military Force" -- a broad approval for more war.
This is the last thing we need. These wars are not making us safer but generating enemies. They are not surgical operations, but mass killings, as well as assaults on the natural environment and the public budget -- not to mention excuses for curtailing civil liberties.
Please sign this statement for delivery to the media and Congress:
We oppose any new authorization for the use of military force and call for the immediate repeal of the authorizations passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002.
By taking action you agree that you may be contacted by one or more of the participating organizations. This petition is a joint project of:Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Iraq Veterans Against the War, KnowDrones.com, Military Families Speak Out, Peace Action, Peace Action Montgomery, RootsAction.org, United National Antiwar Coalition, Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones, U.S. Labor Against the War, World Beyond War.