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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, August 30, 2013

Tell Obama: "We don't want another one of your dirty imperialist wars!"

In addition to a lexicon of oxymorons like "liberal imperialists," we are being told there are "anti-war Democrats."

Then we find out that these "anti-war Democrats" are only different from their "liberal imperialist" counterparts in that the "liberal imperialists" are advocating for war with Syria while the "anti-war Democrats" are pledged to speaking out against the war only after the cruise missiles have "landed."

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said he, "...hasn’t consulted with colleagues about how best to oppose attacks in Syria..."

I wonder when Grayson intends to talk with his colleagues?

“It’s a fact that its difficult sometimes to criticize a president who belongs to your party,” Grayson said. “That certainly is true and my feeling is that I never swore allegiance to the president, I swore to uphold the Constitution.”

Why is it more difficult to criticize a wrong when the injustice is being initiated by one's own party? It seems to me it should be easier.

Grayson, who said,"...responding to Syrian atrocities is not in the U.S. national interest," said, "...it’s likely that congressional Democrats will become more vocal about the Syria attacks after they take place. Having a strong opinion about it now," he said, "would require more research than from the most of his colleagues are able to do over the August recess."

Hmmmmm... too busy soliciting campaign contributions from Wall Street's merchants of death and destruction than to be bothered about a little thing like war.

“Members of Congress typically don’t take the time to examine the evidence independently,” Grayson said. “It’s probably asking a little bit too much to ask every member of Congress to examine all of the information.”


I bet if we had a working class based progressive people's party with candidates speaking out like British parliamentarian George Galloway, these "liberal imperialists" and "anti-war Democrats" would be considering Obama waging war on Syria a little differently... one example of where such people's politicians wouldn't even have to get elected in order to bring about real change. Being able to stop another dirty imperialist war wouldn't be such a shabby accomplishment.

In the meantime, without a political party for peace and social justice, we the people, are going to have to join the rest of the world in telling Obama, the "liberal imperialists" and the "anti-war Democrats:"

We don't want your dirty imperialist wars!

And we are going to have to speak in a way that these warmongers hear, and understand, we mean what we say--- and this means united action.