Not One More!
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The following is the orginal website as it appeared back in 2006.
An open letter to our elected officials and community members:
To: This announcement is to any potential Democratic candidate for the 2008 Presidential race who wants to get the support of the anti-war voters.
What: If you support the peace process and want to get the anti-war vote, make a public statement that:
When: We ask that you make this public announcement as soon as possible, but no later than February 20, 2006 (President's Day).
If you cannot support the peace process in this timely manner, then the "peace and justice" movement cannot consider supporting you in the 2008 presidential race, regardless of any "positions" that you may have adopted by that point. Every day you wait is a betrayal to peace and justice, and a horrible tragedy to those who will die. Now is the time to stand up against the U.S. occupation. Please make a public anti-war declaration by February 20, 2006, which is appropriately, President's Day. Why: There is sufficient evidence at the present time for a reasonable person to make a rational determination that this war is based on lies and is illegal under our own laws, and under international law. To support the war is contrary to basic democratic principles of freedom and liberty. The ideal anti-war candidate would already be outraged at the lies and manipulations of the current administration. They would be formulating an exit strategy that would include turning interim authority in Iraq over to a truly international authority. In addition, the tortures and abuses at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Graibs prison, and elsewhere, would immediately cease. The ideal candidate would not allow another needless death, and understand that there is not any "noble cause" in Iraq. Nor would they believe that to withdraw from this illegal war is a dishonor to the soldiers who have already died. It is hard to believe that those soldiers who have already made the ultimate sacrifice would want another of their brothers and sisters to die in vain for a lie.The truly anti-war candidate would be speaking out now, and not two years from now. Now is the time to publicly speak out and be counted. We are looking for leaders, not followers. We are looking for solutions, not political posturing. We are looking for a presidential candidate that can publicly state that this war, based on lies and misrepresentations, is a mistake. We have waited long enough.
Not one more!
This is a two step campaign. For it to work requires two things.
First, we should request a public statement (in writing preferably) from our elected officials that states the Iraq war is illegal, and that immediate withdrawal of our occupying forces is the first step towards peace and justice. We would require elected officials and potential presidential candidates to issue this declaration by February 20, 2006. This date was picked because it is President's Day, and hopefully the candidates will reflect upon what they want to stand for. This country needs a leader who will take this country forward, and protect liberty and justice for all by putting the public trust first.
Second, it would require the voting public, specifically the peace community, to stand solidly in support for a truly anti-war candidate, and be united in their opposition to any candidate who didn't, or couldn't, make their anti-war declaration by February 20, 2006. This applies to presidential candidates, but also applies to candidates in other local, state, and federal elections. We can no longer afford to compromise on critical issues. We must do all in our power to stop this injustice from occurring, and taking another life.
Send a letter to your elected officials and ask them where they stand on the war. Let them know that if they cannot publicly state by February 20, 2006, that this war is based on lies and that their support for the war was a mistake; that you will not be able to support them in their next election. There may be enough people who oppose this war to make a significant difference in the election. Many in the anti-war community will no longer support a candidate that is not clearly opposed to the war (they will no longer support a Kerry type candidate).
Talk to others about your view of the war- tell them that you can't support a candidate that is not willing, or capable, of knowing that the reasons for this war were based on lies and deceit. Write letters to the editor, your elected officials, and let them know.
Not One More!
© 2005 Attila Gyenis
War creates peace like hate creates love. ~David L. Wilson
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Dis-civil Obedience - If you are obedient to a government that is acting in a way that is not beneficial to society (civilization), you are practicing dis-civil obedience.
Get off the Fence - How could anyone in the world still be sitting on that fence? by Attila Gyenis (George Bush is a lying liar)
Chickenhawk: (from Wikipedia) is an epithet used in United States politics to criticize a politician, bureaucrat, or commentator who votes for war, supports war, commands a war, or develops war policy, but has not personally served in the military, especially one who opted out of a previous war on dubious grounds. Generally, it is not a label applied to essentially "dovish" leaders who support defensive wars, "humanitarian interventions," or UN operations.
The term is generally used in the ad hominem circumstantial context: since a supposed "chickenhawk" has not served in war, the implication is that the person is morally ill-equipped to support a war. On the contrary, implication is that any person who has served in a war is morally better-equipped to make decisions about war.
It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell. ~Gen. William T. Sherman
"It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." Sinclair Lewis
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." Bertrand Russell
Not One More!
Dear Elected Official/Community Member:
There is a terrible national tragedy occurring under our watch- the Iraq War. Clearly, it is time to get off the fence and say which side you are on. This illegal occupation is in violation of U.S. law, international law, as well as a betrayal of the basic principles of peace and justice. It is causing needless deaths and unnecessary suffering to both the American and Iraqi communities. If you believe that this war is a travesty, now is the time to stand up and publicly announce that the war is wrong. Join us by February 20, 2006, in publicly stating that you support bringing our soldiers back, and ending this war that is based on lies and deceit. Now is the time, not two years from now.
February 20th was picked because it is President's Day, and hopefully any potential presidential candidate will reflect upon what they want to stand for by this symbolic day. This country needs a leader who will take this country forward, and protect liberty and justice for all by putting the public trust first.
Honor our soldiers and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice by not putting any more of our community through the pain and suffering. Not One More!
There is sufficient evidence that shows beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged reasons for this war (weapons of mass destruction, responsible for September 11, 2001, immediate nuclear threat by Saddam) were a product of willful manipulation on the part of the President and has no basis in truth. To put it plainly, the President lied to the American people about why he sent us to war. Our soldiers and their families are paying the ultimate sacrifice.
This war is not wrong because we have over 2,000 U.S. soldier deaths; it is wrong because we are occupying a foreign country based on lies and deceit. We are violating basic human rights by illegally occupying a foreign country. We are committing crimes against humanity.
The Need for timely support is now! - Stand up and be counted
It is not in the best interests of the peace community to support any presidential candidate in 2008 who cannot make a commonsense choice to publicly oppose the war by February 20, 2006. If an elected official or potential presidential candidate does not have enough information at this late date to make a reasoned determination that this war is a mistake, or if they refuse to publicly oppose the war because it might not be politically desirable, they are not worthy of the peace community’s support.
Join us. If you are an elected official, or desiring to run for public office, please commit yourself to the peace process and state publicly that you do not support the war based on lies and misrepresentations. If you previously supported the war but can now see through the lies and manipulations, you need to admit your support was a mistake and move forward. We welcome you. What we want is a peaceful solution, and we are looking for people to join us in that effort.
If you are a member of the peace movement, commit yourself to voting only for candidates who have publicly declared by February 20, 2006, their opposition to the war. And please, let your elected officials know what you intend to do. We cannot afford to support another Kerry type of candidate, one who is unclear or incapable of stating clearly that this war, based on lies and deceit, was a mistake. We cannot afford to support another Kerry type of candidate, one who is unclear or incapable of stating clearly that this war, based on lies and deceit, was a mistake.
Each day we wait is another unacceptable delay in peace and justice.
There is no peace without justice, and there is no justice if it is based on lies.
Attila GyenisPO Box 5174 Eureka, CA 95502 emailto:email@example.com