I do not think we should let Bush attack Iraq.
What can we do to stop it?
|Date:||August 21st, 2002 06:54 am (UTC)|| |
I can't think of any method that does not require a massive nationwide organization. If we had such power, though, we could simply refuse to pay taxes this year. They could not arrest millions of people, and the word would get out right quick. I don't see how we can see ourselves justified in opposing a war we pay for.
I agree, but what can you do? Assassinate him? Have the Supreme Court reverse the judicial coup that put him in power in the first place? Start a letter-writing campaign?
Perhaps I've grown cynical, but I think the only thing you can do is make it clear you disagree, as loud and as often as possible. You can't stop the war on Iraq, but you CAN stop the erosion of American freedoms that is using 9/11 as an excuse. And one way is to loudly make use of your First Admentment rights, and remind anyone who tries to suppress your views that that the suppression of non-government-approved views is very Taliban.
Nothing. This is a Republic, not a Democracy.
But we used to have a set-up so that it required an act of Congress for us to go to war on another country. How is it that this doesn't seem to apply anymore?
Is there any way for us to demand our government follow its own rules?
Alternatively, is there any way to better promote the mem abroad that President Bush does not, in fact, have the support of his people in what he does? I don't know that this would help that much, but it might reduce violent attacks against Americans in the next year.
We are witnessing the largest power grab of the Executive Branch since...since...since I don't know when. Several Presidents before Bush have simply not bothered to formally declare war before invading another country, sidestepping the Constitutional issue. Bush has gone further, borrowing Orwell's concept of the rhetorical war: a neverending war designed more to control the local populace than achieve any foreign policy objectives. This will all swing the other way eventually, but it could easily take twenty years or more.
Sorry. I wish I could offer more hope.
|Date:||August 21st, 2002 01:27 pm (UTC)|| |
I agree. The issue here is the idea of a "war on a concept" rather than a "war on a nation." Anything and anybody can be a target, and 'terrorism" is a word that can be very dangerously defined. And once you're taken into custody under the guise of this so-called war, you can be held without recourse to the normal judicial system, no matter who you are or what your citizenship might be.
What ? You want to stop the war ? and let this country sink further into recession ? You're starting to talk like a Democrat or communist or some other bad person. Maybe we ought to arrest you and send you to live in a cage in Cuba !
I'm still waiting for Bush to attack Enron.
I've been thinking and wondering the same thing myself....
I'm afraid I'm not a very smart guy -- especially when it comes to politics and government and stuff -- so I'm afraid I have no answers. However, I thoroughly agree with you that we need to do what we can to prevent Bush the evil madman from having his way. (Hmmmm. I just noticed that "Bush the evil madman" scans with "Puff the magic dragon." Anyone care to commit filk?)
I suspect our ability to act was weakened when we allowed the Pretender to assume the
I did and will again vote for Senators Wellstone and Dayton, which might help slightly, but beyond that I just don't know. If somebody comes up with a reasonable idea that might work, I'd be willing to pitch in, that's for sure.