(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Putting political pressure on President Obama from the Left may not produce any miracles, but actions such as this is, in of itself, a show of solidarity from the Democratic Base carrying the yet to ever be considered message that we are a force to be reckoned with.
And that must be our goal if the policies of our Country are ever going to change.
I was pleased to see this article from www.rawstory.com announcing a petition opposing support for President Obama until he stops his Global Warfare mass violence, his bankrupt Foreign Occupations, and his criminal record on Human Rights (no different than Bush-Cheney). Excerpts below:
Hundreds of liberal organizers and anti-war activists have signed a petition pledging to oppose President Barack Obama’s renomination in 2012 unless he reverses course in Afghanistan and pushes for significant cuts to military spending.
“We vow not to support President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in office, and to actively seek to impede his war policies unless and until he reverses them,” the pledge reads.
From former high-ticket lawmakers to ex-intelligence officials to veterans advocates, the petition (available here) has garnered the support of a multitude noted figures, including Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, retired FBI agent Coleen Rowley, and 2006 US Senate candidate Jean Hay Bright.
“We wanted to express our willingness to take a stand,” said seasoned anti-war activist David Swanson, the creator of the pledge, in an interview with Raw Story. The signatories, he added, declared their “absolute unwillingness to support Obama” unless he “takes on the war machine.”
“Half of what we wanted to do was simply to inform people of what’s been happening for the past two years,” Swanson said, referring to the growing military budget, the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan and misconceptions about the end of the Iraq war. “People, to a huge extent, don’t even now what’s going on.”
“So our goal is to pressure him or to replace him, but certainly also to educate people.”
More information about the pledge can be found here. The actual pledge itself is located at: http://warisacrime.org/petitio…
“I think if you’re going to eliminate the use of party primaries to advance your interests, hold your nose for two full years, and then vote for someone who is against almost everything you stand for, but is just not as bad as somebody else, then you’ve really given up on democracy,” Swanson said.
He added that there’s something “incredibly dishonest” about criticizing President George W. Bush’s war and military policies without applying those same standards to Obama.