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I came across this excellent article recently writ…

May 6, 2007

I came across this excellent article recently written by Ernest Partridge . If you care about your country you need to heed this message.

Only Americans Can Restore America’s Honor

In six short years, the Bush regime has transformed the United States from an exemplar of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, to a pariah and a threat to international law and order. A recent BBC poll of twenty-six countries has found that, by a plurality of 49 to 32 percent, the United States is believed to play a “mainly negative” role in the world. These scores report a continuing decline in international respect for the United States. As Dave Zweifel writes: “We no longer are viewed as a beacon of freedom for the world, but a nation to be vilified for its war-mongering, its torturing and its refusal to work with other countries.”
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The President is Not King – Pelosi On the "Today…

May 3, 2007

The President is Not King – Pelosi

On the “Today Show,” Nancy Pelosi sat down with Campbell Brown to discuss her trip to Syria as well as the stand-off between the White House and Congress over war-funding. Pelosi said: “The president is not king, the president is the president of the United States. America is a democracy. We have to make decisions based on our judgment. Thus far, the president’s judgment hasn’t been good in terms of, say, for example, the war on Iraq. So with all due respect to the president and the role he has, we want respect for the role we have. And members of Congress have gone on fact-finding trips since our country began. We’re not going to stop because the president wants to avoid the facts and doesn’t want to engage in dialogue.”

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From the Floor of Congress – Rep. John Lewis One o…

March 24, 2007

From the Floor of Congress – Rep. John Lewis
One of the Few Members Who Has Backbone

“Tonight I must make it plain and clear that as a human being, as a citizen of the world, as a citizen of America, as a Member of Congress, as an individual committed to a world at peace with itself, I will not and I cannot in good conscience vote for another dollar or another dime to support this war.” Rep. John Lewis, March 19, 2007 House floor

One of the few voices in Congress who are speaking out against this war. The Iraqi people say that life is worse now than before the occupation of U.S. forces. But their voices fall silent by the arrogant Bush administration.

Following is the rest of Rep. John Lewis’s speech to Congress. He speaks such a profound truth in this time of deceipt and monumental lies.

FULL TEXT OF SPEECH:Delivered on Monday, March 19, 2007, the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a day marking the start of perhaps the single most stupid and counterproductive foreign policy blunder in the history of our country. Delivered by Rep. John Lewis on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

The SPEAKER pro tempore.”Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Lewis) is recognized for 5 minutes.” Mr. LEWIS of Georgia.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise with deep concern that on this very day 4 years ago, our Nation inaugurated a conflict, an unnecessary war, a war of choice, not a necessity. “The most comprehensive intelligence we have, the National Intelligence Estimate and the latest Pentagon report, tells us that Iraq had descended into a state of civil war. Over 3,000 Americans have died, and hundreds of thousands, some even say up to 1 million citizens of Iraq, have lost their lives in this unnecessary conflict.

“And while we are telling our veterans of this war, the elderly, the poor, and the sick that there is no room in the budget for them, the American people have spent over $400 billion on a failed policy. We cannot do more of the same. Mr. Speaker, violence begets violence. It does not lead to peace. “President John F. Kennedy once said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

My greatest fear is that the young people of Iraq and of the Middle East will never forget this war. My greatest fear is they will grow up hating our children and our children’s children for what we have done. Mr. Speaker, the Bible is right. Even a great nation can reap what it sows. “Nothing troubles me more than to see the young faces of these soldiers who have been led to their death. “Some are only 18, 19, 21, 22, 23. It is painful; it is so painful to watch.

Sometimes I feel like crying and crying out loud at what we are doing as a Nation and what this administration is doing in our name. Our children do not deserve to die as pawns in a civil war. “They do not deserve to pay with their lives for the mistakes of this administration. They never had a chance. “When I was their age, when I was 23 years old, I was leading the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, soon to speak in Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but then we were involved in a nonviolent revolution to transform the soul of America, to create a beloved community.

“Forty years ago, I was there in New York City in Riverside Church when Martin Luther King, Jr., gave one of the most powerful speeches he ever made against the war in Vietnam. If he could speak today, he would say this Nation needs a revolution of values that exposes the truth that war does not work. If he could speak today, he would say that war is obsolete as a tool of our foreign policy. “He would say there is nothing keeping us from changing our national priority so that the pursuit of peace can take precedence over the pursuit of war. “He would say we must remove the causes of chaos, injustice, poverty and insecurity that are breeding grounds for terrorism. This is the way towards peace.

“As a Nation, can we hear the words of Gandhi, so simple, so true, that it is either nonviolence or nonexistence? Can we hear the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., saying that we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish as fools? “Tonight I must make it plain and clear that as a human being, as a citizen of the world, as a citizen of America, as a Member of Congress, as an individual committed to a world at peace with itself, I will not and I cannot in good conscience vote for another dollar or another dime to support this war.”
End of speech

Thank you, sir, for having the backbone/courage to stand up against the goliath’s in congress.

Now it is time for the Democrats to put Iraq on the table and deliver what they promised to the American people. As Cindy Sheehan said in one of her speeches that “we are the decider’s, not George W. Bush”.