One of the additional bonuses of my new fitness routine and purchase of a treadmill (hey--it's cheaper than joining the gym, which I hate), beyond being able to see my feet again, is turning on C-Span at 5:30 a.m. and seeing programming that usually is watched by insomniacs and a tiny minority.
This a.m. I got to hear a forum held by a group called, The World Can't Wait and their call for two things:
1. Immediate withdrawal from Iraq
2. Impeachment of President Bush
I don't know alot about them, but I like the provocative nature of what they are calling for. I can't say that I don't agree wholeheartedly with the above two points.
The content below comes from their website:
Will the Democrats stop the war? Or is it up to us?
While public opinion against the war is mounting everyday, there has been debate within the halls of power over what direction to take in the occupation of Iraq. Many are hoping that the Democrats will end the occupation, and beginning to pin their hopes on the 2006 elections.
The Call for World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime! puts it clearly: “There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.”
As the Bush regime is clearly having trouble continuing its occupation of Iraq, and debate is breaking out in Congress, we must ask ourselves what it will take to stop not only the war, but the whole disastrous course the Bush regime is taking us. This will require massive resistance of millions of people taking independent political action (as laid out in our Call), and demanding “Bush: step down, and take your whole program with you.”
We want to encourage people everywhere to debate these questions – from chat rooms, classrooms, work, political discussions, and holiday gatherings – and start organizing to drown out Bush’s State of the Union speech in massive protest.
While some might accuse me of hyperbole, I find much in this piece that I also agree with. Let me just implore those of you who are feeling kind of "blah" and apathetic now that we are in the doldrums of winter. Having your government spy on you, lie to you and spend your tax dollars to kill innocent people in Iraq and other places ought to piss you off enough to at least look into some of the information I've posted here and in other posts.
Find one thing that you can do today, this week, this month, and get at it. Democracy is depending on you!