Yes, Antiwar Movement, There Is a Santa Claus
by Donna Volatile
by Donna Volatile
You may not
like the gift wrapping but the contents are what you wrote on your
wish list: End the War, Bring the Troops Home Now, No War For Oil,
or for Israel, Do Not Attack Iran, Restore The Constitution and
The Rule of Law, No to The Patriot, Homeland Security, Military
Commissions Acts and No to The Homegrown Terrorism Act, No To Torture,
Rendition and Illegal Military Prisons and there's even some extras
that most of us wouldn't mind seeing like putting an end to the
Illegal Federal Reserve and doing away with the illegal personal
income tax on wages.
That all of
these goodies happen to be the essence of Congressman Ron Paul's,
Republican Presidential candidate from Texas, campaign platform
is surely a shock to any leftist's/progressive's system.
Ah be careful
what you wish for, you just might get it...
The only question
is will you accept this gift?
wrapping paper isn't right, perhaps there are some extra things
in the box that don't fit your political criteria but hey, it's
the thought that counts, isn't it?
Kucinich seems to think so, there is so much buzz in cyberspace
about the possibility of a Dennis Kucinich/Ron Paul ticket, it is
stunning. Dennis has even raised the prospect himself as has his
wife Elisabeth. Who ever thought we'd see the day?!
There is a
larger point to be made here and perhaps the most important one
and that is there isn't a whole lot of difference between the wants,
needs and desires of the anti-war traditional conservatives and
the anti-war leftists and progressives. We just all need to get
over ourselves. If Dennis Kucinich would consider Ron Paul as a
running mate isn't it time for the anti-war movement to dig a little
deeper to see what is going on here?...
(I have always
supported Dennis Kucinich, whenever possible but after the 2004
Convention and his failure to stand up at the Convention against
the war and support the peace activists who were hauled off the
convention floor, with their anti-war signs, and given his inability
to run a strong campaign, I can no longer back him. I do respect
his positions on many issues.)
A few activists
like myself have crossed over to support Ron Paul but far too many
others have not. Far too many from the left, far too many progressives
and liberals and far too many anti-war activists have not.
We have so
much in common but many on the left ridicule Ron Paul and his supporters.
They are so stuck in their positions, they do not see the monumental
things we have in common.
For many on
the left it is Ron Paul's stance on abortion, or his stance on health
care and the list goes on...
But as we face
another election year and perhaps the most critical and important
election year, I ask what cause can be more important than the cause
of PEACE? Without it, we have no chance at all.
since the Bush regime stole power, we have all been looking for
a Peace Candidate and now we have one.
have been co-opted and fail us at every turn. The third party has
been decimated, largely due to the democrats in 2004 and their fear
mongering tactic of "vote democrat or else." And here
we are again, facing another Presidential election at the most critical
time of our country's history and indeed the world and what have
we to choose from? The same damn pot that calls the kettle black
and they all want the same thing, they all have the same agenda
and we are left with voting for the lesser of evils or not voting
at all. Is anyone really going to fall for this routine again?...
But what if
all of the disenfranchised people got together, pulled their forces,
their energy and supported a true candidate for Peace? Would Peace
not then be possible?
Are we to forever
be held back by issues, such as abortion or even National Health
Care, an issue that never gets delivered in the first place (we
are no closer now than we were way back when)? These issues are
by design. Abortion keeps us divided. National Health care lends
us false hope.
This is no
ordinary election year. This is our last real chance to try and
get our country back on track and to prevent a third world war.
Will any of us risk losing this chance over our own personal issues
versus the common purpose and the Universal good?
We need to
start somewhere and Ron Paul is a good place to start.
For me, supporting
and voting for Ron Paul is the most "radical" thing I
have ever done in my political life. It is something I do with comfort
and good conscience. I support peace and I can only vote for a candidate
who wants to stop this war and prevent a larger war from happening.
Ron Paul has
a tremendous groundswell of grassroots support, people from all
walks of life, people from all over our country, giving of their
time, their money, their hearts and their energy to support this
man. I have never seen nor experienced anything like this in my
leftists, progressives and the anti-war movement to check Ron Paul
out for yourselves, Google him, watch his YouTube videos, listen
to what he has to say and how he says it.
Ron Paul is
the Peace candidate we've all been looking for. He answers to the
people, not corporate or political lobbies.
Ron Paul Revolution is best defined in his own words: He is honored
to be a part of our revolution.
I appeal to
all of you to consider this. To think about it, process it, digest
it, meditate on it, do whatever but above all find the higher meaning.
Volatile [send her mail]
is a radical, screenwriter, researcher and political writer living
in the mountain of northern New Mexico.
© 2007 Donna Volatile