Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....
- Name: Bruce K. Gagnon
- Location: Bath, Maine, United States
Friday, November 07, 2008
President-elect Obama is asking for the public to send him their comments on how he should proceed in the coming weeks.
You can send these comments via this new web site his transition team has just put up. Click here: http://www.change.gov/page/s/contact
I was contacted yesterday by a church group in Arizona asking for a sample letter they could use to encourage people to send Obama. I put it below for your consideration. It would not hurt for all of us to write Obama and express our concerns and give our ideas. You know the "other side" is doing it.
Dear President-elect Obama:
I am writing to urge you to dramatically cut military spending which has doubled during the last eight years under the Bush administration.
It will be impossible for our nation to achieve economic stability, social justice, a new energy policy, and peace as long as making weapons and war are our nation's priority.
We must quickly move to convert our wasteful military industrial complex in order to make funds available to create the green jobs doing sustainable production that you promised during your campaign.
If, instead of building weapons for war, we were to build public transit systems, solar power, and wind power we could significantly reduce our need for fossil fuels and thus reduce the pressure to control oil in the Middle East and Central Asia. Thus peace becomes a tangible benefit of creating a new green economy here at home.
It is our hope that you will focus our national attention on changing the way we interact with the world by creating an Earth friendly economy at home. This way we deal with the harsh coming reality of climate change and offer the world a new and friendlier side of America.
We wish you the best and pledge to do our part to help move our nation in this positive direction.