Organizing Notes

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....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. @BruceKGagnon

Sunday, February 20, 2005


Hillary Clinton, who hopes to become president, is on the Sunday morning talk shows saying that our troops might be in Iraq for some time to come. "We've been in Korea for 50 years," she said. "We are still in Okinawa," she told the TV cameras. Right wing Sen Lindsay Graham (R-SC), sitting next to Hillary during the interview on Faze the Nation, chimed in that even though "Sen Clinton and I are on different ends of the political spectrum, we both agree that our troops will be here for a long time."

That is it. Pack up your bags peace movement and just go home. Hillary has made the pronouncement. She is in sync with George W. Bush, the neo-con crowd, Haliburton, Bechtel....she wants to be president and she knows that the road to the White House has to pass through the gates of the military industrial complex....and the oil corporations....and the globalization crowd that intends to create a "market economy" in Iraq (read privatization of everything there.) Hillary has totally sold out.

The war in Iraq, and the very long presence of U.S. troops there, will bleed America to the bone. The Democratic party, with few very noble exceptions, is on their knees in loyal complicity with the war machine. How can any self respecting peace activist contemplate for a moment supporting such a party in the next election?

Hillary will try to rehabilitate herself with progressives by talking about social programs in the U.S. But how can we have social programs in the U.S. when we are spending our national treasury on an over bloated Pentagon and a disastrous war in Iraq?! How long will we be fooled by those "progressives" who claim that we can afford "guns and butter"?

The peace movement will get very little help from the Democratic party to put a stop to this "endless war" we are now in. We are going to have to step up the pressure on Congress by committing to a steady flow of opposition to our senators and congress members. We've got to sit in their offices, call out their names in our letters to the editor and public meetings, point out their inconsistencies when they claim we can have endless war and social progress at home. We are on our own now. Local activists are going to have to run against war supporters in upcoming elections. The Democrats might have let Howard Dean become the chair of their party but they will not stand up against this illegal and costly war in Iraq. They have sold their souls to the big corporations.

It was no different during the Vietnam war. Lyndon Johnson, the good Democrat, abandoned his own war on poverty in order to escalate the war in Vietnam. Republicans and Democrats climbed into bed together to bring "freedom" to the Vietnamese people. In the end they killed millions of them and thousands of American GI's too. The use of agent orange in Vietnam, to defoliate the jungles, still today negatively impacts the people there as children are born with mutations from parents who were exposed to the deadly toxin. So is the story in Iraq today, as the country is laid waste by depleted uranium which will cause severe health affects for thousands of years. And we hear no concern by either corporate political party.

It is up to the peace movement and we'd better get serious fast. We can't be so concerned about being nice, and not offending people. We'd better stop being so worried what our neighbors think of us. We'd better step it up quick and begin to resist this insanity that our government is perpetrating with our tax dollars. We'd better make a commitment to be a real part of the global movement for peace before this war spreads to Iran, Syria, and even North Korea.

The U.S. is being turned into a military culture. Our role in the world, in the new world corporate order, is going to be to export security. That means we won't have good paying industrial jobs in America anymore. We will send our kids off to foreign lands to suppress opposition to corporate globalization. The military is where our kids will find work. Endless warriors. You think we are hated now in the haven't seen anything yet.

We've got to use every opportunity to bring this resistance message to the public. We can't sit on our fluffy laurels and fancy titles any longer. We've got to get into the garden and get our hands dirty. We've got to get into the soil of this nation and mix it up. We can't wait for our hired gardeners like Hillary Clinton to do it for us. We can't trust that Hillary will plant the kind of seeds we want in our garden. We've got to take on the job ourselves. The time has come to get real.


Blogger Sheila Baker said...

The constant peace movement meetings and conferences are difficult for people who are transportation challenged, i.e., don't own a car. Our county bus service runs Monday through Saturday from early morning to early evening, so I cannot make 95% of the meetings which start at 7pm.
Car pooling doesn't seem to be in vogue anymore, and so therefore I sit home on my computer and do armschair activism.

2/20/05, 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

morning from the other side of the world.

I think it vital that everyone begin to understand two things.

1) we are living in the time of corporatised governments, that means government for the corporations and 'buy' the corporations and have been for many years now, ...we are just begining to wake up to that. the corporate form of government has a giant military industrial complex, to enforce its domination, rather than a local police force to police the people.

2) that we are living in a time, where all our beliefs are being challenged....Religion is mixing with politics becouse religon is the foundation upon which everything thing else is built. i.e. the 10 commandments underpin our moral way of being in the world, and all our laws have been built around them.

We are also both literally and symbolically living in the old testament end days. The new testament teachings have not yet fully dawned within us in any real way.

these two fundemental factors are what we are seeing aliging today so that we can wake up and realise that there is no government for the people, it has been co-opted from the very begining. and that religions have always been political and that our god is a god of mans rather base ideals.

we are all being challenged to grow up and wake up. there is only one political party, despite its many faces, and that is a party of wealthy millionaries for wealthy millionares. when they speak they are not speaking to us ordianry people they are speaking to each other.

Hillary never sold you out, because she was never with you in the first place, she has her own agenda supported by corporate interests which although she speaks in our language, her motives are propelled by something else.

we are going over the cliff because no one wants to put up a fence has ever stood at this cliff face....and when we land at the bottom, all we get is a band aid and pushed back up the hill to join the mass enslavement which has become our only measure of value to ourselves.

the 'peace' movement has to recognise these truths, and ponder a different MO because the power elite, know our predictable responses and have for many years.

the time has certainly come to get real, and that means waking up to a nightmare of our own making...owning it and comprehending it and then brain storming our creative juices to look beyond for ways to bring down this ticking time bomb you call your is only doing what it has always done, rape pillage and plunder another countries wealth while using your names and money along with your innocent delusions of freedom.

getting really real, means creating another way.

perhaps, sadly this is to entrenched to be stopped. We need to plant the seeds of awarness before change can occur...but so many are stuck in the old beliefs of governments benevolence. Americans have a lot to wake up to, and it won't be nice, all will wake up to a nightmare that the rest of the world has been seeing for over 50 years.

the facism that has crept into your government is creeping into mine.

New Zealand

2/20/05, 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eisenhower warned us of the industrial military complex.

Something about Hillary has made me uneasy for some time.

If she wins the nomination, I will vote for her, but not with her being my first choice.

2/20/05, 7:11 PM  
Blogger Loring Wirbel said...

Sorry if this sounds harsh, but Hillary has held many blatant warmongering positions for years and years. I have little sympathy for Democrats or independent progressives who would remain wilfully ignorant by not acknowledging the unacceptable political positions she's had for more than a decade. It's like the MeCHA members who supported Alberto Gonzalez merely because he was Hispanic - what are these so-called progressives THINKING?

Loring Wirbel
Colorado Springs

2/21/05, 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't act surprised by Hillary. Only fools believe that the Democrats are somehow less militaristic than the Republicans (or, for that matter, any other American political party).

The entire American political establishment is a class of WARMONGERS! Not just the "Neocons" (whatever this overused label means).

Or have you forgotten the fact the Clinton Regime repeatedly bombed Iraq (not to mention Yugoslavia, Somalia) throughout the 1990s?

Remember Mad Madeline Albright's infamous comment about how the death of over 100,000 Iraqi children due to American economic sanctions "was worth it"?

The so-called "peace" movement in the USA is an ineffective joke. It is a joke because in terms of politics, agenda, and worldview, it refuses to question or challenge the global American Empire itself.

The enemy is not merely individual political leaders (like Bush), or individual political factions (like the Neocons), or even hated corporations.

The enemy is the American Empire and the Capitalist system itself--of which the USA is the global military enforcer. War is merely an inevitable byproduct of this system.

As they say, Capitalist "peace" is nothing more than an interlude between wars.

2/28/05, 8:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Dunbar said...

I'd post but I'm late to my militia drill meeting. We're getting our offical "I'm a member of the military culture" caps and t-shirts today. Next week is the rifle issue. I cannot wait until live fire week on the range next month.

3/3/05, 12:59 PM  

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