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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


In recent days the papers have reported that the troop "surge" in Iraq will essentially double the numbers of U.S. troops there. This comes as more than 70% of the American people want us out of Iraq now.

The Democrats are expected to vote very soon, along with the Rpublicans, to appropriate more money for Bush's occupation. A few Dems will vote against the supplemental but the majority of the Dems will go along to get along. This is what the nation gets as a thank you from the Dems after putting them back into power. They rode the anti-war horse during the 2006 elections and once in control of Congress they have dismounted it and taken the reins of the war horse.

Democratic party leader Nancy Pelosi is calling this sell-out funding vote a "victory" on the path to ending the war. Other Dems are saying this is the best deal they could get. Actually it's really not fair to even call it a deal. The Dems have caved in to Bush. They have even pulled their wimpish "optional" demand for a withdrawal timeline from the Iraq occupation funding bill. They have no fight in them.

Lately we've been hearing the words "10 more years" from various sources describing how much longer the U.S. military will have to be in Iraq. I've seen Tony Blair make similar statements. The Dems are working with Bush to ensure that we are so bogged down in Iraq that it will be virtually impossible to get us out. The empire builders want U.S. control of Iraqi oil at all costs.

About the likely U.S. attack of Iran the Dems are silent. On impeachment the leadership of the Dems tell us to forget it. They say this in spite of the fact that 14 state Democratic parties have voted in favor of impeachment. But the Dems don't care what their grassroots base wants. They only listen to their corporate pay masters.

No matter what the people think. Damn public opinion - full speed ahead into disaster!

I leave on Thursday for Florida where I load up a rental truck and drive my mother's belongings to Las Vegas. She is moving out there to live near my sister. I will be gone til June 2. I probably will not have a chance to do a blog while gone although I will try to get in a report from the highway if at all possible.

As I make that long slow drive in that truck I will be doing a lot of thinking about the serious condition of our so-called democracy. Our people's republic is in critical care right now. We face a Congress largely bought and paid for by the weapons, oil, banking, pharmaceutical, and insurance corporations. The people have been cut out of the deal.

While I drive west I'll be thinking about what more I can personally do to stand against this corporate domination of our nation and the world.

How can I work with others to ensure that we don't give up the fight like the Dems have done? We must continue to build national and international resistance to the oligarchy that now controls our world. We must take back control of our governments from the corporations so that we can ensure the future generations have a decent chance of living.

Nothing could be more important.


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