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Freedom Flyer 4
The American Emergency
of us who keep up with serious events know we are in an American
emergency. It is the emergency of all our American emergencies. Are
we a democracy, or have we degenerated into a Presidential-corporate-military
dictatorship? Can we save our country, or will we lose the United States
as we know it?
the United Nations we and other nations agreed, largely on the basis of our
experience of Mussolini and Hitler, that the one great national war crime is
the war of aggression across a nation's borders. We solemnly and legally
bound ourselves to act together against that crime.
In December 2000, 26
months ago, for the first time in our two centuries of history our presidency
was stolen from us in a presidential and judicial coup. Instead of
the people electing the President, the Supreme Court stopped the vote-counting
and selected George W. Bush. Everything the Bush administration has done
since then has been illegitimate and illegal because he as President is
illegitimate and illegal.
And five things he is
doing sharply increase the physical danger to Americans from terrorism and war,
seek to change us from a democracy to a plutocracy, and threaten the world with
bullying and massive American high-tech military violence, even unto nuclear
immediately mis-categorized 9/11, declaring it to be an act of war against us
by nations harboring terrorists instead of what it was, a crime against
humanity by a group of terrorists. On the basis of this pretext, he
then declared a permanent war against nations that he will select.
2. Last March
Bush declared, in a secret policy paper revealed by the Los Angeles Times,
that our country can and prospectively will make first use of nuclear weapons
for three new reasons: against non-nuclear nations that use chemical or
biological weapons, against targets that non-nuclear weapons cannot destroy,
and in the event of "surprising military developments."
September 20th Bush sent to Congress a new national security doctrine that
amounts to aggressive war for world domination. He told Congress outright
that he will not allow any other nation to equal or surpass the power of the
United States and that the U.S. can and will launch wars against nations that
have not attacked
us and are not imminently about to do so but that
he determines are potential threats to us.
4. Since 9/11
he has cudgeled and bullied the Congress and the press, using fear as his goad,
to set aside our constitutional liberties in a rush to war. He has championed
gigantic tax cuts for the rich in order to bankrupt the government and thereby
destroy or gravely cripple Medicare, Social Security, and the rest of the
government's programs for the people, and by seeking to totally abolish the
estate tax he is attempting to establish a permanent hereditary aristocracy in
5. And now,
in pursuit of control of Iraqi oil, he is about to give the final order for the
world's one superpower to attack, with a rain of 1,300 missiles, then to
invade, with 200,000 troops, and to the extent he desires to destroy a nation
6,000 miles away--a nation of 24 million people, more than half of them 14
years of age or younger, whom we outnumber 12 to 1.
We are becoming the
bully of the world. An American attack on Iraq without UN sanction will
be a war of aggression as defined and prohibited by the UN. Our waging it
will be a war crime.
We must stay calm.
We must believe that all this is happening, even though it is amazing and
astounding. We must be nonviolent in all that we do. And we must
have courage now. We are taught by our parents and from grade-school on
to obey, that it's patriotic to obey. Now we must have the courage to do
the opposite, the courage to disobey. To march. To resist. To
refuse to cooperate in this or any other war of aggression that Bush
launches. We must say No and we must mean and continue to mean No.
These are our unfamiliar but sacred duties now as patriots, as American
citizens, and as human beings.
God Forgive and God
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