FROM OUR FRIENDS AT TRUE MAJORITY
They said it couldn’t be done, but it HAS been done, by you and other TrueMajority members. At 2:05 pm today, the House voted down the taxpayer bailout of Wall Street. The stock market predictably dropped on the news that investment companies won’t be getting our money, and the pundits will be getting all exercised about it. Here’s what you should do about that:
Take a deep breath.
And then send a message to Congress to start focusing on the real fixes we need.
Wall Street has actually convinced a lot of us that what’s good for the Dow Jones Average is good for us real people. But for eight years while bankers raked in billions, ordinary Americans have seen their real wages drop, jobs sent overseas, health insurance rates skyrocket, and now thousands are losing their homes.
We need our government to actively work for US in fixing this mess, so let’s tell Congress it’s time to start over and pass a New Deal for Main Street.
- Putting real regulations back on runaway financial corporations, and taking an ownership stake in exchange for any taxpayer support
- Providing mortgage relief so ordinary Americans stop losing their homes
- Putting millions to work by investing in new green jobs and infrastructure
- Investing in a health care plan to cover everyone
This debate is not over, so jump into it now. At long last it’s become obvious what kind of country de-regulation and taxbreaks for corporations creates. People are re-considering our priorities as a nation. Speak up for yours.
From our friend Stephan Said (formerly Smith, whom you may remember from the Princeton Congress some years back (www.stephansaid.com):
“I believe the most universal humanitarian response to the war in Iraq, and for our mutual international security, is to help the innocent 4.8 million internally and externally displaced Iraqi refugees, whose numbers make the crisis the most catastrophic of our times. … Our generation has the tools to create the more equitable global society we seek today. We don’t have to wait for politicians or pop radio. We can lead them.
For now, if you’re interested in finding out more about the crisis or working with organizations already involved, go to the following links:
Katie Couric Interviews The Candidate About Watching Russia, Her New Passport And Her Opinion Of Obama
Katie Couric: As we stand before this august building and institution, what do you see as the role of the United States in the world?
Sarah Palin: I see the United States as being a force for good in the world. And as Ronald Reagan used to talk about, America being the beacon of light and hope for those who are seeking democratic values and tolerance and freedom. I see our country being able to represent those things that can be looked to … as that leadership, that light needed across the world.
Couric: In preparing for this conversation, a lot of our viewers … and Internet users wanted to know why you did not get a passport until last year. And they wondered if that indicated a lack of interest and curiosity in the world.
Palin: I’m not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel the world.
No, I’ve worked all my life. In fact, I usually had two jobs all my life until I had kids. I was not a part of, I guess, that culture. The way that I have understood the world is through education, through books, through mediums that have provided me a lot of perspective on the world.
Couric: Gov. Palin, you’ve had a very busy week. And you’re meeting with many world leaders. You met with President Karzai of Afghanistan. I know the McCain campaign has called for a surge in Afghanistan. But that country is, as you know, dramatically different than Iraq. Why do you believe additional troops, U.S. troops, will solve the problem there?
Palin: Because we can’t afford to lose in Afghanistan, as we cannot afford to lose in Iraq, either, these central fronts on the war on terror. And I asked President Karzai, “Is that what you are seeking, also? That strategy that has worked in Iraq that John McCain had pushed for, more troops? A counterinsurgency strategy?” And he said, “yes.” And he also showed great appreciation for what America and American troops are providing in his country.
Couric: The United States is deeply unpopular in Pakistan. Do you think the Pakistani government is protecting al Qaeda within its borders?
Palin: I don’t believe that new President Zardari has that mission at all. But no, the Pakistani people also, they want freedom. They want democratic values to be allowed in their country, also. They understand the dangers of terrorists having a stronghold in regions of their country, also. And I believe that they, too, want to rid not only their country, but the world, of violent Islamic terrorists.
Couric: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundary that we have with Canada. It’s funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don’t know, you know … reporters.
Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.
Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.
Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…
Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state.
Couric: When President Bush ran for office, he opposed nation-building. But he has spent, as you know, much of his presidency promoting democracy around the world. What lessons have you learned from Iraq? And how specifically will you try to spread democracy throughout the world?
Palin: Specifically, we will make every effort possible to help spread democracy for those who desire freedom, independence, tolerance, respect for equality. That is the whole goal here in fighting terrorism also. It’s not just to keep the people safe, but to be able to usher in democratic values and ideals around this, around the world.
Couric: You met yesterday with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who is for direct diplomacy with both Iran and Syria. Do you believe the U.S. should negotiate with leaders like President Assad and Ahmadinejad?
Palin: I think, with Ahmadinejad, personally, he is not one to negotiate with. You can’t just sit down with him with no preconditions being met. Barack Obama is so off-base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around our world who would seek to destroy America and that, and without preconditions being met. That’s beyond naïve. And it’s beyond bad judgment.
Couric: Are you saying Henry Kissinger …
Palin: It’s dangerous.
Couric: … is naïve for supporting that?
Palin: I’ve never heard Henry Kissinger say, “Yeah, I’ll meet with these leaders without preconditions being met.” Diplomacy is about doing a lot of background work first and shoring up allies and positions and figuring out what sanctions perhaps could be implemented if things weren’t gonna go right. That’s part of diplomacy.
Couric: You recently said three times that you would never, quote, “second guess” Israel if that country decided to attack Iran. Why not?
Palin: We shouldn’t second guess Israel’s security efforts because we cannot ever afford to send a message that we would allow a second Holocaust, for one. Israel has got to have the opportunity and the ability to protect itself. They are our closest ally in the Mideast. We need them. They need us. And we shouldn’t second guess their efforts.
Couric: You don’t think the United States is within its rights to express its position to Israel? And if that means second-guessing or discussing an option?
Palin: No, abso … we need to express our rights and our concerns and …
Couric: But you said never second guess them.
Palin: We don’t have to second-guess what their efforts would be if they believe … that it is in their country and their allies, including us, all of our best interests to fight against a regime, especially Iran, who would seek to wipe them off the face of the earth. It is obvious to me who the good guys are in this one and who the bad guys are. The bad guys are the ones who say Israel is a stinking corpse and should be wiped off the face of the earth. That’s not a good guy who is saying that. Now, one who would seek to protect the good guys in this, the leaders of Israel and her friends, her allies, including the United States, in my world, those are the good guys.
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Weird, disturbing and potent. It’s interesting to watch at the very least.
TruthThroughAction.org takes aim at Sen. McCain’s 100-year Iraq War in this 4-minute film by Josh Sugarman; a Brandon Yankowitz production.
“American Centurion,” follows a wounded American soldier’s last efforts to hold off an unrelenting enemy advance while, with the help of a misplaced child, coming to terms with his role in the ongoing conflict. The film was shot in Manhattan and southern New Jersey over two days in late July.
Presented by TruthThroughAction.org in association with YaSu Media.
UPDATE: David Swanson wrote:
> Antagonize and Blockade Iran Resolution Stopped By U.S. Citizen Outrage
> Democratic leadership ‘effectively shelves’ Iran resolution
> Think Progress
> The Democratic leadership in the House “effectively shelved” a
> proposed non-binding resolution that “critics say would amount to a
> naval blockade of Iran because of concerns that it could provoke
> another war, officials on Capitol Hill said.” The Washington Times
> Even though the document would not be a law but a “statement of
> policy” aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,
> the Democratic leadership is worried that it could be viewed by the
> Bush administration as a green light to use military force against
> Iran, officials said. […]
> The draft “demands that the president initiate an international
> effort” that would impose “stringent inspection requirements on all
> persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains and cargo entering or
> departing Iran.”
> NEXT WE STOP PAULSON’S PLUNDER
From: The Committee on Foreign Affairs
Sent By: Mary.McVeigh@mail.house.gov
September 26, 2008
Support the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2008
Later today, the House will consider the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2008 under suspension of the rules. I urge you to join me in supporting this important measure.
The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act will significantly strengthen our nation’s peaceful efforts to counter Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program. The legislation contains versions of two measures that have previously passed the House: HR 1400, the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act, which was approved by the House on September 25, 2007, by a vote of 397-16, and H.R. 2347, the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, which was passed on July 31, 2007, by a vote of 408-6. This bill will help strengthen the hands of the United States by leading efforts to ensure that if Iran does not end its quest to obtain nuclear w! eapons and its support for international terrorism, Iran will face meaningful economic measures.
The legislation will undercut Iran’s nuclear program and support for terrorism by:
· Codifying and expanding export and import bans on goods to and from Iran;
· Freezing assets in the U.S. held by Iranians closely tied to the regime;
· Making a U.S. parent company liable for the violation of U.S. Iran sanctions if the parent company uses a foreign subsidiary to circumvent sanctions;
· Increasing the ability of the Treasury Department to combat terrorist financing;
· Authorizing state and local governments to divest from any company that invests $20 million or more in Iran’s energy sector or extending this amount of credit; and
· Increasing U.S. export controls on countries that are directly involved in trans-shipment or illegal diversion of sensitive technologies to Iran.
· Requiring the Administration to report all foreign investments of $20 million or more made in Iran’s energy sector and to determine whether each such investment qualifies as sanctionable under the Iran Sanctions Act.
The legislation reaffirms our nation’s commitment to multilateral diplomacy to increase pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program, and explicitly states that nothing in the Act authorizes the use of force against Iran. I have attached a summary of the bill.
Please contact David Beraka at firstname.lastname@example.org to cosponsor this legislation.
I urge you to support this important measure.
HOWARD L. BERMAN
Hey all, as you know my brother is an officer in the U.S. military. His tours have been difficult on all of us. We worry and wait for emails. When he returns we do what we can to support him. I am a peace activist desperate to find ways in which my dedication to ending this occupation and my love for our soldiers intersect. It has not been difficult to find the reasons, but it is difficult to process emotionally. This movie seems to understand that. The date that ALL U.S. soldiers return home is the most important issue for the men and women who have an intimate connection to this occupation. John McCain doesn’t care about us and he doesn’t understand this country.
An interesting video brought to us by one of our readers empowering people to take ACTION into your own hands. Take your protest to the voice of power. Thanks for the pick up!
For nearly three years, Peace Action has been a leader in preventing the Bush Administration from conducting a war on Iran. In 2006, we coordinated a meeting of key nonprofit leaders and founded the Iran Policy Working Group – a group of over 100 leaders that share information and strategy. For years Peace Action led meetings with nonprofits and our congressional allies to form inside-outside strategies. Additionally, three Peace Action staff, including myself, traveled with delegations to Iran to practice citizen to citizen diplomacy.
Because of this work, the Fellowship of Reconciliation invited Peace Action to join over 100 leaders to meet with the President of Iran today, September 24, 2008. Here are some thoughts about the exchange.
When I went to Iran I got to meet with one of the eleven Vice Presidents. It was then I learned that Iranian politicians like to talk in religious platitudes. President Ahmadinejad is no different. He spent the first half of his response to twelve questions posed by the group discussing the promotion of ethics, morality and religion.
Once he started answering questions, he reiterated many things I’ve hear before. On the question of nuclear weapons he said, “we think that the time for the atomic bomb has come to an end.” It is under reported that Iran has a religious fatwa against nuclear weapons. In other words, it is against Islamic law to possess nuclear weapons.
On the issue of war, he stated, “Iran will not seek war with anyone.” This is not surprising as Iran has not attacked another country in hundreds years. The President also duplicated our call to bring on the troops home from Iraq.
Ahmadinejad promised to push for more talks and exchanges between our two countries as well as making it easier for Americans to get visas in hopes that the U.S. will make it easier for Iranians.
The President’s words were not all rosy. He pushed his very pro nuclear power stance. And while Ahmadinejad boasted of 70% of university students being women and that women enjoyed more rights than many other Arab countries, Iranian women still face discrimination and harsh behavioral and dress codes. Also, the Iranian government continues to quash dissent by closing newspapers, banning and censoring books and websites and beating and arresting peaceful protesters. When I was in Iran, I was unable to meet with any peace groups.
If you ask our Student Peace Action Network coordinator, Jonathan Williams, how the police mistreated him at the Republican National Convention, one could level many of the above criticisms on the U.S. government.
Overall, the meeting felt productive and I commend Ahmadinejad for spending two hours with us. I doubt President Bush would do the same. We have until January of next year to thwart the Bush administration from military intervention in Iran. We must keep vigilant for peace.