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It's Starting Again


By David Swanson

As in the House vote last week, activist groups are now starting to ask their members to call the Senate about its war votes. But they're only mentioning the best amendment, and that vote - unlikely to succeed - is not the only vote coming up in the Senate.

I am strongly opposed to and have never seen any decent argument for pretending there is only one vote in the Senate, any more than in the House. Asking Senators to vote right on one amendment and pretending the supplemental no longer exists seems the most clearcut fraud. What am I missing?

In the House there were two votes. One of them was granted in order to get war votes out of Members on the second. The peace activists watched the first vote. The media, the leadership, the weapons makers, and the world watched the second vote. How can we possibly justify pretending the vote that counted, the one on the supplemental, did not happen?

I don't give a damn who "goes on record" against the war. I care who actually tries to end it. To do that will require voting for bills to end it, AND VOTING AGAINST bills to fund it. Otherwise, you're "on record" both for and against the war.

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My local activist group is determinedly unaffiliated with most of the "peace groups" whose names you would know, because of just this. We are planning our own actions and acting from our own intuition and hearts, not following what the bigger groups do or recommend.

Your'e right. If you vote for money to fund war, you are a hawk no matter what toothless bills you go on record with.

Right on David....tell it like it is.

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