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Tell Your State Legislatures and Governors the National Guard Is Not for Occupying Other People's Countries
By Leah Bolger
Tips and Talking Points for Lobby Visits
1. Bring laptop with “At This Moment” National Guard theater commercial
2. DoD spends $3 billion a year on recruiting. Point out that this slick video focuses primarily on combat/fighting missions, and not on a typical state-based mission.
3. Concern that the National Guard is being marketed as a front-line fighting force. By marketing the National Guard in this way, it appears that the federal government intends to continue using the Guard as a front-line component.
4. The National Guard is not meant to be a front-line fighting force for indefinite periods of time.
5. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have decimated the effectiveness and readiness of the Guard.
6. States need the resources and manpower of the National Guard for state-based emergencies.
7. Federal call-up and deployment of National Guard units has a huge negative economic impact on states.
8. Tie-in recent Executive Order which creates “Council of Governors” which appears to be wresting control of the National Guard away from the governors.
9. Ask your governor if he/she is aware of this Council and its possible ramifications.
10. Ask your governor if he/she knows who is on this Council and if he/she has been in communication with the Council.