Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Reform Peace Efforts

Learn about ONE MINUTE FOR PEACE, sponsored by AFCS (American Friends Service Commission). You can find it at www.OneMinuteFor This effort seeks to raise the equivalent of ONE MINUTE of what the military spent last year $1.9 million.

Most noteworthy is seeing how much of YOUR MONEY AND MINE will go to military causes next year. Based on President Obama’s Budget to Congress check (Percentages are rounded off for the following list):

1% Interior
1% Treasury
1% Labor
1% Environmental Protection Agency
2% Justice
2% Agriculture
2% Energy
3% Homeland Security
4% Other Agencies
4% Education
4% Housing and Urban Development
4% State and Other International Programs
6% Transportation
6% Health and Human Services
57% Department of Defense, War, Veterans Affairs

It is not health-care reform that threatens to bankrupt the country! For Senator Orrin Hatch to castigate his friend Robert Kennedy for insisting on health care for ALL AMERICANS is a disservice to all of us; it is unpatriotic,and un-American,while protecting special interests--just so he and fellow Republicans can spend 57% of our Tax Dollars for military purposes.

President Eisenhower’s second inaugural address warned of the day when the Pentagon would be the tail that wags the dog. We are there and I protest because that does not accurately represent American citizens, which is what the job of Congress used to be.

Either WE THE PEOPLE ARE the government, or we now have a caricature of what democracy was supposedly about. To promote this caricature of democracy is merely to promote another form of militarism among the world powers.

We do not need more of what we already have. Less Nationalism and the right kind of diplomacy could powerfully extend democratic principles and reduce the Pentagon to Homeland Security issues. It is past time for real reform--less militarism, no private contractors, agencies accountable to the Public and additional Health-care Reform.

This is Wayne at
Walking With Warner
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

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