So did you ever say or think, “What can I do about George’s Terrible Awful No-Good War in Iraq?”
Dear friends, it’s time to DO. OUR. THING.
Step One: Read this morning’s post by Christy Hardin Smith at Firedoglake. Use the link to the Tom Matzzie chat. Read the comments to the post. I haven’t yet, but I will. There’s generally meaty stuff there. Here’s part of Christy’s post: Please read it!
(According to) Tom Matzzie, campaign manager for Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, the leading coalition against the war, “… it is incredibly important that the debate continue in June and July. It keeps the pressure on the White House, and it keeps the pressure on Republicans to break with the president. At a minimum, we need to be building … for a showdown in September." (snip)
This is where you come in.
Time to remind your elected representatives how you feel — whatever their position on escalation in Iraq, (emphasis Barbara’s) for or against, your voice is important. Why? Because you are a voter. They work for us, not the other way around. When we had Tom Matzzie on for a chat earlier this year, we promised to update on campaigns with this — and so here is the next step forward: let your voice be heard. Today. (snip)
(Step Two: per Barbara) Call the offices of your elected representatives and voice your opinion. Send them a fax. Call their local office and schedule a sit-down discussion with your elected official next time they are in town or, in the alternative, with a staffer who can then take your concerns to the elected official. Show up at a town hall meeting in your area and talk about it face to face. Write letters to the editor of your local newspapers.
Whatever it takes. But do something to move this forward. This is a marathon, not a sprint — but you can only win if you get in the race at all. Let's get to work!
Step Three: Bookmark those sites. Use them relentlessly! Bug the daylights out of those people. It’s our right and our responsibility.
Step Four: Send a link to this post to everyone you know who is fed up and rising with Bush, his war and his cronies. Statistically, that should be roughly 75% of the people you know!! Tell them the time is now.
You know, it just occurred to me that the Clothesline is one of the places where we pin our hopes for the future. Thanks for hanging in there with us. Now let's get to work!