Tuesday, August 21, 2007

People want to be heard ...

This YouTube is interesting. Go ahead -- play it.

As far as I can tell, this is strictly a viral product: I found it on OpenLeft; the copy on the Judy Feder website doesn't play for me.

Judy Feder, dean of Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute, ran as a Democrat for Congress in the Virginia suburbs of Washington in 2006 against a 25-year Republican incumbent. She got creamed, 57-41 percent. Now she's back, asking the people of that district what the U.S. ought to do about Iraq.

I like it. I think she is on to precisely what voters, and most people, want from their leaders at the moment. Folks are ready to scream: Listen to us, damn it!

Congress is sinking in the polls -- and the fall is steepest among Democrats. The current leadership was put in by voters who wanted a change and so far they aren't getting it. You wouldn't expect Bush loyalists to like the present Congress -- but Dems don't give it much higher ratings.

Peace movement, take note. Frustrated people will listen if we give them ways that feel effective to express their urgent desire to end this war. Can we be creative enough to answer that call?


sfwillie said...

Who says we "can't just leave"?

Of course we can.

Who the heck thinks we should stay there to "promote stability"?

You know, the people of the region can work out there own stuff.

Immediate, complete, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops and military contractors from Iraq--that's my position. Anything less is imperialism.

janinsanfran said...

Couldn't agree more, sfwillie. The war is a manifestation of US empire -- getting this country off the empire drug is the project. A VERY long term one.

Kay Dennison said...

Ron Paul who's running for president calls the war a clearcut violation of the Constitution since it was never declared by Congress and thinks we need to be out of there yesterday!

He and Dennis Kucinich are the only two candidates who keep reiterating that we need to leave NOW!

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