Friday, April 27, 2007
MoveOn and... moving on.
MoveOn.org recently conducted a poll asking their members how well they're doing. It was pretty open-ended, and it left open the opportunity for an open-ended question like "anything else you'd like to tell us?" at the end of the survey.
These are the burning comments that I really felt needed to be shared, with MoveOn and with the American People, right now:
IMHO, the Iraq War is a giant smokescreen designed to distract the American people from the problems at home by focusing their attention abroad -- ala 1984. In that respect, it has been fabulously successful.
Even the opposition party is limited in their ability to focus on other agendas, and winds up spending a lot of their air spouting off about issues related to Iraq/the war on terror.
To the extent that MoveOn can work to broaden the agenda (which would seem to fit in quite nicely with the name, no?), I think that is the *most* important thing right now.
More important than bringing the troops home, or subpoenas, or impeaching the president, is to just change the agenda to re-focus on more important issues.
Like a nationwide high speed rail system.
Like nationwide land use reform to focus new development as infill in central cities and in new transit oriented development.
Like higher fuel economy standards for vehicles.
Like nationwide health care reform.
Like nationwide energy efficiency initiatives.
Like nationwide voting reform (i.e. paper trails and perhaps a move towards expanded vote-by-mail).
Like nationwide drug policy reform -- when are we going to *end* the War on Drugs?
Like reforming our national food delivery system so that our citizens are not force-fed chemicals, hormones and slaughtered animals who have never seen an open field? Ever read Fast Food Nation?
Why aren't these issues high on the national agenda?
It's simple: Because the Bush Administration has been *wildly* successful. Their real mission has been to build a giant smokescreen, to distract the American public while they plunder the national treasury and conduct *business as usual* for the rich Republican slimeballs that run the place.
Bravo, MoveOn for falling into their traps.
First rule of holes:
When in a hole, stop digging.