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CODEPINK emerged out of a desperate desire by a group of American women to stop the Bush administration from invading Iraq.
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United for Peace and Justice is a coalition of more than 1400 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare. . .
Rebuilding The Empire?
In the days after the 2008 elections, as I listened to the GOP try and explain their defeats, I got the impression that they just didn't get that the nation had changed and they needed to come up with new ideas. I never expected that the GOP, and their religious and free-market allies, xenophobes, neo-confederates, etc would be able to sell people on the idea of obstruction and opposition, with little in the way of any ideas on what they'd do instead. Having folks like Beck and Limbaugh to act as mouthpieces, and a way to seem to provide factual backing can be a big help.
Now I'm also smart enough to realize that the main focus of the Tea Party, etc has been economic. But I can't help but wonder if a GOP majority would try and bring back some of the imperial polices of Bush, etc. The fact that their "Pledge With America", in addition to the other rehashed Reaganism, includes a commitment to national defense, specifically missile defense, makes me wonder if they may.
I can't say I'm surprised. The military has always been a major element of any right-wing movement. It provides a way to create patriotism and nationalism, and a handy way to demonize those who oppose the efforts. One need only look at how opponents of the Vietnam War and the War in Iraq are or were portrayed.
But could such actions have a detrimental effect on the GOP? Efforts to return to an neo-imperialist America could awaken the anti-war movement that since Obama's election has been rather quiet, in my opinion.
Not that it should be. Guantanamo Bay is still open, we are still fighting in Afghanistan, we continue to allow Israel to get away with actions that we would not tolerate from other nations. A drive from the GOP to attack Iran or North Korea, or even start a whole new arms race by authorizing missile defense may be just what's needed to wake the doves up again. The fact that I'm looking at re-launching my anti-imperialist 'blog may be a sign that I too am ready to take flight again. . .