Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesdayistas Are Gonna Throw the Bums Out

[This post dates from Fall, 2011, when a group of us launched a campaign on Twitter -- #AfghanistanTuesday, a weekly #twitterstorm of antiwar tweets every Tuesday -- to draw attention to the continuing war in Afghanistan and the failure of Congress to curtail U.S. warmaking.]

Have you seen the latest poll numbers?

Only 12% of Americans approve the job that Congress is doing.

Come again?

Only 12% of Americans approve the job that Congress is doing.

Could we hear that one more time?

Only 12% of Americans approve the job that Congress is doing.

An election is coming and the handwriting is on the wall: Tuesdayistas (together with the rest of the American electorate) are gonna throw the bums out.

What do Tuesdayistas foresee for 2012?

Change of government, France, 1789

(Oops! Wrong image . . . . )

What do Tuesdayistas foresee for 2012?

Election 2012: I support ANTI-WAR candidates!
(know any?)
Tuesdayistas and others working to end the war have realized that 2012 is an election year and we no longer have to take what we're being offered. From now on we dictate the terms of the political discourse.

Want my attention? Want my vote? Start talking about how you're going to end American wars and drastically reduce military spending.

2012 is going to be a long year . . . especially for politicians who haven't woken up to the antiwar message.

Related posts

Recently, some of us have been wandering the Twittersphere, searching for a congressman or congresswoman who will speak openly about their opposition to drone killing and drone surveillance.

(See The Diogenes Project: Can Anyone Find an Anti-Drone Congressman? )

Isn't now a moment when, instead of falling back into our existing habits of trying to change America's war-making ways, we should put our recent experience under a microscope? And ask what we can learn from this experience? Can we make 2014 the year that we sort the wheat from the chaff in Congress? And get the control over war and peace back into our own hands?

(See Election 2014: The Moment of Truth for the US Antiwar Movement?)

The #AfghanistanTuesday campaign on Twitter involved hundreds of people around the country and around the world, making a commitment to spend time every week on the problem of ending the U.S. military destruction of Afghanistan.

(See #AfghanistanTuesday - ALL LINKS)

One place I've focused my activism is my church community. Last fall, at the time of the Afghanistan invasion anniversary, I posed the question, "Where is the Church?" In the weeks and months that followed, I realized that I, myself, had to be part of the solution of giving direction to the Church.

(See Obama? NO! Activism? YES! )