(A professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California and author of Tracking Deception: Bush's Mideast Policy He can be reached at: cookb@ULV.EDU.) portions of the article have been used to convey the thoughts below:
A Personal Declaration of Independence (http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15156.htm)
It is time to declare that this government no longer serves our people, that, indeed, it surpasses in its behavior "the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective."
Each day that passes casts more gloom over this nation as hundreds more die and thousands more are maimed, and all for a lie and all in our name. Appealing to our representatives accomplishes nothing; they are but lackeys to the administration and to the lobbing groups that determine for them America's foreign policy.
Should we not act to declare this government unjust and hence unfit to be our government, then we will be no better than those who dictate and inflict these atrocities on the innocent.
It is time to withdraw recognition of the present government of these United States.
How can a citizen withdraw recognition, one might ask?
If each person of conscience gave sign of their aversion to the behavior of this government by wearing a black armband or posting a black flag or ribbon on the door or window ledge or by flying our flag upside down, the number of people who presently distrust this government would be manifest for the nation and the world to see!
We do not have to wait till election time
to make our feelings and beliefs known!
By wearing a black armband you can show that you also mourn the death of the Magna Carta and the other freedoms killed by this administration.
An organization known as "The World Can't Wait" is having public demonstrations all over the country on Friday, Oct. 5th, to demand the ouster of this most horrible administration. This might be an excellent opportunity to show off your new arm band. For information on the locations of demonstration centers in your area contact them at: http://worldcantwait.net/index.php
Offered to the progressive community with many thanks to Professor Cook for the idea.