States, ranging from Arizona and Michigan to California are collapsing due to lack of tax revenues and an explosion in the number of people who need food, housing and health care.
Safety nets that protect children, the elderly and the infirm are evaporating. Cuts to education from kindergarten through University are making it harder for folks who live in this country to get the skills they need to build the infrastructure and economy that we'll need to support the 10 Billion or so people who will be living on this planet in 2050.
Fifty percent of all bankruptcies are related to medical bills, and the multitrillion dollar bailout we are about to give the health insurance industry does nothing to stop that. Across the US, people are losing their homes while Federal bailout programs that prop up banks and ensure investors who purchased Mortgage Backed Securities won't lose a dime.
We are being told we can't afford to have programs that help people start new new businesses, find jobs, have health care or educate their children . . . But we can continue to fund these two stupid wars.
If you are a mother with kids, and you'd like to see them have a future, its time to commit yourself to taking some meaningful action. If you don't want your kids to be living hand to mouth for the rest of their lives, beggared by the cost of caring for you as you age, and without the education they need to get a good job or start a new business, and under a regime that thinks endless war is sustainable . . . get up off your butt and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here's what to do:
Every day call or fax your congressmen and women. You can look the contact information up on http://www.congress.org. Your job is to suck up about two minutes of their time every single day letting them know you'd like to see these idiotic wars ended. It has to become their priority. If you miss a day, that's OK, just get with the program the day after.
If you are really angry, gather up about a hundred people from your church or neighborhood and schedule time to lobby your congressmen at their offices when they come home on one of their frequent breaks. If they see you representing a hundred voters, you'll get a meeting. If you prefer, find them at fundraising events the next time they come looking for cash to get elected. If you can, take this year's vacation in Washington DC and go to their offices to tell them how much you hate these stupid wars. Try to meet with them or an aide personally. If you know someone who needs a vacation and you have a few bucks to spend, send them to Washington on your behalf.
Tell other people you are sick of these stupid wars that cost hundreds of billions a year. Explain why and what you are doing to end them.
That's all it takes. By the time we have 10% of the country contacting their congress members every single day to tell them to end these stupid wars, we'll have our government back. The key thing is to make sure you take up their time. Letters and email don't work because they are processed by computer.
Don't limit your political action to voting. Their butts are in your chair, no matter what party either of you is in. Make them work for you right now to end these wars.
You Can Afford 5 Minutes a Day
Effective political action isn't that much work and this is one of the most important things you will ever commit yourself to doing.
Because although the shelling and the drones may be in Iraq and Afghanistan, the truth is the war here at home has your family in its sights. These people are completely happy to spend every dime your family has on these stupid wars. They are happy to enslave you here at home so they can siphon your wealth into their pockets. They can't do it if you make them stop.
About Nancy Fulton
Nancy Fulton is a mom and mother of three. She's also a writer and film producer. You can get free tickets, or a free DVD, to her next film at http://www.nobetterfriendmovie.com/ She looks forward to seeing you on the front lines of the war against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here are some links that support the stats she used in her article
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