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Kucinich: "Contact your Congress"

Dennis Kucinich has been instrumental in introducing bi-partisan legislation to actually confront Congress with the choice of demanding U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

"CNN is running an online poll of its own which, at the time of this writing with 48,000 votes, is running 79% to 21% in favor of plans being drawn up now for withdrawal."

Please contact your Member of Congress - regardless of his or her party - and urge support for H.J. Res. 55, the Homeward Bound Act. If you get a response that includes objections to withdrawal, WRITE BACK. For talking points, go to:

 http://www.kucinich.us/

and scroll down the center column to "Your Advice to Congress on Why the U.S. Should Withdraw"!

AND, you can also explain this initiative to everyone you know! (If they rely on FOX, they won't even know that this legislation has been introduced!
From the Kucinich website, current home page:

"The Beginning of the End of the War in Iraq"

"Homeward Bound Act Introduced"

On June 16, two Democrat and two Republican Representatives introduced a bi-partisan Resolution to begin the process of withdrawing American troops from Iraq.

Members of Congress Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Walter Jones (R-NC) and Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the Bill along with additional cosponsors Martin Meehan (D-MA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). More cosponsors from both sides of the aisle are expected to sign on to the Bill soon.

The Homeward Bound Act, H.J. Res. 55, is a binding Resolution calling for President Bush to announce by the end of 2005 a plan for withdrawal from Iraq that would begin by October 1, 2006.

The Bill is intentionally crafted to avoid partisan finger-pointing and recriminations. Referring to the bi-partisan sponsorship of the Bill, Dennis said it was possible "because four Members of Congress put aside any kind of differences that we may have had in the run-up to the war and the conduct of the war, and we're saying this is the way to bring our troops home."

In a press conference announcing the legislation, the Congressmen described having received large numbers of messages from their constituents that it is time to begin withdrawal and stated that influenced their decision. Take note, those of you who may not be making your feelings known to your Representatives, whatever their party affiliation.

Cosponsor Rep. Walter Jones originally supported the war. He is the Congressman who advocated the renaming of French Fries "Freedom Fries" in the House cafeteria in response to the French government's unwillingness to go along with American wishes when the war was accelerated in March 2003. Rep. Jones said he began to have a change of heart after attending the funeral of one of his constituents, a Marine killed in action in Iraq.

"I am troubled by the past.... We need to take a fresh look at where we are and where we are going," said Rep. Jones. "The American people are going to contact their Member of Congress and say, 'Please, look at this resolution,'"

In response to questions from reporters about the likelihood of the Bill's passage in this congress, or its survival in Committee, the Congressmen predicted that, with continually-diminishing public support for the war and increasing discontent over U.S. casualties, their resolution would spur a public dialogue that could force President Bush to outline an exit strategy.

The New York Times wrote: "With opinion polls showing a drop in support for the war, and a British memo asserting that the Bush administration had intended to go to war as early as the summer of 2002, the words 'exit strategy' are being uttered by both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill."

In a Gallup Poll taken June 6-8, nearly six in ten Americans polled want at least a partial withdrawal to begin. According to the Gallup News Service, "Most Americans [are] favoring a partial or complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq, and for the first time, a majority say they would be upset with the president if he decided to send more troops. This comes at a time when basic support for the war is as low as it has been since the war began.... Since last October, at least half of Americans have consistently said the war was not worth it."

CNN is running an online poll of its own which, at the time of this writing with 48,000 votes, is running 79% to 21% in favor of plans being drawn up now for withdrawal.

The financial cost of the war is a factor which could help to sway lawmakers who might not respond to other considerations. As pointed out by two researchers from Augusta State University, when all military-related expenditures are considered including interest on the national debt, the actual cost of our nation's "defense" is 68 cents out of every Federal dollar. According to their report, "On a per-capita basis, the average American in 2004 then did not pay $1,488 for defense but $2,605. In a word, the military ran on $217.08 per citizen per month, while the remainder of the federal government ran on $103.83 per citizen per month."

Legislation calling for withdrawal has been introduced in the Senate as well. S. Res. 171 - asking that the President submit to Congress a time frame for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq - was introduced on June 14 by Sen. Russell Feingold (D-WI).

Please contact your Member of Congress - regardless of his or her party - and urge support for H.J. Res. 55, the Homeward Bound Act. Here is a long list of talking points.

"It is time to thank our troops and say 'Come home,'" said Dennis.

 http://www.kucinich.us/
Legislation does not end war 19.Jun.2005 17:19

realistic

I find it amazing that congressional representatives within their own venue think they can legislate the end of a war in a foreign country.

realistic speaking 19.Jun.2005 22:15

IMAGINE I'm not the only one

There is no "final solution" to the war problem.

Legislation can only be either a PART of the solution -- or a PART of the problem.

It's a big mistake to think that legislation or the venue of congress is somehow a world apart from us.

We are all no more than parts of the whole thing, the country, the world, the universe.

But then, just like clouds, I really don't know war at all. Do you?