"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. "
Martin Luther King Jr.
Please join me in signing the petition to stop the escalation of troops in Iraq. I was in elementary school when Lyndon Johnson was advised that escalating the troops in Viet Nam was the right thing to do. I was a child then and had no voice but as an adult and a student of history I must speak out now.
Even if you don't agree with all of MoveOn.org's actions, if you believe that the escalation of troops in Iraq is wrong, please add your voice to this petition.
A Message from MoveOn.org
160,000 of us signed the petition to stop escalation in Iraq since it launched 18 hours ago, and we're picking up allies. Today Senator Ted Kennedy will announce new legislation that would stop escalation.1 The senator's message is simple:
"We cannot simply speak out against an escalation of troops in Iraq. We must act to prevent it."
Our country is at a crossroads. Together we can send a strong message to Congress: you have a mandate on Iraq—figure it out.
If you haven't signed the petition to Congress, please sign now. We're delivering comments every few hours. Can you add yours?
After you sign the petition please forward this email to your friends, family and colleagues—let's keep the ball rolling.
Senator Kennedy goes farther than anybody else to date—we need to push senators to join him. His legislation is simple and would stop the escalation. It reads,
Section 1. Prohibition on use of funds for escalation of United States forces in Iraq. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be obligated or expended by the United States Government to increase the number of United States forces in Iraq above the number for such forces which existed as of January 9, 2007, without a specific authorization of Congress by law for such an increase.
This means that unless the Congress votes to approve an escalation it would be illegal to move forward with it. Congress probably won't vote to authorize an escalation. But it is an open question as to whether or not they will stop one.
Some Republicans are already opposing escalation. Senators Gordon Smith (OR), Susan Collins (ME), Chuck Hagel (NE) and Richard Lugar (IN) among others have all expressed reservations. But we need to force them to put their votes where their mouth is.
Please sign our petition urging Congress to stop Bush's escalation in Iraq.
This Kennedy resolution would not take a dime away from the troops for equipment or other needs. We all love and support our men and women in uniform. What this is about is tying Bush's hands so he can't take us deeper into the quagmire.
Stopping escalation is an important part of a strategy to getting out of Iraq. "Stay the Course" was rejected by the voters. If escalation is repudiated that leaves only one option: a responsible exit.
The next phase of this campaign will take our efforts to the doorsteps of congressional offices across the country. Stay tuned for more.
Thanks for all you do.
–Tom, Nita, Tanya, Matt and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
1. "Democrats Split Over Iraq Approach." The New York Times, Jan. 9, 2007.
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