Reposting this letter from my inbox with a handy tool to tell your representatives in Congress you support the U.S. observing international law by banning nuclear weapons. Who will they listen to — constituents concerned about heading off humanitarian disaster, or their wealthy campaign donors?
From Physicians for Social Responsibility:
Around the world, the call to “Ban the Bomb” arose even before Physicians for Social Responsibility was first founded, in 1961. Now, at long last, the Bomb has been banned with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). With your help, PSR has worked for nearly a decade to promote this treaty, alongside ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Adopted by 122 nations at the UN in July, 2017, and now ratified by 51 of them, the TPNW officially “enters into force” on Friday, January 22, 2021. This is a time to celebrate, but it is also a time to share the news!
So far, during the Obama and Trump administrations, the United States has opted not to sign onto the treaty. Therefore, the United States is not party to the treaty or its obligations (yet). Nevertheless, PSR welcomes TPNW entry into force because this new treaty delegitimizes nuclear weapons everywhere, and expresses the worldwide desire for getting rid of every last one of them. Nuclear weapons threaten all of humanity, and it’s time for the United States to work for their total elimination.
On this inauguration day, as Democrats pretend that all will be well under a neoliberal regime headed by the very corporations that are killing the life support systems of our planet, and that empty promises are as good as kept, I’m worried.
False dichotomy is a very effective tool for keeping the masses confused. The above meme claiming “the left” just won* the presidential election is not stupid, it is dangerous.
And we’ve lived through this before.
President Obama was constantly portrayed as a socialist or communist by propagandists and political enemies. Meanwhile, the banks got bailed out and the people got sold out on his watch. (And Occupy Wall Street encampments were violently evicted in a coordinated national effort.)
Also, whistleblower Chelsea Manning and free speech martyr Julian Assange were jailed and tortured for revealing war crimes and financial crimes. Their fellow whistleblower Edward Snowden escaped the empire’s grasp to go into exile in Russia; he was at risk of suffering their fate for revealing that the federal government was conducting illegal surveillance of us all.
And those who had opposed wars under George W. Bush mostly went to brunch rather than hold their handsome, articulate warmonger accountable.
Yesterday the Biden nominee for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, (yet another recycled Obama administration hack) indicated a desire for the war in Afghanistan to continue indefinitely. He bemoaned the fact that the Obama administration overthrew the socilaist government of Libya without installing an effective replacement for Gadaffi, whom Hillary Clinton gloated about killing.
The inside job that allowed black clad men with zip ties to breach capitol security did not look like “the left” had any involvement. Someone who’s paying attention told me Erik Prince and Blackwater — or whatever he calls his band of mercenaries these days — had their people inside.
The large number of clownish participants on January 6 tend to draw our attention, but let’s not get distracted from what was allowed to happen — and what it is being used to justify.
In the 1970’s my late father warned a teenaged me, “Watch for the U.S. to become a police state. It’s already well underway.”
Let’s not be distracted by the shiny surface of things, but instead keep our eye on the ball.
*A handy guide to know if “the left” ever comes to power in Washington DC: we’ll get universal health care and guaranteed basic income.