Strike! Strike!

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Always a beacon of sanity in the increasingly chaotic, idiotic media world, Haper’s Magazine makes one of the best suggestions I’ve heard in a long time.  Specifically, Garret Keizer says:

If someone were to suggest, for example, that we begin a general strike on Election Day, November 6, 2007, for the sole purpose of removing this regime from power, how readily and with what well-practiced assurance would you find yourself producing the words “It won’t do any good”? Plausible and even courageous in the mouth of a patient who knows he’s going to die, the sentiment fits equally well in the heart of a citizen-ry that believes it is already dead.

The easy–and expected–thing to do is to immediately dismiss the idea as an idealistic, unattainable notion, but consider this.  The vast majority of our populace believes that we should begin withdrawing our troops from Iraq, yet our elected officials–both Democrats and Republicans– whom we chose to represent our voices have done absolutely nothing to stop this war.  A war which, of course, was illegal to begin with.  These guys work for us.  And they’re not doing what we want them to do.  So…they should be fired.  And we have the power to make it happen.  Are we willing to exercise that power?


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