Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Post #162 - Jeffersonian Democracy

David Swanson, activist and author of When the World Outlawed War, sent a piece about an unusual action taken by a local governing body:


David Swanson
"The City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, home of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and the University of Virginia, passed on Tuesday evening, January 17, 2012...opposing the launching of a war on Iran." The resolution also touched on military spending by the United States and the use of drones.  Swanson noted that the resolution grew out of a September, 2011 conference in Charlottesville on the "military industrial complex." In fact, the resolution passed on the anniversary of President Eisenhower's historic warning to the American people.  One council member, Dave Norris, added the language regarding Iran earlier this month, after the council was lobbied by citizen groups opposing military action against Iran.

Here are excerpts from the resolution:


Calling on Congress and the President to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities
WHEREAS, every dollar spent on the military produces fewer jobs than spending the same dollar on education, healthcare, clean energy, or even tax cuts for household consumption; and...
WHEREAS, U.S. military spending has approximately doubled in the past decade, in real dollars and as a percentage of federal discretionary spending, and well over half of federal discretionary spending is now spent on the military, and we are spending more money on the military now than during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, or the Korean War; and...
Former Mayor Dave Norris
WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, with the support of Charlottesville’s then Mayor Dave Norris, passed a resolution in June 2011 calling on Congress to redirect spending to domestic priorities; and...
WHEREAS, the people of the United States, in numerous opinion polls, favor redirecting spending to domestic priorities and withdrawing the U.S. military from Afghanistan; and...
WHEREAS, the United States is the wealthiest nation on earth but trails many other nations in life expectancy, infant mortality, education level, housing, and environmental sustainability, as well as non-military aid to foreign nations;...
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, calls on the U.S. Congress and the U.S. President to end foreign ground and drone wars, refrain from entering new military ventures in Iran, and reduce base military spending in order to meet vital human needs, promote job creation, re-train and re-employ those losing jobs in the process of conversion to non-military industries, rebuild our infrastructure, aid municipal and state governments, and develop a new economy based upon renewable, sustainable energy.

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