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Fool me Once/Shame on You- Try to Fool Me Again and Again- The Answer is NO.


Turning the page on a new year can be an opportunity for growth and experimentation. While dividing one year from the next is a somewhat arbitrary process, studies show that the new year can be, psychologically, a powerful motivator, cleaving unwanted past behaviors from our future actions. If anyone needed such a reset, it was America and its erstwhile “leader,” Trump. Hot off the heels of his historic impeachment by the house of representatives, Trump needed a way to get back in control of the news cycle, and swing the American public in his favor.

Trump, however, is not a man with new tricks, or even new thoughts. Reaching back to the beginning of the previous decade, he made good on his prediction that a weak, unpopular president, with no ability to negotiate, would seek to distract from his failing domestic policy by stirring up conflict with Iran. At the time, of course, he was predicting that Obama would take such disastrous action, but modern history has repeatedly demonstrated that Republicans’ criticisms of Democratic party politicians can best be understood as projection.

Even putting aside critically important issues like the separation of powers among branches of government, and the moral authority of America to commit aggressive military action around the world, the political fallout of the assassination of General Suleimani should have given Trump and his administration pause. It’s clear that while Trump and the Republicans might still be dancing to the same war jingle, times have changed, and the American public are deeply tired of this song.

To achieve its current goals vis-à-vis Iran, the U.S. should be prepared to go to war. Agree: 21% The current goals of U.S. policy do not warrant waging war. The U.S. must rely on other means short of war. Agree: 76%

The American people have no appetite for further bloodshed. We are tired of killing thousands of innocents in far-off lands, with nothing to show for it but squandered treasure, dead American soldiers, and soaring profits for the military industrial complex. The American people understand that we are not made great by destroying other civilizations, but by investing in the foundations of our own society.

As President Eisenhower noted, our treasure is not used in a vacuum. Every dollar spent on bombs and bullets, is a dollar stolen from a child’s education, or spending on our country’s healthcare. Our government should be representing the values of the American people, and investing in building up this nation, not tearing down others! While some few truly love war and destruction, we know that most of these politicians don’t come to this cold-hearted behavior on their own, they are bought off by powerful and amoral businesses, and special interest groups. If we are to bring democratic representation back to America and make a government by, of and for all of us, not just the profits of the military industrial complex, it will take a broad and enduring movement of people, demanding change and putting pressure on the powerful. We must do this for the sake of not just ourselves but all future generations! Join us every Tuesday, in growing solidarity and power until we take back our democracy from amoral special interests, and greedy politicians: Don't Shop on Tuesdays!  ________________________________________________ Let friends and families, let them know about this growing movement, and how they can help us take back our democracy if they Don't Shop on Tuesdays!  Send their email address to boycottforourdemocracy@gmail.com Here are some other things you can do to help grow this movement: 1. Sign up on our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/Boycott-For-Our-Democracy-2228920860662457

2. Check out our new website: https://www.dontshopontuesdays.com/

It's still a work in progress, but we are adding more content all the time! Check out our full issues list to see just how poorly represented Americans really are! 3. We are asking boycotters to create a video to explain what brings them to the boycott. If you feel comfortable, please submit a 30 sec - 1 min clip to boycottforourdemocracy@gmail.com.

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