Not one damned dime - day!

It's certainly driving me crazy that we can find $200 billion to use to kill innocent people, get out own people killed, destroy a country, and make enemies. But we can't even find a single billion to save lives, help people, and make friends. Anyway, here's an idea I received in an email from a friend - maybe you have too. Will it have an impact? I don't know. But I'd like to do something to remind people of this horrible reality.

The email:

THIS is how we can make our dissent felt. You save money AND you express your dissent against the war

Not One Damn Dime Day - Jan 20, 2005

Since our leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since no one has the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending.

During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Not one damn dime for nothing for 24 hours.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day," please boycott Walmart, Kmart, Target... Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter).

For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. Now 1,200 brave young Americans and an estimated 100,000 Iraqis have died. the politicians owe our troops a plan-- a way to come home.

There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action by doing nothing.

You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed. For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

Please share this email with as many people as possible.

Posted by Greg Stone at January 6, 2005 02:59 AM