“Come Home America” Message Was Clear Winner at Iowa Straw Poll

By Come Home America’s Coleen Rowley.

Come Home America Ames Message

W.A.R: Wasted American Resources

The Des Moines news reporter who noted our anti-war message at the entrance of yesterday’s Republican Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, was not present with us long enough to see the real story. Our banners actually got an amazingly good reception! Our group of sign holders were all surprised how many of the thousands of straw poll attendees, even Pawlenty and Santorum t-shirted fans, were responding positively to the “Come Home America” message and banners warning that “Endless War = Endless Debt” and “War IS Taxing”: The anti-war enthusiasm also manifested itself as people from all political (conservative, libertarian, and socially progressive) backgrounds stopped to talk, with many even giving up an hour or two to help us hold the banners.

Endless War: Endless Death

Endless War: Endless Death

Attendees seemed genuinely interested when we encouraged them to sign our recent “Dear Obama” letter and told them we were part of a non-partisan effort to focus on the most important ISSUES of the day, instead of the promises, slogans, cute winks and other crazy antics of any particular political candidate.

Remember the Constitution

Remember the Constitution

The truth is that progressives who support social safety nets, funding of public education, and who are opposed to the widening disparity between the wealthiest and the poor in the United States cannot possibly see their goals realized without the US government making a clean break from the last decade of destructive and costly wars.

Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Libertarians will not see a return to adherence to the Constitution, civil liberties and away from national security policing and “War Presidency” empowerment. “Greens” will not see more funding and research diverted to sustainable and environmentally clean energy technologies. And fiscal conservatives cannot possibly get the small, decentralized government they long for while the United States seeks costly world empire and military superpower status.

All the people’s worthwhile goals are connected by money and are antithetical to the US’ spending on runaway militarism. If the American government continues to be controlled by the military-industrial-congressional-media complex, in defiance of this popular consensus, throwing trillions of hard-earned and increasingly scarce taxpayer dollars on bombs, drone technology, armoring tanks, and outright corporate contractor fraud, none of these other popular group objectives are possible.

Come Home America at Ames

While the hundreds of national media in Iowa covered the actual, close straw poll finish (near tie) of Michele Bachmann only beating Ron Paul by 152 votes, they did not seem to care or cover the enormous outpouring we witnessed from people of different political backgrounds and loyalties—confirmed by numerous national polls–showing consensus for ending the wars and runaway militarism. Perhaps the “Come Home America” kick-off bannering at the early Iowa Straw Poll event revealed the unique moment we’re in, watching a perfect storm of various rationales coming together.

Stop War at Ames, Iowa

In any event, look for our Come Home America initiative to represent this convergence and strengthening consensus outside many of Obama’s upcoming speeches as well as other major political events throughout the nation. We hope to mount banners as in the photos of yesterday’s event in Iowa. While politicos and horse race bettors constantly talk of making their selections using the “lesser of two evils”, one thing is clear: It is the issues more than the political personalities that matter and WAR is not the lesser of two evils! It is THE EVIL that poisons and contaminates everything else.

Endless War and Endless Debt

Endless War and Endless Debt

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2 Responses to “Come Home America” Message Was Clear Winner at Iowa Straw Poll

  1. Carmela says:

    A while back, another commenter asked me what I do for peace (since I think antiwar demonstrations always have been futile and always will be). I didn’t have anything at that time but having watched a bit of the Republican presidential contest, I now think that the thing to do for peace for all of us who oppose the God-awful ugly, stupid wars for greed is to get behind Ron Paul. I don’t care about any of his other positions on anything. Abortion is not going to be recriminalized and Social Security and Medicare are not going to be cut. (Medicaid will get cut no matter who is president. It lacks the popular support of a universal everyone-gets program, unfortunately.)

    Ron Paul is clear on opposition to these wars. Thats something new in politics. Obama was the bait and switch trickster. He did that dog whistle to the war mongers about taking our eye off the ball in Afghanistan. He was signalling that he’d keep the wars up and expand them and so he has.

    The best thing antiwar people can do is change their registrations to get out in these Republican primaries. Ron Paul’s candidacy is a better vehicle than any rally, demonstration, movie star making a speech, whatever. Primaries are lower turn-out than general elections; primaries are the place to make an impact. Throw a monkey wrench into the Republican primaries. Note how the media tried to ignore Paul’s second place showing in the Iowa straw poll. Its because they don’t want these wars to be an jissue in politics. The establishment Republican field is very weak, so weak that Romney likes to stay hidden as much and for as long as possible. Theres a vacuum and an opportunity for antiwar issues, the issues that real voters really care about. More people care about antiwar than about the “jobs” issue, which government really can’t do anything about short term anyway.

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