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Pledge to Abstain

02/03/2007 11:06 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

I have posted a Petition-Online for those who are interested: a pledge to abstain from voting for anyone who continues to approve funds for the war. If you agree with this, please give the url the widest circulation possible. The text is below, but I want to re-emphasize that signing requires going to the url itself.

Thanks in advance to those who sign and distribute. If this perchance reaches a Gladwellian tipping point, then it could be a fine warning shot across a few bows. Get it out. Get it viral.

To: U.S. Congress

Whereas: the U.S. military occupation of Iraq is a cruel and illegal occupation that has cost nearly 700,000 lives, shattered a viable society, and displaced more than a million people, and

Whereas: the occupation itself is the single greatest causative agent of inter-Iraqi violence, and

Whereas: the majority of Iraqis want an immediate end to the occupation, and

Whereas: the majority of Americans now want the U.S. out of Iraq, and

Whereas: the Executive Branch of the U.S. government has declared its intention to remain in Iraq, and

Whereas: the war will end when the Legislative Branch refuses to fund it,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:

We, the undersigned, pledge that we will abstain from voting in 2008 for any elected official or candidate who votes or declares her/his intention to vote to continue funding of the war, no matter the electoral consequences. The scale of this crime that is the war in Iraq and its urgency is such that it has become an issue that overrides all other issues, and we are pledging to become single-minded, single-issue voters on this matter.

Sincerely,