Honk, if you want peace.
Honk, if you don’t want to waste trillions of dollars on fruitless, unwinnable wars.
Honk, if you want our children to grow up in a safer world.
If most Nashvillians could express their opinions at the same time, using their car horns, I think we would hear quite a cacophony for peace.
Nearly everyone I know is bone-weary of war. The majority of us have come to the conclusion that no amount of money is ever going to result in the U.S. “winning” the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Furthermore, the current wars are terribly unfair to our soldiers. Even those who survive are experiencing severe emotional and psychological problems due to the unbelievable stress of modern warfare.
And the possible rise to power of Muqtada al-Sadr in Iraq exposes the Achilles heel of democratizing Middle Eastern nations at such outlandish costs: In a heartbeat, the citizens can elect someone who hates us, and we get the boot.
Now a sort of resigned helplessness seems to reign, because, after all, what can we do? Well, Tennessee is called the Volunteer State, so perhaps it’s time to live up to our nickname. I believe there is something quite simple yet very profound that Tennesseans can do: We can agree to vote together, for peace. We get only one vote per elected office, so we need to make each vote count. We can, as an electorate, tell everyone running for office the following: “Regardless of anything else you do or don’t do, if you don’t strongly oppose these wars NOW, we are going to make damn sure that you never win another election here.”
Please keep in mind that the votes in many elections are split fairly evenly between the major Republican and Democratic candidates. If 5 percent or 10 percent of the electorate chose to vote on the basis of peace rather than party affiliation, we could “tip” more elections than the Tea Party. So why not create a Peace Party and put an end to war, the democratic way?
If we are successful in forcing our politicians to work for peace, we can set an example for the rest of the nation. We can tell other Americans: “Nothing is more important that world peace, as all beauty pageant contestants know."
... vote, if you want peace.
Vote, if you don’t want to waste trillions of dollars on fruitless, unwinnable wars.
Vote, if you want our children to grow up in a safer world.
Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary,” at www.thehypertexts.com.