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  • “We are living in dangerous times”

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on November 28, 2007

    “We are living in dangerous times”

    by MIchael Canney
    Co-chair, Green Party of Florida

    Delivered on October 27, 2007 in Orlando, FLA

    These are some tough people to follow. I thought you were supposed to get more conservative with age, but today we’ve seen that doesn’t always happen… and it’s nice to know that there are some elected officials who represent us and not the corporations.

    It’s a beautiful sight here today to see so many people come together in solidarity with principles that define our humanity, and also that are essential to the survival of democracy – because we’re the last line of defense, really…

    Some people talked about a police state and fascist state The only thing that prevents those things from happening is We the People.

    We’re living in dangerous times. Empire builders and war profiteers have high-jacked our nation and are in the process of laying siege to the world. They’ve lied to us, they’ve looted our treasury, they’ve gutted the constitution They are working diligently every day to create the infrastructure for a police state like the world has never seen. Their message is “You’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists” – and they will reserve the right to decide who the terrorists are.

    More and more we see dissent being restricted and criminalized. People have talked about that already today.

    We know Bush’s war on terror is a farce. Right here in Florida there are known terrorists like Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles walking the streets like heroes with the protections and blessings of the Bush-Cheney regime. And men, who were sent here, young men, who were not working for money, who were working to protect their people from these criminals are sitting in prison right now. Five Cubans whose only crime was spying on these terrorists and protecting their own people from more attacks.

    Free the Cuban Five!

    For six years now these neo-cons have been conning us, using the highly suspicious events of September 11, 2001 as a pretext for their global military expansion – which we know was planned before that and their assault on democracy and civil liberties at home.

    We need to be clear that Iraqis who resist the occupation are not terrorists. The Iraqi people are not our enemy. The people of Iraq want peace and justice just as we do. The people of Iraq want proper education for their children. They want jobs and housing and access to health care. Some of them are starting to think that Saddam Hussein’s regime was civilized compared to what they are facing today. What is being done to their country is a crime against humanity, and it is our duty as citizens of the occupying power to stop this madness.

    It’s a lie that this occupation is motivated by the concern for the welfare of the Iraqi people, and the whole world knows it. Why doesn’t the Democratic party get it? With a few notable exceptions – we’ve heard from some today – the Democratic party has become an accomplice to this war.

    Greens… I didn’t come up here to plug the Green party, but I have to say the Greens were in the streets opposing this war and occupation before it happened. And we’ve been opposing it ever since.

    The Democratic Party have abdicated their responsibility and have been derelict in their duty to hold the executive branch of this government accountable to the rule of law. And if Congress can’t do that, then what can they do? They said that impeachment is off the table but all these elected officials took an oath to support and defend the constitution of United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

    Congress – We’re here to say: Do your duty and don’t stop at impeachment. We need investigations and we need indictments. War profiteering used to be considered treasonous activity, now it looks like it’s become a virtue.

    The Green party called for Bush’s impeachment at our national convention in July of 2003. We’ve been calling for it ever since. We commend Cynthia McKinney and Dennis Kucinich for their attempts to bring this before Congress. We’re asking: Where are the rest of the representatives in Congress when it comes to holding people accountable? We denounce the plans now being prepared for an attack on Iran under the pretext of an alleged nuclear threat. There is a solution to that problem. The elimination of all nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East. …And I want to tell you, the two countries that are opposed to that, that are opposed to a treaty eliminating all nuclear weapons from the middle east are not Syria and Iran. They are Israel and United States.

    So, we’re a party that’s based on values and principles. We’re not for sale. We don’t accept any corporate donations. We don’t have a lot of money. In the current electoral process it’s kind of hard to run candidates if you’re not part of the process. If you don’t have money in the bank and you can’t buy advertising. But we are asking people to do one thing. It’s something you can do real easy…it doesn’t cost anything…it only takes 10 minutes: After the primary in January, what we would like to see is a huge spike in registrations for the Green party in Florida. You can vote for whoever you want to in November…and if you’re a registered Democrat you can vote for Dennis or Mike or somebody you favor in the primary…that’s fine.

    After the primary, take out a registration card, register Green and send a message to these parties that there are people out here who are paying attention and that they stand for something. The No Party Affiliation doesn’t say it. All you say is: “I’m not sure I like those guys.” You’ve got to register and say “we support what the Green party stands for.” And if you don’t know what that is, go to GP.org and check us out, or floridagreens.org. There’s another website for impeachment: floridaimpeach.org – and we have a table over there.

    I just want to tell you, if you saw Colbert the other night (pulling out a pocket Constitution)… everyone should have one of these in your pocket, the pocket Constitution. We have some on our table over there.

    Thanks for coming out. You’re a beautiful sight.

    MIchael Canney
    Co-chair, Green Party of Florida
    alachuagreen@gmail.com

    November 27, 2007

    Friends: This is the transcript of my comments to the United for Peace and Justice Rally in Orlando, Florida on October 27, 2007, with over 2,000 in attendance. My speech followed those of several other speakers, including former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel, and Congresswoman Corrinne Brown (D-FL). I will be speaking on behalf of the GPF tomorrow at a “Rise Up Unity” rally in St. Petersburg (organized by Progressive Dems) that will coincide with the CNN-YouTube GOP Debate. Florida Greens will be tabling, and Cynthia McKinney for President supporters will be distributing literature.
    –Michael

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