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The Email I Got Today from Representative Alan Grayson

Dear Michael,

After three frenetic weeks, during which time Team Grayson was burning the midnight oil every night, it's time to take stock of what we've accomplished.

Here were the headlines in late August, just before we started our campaign against U.S. military intervention in Syria.

"Syria crisis: UK and US finalise plans for military strikes" - The Guardian, August 27.
"Syria strike due in days, West tells opposition - sources" - Reuters, August 27.
"Strike Against Syria is Imminent" - Reuters, August 27.
"Obama Will Bomb Syria" - Politico, August 26.
"U.S. military 'ready' to attack Syria, Hagel says" - CBS News, August 27.

And here are the headlines, now:

"Obama to explore diplomatic route on Syria," - Reuters, September 10.
"U.S. to Work Through U.N. on Syria Arms Proposal" - The New York Times, September 10.
"Obama Agrees To U.N. Discussion Of Putting Syria Chemical Weapons Under International Control" - Associated Press, September 10.
"Syria Will Sign Chemical Weapons Convention, Declare Arsenal, Foreign Ministry Says" - Reuters, September 10.

Let's go behind the headlines, to the numbers in Congress. Bloomberg News just came out with its own count of how every single member of the U.S. House and Senate would vote on war with Syria. In the U.S. Senate, which is institutionally designed to favor war and bailouts, the war vote is losing 34-22. That's shocking - the Senate is voting for peace?! In the U.S. House of Representatives, it's even better. House members oppose war by a 10-to-one margin. The Washington Post has it at 26 in favor, 251 against.

In other words, we are winning. Peace is winning.

How did this miracle happen?

To answer that question, look in the mirror.

You did this. Your calls and e-mails. Your pressure. The military industrial complex, the neoconservatives like Dick Cheney, the foreign policy corporate-funded think tanks in D.C., the warmongers at the State Department - they wanted war, but you wouldn't let them. We stood up for peace.

Now, what's interesting is not just that we averted military action (so far). It's also what has happened, because we averted military action. We showed that successful diplomacy, shunted aside just a week ago as irrelevant, is actually possible.

Think about this. We are on the verge of a solution that:

Removes chemical weapons from Syria, preventing another attack and putting them out of the reach of both the Assad regime and Al Qaeda,
Does not require the use of dangerous military force by the United States,
Compels Syria to become a signer to the Chemical Weapons Convention,
Restores the role of Congress in matters of war and peace, and
Rejuvenates the United Nations as a platform for peace.
This happened only because of our work. To his credit, President Obama listened. He listened to Congress, to the voices of allies around the world asking us to pause, and most importantly, to We the People of These United States. But you spoke, President Obama listened, and now peace may bloom.

Of course, we may still go to war - the war lobby is fierce and relentless. Even as we speak, warmongers in Congress are writing new war resolution language, thinking that if they tweak this word or that word, making it an itsy-bitsy, teensy-weensy war, it can pass. To that, we say, "a big, fat NO."

We have shown that Peace can be more powerful than War.

And hopefully, one day soon, we will not be arguing about where to direct our bombs. If you and I keep working together, we will be trying to figure out what to do with the fruits of peace - the Peace Dividend.

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

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Many congress critters are

Many congress critters are figuring out what people want to hear and act the way constituents want them to act.

This is what bothers me about

congress. They are selective when it comes to the constitution. I received an email from Grayson as well after signing his anti Syria attack petition. Like so many others in congress they use the constitution when it suits them.

I appreciate Grayson very much for his good work in helping Ron Paul when it came to auditing the fed as well as this issue however I want to know why the constitution suddenly becomes null and void when it comes to issues they don't agree with. The constitution is not a pick and choose entity and they need this fact drummed into them or else they themselves need to be considered null and void.

Next step is to put...

"our dear leaders" who are still sending arms to the rebels on trial for treason.

"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."
-Robert Green Ingersoll

Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for sharing.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

really wished he were on our side on guns, as well, but for now,

he's the only real ally on the 'Left' and we'll take a consistent civil libertarian over phony oBUSHmaBots any day.

bravo Grayson!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Grayson is pro-9/11 truth

Grayson has gone on the record to call for an honest investigation of 9/11. When will the Pauls join him?

http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news-section/41-articles/794-fl...

9/11 was an inside job, and every second wasted waiting for the truth is justice delayed and justice denied.

They have taken...

such a firm stance on the idea that it was blow-back, I don't think there is anyway they can backtrack with out coming under scrutiny. (not that it isn't the right thing to do)

"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."
-Robert Green Ingersoll

Pauls are COINTELPRO

Blowback didn't take down WTC 7. Blowback didn't make all 3 WTC towers fall at freefall speed. Webster Tarpley, author of 9/11 Synthetic Terror, ID'd the Pauls as COINTELPRO last year in his book Just Too Weird.

Grayson has the position to lose...

of being my hand across the aisle!

Defeat the panda-industrial complex

I am dusk icon. anagram me.

I nominate Alan Grayson the new Democrat version of Ron Paul.

"You did this. Your calls and e-mails. Your pressure. The military industrial complex, the neoconservatives like Dick Cheney, the foreign policy corporate-funded think tanks in D.C., the warmongers at the State Department - they wanted war, but you wouldn't let them. We stood up for peace."

"Of course, we may still go to war - the war lobby is fierce and relentless. Even as we speak, warmongers in Congress are writing new war resolution language, thinking that if they tweak this word or that word, making it an itsy-bitsy, teensy-weensy war, it can pass. To that, we say, "a big, fat NO.""

Kucinich

I nominate him to be the new Dennis Kucinich, and hopefully Justin Amash has solidified his claim to be new Ron Paul by now.

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!
http://facebook.com/NoPropagandaZone
http://twitter.com/the_chiefe71

Thanks for the update WiseGuy!!!!

The Constitution is still there, and finally THE PEOPLE have come to it's defense instead of asking a piece of paper to do it for them!

Politicians FOLLOW, they don't lead anything.

Billions of dollars of work to promote the war went up in flames, but don't think they will go quietly into the night.