Becoming “peace educators” instead of chest-thumping

Written by Maryrose Asher of the Green Party of Washington State

Wish it was as easy as blaming all our country’s problems on Bush and Cheney. For sure, we’ve had almost 30 years of Reaganomics, even through the Clinton years. But, unfortunately, this building of empire has gone on a lot longer than that. We aren’t going to be able to make this a better country, or have any impact on improving life for those on this planet, unless we change the dynamics of our whole economic/political system and the corruption that has permeated it. We all need to talk about the benefits of peace and a peace economy…through running for office as Cindy Sheehan is doing, in giving talks in churches, union halls, and classrooms. Become “preachers of peace” and educate others on how an economic system based on values, not profits, would benefit us all. Just show them a graph of how much money we spend on military as opposed to health, social programs, or science, and help them to “envision” peace and what good we could be doing with all that money that now goes to war and the weapons of war. THAT’S the way we are going to make a difference and bring lasting change. Let’s become peace educators.

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