Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards is starting a new effort to “support the troops and end the war” and he's registered a very long domain name to organize it: supportthetroopsendthewar.com: Support the troops. End the war. Take action May 26th, 27th, 28th.
Take Action May 26th, 27th, 28th
As citizens, we honor and support our troops for their service and sacrifice.
As Americans, we are blessed by that sacrifice and support, which keeps us safe and keeps us strong.
As patriots, we call on our government to support our troops in the most important way it can – by ending this war and bringing them home.
This Memorial Day weekend, we will all take responsibility for the country we love and the men and women who protect it. We will volunteer, we will pray, and we will speak out. Each of us has a responsibility to act, a duty to our troops and to each other. Support the troops. End the war.
The site invites people to sign up for demonstrations and other activities in their neighborhoods.
I heard about this because for reasons never explained to me I was invited onto a very brief one-way conference call in which Edwards announced the initiative. He didn't talk long, but he said all the right things: that the movement to end the war was more important than a political campaign, that the point of the event was to support the troops by bringing them home.
My favorite two Edwards soundbites from the call:
“We're going to reclaim patriotism.”
“The best way to serve our troops is to end this war.”
Edwards also has a YouTube promo for the event.
Now I feel bad that I'm going to be at a conference in Bologna over Memorial Day weekend. So I won't be demonstrating in Miami. But I do agree that the time has come to be visible, and I'm going to have to find other ways to do that.