[Note: A Mormon Utah mayor gave this speech. He's hugely popular
there, by the way. Can you imagine even *one* lone congressional
giving this speech? Conyers? Doubtful. Obama? Hell, Obama supports
most of what Anderson is criticizing here. This is a program for taking
back the country, if the Dems wanted to use it. But they'd rather side
with Bush. Against the rest of us. And I suspect Rocky Anderson will
not be invited to speak at the Democratic Convention in 2008.]
Rally at City & County Building
Remarks of Mayor Ross C. Rocky Anderson
April 29, 2006
We are gathered here today to say, No more!
No more killing.
No more expenditures of almost $6 billion per month on this tragic
No more denial of health care coverage for over 42 million
Americans, when we are paying more for this outrageous war than what it
would cost for universal health care throughout the US.
No more dependence on foreign oil, while we could become
independent if we focused resources wasted in the Iraq war on clean,
renewable sources of energy.
No more attacks on immigrants who work so hard to build better
No more inaction by Congress on fixing our hypocritical and
inconsistent immigration laws and policies.
No more complacency by our news media, much of which has served
as little more than a bulletin board for false government propaganda.
No more raping and pillaging of our people by the outrageous
the oil industry, by the health care insurance industry, and by the
billionaire buddies of Bush and Cheney like the crooks at Enron and
No more war in Iraq.
No more reliance on fiction rather than the science of global warming.
No more historic deficits forever demonstrating that our President
Congress are total hypocrites and liars when they call themselves fiscal
No more torture of human beings.
No more holding people in detention camps without charges without
lawyers without any semblance of due process.
No more sending people off to be held and interrogated in countries
where torture and brutality is expected to occur.
No more arrogant, blundering, incompetent leadership of our military.
Which means no more Donald Rumsfeld.
No more manipulation of our media.
No more arrogance and incompetence posing as leadership in the
Which means no more Bush and Cheney!
And no more arrogance, incompetence, and timidity posing as
leadership in the United States Congress.
No more illegal wiretapping without warrants.
No more complacency by the American people.
No more members of Congress who voted to turn into felons 12
million people our nation has encouraged to come here to work.
No more disastrous cuts in funding for those most in need in our
No more destruction of American Indian urban health care centers.
No more cuts in Community Development Block Grant funding.
No more cuts in Community Oriented Policing federal funding for our
No more lies about a tie between Iraq and 9-11.
Which means no more Dick Cheney.
No more butchering of the English language.
Which means, of course, no more George Bush.
No more killing thousands of innocent people.
Which means no more of the Bush Administration.
And no more of those in Congress who have sat passively by while
the slaughter continues.
No more killing.
No more maiming of men, women, and children, Iraqi and American.
No more apathy by the American people.
And no more refraining from saying No more!
We are gathered here today because we care deeply. We are gathered today
because we cant and wont remain silent in the face of tragic dishonesty,
tragic violations of international law and human rights, outrageous war
mongering, and continually shifting excuses for beginning the war a war
that has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of probably more than
Iraqis and almost 2400 American members of the United States armed
Add to that tragedy the terrible injuries sustained by tens of thousands
of people, and our nations conscience will forever be shocked and
We are not gathered because we are Democrats or Republicans or
Greens or Independents or members of any other party.
We are not even because we are disgusted with the complacency,
impotence, and timidity of so many so-called leaders in both of the
We are not gathered here because we seek to divide this nation. In
fact, we seek to unify this great country behind principles of justice,
compassion and an end to an outrageous, unnecessary war.
And we are not here because we are nut cakes.
There are those who have said, Stand behind our President, right or
wrong. They say, We are duty-bound to follow and support them.
We are gathered here today to insist there are much higher authorities
than George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld to whom we must
listen for moral guidance.
Those who say we should blindly follow our governmental leaders are
calling for no less than shameful individual moral abdication.
Never has so much evil been perpetuated than from following that
call. A culture of blind obedience is a culture of immorality.
Nazi Germany was a society comprised of millions of people who did
not question and who did not object. They followed. They followed
blindly. They left it for their leaders to make the decisions even the
decisions as to what each individual would do, including the most
treatment toward other people.
That culture of blind obedience was not one where most people asked
themselves, What should I do?. The answers were already furnished by
leaders bent on world domination leaders who thought nothing of
torturing, killing, and maiming millions of innocent men, women, and
People were not gathering together to say No more. Rather, they
were calling out Heil Hitler, abdicating to political leaders the moral
choices they each could have and should have made as individuals. In
short, they forfeited the most important part of what makes each of us
We are gathered here to assert our moral autonomy our moral power-
our moral insistence that we will not be a part of the dishonesty, the
brutality, and the hypocrisy behind the current war of aggression.
will call out together for an end to the insanity an end to the
known as the Iraq war.
At times like this, silence is complicity. Silence is an affirmation of
the status quo. We will only see change when the people assert their own
moral authority and no longer leave it to the self-serving, shiftless,
sycophantic servants of the corporate rapists and pillagers of our
like Dick Cheneys buddies at the sole-source-contracts-in-Iraq-profiteer
Halliburton; like Exxon, the plunderer of almost every person in our
nation; and like the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies
have made certain the American people do not have affordable, universal
health care coverage.
Rwanda was a culture of blind obedience. Tens of thousands of people
heeded the call to slaughter their Tutsi and moderate Hutu neighbors,
of whom used machetes to hack men, women, and children to death. These
were not people who asserted their personal moral authority.
Instead, they betrayed their role as moral actors as what most
fundamentally makes a person a human being, by blindly following
said, Go kill the cockroach Tutsis. As a result, 800,000 people were
slaughtered, while our nation, while the United Nations, while the
international community, which had been so hypocritically smug in
insisting Never again since the Holocaust, turned a blind eye to the
We are gathered here today to say no more will we stand by.
No more can any person asserting free agency stand by in good
No more will we abandon moral decision-making to so-called
Let us each embrace our moral authority, let us each embrace our
humanity, let us each embrace our responsibility and insist in every
within our means: No more human and civil rights violations; no more
hatred and inhumane treatment toward hard-working immigrants and their
families; no more killing and maiming. No more Iraq war.
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