Brother, Can You Spare One Damn Dime?
Date Added: Jan. 13, 2005
Throughout history, man has found increasingly innovative ways to protest the actions of government and big business. The Internet and e-mail ushered in a new era in activism by making it seamingly easier to organize wide-scale grassroots movements. However, when they advocate effecting change through inaction, as this one does, it crosses the line into armchair activism.
Not One Damn Dime Day
As a veteran myself, as father of two sons who served and grandfather of a young man not yet 21 years old, who is in the thick of it at this moment near Falluja; And as a moral citizen of this great country, I urge you to give your consideration to the following:
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Jan 20, 2005 - Inauguration Day
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"Not One Damn Dime Day" - Jan 20, 2005 - Inauguration Day
Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America.
On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending.
During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Not one damn dime for nothing for 24 hours.
On "Not One Damn Dime Day," please boycott Walmart, Kmart, Target...
Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter).
For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down.
The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.
"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics.
"Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way.
Now over 1,200 brave young Americans and (some estimate) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan - a way to come home.
There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No petitions to sign. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action by doing nothing.
You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed.
For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.
Please share this e-mail with as many people as possible.
The first question I get asked by people when they submit chains like this one is "is it real?" Well, it's real in the sense that someone got the idea and chose to spread that idea far and wide via an e-mail chain letter.
Then, folks usually offer up their thoughts on why it wouldn't work as intended. Some of the thoughts submitters have proffered for this one:
Like many boycott calls, its effectiveness is effectively measured only after the fact. As with the Great Gas Out and ExxonMobil boycott e-mails before it, this one garnered some media attention, then fizzled out with very little participation. There remains a possibility, however, that it could resurface during the 2008 Presidential election season and subsequent inauguration.
For good measure, though, let's put this on through our tests of Armchair Activism for boycott chains: