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Cross-posted at Docudharma, OpenLeft, FDL, and Prarie State Blue.

Back in the 1960s, Time and Life had many subscribers.  These magazines dropped plenty of photos about the reality of war onto tens of millions of coffee tables across the country, every damn week.

And, Walter Cronkite made sure that Mr. and Mrs. America had a close-up view on tv during the dinner hour.

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We don't see that anymore.

Let's take a look back.

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Democratic Presidents, Then
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Presidents doing some business with corrupt foreign leaders, Then
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Presidents cheered and urged on by War Advocates, Then
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More! War! Cheerleaders! include John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman, along with William Kristol, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove and a whole battalion of chickenhawk neo-cons.
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Note: If any of the following historic and recent photos start to upset anyone at all, it proves you are normal and that there is nothing wrong with you.

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Presidents, with Generals who have a galaxy of stars and a Can-Do attitude who want MORE and MORE troops, Then
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War, Then
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Is it getting difficult to tell these wars apart, yet?  Do they both smell and taste like a SHIT SANDWICH?

I know, I know, some wiseacre is going to say, " But....but....but.....they're NOT the same!"

I agree!  One's a shit sandwich on rye, and the other's a shit sandwich on whole wheat.

And the only certainty in Afghanistan is MORE of the sandwiches which you see in the photos above.

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Is this what Democrats stand for?  Is this what Democrats want done in America's name?  do Democrats really want to align themselves with Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, John McCain, and William Kristol who push for more war? not to mention Democratic congress critters who just CRAVE constant endless war?  Is this what supposedly progressive Democrats like Dick Durbin want in Afghanistan?  Sure looks like it to me, and they're going to keep getting more of what they've bought and paid for.

Constant, endless war.

More life-altering injuries.

More civilian deaths.

Hundreds of billion$ spent to export WAR to one of the poorest places on Earth, while we're in the middle of a massive economic downturn, and children right here are not getting adequate nutrition?

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Or do you NOT want more of this done in your name!

The troops won't be coming home without the populace tangibly expressing their will for it to happen.  

The only things we have to accomplish this are our freedoms of Speech, Press, and Assembly.  

An envelope and a stamp, a phone, an internet connection, and a visit to your favorite congress critter's office are all anyone needs to put these freedoms into action.

Push back HARD
on your congress critters and on the White House.

Tell them to stop creating these -

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receiving the casket flag

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Ask them, Are more flag-draped coffins at Dover what Democrats stand for?

Tell them, Continued funding for constant, endless war makes WAR America's greatest export.

Tell them, Continued war funding does NOT support our troops, but only buys more boards and nails to crucify them.

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Send the mail, make the phone calls, and pound on their doors and desks in person for re-deployment. You can go to their local offices with an appointment, or without one. They are public places, and you pay for them. (Picture that in your head - going to the office, then knocking on the door.)

Then do it again, and again, and....

As Meteor Blades says,

Don't tell me what you believe.  Tell me what you do, and I will tell you what you believe.
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Update: This has been another live blog from the front porch at Sen. Dick Durbin's office in Springfield, Illinois, in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.  It's a beautiful little park full of historic Lincoln-era homes, owned by the Dept. of the Interior, and managed by the National Park Service.  Sen. Durbin has rented office space in the George Shutt House since Sen. Durbin was a member of the House of Representatives.  As is shown on the bottom of his Senate web site home page, the address is 525 S. 8th St, Springfield IL 62703. Thanks! to Sen. Durbin's Springfield office staff who have always been gracious.

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Originally posted to Hound Dog on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 01:08 PM PST.

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