Letter to President Bush
September 27, 1988
P.O. Box 27217
Washington, D.C., USA 20038
I offer my assistance in spreading your ideas regarding arms
negotiations, education, and the homeless poor. In order to do
this, though, I need a copy of your position statement. Would
you please ask your staff to send it to me as soon as possible?
Although Reagan should be lauded for the INF Treaty, it could be
argued that it was intended as a soporific; nuclear testing
continues, and military contractors continue to profit
(obscenely) while government policy continues to be merciless to
the poor. People are going to prison who shouldn't be. People
are prosecuted for having no home. Trillions of dollars are to
be sunk into dangerous new military toys while soup lines
lengthen and the violence born of hopelessness expands.
I'm also concerned about the options open to our children. For
example, my daughter, son, and son-in-law are now serving in the
Navy, which they entered because they couldn't afford college.
None of them wants to be put in the position of killing or being
killed. Yet Reagan sanctioned the sales of arms to both Iran and
Iraq and sent our kids into the Persian Gulf to be targets. My
son-in-law tells a tale of standing watch on his frigate
(equipped with decoy devices to make it "sound" like an aircraft
carrier or battleship) when an unidentified speedboat approached,
and his fear that he might have to decide to shoot. No one
should be put in that position.
"Thou shalt not kill," we're instructed. No one has the right to
threaten our children's souls.
Presidential Campaign Headquarters
c/o Old Executive Office Building
Dear Mr. Bush:
I believe the next President should, DOMESTICALLY:
GLOBALLY the next President should engage in summits and promote
scientific/industrial dialogues with the goals to:
1. stop nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons research,
production, and testing;
2. reduce military spending; USE TAX DOLLARS SAVED to
improve the quality of life for all citizens, e.g.:
3. actively promote military contractors' conversion from
weaponry to environmentally-protective peace industries
(through research competitions, re-education, plant
retooling, and other positive inducements);
4. provide free education to all who show desire to learn;
5. induce property owners to "use it or lose it," i.e., to
convert boarded-up buildings to homes for the homeless;
6. reduce police-state tactics of harassment.
I pray that you agree with these ideas. Again, please send
me your position statements so I may more clearly understand.
1. ban all nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons;
2. outlaw the sales of ALL weapons from one country to
3. convert military contractors to environmentally-
protective peace/service industries dedicated, in part, to
researching, developing, and using clean energy, and
reversing global pollution.
4. convert armies, navies, air forces, etc., to Interna-
tional Peace Corps (with youth sewing terms as friendly
"peace hostages" armed only with tools to help, and learn
from, their global neighbors).
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