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Peaceniks to Call for a Dept. of Peace

May 10th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

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Tomorrow, the freak show comes to Springfield, specifically Congressman Roy Blunt’s district office. Peaceniks going by the names Peace Alliance and the Peace Network of the Ozarks will be demonstrating to show their support for Congressional Bill H.R. 808.

What is H.R. 808 you ask? A resolution to end the war? Legislation to scale back the troops? Nope. H.R. 808 is a bill sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate (and certified wingnut) Rep. Dennis Kucinich to establish a “Department of Peace and Non-Violence.” We can’t make this up folks. Here’s an excerpt from the bill:

TITLE I–ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE

SEC. 101. ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT OF PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE.

(a) Establishment- There is hereby established a Department of Peace and Nonviolence (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the `Department’), which shall–

(1) be a cabinet-level department in the executive branch of the Federal Government; and

(2) be dedicated to peacemaking and the study of conditions that are conducive to both domestic and international peace.

(b) Secretary of Peace and Nonviolence- There shall be at the head of the Department a Secretary of Peace and Nonviolence (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the `Secretary’), who shall be appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate.

(c) Mission- The Department shall–

(1) hold peace as an organizing principle, coordinating service to every level of American society;

(2) endeavor to promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights;

(3) strengthen nonmilitary means of peacemaking;

(4) promote the development of human potential;

(5) work to create peace, prevent violence, divert from armed conflict, use field-tested programs, and develop new structures in nonviolent dispute resolution;

(6) take a proactive, strategic approach in the development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful resolution of conflict, and structured mediation of conflict;

(7) address matters both domestic and international in scope; and

(8) encourage the development of initiatives from local communities, religious groups, and nongovernmental organizations. Entire text of bill

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