Today's a good day to tell your Congressfolk, once again, that they should not use the January 6 attempted coup as a pretext to pass all sorts of draconian "anti-terror" laws that do nothing but clamp down on good Americans' free speech. After all, we all know that's exactly how that's going to work! Our government will more likely use new anti-terror laws against liberals and folks of color than against the right-wing assholes whose seditious behavior presumably spurred the laws, and how come our government doesn't have enough tools to foil these plots already? They have warrantless wiretapping and NSA data-vacuuming, and they were still helpless against an attempted coup plotted virtually out in the open on social media? Why, it's enough to make you think our government simply doesn't have the will to stop these clowns. That's why we're here: to lend the steel in their spine so they can go after them, but only with the tools our Constitution allows.
Meanwhile, I have two action alerts relating to our ongoing (and unconstitutional) involvement in the Saudi/UAE war on Yemen: in one, from World Beyond War, you would tell your Congressfolk to end our involvement in the war on Yemen via the War Powers Act, and in the other, from Win Without War, you would tell Secretary of State Antony Blinken to end all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Congress tried a War Powers resolution in 2019, only to see former President Trump veto it, and President Biden has lately frozen arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is good, but we need to make that a permanent freeze. Folks who wring their hands over what will become of the Middle East if we stop arming Saudi Arabia need to consider three things: 1) that Saudi Arabia is an authoritarian government, and we shouldn't sell weapons to authoritarians, 2) that the Middle East is always in chaos because governments like ours meddle in their affairs, and 3) why would we worry about intricate power struggles when we have more weapons than anyone else? If we're a strong nation, we should act like it. And strong nations act with brains and heart more than firepower.
Finally, Food and Water Action helps you tell President Biden to issue an Executive Order freezing big agribusiness mergers and investigating the monopoly practices of the industry. Even those of us who have generally approved of his Executive Orders thus far must ask: what would be the legal authority of such an order? Well, our Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission already have the legal authority to approve and disapprove corporate mergers, and our President can instruct them how to approach these matters -- you know, just like the last President did, by instructing his Justice Department to disapprove mergers involving his supposed enemies! And even though judges have ignored it in recent years, ample legal precedent establishes our government's authority to stop mergers for the public good. And proving that big ag mergers injure the public good ain't a big lift -- when a few actors control a market, they get to dictate terms to everyone else in the market, and we're talking the food we eat here, so let's get cracking.