Monday, January 17, 2005

Not One Damn Dime Day?

So there's this email going around proclaiming January 20 – Inauguration Day – "Not One Damn Dime Day." The idea is that to protest the war in Iraq (and presumably the reelection of President Bush) you shouldn't spend any money on Thursday, to "shut the retail economy down" in protest.

I was all set to do this, but just my luck my uncle will be in town on Thursday for just one day, which will involve a meal out, and while I probably won't spend any money myself, surely somebody will on my behalf.

But then I got to thinking about it a little harder, and I wonder if it is, in fact, an incredibly backwards idea. If this is actually successful, wouldn't it hurt countless small business owners and not actually make a dent in the likes of Target and Wal-Mart, whose sales will be slow in January anyway? And shutting the retail economy down – doesn't that sound a bit like an act of terrorism?

Oh well. I like the idea in principle anyway. Here's the email that's been going around, annoying formatting (but surprisingly good grammar!) and all:


>> Not One Damn Dime Day - Jan 20, 2005

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. No 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
> Wal-Mart, Kmart and 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 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
> 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 email with as many people as
> possible. THANK YOU!
>>

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