(delivered Jan. 3, 2004 at
the Texas State Capital Austin Peace Rally)
I stand today on the steps of
the Capitol of what was once a free and independent
nation, that was a shining example to the world.
But, now we live in the country
of Capitalism-Gone-Wild, where freedom and free
enterprise comes only at the point of a gun,
where the brokers of economic policy are merchants
From the sale of the Iraq's Port
of Umm Qasr to the future sell-off of Iraq's
public hospitals, schools, and government ministries,
the wet-dream fantasies of voodoo economists
are coming to life overseas. The shame-filled
neo-cons, who boil with frustrated narcissistic
rage, are humiliating and subjugating the Iraqi
people like school-yard bullies.
I returned from Iraq for the second
time, three weeks ago, and saw with my own eyes
a disaster in the making. Within 4-6 months
Iraq will erupt in a bloody war to throw out
the U.S., not because the people there desire
more violence, but as a result of policies that
are ill conceived and corrupt.
Meanwhile, our leaders in Washington
boast of their evil intent, (see Psalm
Don't they realize that goodness
must ultimately prevail?
Yet, they continue to devise destructive plans,
Their sharp tongues cut opponents with deceit.
They love evil more than good,
Lying rather than righteousness,
They seek profit in the business
of oppression and the plunder of war.
But we do not!
We stand here today as part of
a growing worldwide movement with a new vision;
one of sustainable economic, social, and environmental
development that can bring peace and justice
We will not be party to Capitalism-Gone-Wild!
At the height of another war in
America's recent past, Martin Luther King, Jr.
eloquently and passionately challenged his fellow
country men and women: (Riverside
He said, "We can no longer
afford to worship the god of hate... If we do
not act, we shall surely be dragged down the
long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved
for those who possess(ed) power without compassion,
might without morality, and strength without
As I stand here, my hope rests
For ours hearts are full and trusting.
Together we will march, labor, and sing,
And bring an end to this - and future - wars.
And, so, we will witness a transformation,
In the affairs of this earth,
For this is the way of peace and justice.
founder of Texans for Peace, took a two-week
trip to Iraq, undertaken through the Christian
Peacemaker Teams organization of Chicago. He
is the owner of Acceleros, a high-tech firm
in San Antonio.