I’m worried. For months now, I’ve been listening to scholars and diplomats on TV saying that we’re inching ever closer to war with North Korea. Kim Jong Un’s regime is unpredictable, insular, and dangerous – a nuclear power capable of unleashing mass destruction the world’s never seen. And it’s being egged on 140 characters at a time by a reality TV star turned part time president who hangs around with racists and fringe conspiracy theorists. Did I say worried? I meant terrified.
Just today, Trump said on Twitter: “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man. Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!”
I’m reminded of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was 18 then and listening to President Kennedy while working in the produce department at Lucky's. It was like an out of body experience. I knew, but couldn’t truly know, how one wrong move from either side could irrevocably descend our world into darkness. We were blessed to have Kennedy at the wheel. With wisdom and grace, he backed us away from the abyss at the objection of many of his closest advisors. We had a reasoned and cool-headed leader of the free world, and it made all the difference.
Now we have a blowhard in the White House who has never demonstrated any curiosity about world affairs in his life. He prefers provocation and infantile petulance over the sober diplomacy that could prevent a nuclear war.
To show you how unserious Trump is about diplomacy, consider this: It took him SEVEN months to nominate a new Ambassador to South Korea, and there are dozens of vacancies at the highest levels of the State Department. Our president can’t be bothered to give peace a chance. He’s fine with the State Department running on a skeleton crew. But not to worry, he’s made it very clear that he’s ready to sign a blank check for new nuclear weapons.
Here at Flip the 14, we’re focused on urging California’s 14 Republicans in Congress to do better. At least one of them, Rep. Duncan Hunter, has already called for a preemptive strike against North Korea, and believe me, we’ll make sure his constituents know how reckless and foolish he is.
But I have a different ask for you.
Call YOUR Member of Congress, Democrat or Republican, and ask them to publicly urge diplomacy with North Korea. Ask them to publicly denounce Trump’s bellicose rhetoric toward North Korea before it gets someone – or millions of someones – killed. While you’re at it, ask them to fully fund all peacebuilding programs in the State Department, where Trump has called for a 32% cut in funding.
You can look up your Member of Congress here or call the House of Representatives switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Avoiding nuclear war should be a bipartisan issue. Once you call, respond to this email and let us know what kind of reactions you get. We want to know where the leaders are in Congress focused on preventing nuclear war, because they’re desperately needed.