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Dems pitch Department of Peacebuilding [would also create "Peace Days......]
The Hill ^

Posted on 02/26/2013 10:24:00 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Dems pitch Department of Peacebuilding By Pete Kasperowicz - 02/26/13 09:57 AM ET

House Democrats led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would create a federal Department of Peacebuilding, which would be tasked with everything from finding ways to scale back U.S. military actions to ending bullying at schools.

Under her bill, H.R. 808, the new department would be led by a Cabinet-level Secretary of Peacebuilding, who would have a seat on the National Security Council. The department would be "dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace."

"This culture of violence that we live in is unacceptable," Lee said earlier this month. "On our streets and across the globe, the pervasive presence of violence has infected the lives of millions, and it is far past time we address it as a nation.

"We invest hundreds of billions each year in the Pentagon, in war colleges, military academies, and our national defense universities all to develop war tactics and strategies," she said in a press release. "Now we need that kind of investment in peace and nonviolence here at home."

Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) floated a similar idea in past Congresses, calling for the creation of a national Department of Peace.

The new department would be charged with pushing peace-building as a "strategic national policy objective" that would have components both at home and abroad.

Domestically, the department would be tasked with finding ways to reduce gun violence, violence against animals, gang and ethnic violence, and even bullying at schools. Internationally, the department would monitor global conflicts and propose ways to end them.

To help achieve these goals, the bill would have the department create a "peace academy," modeled on the U.S. military service academies. The secretary would also create "Peace Days," and would encourage people to "observe and celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to create peace on Peace Days."

The bill does not appropriate a specific amount of money to create the new department but says "such sums as may be necessary" are authorized.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: departmentofpeace; deptpeace; dope; ministryofpeace; peacebuilding; peaceday
Can't make it up........
1 posted on 02/26/2013 10:24:05 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

See Ministry of Love from 1984


2 posted on 02/26/2013 10:28:19 AM PST by God pays good
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To: Sub-Driver; John Semmens

John, reality has again gone a place too far for even satire.

I honestly thought this was satire until I read it and the source...

It is to laugh.


3 posted on 02/26/2013 10:28:20 AM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: Sub-Driver

“To help achieve these goals, the bill would have the department create a “peace academy,” modeled on the U.S. military service academies. The secretary would also create “Peace Days,” and would encourage people to “observe and celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to create peace on Peace Days.”

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(facepalm)


4 posted on 02/26/2013 10:28:39 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Sub-Driver

For something as important as peace they really should spend at least $5 trillion per year on it.


5 posted on 02/26/2013 10:29:49 AM PST by stevem
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To: Sub-Driver; GraceG
I honestly wonder if the Lib's get their ideas from 1984 or come up with them on their own.

Or Maybe the Nightwatch from Babylon 5?


6 posted on 02/26/2013 10:31:23 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Sub-Driver

1984!


7 posted on 02/26/2013 10:32:22 AM PST by Daryl Dixson (7.62 x 51 Diplomacy)
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To: Sub-Driver

8 posted on 02/26/2013 10:32:42 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Peace Days...

Recovery Summer...

Cash For Clunkers...

Affordable Care Act...

What could possibly go wrong?

9 posted on 02/26/2013 10:33:59 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Sub-Driver

“such sums as may be necessary”

. . . ain’t that just the Washington way!


10 posted on 02/26/2013 10:34:53 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: Sub-Driver
Gotta run...new landscaping project I need to get started on...


11 posted on 02/26/2013 10:36:41 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: andy58-in-nh

isn’t there a department of peace building in Wash DC? it is nice but always looks empty.


12 posted on 02/26/2013 10:37:20 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: AtlasStalled

http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/Nightwatch

Coming soon ?


13 posted on 02/26/2013 10:38:49 AM PST by Bidimus1
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To: Sub-Driver
The bill does not appropriate a specific amount of money to create the new department but says "such sums as may be necessary" are authorized.

Incredulous

But if we cut 85 billion the the economy will nose dive.

These people will only get the message when the citizenry finally back up their ire with pitchforks and other.......

14 posted on 02/26/2013 10:39:52 AM PST by A message
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To: Sub-Driver
People control. Absolute people control. Once they gain control your mind, they have it all.

Sorry. We're broke. No more social programs. We can't afford the ones we have now.
[Tax and spend (D). Tax and spend (D). Tax and spend (D).]

15 posted on 02/26/2013 10:41:00 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s interesting that proponents want the Department of Peace to work domestically as well as internationally. That would make it the Department of Peace Everywhere.

This idea has unrealized potential. Given its mission, we could begin by folding the State Department, HHS, HUD, the U.S. Institute for Peace, and myriad other agencies into the new Department. I mean, really, there’s nothing new here other than the name.

So let’s consolidate all the relevant agencies under the banner of DOPE and cut aggregate funding by 50% in view of the efficiencies, synergies, and economies of scale generated by the new Department.


16 posted on 02/26/2013 10:45:57 AM PST by sphinx
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To: concerned about politics

Aside from ruining America, the LIBs and the DIMs are ruining satire. Nothing is beyond the diseased degenerate minds of these pin-headed asshat moonbats...nothing!


17 posted on 02/26/2013 10:46:06 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Dept of Rainbows & Unicorns


18 posted on 02/26/2013 10:46:46 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: sphinx
So let’s consolidate all the relevant agencies under the banner of DOPE and cut aggregate funding by 50% in view of the efficiencies, synergies, and economies of scale generated by the new Department.

Oh, no, no, no. You're missing the point here. This is more people control, bigger government, more government union employees, more democrat union dues donations. This bill is in ADDITION to all the other agencies.
They didn't say anything about any cutting. No way. They don't even want to discuss reducing. OMG. Are you kidding?

Union membership country wide is waaaay down. The union donations, therefore, are waaaay down. Those union members have to be replaced, so the money will still come rolling in. They can't force the private sector to unionize, so the only thing they can do is create more agencies for government union members. "It's the union donations, stupid."

19 posted on 02/26/2013 10:57:11 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Sub-Driver

Babs is Black and from Berzerkley, CA! Nothing more need be said!


20 posted on 02/26/2013 11:14:26 AM PST by vette6387
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To: vette6387

Dennis Kucinich had been pitching this since shortly after he joined the House. Babs is just the new pitchman apparently.


21 posted on 02/26/2013 11:18:27 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver
And maybe on peace days we can ride out on our rainbow colored unicorns to the big rock candy mountain where we can meet up and picnic with Willy Wonka...

CC

22 posted on 02/26/2013 12:20:52 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: sphinx

And while we are at it, we defund the United Nations, but send someone there to represent the US. Maybe Hillary.


23 posted on 02/26/2013 12:41:29 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Got a problem? Nothing a drone strike can't fix.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Just think of all the bureaucrats that would need to be employed for this ludicrous Department of Peace that would do what...organize the mass singing of kumbaya? furnishing balloons and butterflies for combat zones? ...pass out those ridiculous coexist bumper stickers? The nation is broke and I cannot imagine a bigger waste of money.


24 posted on 02/26/2013 12:41:56 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Sub-Driver

Rainbows and unicorns everywhere!


25 posted on 02/26/2013 1:16:49 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: concerned about politics

I’M missing the point???? I propose to take about half the federal government, put it into a department acronymned DOPE, and cut it’s funding 50% to take advantage of efficiencies wrung out through consolidation. And you take this at face value and as endorsement of the new department?


26 posted on 02/26/2013 2:04:46 PM PST by sphinx
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To: Sub-Driver
Can't make it up........

Oh Lord, this is NOT satire. Our days are numbered as a nation.

5.56mm

27 posted on 02/26/2013 2:49:04 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Sub-Driver
Kumbaya or should I say Kumbayah.

You mean that a suicide Jihads can't be reasoned with? That's not fair!

Is being a Democrat a mental condition?

28 posted on 02/26/2013 3:26:11 PM PST by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Sub-Driver
Kumbaya or should I say Kumbayah.

You mean that a suicide Jihads can't be reasoned with? That's not fair!

Is being a Democrat a mental condition?

29 posted on 02/26/2013 3:26:11 PM PST by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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30 posted on 02/26/2013 3:29:41 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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