Chesapeake PSR

The nuclear top of the pack?

Peace and Social JusticeTimothy WhitehouseComment

The U.S. is already planning to spend a trillion dollars to upgrade its nuclear arsenal. Just a few nuclear weapons would destroy humanity as we know it. Now it appears our president wants to spend even more money on destructive nuclear weapons and other military weapons while cutting the budgets of federal agencies by $54 billion. 

Chesapeake PSR is developing a long-term response to the dangerous proposed actions. Our focus will be on resisting with vigor the alt-right’s efforts to control the federal government and on strengthening Maryland’s protections of human health and the environment. We’ll work with you to develop this response.

One immediate step you can take is to sign this petition in support of the U.S. Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, that would prohibit a president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. Former Secretary of Defense William Perry said, "I never confronted a situation, or could even imagine a situation, in which I would recommend that the president make a first strike with nuclear weapons—understanding that such an action, whatever the provocation, would likely bring about the end of civilization."

The picture accompanying this post is of a Minuteman missile. The U.S. maintains nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert 24/7, each with a 300-kiloton warhead. Each is 20 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb. Under current law, the president can order any or all nuclear weapons to be launched in under 10 minutes.

We cannot let our leaders force us into making false choices. The next time a politician tells you we don't have money for our schools, for decent health care for the poor, for public transportation, or to help transition to a clean energy economy, tell them we do—we just have our priorities wrong. Make sure your voice is heard.

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