I've mentioned the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act before
. This is the bill that would prevent the US President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war.
But there have been some recent news stories that make it particularly clear why this is important:NYT: Mr. Trump Alone Can Order a Nuclear Strike. Congress Can Change That.RawStory: GOP official imagines Kelly and Mattis discussed tackling Trump in the event he ‘lunges for the nuclear football’: reportTPM: Houston, We Have a Problem. LA, Chicago, STL, ATL, NYC, You Guys Toorachelmanija
has a post with everything: explanation, who to contact, scripts, a hashtag and an aspiration to go viral:rachelmanija
: Pull The Football - Save the World
Look, I grew up in the late '70s and '80s and I was a very anxious child who (like so many) read Raymond Briggs' When The Wind Blows
way too early because a lot of adults didn't realize it wasn't a children's book, and also a book on how to prepare for all possible disasters (nuclear war included) which I found in my grandmother's house because anxiety is severely over-determined in my family. I still remember about building a lean-to from doors and whitewashing your windows, okay?
(And yes, I know that the UK is unlikely to be a direct target unless things spread and more countries get pulled in, whereas the South Koreans are absolutely fucked, but I can't even start getting into that kind of calculation before my brain shorts out because it's horrific to even be at the point of thinking about that.)
I am not interested in panicking or freaking out because I know that I can't live at that pitch of terror, and I have to secure the blast doors on my brain and not think about
But if we do what we can do, we might be able to make the world substantially safer on this one front.
If you're in the US, contact your representatives and signal-boost on social media. If you're not in the US (like me), signal-boost for those who are. Take what action you can, then return to going lalalalait'llneverhappen because that's how we get through our fucking days, okay?
Let's give this one a shot, and may Stanislav Petrov's spirit watch over and bless us.