An utterly empty symbolic gesture

A group of anti-war organizations in Massachusetts are pushing a petition around the state. If they get enough signatures, next November the voters in Massachusetts will vote on whether or not the governor should attempt to bring Massachusetts National Guard units brought home from Iraq.

It’s an utterly futile gesture. The National Guard is under the command of the Governor, who is constitutionally the Commander In Chief — until the Guard is federalized, at which point it comes under the command of the President for the duration of the call-up.

And there is absolutely nothing the Governor can do about that — no matter how many petitions the anti-war group circulates.

But on the positive side, while they are carrying out this exercise in futility, they’re not out putting surrender flags on veterans’ graves or causing other problems…

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