Dear fellow MoveOn member,
This is Ben and Jerry—the co-founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. We wrote you earlier this week and we're writing one more time today to ask for your help to stop another disastrous, unnecessary Middle East war.
Right now we have an amazing opportunity to defend the Obama administration's historic diplomatic deal to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. And yet, some of the same warmongers who led us into Iraq want to sabotage this deal and put us on a path to war with Iran—and some Democrats are thinking about going along with them!
That's not the leadership we need. We need more voices like Senator Bernie Sanders, who has declared, "The test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, it is how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner."1
So it's time to start talking in terms that politicians understand: money.
It's that simple. Be the party of peace and diplomacy—or don't expect any support when you're running on your record of saber-rattling and fearmongering.
We're businesspeople—and we know that if we sold an inferior product, people would stop buying it.
Well, Democrats who side with war hawks instead of diplomacy and peace are selling an inferior product. And we're not buying it.
These Democrats just need to learn from recent history. They were bulldozed into giving President George W. Bush the power to invade Iraq. Look how that turned out!
Now, wimps like Senator Chuck Schumer—who expects to be the next Senate Democratic Leader—are coming out against the deal.3 He was wrong on Iraq. Now, he's wrong on Iran.
And this past week, Senator Robert Menendez came out against the deal—in spite of the fact that he was elected in 2006 based on his vote against the Iraq War.4 He was right on Iraq, but now he's on the wrong side of history. That's not the leadership we need.
So far, more than 115,000 of us have signed the petition, pledging to withhold more than $30 million in contributions. Now, just imagine if 150,000 or 200,000 of us sign ... Together, we could pledge to withhold $40 million—the amount that's being spent by the opposition on negative TV ads!
As businesspeople, we understand the "bottom line." And here's what it is: Democratic wimps and chicken-hawks need to come to their senses—or have their funding cut off. It's that simple.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ben & Jerry
1. "Bernie Sanders announces support for Iran nuclear deal,'" The Washington Post, August 7, 2015
2. "Whip count: Where the Senate stands on the Iran deal," The Washington Post, August 19, 2015
3. "Sen. Schumer's illogical case against the Iran deal," The Washington Post, August 13, 2015
4. "Bob Menendez becomes second Senate Democrat to oppose Iran deal," CNN,
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