As I shared with our faith community earlier this week, my word for 2005 is Activism. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to you that I like this idea:
Don't spend a dime on January 20, 2005 (pass it on)
It doesn't really matter that everyone will be out spending what they didn't the next day - a point or two will have been made: Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage to oppose it. Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During "Not One Damn Dime Day," please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases.
UPDATE: Not everyone likes the idea. Oh well. (I probably said more than I should have over there, but it won't be the last time I'm sure.)
Actually, I should clarify my thinking on this a little. The old me looked down on "protesters" with disdain. Why stand there with a sign in your hands? Get involved and bring about change from the inside. The new me still feels that way, for the most part. (Perhaps the first leg of this journey for me will be a transformation from a "non-activist" to a cynical activist...)
I think the 20th will not even be a blip on the economic radar screen. That's not why I'm choosing to participate. I'm doing for me, in a way. I want to do something - a ritual, perhaps - to "mark" my feelings on the subject.