On the ballot currently in today’s Philadelphia city elections:
CHARTER CHANGE QUESTION 7 (Bill No. 060849)
â€œShall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to state the citizensâ€™ view regarding the mission served by U.S. troops in Iraq and that the citizens of Philadelphia urge the United States to make year 2007 the time to redeploy U.S. troops out of harmâ€™s way in Iraq?â€
The ballot measure was passed 72% to 29%, or thereabouts.Â Now keep in mind that Republican turnout in this election was way way down.Â The shocking thing to me is that close to 30% of people, mostly Democrats, in Philadelphia actually voted no.Â I thought this would pass a lot more overwhelmingly. Â But still, a fantastic victory for the folks who want the whole Iraq project to be for naught.
Personally, I have a suggestion: Why don’t we have the troops who are actually fighting the war vote on whether or not they want to come home, or complete the mission?