Tuesday, July 03, 2007

After 5 Week Retirement – Here's Cindy!

Call Out The Instigator. By Cindy Sheehan

(This is more like Bring Back The Tranquilizer.)

CINDY: I’m not backing off. I tried to remove myself from the political realm of the US, what BushCo is turning into an Evil Empire, but the blatant audacity of George commuting Scooter’s sentence (he’s not ruling out a full pardon —and you know he will) has dragged me kicking and screaming back in. I can’t sit back and let this BushCo drag our country further down into the murky quagmire of Fascism and violence, taking the rest of the world with them!

--- Oh yes, dragged kicking and screaming, like the time or two you were arrested. No wait, you were carried out smiling then. Kicking and screaming, kicking and screaming ... takes a Scooter Commuter. Each to their own outrage I guess.

CINDY: The recent commutation of I. Scooter Libby’s sentence, however, was the straw that broke my camel’s back of exhausted ennui. Patrick Fitzgerald is a thoughtful and thorough prosecutor who did a heroic job of bringing at least one of the Bush Crime Mob to justice. Even though we were all very pleased, we knew that it was not enough and that Mr. Fitzgerald would delve deeper into the feces infested executive branch.

---- Oh please, heeheehee, who writes your material? Pat Fitzmas is as shit infested as the rest of BushCo. The wasted tax money and years of phony "outrage" over Plame/Libby and The Outing comes to no more than a warm spotlight for Libby accompanied by a commuted sentence because – drum roll please – they're all - you think - on the same team!? But … they made ya look! ... at nothing.

CINDY: A very dear friend of mine, Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, is being harassed by the Air Force for “Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman” because “The Rev” fulfills his duty as an Officer and a Gentleman honorably by protesting Iraq and the Fascist Bush Regime almost constantly. The Rev is still in Individual Ready Reserve so the Air Force believes it is within its parameters to pursue the charges, although every “Officer and Gentleman(woman)” should be protesting the atrocious mistakes in the Middle East. After The Rev’s hearing on July 12th, (in Macon, GA) he is going to begin a “symbolic” walk from the Reverend Martin Luther King’s grave (Atlanta, GA) to DC — I am going to be there for him and to begin the march, but I am not going to make it symbolic.

--- Would someone explain to me what she's talking about with "... I am not going to make it symbolic"? Or is that just a line the blue pencil edit missed?

CINDY: We are going to walk from Atlanta, GA to Congress beginning July 13th and ending up in DC on July 23rd to send the mis-leaders back home to face the music of justice in their own districts.

---Huh? BushCo and other mis-leaders will face musical justice back home. How? By whom? By the same folks who just elected them? Too bad ya didn't camp out kicking and screaming at Kennebunkport and piss off the real ruling honcho Poppy Bush.

CINDY: If Congress won’t dig BushCo’s political grave, it is the People’s job to do so. Thomas Jefferson said that we need a Revolution every 20 years, or so, to keep our Republic honest. Over 225 years have passed since our last Revolution (if you don’t count the War Between the States) and we are long overdue for one. Turn off your TVs, kiss your pets goodbye, bring the kids and flock to the federal seat of corruption, or join us on our walk there, for a People’s Accountability Movement to be in the face of the Criminal BushCo and the Complicit Congress for the last week of session before they go on their undeserved vacations (why do they get vacations when the Iraqi parliamentarians don’t?)

CINDY: On the eve of our first revolution: You know it’s right!

--- You know it's useless. Unless many millions of angry peasants, literally armed with pitchforks and a new peoples constitution, face off BushCo and a Complicit Congress - marching will accomplish nothing. And remember, "they" have the robo-suited troops to smack a few skulls as the bosses head undisturbed for their undeserved vacations.

This is not your daddy's revolution. This is not the '60s. You don't have the college crowds behind you this time because no draft is forcing them into service. You don't have the stoners and flower power. You do not have the military, retired or active duty. Hell, there isn't even good music coming out of this "revolution." You have millions of new and first generation immigrants just happier than shit to be here and not rocking any warboat. And you definitely don't have an angry Black mass joining the "revolution" because overall white folks haven't been too bothered by Black concerns - ghettos, inadequate education, indecent housing, chronic unemployment, and constant police brutality - for the past 40 years. And now you want us to join up to save the camel's back and suburban lifestyle – oh excuse me – save Iraqis and American soldiers. Stop atrocities abroad as opposed to those at home.

Revolution : overthrowing and substituting one ruler or government for another.

Cindy says 225 years since we've had a revolution, "if you don't count the War between the States"… ya, probably best not to say "civil war".

Civil war : war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country. Like the peasants versus the ruling class.

So come on, we know Cindy and Rev. Yearwood are not talking revolution or civil war by any definition. Nor can they seriously think they will dig Bush's political grave. Throw out BushCo and most of congress and you'd still have the same corrupted globocorporate politics. New faces, same feces.


abi said...

I admire Cindy Sheehan. She may not have the tools to be an effective leader, and sometimes that makes her an easy target. But her spirit and example alone forced people to take a closer look at the travesty of the invasion and occupation, at a time when many were still too intimidated to speak out.

I think this line from her post is the most important:

"Did we ever think that the criminality and arrogance of the Nixon White House would be eclipsed in our time..."

She's absolutely right. At the time, Nixon's crimes seemed astonishing for an American president. Today, by comparison, they seem almost quaint.

When Nixon was forced to resign, it was a victory for and affirmation of democracy. Allowing Cheney and his helper to get away with what they've done will be a terrible slide backwards.

You're right - too many Americans are still too unconcerned with Black issues. But there are times you have to look beyond Black issues - or gay rights issues or women's issues or labor issues or globalization issues or whatever - and join forces against a larger problem, or at least a more fundamental one. I think this is one of those times.

Still love your posts. They're always original and so well written, and they always make me look into myself - sometimes deeper than is comfortable. ;-)

Sorry for the length...

Kate-A said...

With all due respect – the Nixon era has been rewritten with the gloss of "doesn't democracy work wonderfully." At the time, most Americans thought burglary and coverup was politics as usual. Just as many, many Americans felt Clinton's lying about a blowjob was unimportant. In both cases it was the media and opposition that kept the issue going. Reagan and Poppy Bush too were impeachable, but not in the media.

Of course Dick and George are criminal, but only since May 2005, after GW was safely installed a second time, did the media allow voice on the crimes of BushCo. For the first 5 years MSM used a hushed reverence around BushCo policies. MSM was all drumbeat shock and awe America at war.

Summer of 2005 was also when Sheehan made her debut. Only 2 years ago did MSM give high profile comics, pundits, and celebs the sound bytes to air negative opinions on BushCo policies.

The same media who gave us war now give us the revolution.

As for Cindy I feel very sorry for her. I don't think she has the experience or innate wisdom to know how useful a tool she is to elements in the Establishment.

I tend to believe if America took care of business at home there wouldn't be time to meddle elsewhere. But perhaps the biggest problem I have with the whole "movement" or "revolution" is to "join forces against a larger problem" - I'm not sure what the revolution defines as that "larger problem".

I need to know what is the long-term concrete goal of this revolution/movement.

Is it to impeach Bush/Cheney and install the next corrupt regime? Is it to end the war and pay reparations in the ME but ignore reparations at home? The world can't wait … but Black folks can.

Is it to defer I have a dream because white folks keep doing the same grand experiment again and again, expecting different results? And I say this without malice.

abi said...

"Movement" and "revolution" are terms that are a bit more grand than what I meant by dealing with the underlying problem.

This administration is more overtly criminal and more contemptuous of American principles than any I've seen. Doesn't mean that all other admins were squeaky clean. But the one we have, right now, is corrupt without precedent, imo.

And that's the underlying problem, because this admin either neglects problems that you and I and others of different viewpoints may care about, or it attempts to actively undermine advances like social security and affirmative action.

Sure, holding Cheney and Bush accountable through impeachment doesn't guarantee that the next admin won't be equally corrupt. But impeachment is a lot more likely to give future admins something to think hard about than allowing Cheney and Bush to leave office in 2009 with their heads high.

BTW, I'm not trying to defer anything, Kate. My priorities may be different than yours, but that doesn't mean I disrespect or belittle yours. I think you have more genuine friends among us white liberal folks than you realize, although that may be just another shallow lefty indulgence. ;-)

Kate-A said...

I appreciate the feedback.

During the Vietnam era I found the presidents and politics just as overt and contemptuous of we the people. And the domestic abuse/neglect has always been there. Clinton did just as much for the advancement of an orderly world corporatocracy as did Nixon, Reagan and both Bushes. It just wasn't fed to us as blatantly.

Some portion of every generation believe their leaders the worst yet. For my dad it was Truman, my grampa Woodrow Wilson.

I feel no disrespect from you and believe our goals are very similar. But political disgrace/impeachment has never fixed the underlying problems.

For most Americans resignation/impeachment is no more than boring air waves, a political gesture that changes nothing, but reinforces the myth of "freedom" and democracy.

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