Monday, March 30, 2009
This Saturday on April 04th, my son Casey (and at least 11 other Americans and hundreds of Iraqis) will have been dead for five years. Casey, a humvee mechanic, was killed on 04/04/04 in Sadr City, Baghdad in combat after he had been there for only five days.
Five years have passed in the blink of an eye, and besides missing Casey so much our lives have changed about as dramatically as they could have, as has life of our country.
We just passed the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with very tepid opposition and President "Change You Can Believe In" is following the path in the Middle East that was blazed by his predecessor, George Bush. Obama’s surge in Afghanistan and on the Afghan/Pakistan border guaran-damn-tees that there will be many more “Caseys” and the people of Afghanistan should not be made subject to more “help” from The Empire.
I collaborated with Bay Area CODEPINK today to call for a protest of Obama’s Afghan Plan and (although an emergency prohibited me from attending) there were not so many people there and no press at all. To be sure, noon on Monday is not the best time, but when I sent out the Emergency Action alert, I was attacked vehemently.
One person wrote: “opposing such a thoughtful and smart President smacks of grandstanding” and another person wrote: “you want Obama to fail, shame on you.” You’re damn right that I want Obama to fail in killing more people and if Obama was so “thoughtful and smart” he would be withdrawing troops from Afghanistan before more of our troops and civilians are slaughtered and the US of A is crushed as have many other Empires crumbled that have tried to subdue the people of that region.
I, and my family made a horrible, horrible (understatement) mistake when Casey joined the military. I will regret until my last breath here on earth not running over him with the car the last time he was home before his deployment just enough to wound him so he couldn’t go to Iraq. Our mistake cost the life of a priceless and irreplaceable family member…Obama is making another mistake (for our class, not his) of historic proportions and I implore you who are reading this: DO NOT ALLOW YOUR SON/DAUGHTER; HUSBAND/WIFE; BROTHER/SISTER, friend or other relation to be killed by the Obama Administration. Dead is dead whether the occupant of the White House has an “R” or a “D” behind his name.
I am ashamed that I gave a son to the Robber Class War Machine, but I am not ashamed to oppose Obama on his foreign policy. Anyone who supports Obama’s adherence to BushCo’s scheme of “More War for More Profit” should be ashamed of him/herself.
I know how it feels to bury a child for the greed and unrepentant sins of The Empire. I also know how it feels to try and live ones life with an un-fillable vacuum and I will continue to do everything I can to oppose Obama’s foreign policy, with or without help and even though people who previously thought wars for profit were wrong until Obama became President attack me as passionately as Bush supporters did and still do.
Whether war supporter, or not: my heart goes out to everyone who has had a loved one killed in U.S. wars of aggression and as always, my heart and apologies go out to people in foreign lands who have unfortunately been born in the way of the trajectory of Empire.
As Martin Luther King, Jr, with whom Casey shares a death date with said: “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government.”
Dr. King said this during the height of the Vietnam War and not one thing has “changed”…nothing has changed for the better, but things have become far worse. This was over 40 years ago.
No matter what we in the Robbed Classes do, we cannot make the Robber Class less ravenous for blood and coin, but we can change ourselves and quit allowing our children to be its cannon fodder and paid assassins.
Do it for Casey and his comrades who are unnecessarily dead. Make their deaths “Noble” by not allowing yourself or your child to become another corpse in just a long line of victims of the US of A.
For Casey: May 29, 1979 to April 04, 2004
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
No we are not, that's the point.
Tonight, President Obama basically said that we can't demonize every investor who earns a profit, because "we are all in this together." Sorry, but I am going to have to call a big fat "bull-shit" on this one.
When Obama said "we" did he have a mouse in his pocket? Obama, and his family have a very opulent, slave-built roof over their heads. He travels on the public nickel, his children attend an exclusive Washington, DC private school that has organic food on its menu, and has health care that covers everyone in his family from head to toe and side to side and inside out.
Even though he and every member of the administration, Congress and the Supreme Court are not hurting for anything, the bastard (sorry if your parents weren't married when you were conceived) Wall Street banksters are receiving billions of dollars of government welfare and are not so good about being in "this together" with us.
The only concrete steps the Treasury and Fed have taken are to buy "toxic" assets (if something is toxic can it still be an asset?) so companies like Goldman Sachs (via AIG) can have the public tit rescue them from their stupider than crap mistakes.
WE the ROBBED Class are in this together. THEY the ROBBER Class are in it for themselves. How many times does Obama have to demonstrate that his economic recovery is nothing but Reaganomics wrapped in a little bit of populist rhetoric to make it easier for the mis-informed Robbed Class to swallow. If anything transpires to alleviate the suffering in our Class at all, it will be because some of the prosperity got through the cracks in the deeply cancerous system and trickled ON us. Rest assured, this is just a mistake and the only time the Robber Class cares about us, is when the interests of the two classes collide.
I will feel like I am "in this" with the Obamas when I have a free house, free health care and if my children would not have to go into lifelong debt to pay for university.
I wonder if the wall to wall homeless population (it's growing at an alarming rate) here in San Francisco feels "in this together" with the Wall Street Robbers?
I wonder if the people standing waiting for hours in municipal Emergency Rooms waiting to get some, any medical attention feel "in this together" with Congress which has 110% medical coverage?
I wonder if the foot soldiers for the Empire feel "in this together" with the War Profiteer Robbers?
I wonder if the victims of the drug wars and street wars feel "in this together" with the children of the Robbers who ride to their schools in limos with bodyguards?
I wonder if our brothers and sisters living in tent cities with their children feel "in this together" with the Pelosis and Feinsteins of the world who live in their obscenely huge mansions in exclusive neighborhoods and fly back and forth from DC in private jets that suck down gas at an immoral rate?
I wonder if our brothers and sisters who just cashed a final unemployment check feels "in this together" with the Robbers who just cashed millions in bonuses?
I, myself, feel "in this together" with the homeless, hungry, sick, jobless, struggling, stressed, frightened, confused, yet resilient, brave and strong.
WE are in this together. WE need to step outside of the Robber Class system and start to build our own systems to help each other through this Robber Class/Goldman Sachs/Federal Reserve depression.
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Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Yes! We are totally on the internet now and our last two shows are available on the website.
March 15th: We ARE Misbehavin' Join Cindy as she chats with Courageous Former Congresswoman from Georgia, Cynthia McKinney, about her run for President, her harrowing boat trip from Cyprus to Gaza, and Cynthia's new "Dignity Movement."
March 22nd: On the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and in honor of Women's History Month, Cindy interviews theatre artist and peace activist, Jeanmarie Simpson about a character she plays on the stage and in film: Jeannette Rankin. Rankin was elected our Nation's first female Congress Rep (R-Mt) in 1916 and was an uncompromising voice for peace her entire life.
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Friday, March 20, 2009
that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
Billionaire Robber, Warren Buffet.
“I call you my base: the Haves and the Have Mores”
George W. Bush
Since this country was founded, it has been governed, or controlled by the Robber Class. Some people call our “Lords,” the Ruling Class, the Oligarchy, the Kleptocracy, or Plutocracy. Some call our system Cronyism, a Democratic Tyranny, Soft-core Fascist State, or if you are a member of the Robber Class or Blinded Robbed Class, you call it a Democracy, or Republic.
Let me define the terms Robber Class and Robbed Class for the purposes of this Internet Booklet: The Robber Class consists of The Wealthy Ones (not all wealthy people are robbers!) of our society who have earned this wealth off the hard labor of others: not by doing an honest days work or being fair and just with their talents or employees, but by stealing the fruits of our labor through outright theft or economic or violent exploitation.
Almost everyone who is in one of the Three Branches (that are being usurped into one powerful Executive Branch) of our government, AND most people who call Finance, his/her business belongs in the Robber Class. Most definitely the Captains of the War Machine have top spots in the Robber Class: they even rob lives from us to gain their wealth!
Now, the rest of us (more or less) belong in the Robbed Class. We are the ones who send our children to die in the Robber Class Wars. We are the ones who lose our jobs and homes when the economic plans of the Robber Class go awry (or exactly as they have planned).
Our children join the military because, for we in the Robbed Class, Education is not a Right…it is prohibitively expensive and only a Privilege to the children of the Robber Class. Not only is Education a Privilege, but so are jobs that pay a living wage, not a minimum wage for We the Robbed!
You know who you are! If you have ever had to choose between medicine for a child or paying a bill, you belong in the Robbed Class. If you’ve ever born the ire of an employer because you’ve had to miss work because a child was ill, not because Nanny had the day off, then you are in the Robbed Class.
If you are living paycheck to skimpy paycheck while Wall Street Billionaires are getting more of your hard earned money to pay for their mistakes (get it? you are getting Robbed by the Robber Classes in the Government to bailout the Robbers in the banks), then you are part of the Robbed Class.
AIG, a Robber Class company, has been deemed “too big to fail” by a Congress whose members have been the recipients of AIG lobbying largesse to the tune of 9.7 million dollars last year alone. Many influential Congresspersons even own, or owned stock in AIG like Senator John Kerry and House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Is it any wonder that so far, the Federal Reserve has bailed out AIG to the tune of about 180 billion dollars?
Now the AIG executives who ran their company into the ground and are responsible for many failing mortgages, are receiving bonuses with the Federal bailout money! This is a Robber Class obscenity while many members of our class are losing their homes and jobs. Robbers rarely pay any penalty for their crimes! (Unless you fleece members of your own class as in Bernie Madoff, phew, talk about swift justice! The speed of his trial made my head spin!) And as a matter of fact, the Obama regime made certain that the execs would get their bonuses.
The sadness of the Robber Class control over our perceptions hit home to me during my campaign against Nancy Pelosi. We commissioned a poll and one of the questions we asked was, "If you knew your Congressional Representative was invested in, or took money from AIG, and then voted for AIG to receive 80 billion dollars in governmental bailouts, would that affect your vote for him/her?" Only 17% said "yes," and the interesting thing about that statistic is that's about the percentage of votes I received.
If you have to work (if you are lucky enough to have a job) many hours to pay Robber Baron, Uncle Sam, and get few benefits, then you are a Robbed One.
They are winning, my friend, only because we in the Robbed Class are co-conspirators in the Crimes of the Robber Class. At the very least, we are co-dependent.
Today I was listening to Thom Hartmann on Air America Radio. I love Thom Hartmann, he even wrote a forward to one of my books. I have read many of his books and have learned a lot from him. Many people listen to his show and feel the same way about him that I do. I love him even though he DID NOT support my run for Congress against Nancy Pelosi, or my leaving the Democratic Party.
However, today, Thom was talking about how he has a few complaints about the Obama regime so far, but he is going to support him no matter what, because in the words of Benjamin Franklin: “We all hang together, or we hang separately.” This is Robber Class hypocrisy as far as I am concerned. Thom did not have the same policy under the Bush administration. I guess he was willing to “hang separately” in those days. I'm glad Thom did not support the Bush administration, but in my opinion, he should not support the Obama administration “no matter what," either.
The Robber Class loves to divide us along arbitrary lines: Male/female; Republican/Democrat; White/Black/Brown; Protestant/Catholic/Jew/Muslim; North/South; but these divisions are malleable, even our skin color can be changed a la Michael Jackson! But seriously, skin color is only a surface issue; inside we are all the same!
The Robber Class knows that there really only exists one division in the world: Robber Class and Robbed Class. We in the Robbed Class have way more in common with each other than we do that separates us, or that we do with any member of The Robbers.
It’s time to break the sick relationship that we have with the Robber Class and do something about it! They can only rob us, if we allow them to. The first step, though, is recognizing that we are Robbed and acknowledge that this is not our collective fault, but the way the system is set up.
We the Many of the Robbed Class, do have a sick-symbiotic relationship with They the Few who make up the Robber Class. It doesn’t have to be that way if we organize to break free of this co-dependant relationship.
The Robber Class needs us way more than we need them and they know it, so they will use all of the tools at their disposal: the media, the military, the banking system, the “education system” and patriotic vitriol to keep the Robbed Class cowering, complacently obedient, but most of all, conveniently ignorant.
I am a member and now a warrior for the Robbed Class after having spent most of my life believing (not wholeheartedly, or even half-heartedly, but only semi-heartedly) in Robber Class myths.
My jolt of reality came on April 4, 2004, when my son, Casey, was killed in the Robber Class occupation of Iraq. After I fell to the floor screaming “no, no, no” in agony, I got up and began my gradual awakening to the truth, but an even more rapid rejection of the myths.
It will take nothing less than a Revolution to knock these bastards (I mean no disrespect to people whose parents were not married at conception) off of their perches and take back what belongs to us: the resources and wealth of this nation.
We can do it…read this Internet booklet to find out why we need to and how we can accomplish the boldest People’s Revolution ever!
This book is a short Pamphlet that is not designed to be comprehensive in scope, but a primer to the Myths. Each chapter could be volumes of books and indeed volumes are written about each subject without exposing them, however, as Myths of the Robber Class.
As an Internet Booklet, it is also designed to be a tool to organize grass-roots community around the solutions to the believing in, and being co-opted by, the Myths of the Robber Class. Again, it's one thing to reject the Myths, but an absolute different thing to start living in a system outside of those inherently crooked paradigms.
I want this book to be added to and amended and spread around so we can begin or enlarge the National conversations that needed to start many years ago, but even though time is growing short, it is still not too late to remake the Scarcity of Capitalism into the Plenty of Humanism.”
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The images made me physically ill, as they had 12 years before when the criminal’s criminal father was bombarding Iraq.
I was also personally sick with fear as my family had “skin in the game,” our son/brother, Casey. On that night, Casey’s life clock starting ticking down: He had exactly one year and 15 days to live from “shocking and awful.”
Six years and over a million lives later, our military is still shamefully in Iraq. Our “Peace President” has created no positive change there and is in fact extending the length of the deployment of “combat troops.” The country has been ethnically cleansed. Violence is down because everyone there is either dead, displaced or too poor, wounded or frightened to move or continue fighting. Violence is down, but not out, and you can bet there will be a strong US military presence in Iraq until every last drop of oil has fallen into the hands of foreign oil companies.
What about Afghanistan? When will the “peace movement” begin to protest the anniversary (Oct. 7, 2001) of the invasion of that war-torn country? When will we begin saying “illegal and immoral” in connection with Afghanistan and start mourning the dead there? Maybe when US casualties begin to ratchet up as Obama surges US troop presence there? Obama is sending incursions farther and farther into Pakistan every day. From one “dumb war” to another “dumb war,” and the cycle of death will never end for we in the Robbed Class or the poor innocents of that region.
The economic collapse is a very worrisome and immediate problem to so many of us, but we need to remember that the Military Industrial Robber Class Complex is the reason we are in this current crisis and the economic costs of the occupations cannot and must not be separated from the human cost. Whose life clock is ticking away today? How can we allow yet another year to pass?
Every year I say that this will be our last…I don’t believe that anymore. I believe that a very few of us will be demonstrating against these “wars” for years and every year that goes by, fewer of us will be out.
It is our shame that we as a nation complacently sit by and allow the audacity of the atrocities of empire to continue in our names.
Our demands must be the same with the Obama regime as it was with the Bush regime: Troops home completely and immediately. Leave cowardice and compromise to the politicians: we in the movement must never compromise or sell out the values of peace with justice. Or if we have already sold-out, we must buy-back...we need everyone!
Many have already given up or have been co-opted by the Democratic Party or the false specter of “hope.” Most have never even protested other than bitching on blogs or yelling at the TV when Bush or Cheney came on spewing their lies (Cheney is still at it).
Some will never give up. Here’s to you! I honor your commitment to peace, no matter who is the current warmonger occupying the Evil Office (oops, I sorta meant “Oval Office”)
Hasta la victoria, siempre!
March 19, 2009
"There is no such thing as Democrat or Republican. There is the Robber class and the Robbed class---that is the great divide in this country."
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday's 2-3 (PDST)
First of all, my radio show will no longer be aired on Green 960. Last week's show with Cynthia McKinney is available to listen to from the website.
From now on, it will strictly be an internet radio show that will be available from my website every Sunday 2-3 (PDST) for podcast purposes then available from archives after that. More details to follow as they become available.
The show will still go on!
Well, since I started my book: Myth America, the 10 Greatests Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution! the situation has become more obvious, with executives of AIG's failing company receiving millions in bonuses after it received billions more in taxpayer bailouts just last week.
Don't believe the false "outrage" of the members of the Robber Class, especially after you read this report from OpenSecrets.org:
During my campaign for Congress against Grande Dame of the Robber Class, Nancy Pelosi, we pointed out the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Pelosi owned $500,000 worth of stock in AIG, as the government was giving the company 80 billion in bailouts. Not very many people seemed too bothered by the obvious conflict of interest, but now it seems like the chickens are coming home to roost...too bad they land on our heads! To use another cliche: "Let them eat cake," does not seem to be such an abstract historical concept anymore, does it? The members of the AIG department who are getting these bonuses are laughing all the way to their banks while the unemployment and foreclosure rates skyrocket down here in the land of the Robbed Class.
What can WE do about it?
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Friday, March 13, 2009
by Cindy Sheehan
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Excerpt: The Robber Class loves to divide us along arbitrary lines: Republican/Democrat; White/Black/Brown; Protestant/Catholic/Jew/Muslim; North/South; but these divisions are malleable, even our skin color can be changed a la Michael Jackson! But seriously, skin color is only a surface issue; inside we are all the same! The Robber Class knows that there really only exists one division in the world: Robber Class and Robbed Class. We in the Robbed Class have way more in common with each other than we do that separates us.
It’s time to break the sick relationship that we have with the Robber Class and do something about it! They can only rob us, if we allow them to.
Myth One: America: Greatest Nation in the Universe!
Myth Two: Elections Matter
Myth Three: There's a huge Difference Between Dems and Repubs
Myth Four: It is Noble to Die in Robber Class Wars
Myth Five: The Federal Reserve Cares About You
Myth Six: It's a Privilege to pay Income Taxes to the Robber Class
Myth Seven: Housing, Health Care and Education are Privileges, too
Myth Eight: America has a Free Press
Myth Nine: The Environment, Who Needs it?
Myth Ten: 19 Muslims with box cutters were responsible for 9/11
Summary: Conclusion: Revolution!
There Ain't no Power like the Power of the People!
In this exciting Internet Booklet, Cindy, with her characteristic open honesty not only exposes the myths of the Robber Class, but gives us tangible and doable solutions and alternatives to buying in to the Robber Class myths!
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
International Women's Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.
My remarks to a gathering in Los Angeles celebrating IWD:
First of all, I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me and bringing me here to celebrate with you all. San Francisco is my home but Los Angeles is my hometown!
I hope my remarks don’t offend any men out there, but if you are here, they probably won’t. In any case, my remarks aren’t meant to offend, but to inspire.
A double “X” chromosome makes a person a FEMALE but does not guarantee that she will be a WOMAN.
FEMALES have been historically involved in geo-politics for decades; FEMALES like Golda Meier, Margaret Thatcher, Condileeza Rice, Tzipi Livni and Hillary Clinton are perfect examples of FEMALES that believe to play on the male dominated patriarchal world stage they have to act like MALES and suppress their double “X’s.”
For our species to survive, WOMEN, true WOMEN with compassion, hearts of love and the intellect of the communal history of our courageous fore-mothers, must take over this planet
FEMALES buy into the patriotic crap that geo-political strategies must include belligerence and the threat of force to solve problems, or more likely, to reinforce the military paradigm of murder for profit.
On the other hand, WOMEN know that problems are only magnified by violence. Violence does not end violence. Condi Rice and Hill Clinton, who were both tasked to be the country’s top diplomats are FEMALE war mongers who could just as easily fit into the War Department mold---as the State Department has become little more than an adjunct to the War Department now, anyway.
WOMEN know that other WOMEN and children are the ones that pay the ultimate price for war. FEMALES participate in sending other women’s children to war to kill even more children.
FEMALES protect their own children, if they even have them, but WOMEN protect all children and do not think bombing other WOMEN’S children is right, and is in fact, morally repugnant.
Like I said earlier, we WOMEN must take over this world, if we don’t, even our Mother Earth will become inhospitable to our kind.
How do we do this?
We step outside of patriarchal systems and reclaim our power!
One FEMALE wrote to me very early on in my campaign against ultra-FEMALE, Nancy Pelosi, and she said that I was not qualified to be in Congress because I, a) didn’t own a car; b) didn’t have a job and c) horrors of horrors, I didn’t even have a husband!
Cars, jobs and even (or maybe, especially) husbands come and go and this planet will last forever with or without humans, but the patriarchs can never kill unconditional love.
Unconditional love and respect for all earth’s creatures is the power of WOMAN! WOMEN from Gaza to Kabul to Baghdad to Tehran to Juarez to Oaxaca back up to DC and L.A. know this.
WOMEN do not need UN charters or resolutions to tell us that the “recognition of human dignity of all persons is the foundation for justice and peace,” we know this intuitively whether we nurse a single child at our breasts, teach a classroom filled with young faces, or lead nations responsible for maintaining peace with justice.
Capitalism is the problem and the solution is not to try to reinforce capitalism but to mold an entirely new society based on needs, not robbery. To get through these tough times, we must rely on each other and not our governments.
This cancerous behemoth known as the US Empire must be reduced to smaller community unites with a mentality and governance that fosters sharing, education, local economies, physical and environmental health, and above all, peace!
As the patriarchal governmental societies lose even more credibility, and thankfully, power, this will be the time when we WOMEN will be the beacons of light towards which humans will cluster and the seemingly bottomless pit of macho callousness and stupidity of both MALES and FEMALES alike will begin to be filled with the rays of real HOPE.
This, mis hermanas y mis hermanos, is called REVOLUTION and it cannot happen soon enough for me.
Mis amigas y amigos:
Hasta la Victoria, siempre!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.
Barack Obama: October 2002
For the record, I did not support Barack Obama for President of this country. Of course the above quote was from his famous “anti-war” speech, that was not an anti-war speech, but an anti-Iraq war speech and this is just a sound bite from a mostly nationalistic and pro-war speech.
I opposed Obama, though, because I actually listened to what he said about foreign policy when he was Candidate Obama. He never, ever said that he was going to withdraw all troops from Iraq and he always said that he was going to increase troop levels, not only in Afghanistan, but also in the military over-all. His budget increases military spending at a time when education, health care, wages and jobs are declining. Obama is a militarist-corporatist and haven’t we had enough of this kind of “leadership” in the past three decades?
Gaza is dumb. Afghanistan is dumb. Pakistan is dumb. Iran will be dumb, etc. Any use of violence in geo-political strategy or problem solving is DUMB! Remember, though, that Obama specifically called Iraq a “dumb war.” Then why is he extending the withdrawal time past even his too long original timetable? How many more of America’s sons and daughters and Iraqi civilians will die in this “dumb war?” My son died in that “dumb war” nearly five years ago and my heart re-breaks with every death; for lives cut short and other lives ruined everyday while the US prolongs the “dumb war” so the war profiteers can wring every last dollar and every drop of oil out of that unfortunate country.
Former President George Bush (I like saying that) was fond of saying that our troops were in Iraq for a “Noble Cause:” I even spent a lot of time in Crawford, TX and Washington, DC trying to ask George what that “Noble Cause” was. Now I want to ask the new Oval Office denizen this same question:
Mr. Obama: For what “Noble Cause” are you extending the occupation of Iraq?
For what “Noble Cause” are you compromising the life of even one more soldier? Over 4200 have died, when a single one was too many for this “dumb war.”
Mr. Obama, for what “Noble Cause” will you ruin the life of even one more mother: here or in Iraq. Are you willing to be the cause of such bottomless pain? What is this "Noble Cause" that insulates the Robber class from the agony, but pumps up their bank accounts?
Can you visit the bedside of one of our young people who has a limb, or limbs blown off and tell him/her why you felt compelled to continue that “dumb war,” and give that soldier a “Noble Cause” that will justify a life of physical handicap and mental horror?
How can you look to a future in America (and indeed, the world) where The Empire has collapsed on the heads of our children and grand children and know that you had a chance to reverse that disastrous path and voluntarily reduce The Empire, but you instead chose to continue the policies that guaranteed economic and environmental doom?
Mr. Obama, like George Bush, you cannot look me in the face and tell me that my son died for a “Noble Cause” in the “dumb war,” but I will look you right in your face and tell you that all wars are “dumb” and if you think that you can “win” a “smart war” in Afghanistan, then you are far dumber than you appear.
The Noble Cause is peace and a foreign policy that is free from murder and belligerence.
Mr. Obama, be the change that you promised us you were: bring our children home from Iraq AND Afghanistan.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
This is something that the Raging Grannies have done in the past, but now is the time to step it up!
I am sick and tired of the wars and watching our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends or even strangers march off to wars that only benefit the Robber-Class...I am sick and more than tired of watching OUR CHILDREN kill and/or oppress other people. I am sick of OUR CHILDREN being injured (mentally, emotionally or physically) for the US war machine.
Sri Lanka, Iran, Venezuela, Mexico, North Korea, and many countries in Africa are in danger of being "saved" by the US military and with this economy, more of OUR CHILDREN are joining the military...it MUST BE STOPPED!
My proposal is that we pick a day somewhere in the VERY NEAR FUTURE to have co-ordinated efforts around the country for WE PARENTS...but especially MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS to go into recruiting stations to try and enlist in the US military.
I think if we get high-profile people who are on this list to participate...it will call big attention to the problems.
Let me know what you think...please share with other people who may be interested and we will have a conference call next week
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Iraqi civilian deaths shoot up in February.
U.S. hits house in Pakistan, kills 9, Pakistanis say