[Marxism] Cindy Sheehan: "Requiem for the Antiwar Movement"

David Thorstad binesi at gvtel.com
Tue Jul 20 17:18:57 MDT 2010

Requiem for the Antiwar Movement
By Cindy Sheehan

"When you vote for war, don't be surprised when you get it." Cindy

"I will send at least two additional combat brigades to Afghanistan."
Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

"This war (Iraq) prevents us from tackling every serious threat that
we face, from a resurgent al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to a hostile Iranian
regime intent on possessing nuclear weapons." Candidate Barack Obama

"And if we have actionable intelligence about high-level al-Qaeda
targets (in Pakistan), we must act if Pakistan will or cannot."
Candidate Barack Obama

July 19, 2010 "Information Clearing House" --  This article and these
observations are going to piss some people off - but oh well. You will
be angry with me, even though I am not the one who is ordering more
war, paying for more war, torturing people and imprisoning them
without due process, destroying the economy and the environment, blah,
blah, blah. I have developed an incredibly thick skin and if I rankle,
it's because I think time is running out to halt the disastrous
trajectory this planet (via the US Military Corporate Complex) is on.
I promise that I am not writing this because I am holding protests and
no one is coming - these thoughts have been percolating in me for months
now. (Note: Remember that old saying: "What if they gave a war and
nobody came?" Well, here in DC I am living the opposite: "What if they
gave an antiwar protest and nobody came?")

My grandbabies and other people's grandbabies WILL NOT live in a world
where war for profit is so normal that state-sanctioned violence is
rarely even questioned - and if it is, then the person questioning is
the "looney tunes," the "mama moonbat," the "radical." That is one
seriously messed-up world. You know it is and we are the only ones who
have the key to unmessing it.

Last week, the Democratically controlled House of Representatives
voted to give Barack Obama 33 billion more dollars to prosecute two
idiotic and ill-advised wars. Of course they did - it wasn't the first
time since 2007 that a Democratic Congress voted to fund wars, and it
won't be the last - do you all know why? BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS DON'T

Why else did the Democrats vote for more war, more death and more
destruction? If you are a Democrat and voted for one of these scum - did
you vote for them hoping that you would get more war? Did you vote for
Obama hoping that he would dig this country into a deeper hole, and do
you still believe that fucking things up even more is the way to solve

Do you all know what else? The wars that were begun in the Bush
presidency and fully funded and increased during the Obama regime
belong to everyone who voted for Obama, too. If you listened to what
Obama said, and not just how he said it, then you would have heard him
promise you that he was going to SEND MORE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN. You
would have heard him say that nothing was "off the table" for dealing
with Iran.

During the campaign, many colleagues and friends of mine, assured me
that Obama was just saying this hostile crap to "get elected" and once
he was elected that he would "do the right thing." Well, first of all,
why support such a pandering Jackwagon, and secondly, how has that
ever worked? Three days after Obama swore to uphold and defend the
Constitution, he drone-bombed a "target" in Pakistan killing 3 dozen
civilians - and since that day he has elevated the art of drone bombings
to new heights, while the so-called antiwar movement looks on in
silent complacency and while Democratic operatives disguised as
antiwar groups are hoping against hope that Obama comes out strong
with a new antiwar marketing campaign to assure his "re-election."
Even though not one progressive issue has been propagated during his
term, these war supporters are looking forward to another four years
of the dance of death. Right foot kill - left foot torture - spin around
for environmental devastation - allemande left for health care fascism -
and shimmy right for bankster bailouts. Wasn't eight years of this
crap during the Bush stain enough for y'all?

Many antiwar groups and people who claim they are for peace lose their
minds during election season thinking that the razor-thin difference
between the Democrat and Republican is enough to go ape-shit crazy in
working for the Democrat. Just take the last two Democratic
candidates, for example. Kerry and Obama both supported more war. An
"antiwar" movement de-legitimizes itself when it works hard for a
candidate who does not promise total and rapid withdrawal of troops
from wherever they happen to be at the time AND does not promise to
end war as an imperial tool of corporate conquest.

The majority of the so-called antiwar movement, in fact, voted for a
candidate that PROMISED to contract one war only to be able to
profoundly EXPAND another. Obama all along said that he is not against
all war, just "dumb wars." If there existed an antiwar movement that
had integrity - it would have said that "all wars are dumb," and we
withhold our support for just another dyed-in-the-wool warmonger.

What do we do now that we have another two and a half years of a hawk
who thinks it is just hunky-dory that his supporters are under the
delusion that he is a dove - he was awarded the war-establishment's
highest prize wasn't he? He is, after all, a Nobel Laureate.

First of all, voting just doesn't cut it. Realistically, our choices
are between War Party Candidate A and War Party Candidate B. A true
peace candidate is marginalized, metaphorically spat upon, and
reviled. This is not a nation that honors peace and non-violence. From
the top down, we are a violent nation - so from the bottom up, we have
to restructure society. Liberate yourself and remove your Obama bumper
sticker that has a peace sign instead of the "O." If you are antiwar,
you know in your heart that he is not a peace monger.

Secondly, our resources and energy are stretched thin. We live in a
credit based economy where good jobs are scarce. Many people, who have
the same values, in this almost value-free society, constantly tell me
that they would be with me if they could afford it.

Since my son was killed, which was as violent of a paradigm shift as
anyone should have to endure, I have whittled my life down to a bare
minimum. I have no car. I have no pets. I have no plants. I have no
credit cards. My income is based on my donations from my itinerant
peace travels and book sales. I have moved eight times since Casey
died and now I can move with one small u-haul. I have a cell phone and
computer, a bed, clothes, a few dishes, a few valued books and peace
paraphernalia and pictures of my children and grandbabies.

As HD Thoreau said: "You don't own your possessions, they own you."
This consumer orgiastic society makes us literal slaves to a system
that is detrimental to our health. Freeing oneself from those chains
frees one to be a full-time, or near full-time activist. "Simplify,
simplify, simplify."

Massive antiwar protest in this country is dead. We may as well
acknowledge that and just bury the corpse, mourn, and then figure out
a better way of doing things.

In the Christian tradition, death was only a prelude to new and better
life and farmers well tell you that a seed has to die before a health-
nourishing plant can be born and then there's the ever ubiquitous
example of the ugly, hairy, and yucky caterpillar being reborn as a
magnificent and beautiful butterfly. Have I hammered you with enough
cliches yet?

The key to turning this caterpillar of a country into a beautiful
butterfly is in Peace and recognizing that no matter if one is Bush,
Obama, McCain or Palin - these people don't want Peace, but we do.

I think we lose the raw humanity of war when we allow ourselves to
wallow in War Party politics. When the Democratic Wing of the War
Party took over the mis-management of the Empire, the anti-war
movement was effectively neutralized even though the wars weren't.

So after we are done mourning, we get together as one human family to
organize something that will bring positive change. We are not enemies
with each other - we may be "enemies of the state," but the state is our

No more marching in circles, it makes us dizzy.

No more signing petitions, it gives us writer's cramp.

No more calling Congress-scum, the war machine is its master.

The establishment wants us to think that this busy-work has a chance
to be effective - but when is the last time any of these tactics worked
on a Federal level? Your president or your congress rep couldn't care
less want you think or want. Your vote doesn't even count - in case you
haven't heard, they steal votes and falsely manipulate you, anyway.

I am going to close with my organization's motivational quote. Peace
of the ACTION takes our inspiration from a Mario Savio quote that he
said on the steps of Sproul Hall at UC Berkeley, 46 years ago:
"There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so
odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can't take part, you can't
even passively take part. You have to put your bodies upon the gears
and upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you've got to make it
stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who own it, to the
people who run it, that unless you're free, the machine will be
prevented from working at all."

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