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If Cindy Will 'Run'.... Why Won't You 'Stand'?

By PA Farruggio

Who is Cindy Sheehan? Is she some celebrity, some artist, some politician? No, she is a simple woman, by her own definition, who led a simple life for most of her 40 something years. Then, to suffer one of the most terrible traumas a mother can suffer.... she lost her son. Her boy, the child she carried 9 months in her womb, that most precious of gifts that our Creator bestows upon us. I have heard stories about my late mother, and how she carried her first child, for the full term, only to hear the news, as she lay half awake in her stupor, that he had strangled on her umbilical cord, and that he was born..... dead! I do believe that the death of her first born, the gift she too carried within her for 9 months, had devastated her for her whole life. She never fully recovered from that trauma, emotionally or psychologically.

Cindy Sheehan lost her son Casey because of .... a lie. A lie perpetrated, in this writer's opinion and that of countless other researchers, from the very highest offices of this government. Simply put, these people wanted a war.... and they got one.... through lies and half truths, and whatever other means leaders do to such ends. We can go through the litany of other leaders in recent history who lied us into wars. The Spanish American War, Vietnam, Granada, Panama..... and now Iraq, to name but a few of the many times this country intervened in another nation's private affairs for our own selfish self interest. Bottom line: mothers like Cindy Sheehan lost their ' most precious gifts ' for nothing short of lies. Her son joined the military to serve his country, and he was sent into harms way by a cabal of cowards, most of whom never even donned a uniform in their lives..... except for Little League or the Boy Scouts. Factor in the 3600 + other dead young Americans, and the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqi civilians ( according to the British medical journal " The Lancet", perhaps 600,000 Iraqis) because of these liars, and there you have it. Cindy Sheehan speaks for all the mothers who have had enough of these despicable people and their despicable acts.

So, we now read how Cindy Sheehan has decided to challenge Mrs. Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, for her seat in Congress. Cindy does not live in that district, but like Senator Clinton and countless others, she is willing to move there to accomplish her goal. What is Cindy Sheehan's goal? Well, she feels, as the mother of a dead son, killed first and foremost by liars, that these leaders must be held accountable. She, like many of us in America, wants ' Hearings of Inquiry into the run-up to the War On Iraq ', which will translate perhaps into ' Hearings of Impeachment ' for Bush and Cheney et all. If Nancy Pelosi will institute such hearings, then Cindy Sheehan will not run against her. Simple, isn't it? We shall see. Methinks Cindy will be running for that seat, given the track record of Mrs. Pelosi and the other Democratic leaders in this country. They had their shot November 6th, and to date, they still vote to fund the occupation of Iraq ( notice the absence of the word ' War' ). John Conyers, now chair of the House Judiciary Committee, promised us in the fall of ' 05 : " When we take back control of the Congress, and I am chair of my committee, one of the first orders of business will be hearings on the run-up to this war." Never happened.

Where does that leave us, the ' still mostly Silent Majority ' of Americans? Many of us, since before the invasion of Iraq, stood and protested . We have continued for over 34 months straight, in towns and cities all over our great land. Yet, our numbers have remained low. So low, that Claire Metz, a local television news anchor, was at least candid and forthright about one thing. I called Claire, about a year ago, and asked her why her station refused to cover our weekly anti Iraq occupation protests. " Phil, I drove by last Tuesday to see what your group was all about, and there were 20 folks out there. If there were a 200 out there, that would be newsworthy."

Rita B. , a retired nurse, stood with us from Day One, each and every Tuesday, despite the fact she has emphysema. Now, she is finally housebound due to the illness. Barbara S. , a college instructor, has such a painful nerve injury, that she brings a chair with her, and sits and holds her sign. Walt and Fran, both 70+ something, have too many ailments to mention, yet, when they reside here in Florida, they come and stand with us. Charlie B., also 70+ something, brings a contraption to allow him to half stand, because he holds a mega pro impeachment sign. John D., 81 and active, brings his megaphone, and 20 protest signs to distribute and place on the ground. Up in Daytona , Phil R. and Kathy B. and friends, create and copy hundreds of documents and info sheets, plus DVDs on 9/11 and Iraq, and hand them out free of charge at their Thursday evening protest. Up in Ormond Beach, on Saturday mornings, there are less than 5 folks who stand each week, in the hot hot sun, holding their signs. I could go on and on with more such anecdotes. The question is: If folks support what Cindy Sheehan is doing, and support what we here in Volusia County, Florida are doing...... why.....or rather .... when... will they too stand up for something so vital, so pertinent, so important for America's survival?

( philip a farruggio is a small businessman, activist leader and free lance columnist. his work has been displayed, since 2000 on sites like, buzzflash, and most recently on . he can be reached at

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The following was posted by Cat Moy who co-wrote the book about Cindy Sheehan:

Monday, July 09, 2007
Posted By:
Catherine Moy
Permalink “Peace Mom” leads Freedom Fighters in War on Pelosi

Cindy Sheehan’s announcement that she will challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she doesn’t introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush raises a serious question: Who is Cindy’s base?
We know the Universe chose her to ignite the anti-war movement – or so she told us – but most of the universe can’t vote for Sheehan. Well, I may be wrong about that. She would be running in the Bay Area, where aliens have free rein to healthcare, in-state tuition, welfare and voting booths.
Aside from aliens, Sheehan would draw from a wide range of people: felons, drug addicts, and anybody with more body piercings than Frankenstein’s wife. The one group she may not have in the bag is the anti-war group. I know this sounds outrageous, but the “Peace Mom’ has some trouble with the folks who put her on the map.
She has done a heck of a job alienating, the radical-left machine that helped pay for anti-Bush campaign commercials in 2004 starring a weeping Sheehan. When Sheehan “retired” some six weeks ago, she reamed Moveon like she was a well-seasoned proctologist. I suppose they won’t be throwing in for her campaign.
Then there are her old homeboys, such as James Morris. Morris is the fellow whom Sheehan accused of writing an “anti-Semitic” email to Ted Koppel in her name. Here is the controversial text:
Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the army to protect America, not Israel. Am I stupid? No, I know full well that my son, my family, this nation and this world were betrayed by George Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agendas after 9/11. We were told that we were attacked on 9/11 because the terrorists hate our freedoms and democracy … not for the real reason, because the Arab Muslims who attacked us hate our middle-eastern foreign policy.
Many attacked Sheehan as anti-Semitic, but she swore she had nothing to do with the email. Sweetness & Light nailed Sheehan for going wobbly on her anti-Zionist credentials. But Morris warned Sheehan in a letter, which he shared with me, that she may not have the right stuff for his liking:
In running against Nancy Pelosi I can assume that you wouldn’t dare resist the pro-Israel influence coming from AIPAC though (see the first page and the last twenty pages or so via ). Look how you caved so cowardly when the Zionist pressure came your way when you did what you did to me nationally on the Fox News Channel as well (see as I hope you pre-order a copy of the soon to be released Mearsheimer/Walt book by searching under ‘Mearsheimer’ at, and you might want to buy a copy of James Petras’ book on the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby via as well - see for his latest article as Christopher Hedges’ ‘A Declaration of Independence from Israel’ article can be found via as it is a must read as well):
If Sheehan weren’t a lapsed Catholic, she might want to go in for a little penance – or better yet, an exorcism.
I am well aware that many leftoids consider Sheehan their imam, a leader and teacher of all things pure. Melanie Morgan and I wrote in “American Mourning” about the cultish behavior of some who traveled in 2005 to see Sheehan in Crawford, Texas. One guy fasted and cleared his mind of all thoughts but Sheehan. This mind-clearing exercise was, of course, not very difficult given the wide-open spaces inside his cranium.
Cindy blogged today that she is already getting a lot of support, which is believable given the numbers of folks who believe Sept. 11 was an inside job and that our great U.S. military has lost in Iraq.
The feedback I have been receiving since then has been about three to one positive and supportive. Some people have offered to quit their jobs to move to California’s 8th to help my possible campaign. People are lining up to donate and help and I am again very grateful and touched beyond belief by the generosity and energy of my fellow Americans.
Still, Sheehan faces other hurdles in her bid to oust Gen. Pelosi. No. 1: residency. When Sheehan retired as the face of the peace movement mere weeks ago, she said she was going “home” to spend time with her family. Her ex-husband and son live in Vacaville, but Cowtown isn’t the place from which to launch a San Francisco campaign. Sheehan’s daughters live in Dixon, where she now calls home. Dixon isn’t much friendlier to dictator-coddling types, but I understand Sheehan keeps a low profile there.
The residency thing could be tricky. But I have an idea: Ed Jew. He is the San Francisco supervisor who is under investigation for living outside of the district that he’s supposed to represent. The only problem Sheehan may have with him is his last name. Still, his pad would be a great safe house for Sheehan as she wages jihad on Pelosi. The Peace Mom may even want to hire Jew as a consultant for residency requirements.
The left-wingers of the left coast may face some interesting moral decisions if Sheehan takes on Pelosi. Consider the Catholic vote. Traditional Catholics, like me, would shy away from either candidate like a vampire from garlic. But we’re talking San Francisco. Sheehan’s Catholic credentials include being fired as a youth minister because she was teaching untraditional issues to her charges and she had a penchant for calling the pastor and some bishops “liars.” Both Sheehan and Pelosi are pro-abortion rights candidates, so that should set well with leftist so-called Catholics.
I think it is fair to say that the Catholic vote is up for grabs.
Both women have done a fine job attacking President Bush. This is a top concern of voters in the 8th Congressional District of California, which takes in most of San Francisco. This is the city where “leaders” tried to force the Blue Angels from performing flyovers, the ROTC are considered Mephistopheles’ children, and military men and women must avoid wearing their uniforms in case they are mistaken as members of the Village People.
Bush won only 14 percent of the vote in the 8th district during the last election. When Sheehan calls the president a “bastard,” and the “world’s No. 1 terrorist,” the district cheers her on. Pelosi works hard at demeaning the presidency, but Sheehan has the edge here.
Because San Francisco is generally anti-military, both candidates have instant credibility. Sheehan says now she wants instant pullout from Iraq, but she admitted during a rally last year in San Francisco that the white-flag-of-surrender option would take time. No “troops out now.” Sheehan will score points with the hate-America crowd because she is actually on record (and photographs) loving on Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.
Important safety tip to Pelosi’s camp: Chavez loves Sheehan and will likely share the billions he has stolen from his countrymen to pad her war chest. (I know this is illegal, but rules don’t apply to the Peace Mom).
Sheehan may have the upper hand when it comes to getting the “out there” vote. This includes non-traditional Democrats. Sheehan has already written off mainstream Democrats, if there is such a thing. This is a brilliant political move with Congress’ ratings lower than an ant’s sewer system. More of her blog:
I was a life-long Democrat only because the choices were limited. The Democrats are the party of slavery and were the party that started every war in the 20th Century except the other Bush debacle. The Federal Reserve, permanent federal (and unconstitutional) income taxes, Japanese Concentration Camps and, not one, but two atom bombs dropped on the innocent citizens of Japan were brought to us via the Democrats. Don’t tell me the Democrats are our “Saviors” because I am not buying it especially after they bought and purchased more caskets and more devastating pain when they financed and co-facilitated more of George’s abysmal occupation and they are allowing a melt down of our representative Republic by allowing the evils of the executive branch to continue unrestrained by their silent complicity.
Last but not least, Sheehan must come up with a name for her party. May I suggest Freedom Fighters? Sheehan actually coined this name for the people who killed her hero son, Casey Sheehan. Terrorists shot Casey on April 4, 2004, in a Baghdad slum where he was on a rescue mission.


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