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by Cindy Sheehan
Monday 19 September 2005

So we have come to cash this check - a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

-- MLK, Jr. Aug. 28, 1963, I Have a Dream speech

What Bush's Katrina shows once again is that my son died for nothing. If you listen to Bush - and fewer and fewer are, thank goodness - we are in Iraq in part due to 9/11. All our president has been talking about has been protecting this country since 9/11. That's why people voted for him in the last election. Katrina shows it's all as sham, a fraud, a disaster as large as Katrina itself.

Hundreds of billions and tens of thousands of innocent lives wasted later, what have we achieved? Nothing. Casey died for nothing and Bush says others have to die for those that have died already.

Enough, George! What is disgusting is not, as the first lady says, criticism of you, but rather the crimes you've committed against this country and our sons and daughters. Stop hiding behind your twisted idea of God and stop destroying this country.

This week I arrive in Washington DC to begin my Vigil at the White House just like I did in Texas. But this time I'll be joined by Katrina victims as well. In your America we are all victims. The failed bookends of your Presidency are Iraq and Katrina.

It is time for all of us to stand up and be counted: to show the media, Congress, and this inept, corrupt, and criminal administration that we mean business. It is time to get off of our collective behinds to show the people who are running our country into oblivion that we will stand for it no longer. That we want our country back and we want our nation's young people back home, safe and sound, on our shores to help protect America. That it is time for a change in our country's "leadership." That we will never go away until our dreams are reality.

We have so-called leaders in our country who are waiting for the correct "politically expedient" time to speak up and out against the occupation of Iraq. It is no sweat for our politicos to wait for the right time, because not one of them has a child in harm's way. I don't care if the politician is a Democrat or a Republican, this is not about politics. Being a strong leader to guide our country out of the quagmire and mistake of Iraq will require people of courage and determination to stand up and say: "I don't care if I win the next election, people are dying in Iraq every day and families are being decimated." We, as the 62% of Americans who want our troops to begin coming home, will follow such a leader down the difficult but oh-so-rewarding path of peace with justice.

It is no longer time for the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. It never has been the time for that. Our "now" is so fiercely urgent. Like my daughter, Carly, wrote in the last verse of her "A Nation Rocked to Sleep" poem:

Have you ever heard the sound of a Nation Being Rocked to Sleep?
Our leaders want to keep us numb so the pain won't be too deep,
But if we the people allow them to continue, another mother will weep,
Have you heard the sound of a Nation Being Rocked to Sleep?

Wake up: See you in DC on the 24th.

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here is the reason we ar dying to save the cowardly jew.
IRAQ isisraels enemy not AMERICAS'

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Wednesday, October 3, 2001

[What Ariel Sharon Said]
Occupied Jerusalem: 3 October, 2001 (IAP) -- According to Israel radio (in Hebrew) Kol Yisrael, [Shimon] Peres warned [Ariel] Sharon Wednesday that refusing to heed incessant American requests for a cease-fire with the Palestinians would endanger Israeli interests and "turn the US against us."

At this point, a furious Sharon reportedly turned toward Peres, saying "every time we do something you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear, don't worry about American pressure on Israel, we, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it."

The radio said Peres and other cabinet ministers warned Sharon against saying what he said in public because "it would cause us a public relations disaster."

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You are way too focused on Jews and sounding like a racist. There are plenty of far-right/nazi/KKK sites out there where your message will find support. Go post on them.

PS, I am not Jewish, nor am I a supporter of Israel, but your hateful post could not go unchallenged.

In so much that i feel that Isreal should be more willing to compromise, which i think presently they may be, one thing that must be pointed out. They are certainly not cowards. They've accomplished some spectacular millitary victories over the years.
Especially some tank battles.**Humphrey**

There are plenty of God-worshipping people-loving Jews following the Torah that are against Zionism. Jews who practice Judaism are as concerned about the Arabs' lives just as much as anybody, which makes Jews very brave indeed:

http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/

http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/zionism/history.cfm

http://www.nkusa.org/

http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/

http://ontario.indymedia.ca/twiki/bin/view/Ontario/JewsAgainstZionism

http://www.ladah.org/article48.htm

Remember, Neocons are NOT Christians !

I stay as far away from relegious hate as possible. I don't even know what the definition is of most of the religious lables are. i don't even know what the hell i am. A luthern. Actually, im a heathen sinner. That much i figured out.**HUMPHREY**

Just like Neoconism is NOT about religion > politics

But the Zionists and Neocons intentionally mix up people's heads by talking about Jews and Christians, so that we will get all fired up and distracted from the REAL issues> politics and war and American children used as cannon fodder

False Compassion + False Conservatism = False Hope

As heartbroken Americans have watched the suffering of our fellow citizens hit by Hurricane Katrina's wrath, our president has rushed back and forth between the White House and the devastated gulf region trying to look compassionate and engaged. While he strummed a guitar to fill the coffers at a GOP fundraiser in California, the water broke in the birthing of the New Orleans nightmare. His disconnect was so great that his staffers had to make a DVD of the images of the disaster to reach into his deeply buried emotional center and jolt him to the reality that his own fate was sinking along with those who lay stranded in the rising mud and filth which ultimately rose over their heads to claim them altogether in unimaginable horror. A drive this weekend between Damariscotta and Wiscasset revealed the symbolic side of the disconnect between the president and the public. The huge American flag flown at half mast at the Plymouth dealer in Newcastle caught my attention first. Then I noticed that most of the flags mounted on poles in private yards, city offices, firehalls, and businesses, were likewise lowered all along Route 1. In stark contrast, the federal post office flags all flew at the top of their staffs. I called a local post office and discovered that there has been no official directive from the federal government to lower the flag. Clearly the public has taken their sorrow and respect for the victims into their own hands.

The United States of America. United we stand, divided we fall. I'm a uniter, not a divider. That word "united" plays an important role in American nationalism. Certainly we shared a sense of unity after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when American flags were flown all around the country and emblazoned on everything from vehicles to notebooks in solidarity. Fooled by lies still festering in Congressional committees seeking the daylight of truth, Americans and Congress tried to unite behind the president's ill-fated moves to war - not against Osama, but the new, "real" enemy - the root enemy of all enemies, the mother of enemies, Saddam Hussein. Soldiers were sent, well over a hundred thousand strong, with something odd on their uniform sleeves. ..........a backwards flag of the United States. We see them now on the armed military patrolmen walking in bands down deserted streets, making a safe haven out of the new American war zone of New Orleans. The American flag, symbol of our nation......... backwards. How truly symbolic that has become.

Everything that has happened in the Bush presidency has been backwards. He rode his high horse into the White House on a backwards election, in which the majority of people voted for his opponent. When the heroic American troops galloped their tanks across the Iraq desert and charged into Baghdad, looting instead of flowers ushered in the backwards welcome which became chaos and insurgency. The chain of responsibility for atrocities committed at Abu Garib followed the backwards path from the bottom up, instead of the top down. The push for social security reform was shoved backwards against the hue and cry of public opinion trying to protect the safety net of our society. The president's refusal to acknowledge global warming amidst the backdrop of colossal arctic melting is backward science. The failure to realize the horrid power of Hurricane Katrina and take precautions to secure people before it unleashed it's knockout blow was backwards. The sheltering of people in overcrowded conditions where thousands occupied space that couldn't accommodate their needs was backwards. The diaspora of victims all over the nation, many separated from family and not even told where they were going, was backwards. The president's promise of two hundred billion dollars to rebuild the gulf coast region is backwards. Only Congress can appropriate those funds, and there is not yet even the beginning of an understanding of who wants (or even can) do what and where again. Less than half of the 100,000 still in shelters want to go home to New Orleans. Two thirds of the million people dispersed to all 50 states want to relocate. The president's speech to the nation under lights turned on just for his media event in a totally darkened and almost empty city was backwards: TOO LITTLE, WAY TOO LATE. Friday's prayer day, almost 3 weeks after the hurricane headed for its destiny with devastation was backwards. America had already prayed its heart out before the president climbed into the pulpit at the National Cathedral.

United we stand, but not because George Bush is a uniter. In 2000 he took the White House to govern a nation evenly divided. In 2004 he took it again, the nation still evenly divided. Not any more. The American majority now believes the Iraq war was a mistake and wants an exit strategy. The majority of Americans now believe that because of the war in Iraq we are in more danger, not less. The majority of Americans acknowledge the overwhelming failure of our government's ability to respond to disaster. Now, the majority think that George Bush is failing in his leadership, and want pro-active rather than pre-emptive thinking. True conservatives now add their voices to those of his harshest partisan critics. As money is hastily thrown toward utter confusion, an overwhelmed bureaucracy, and a homeland security system in shambles, they wonder how all this will be paid for and what onerous financial burden will fall to our children. The unthinkable question of preparedness for another natural or terrorist disaster looms with no answers.

It's a long time to 2008. We, the people, need to insist that our government move forward now - no longer backwards. The quick fix schemes that have defined the past 5 years need to be replaced by carefully thought out plans. America wants unity, not division. America wants integrity, not medals and kudos for incompetence. America wants peace, not war. America wants wisdom, not self-serving strategy. America wants fairness, not favoritism. America wants open government, not secrecy and hidden agendas. America wants to lend a helping hand, not a hand-out that rarely reaches those who truly need.

George W. Bush has not governed as the compassionate conservative he styled himself to be when campaigning for America's trust. We need to insist that he do so from this time forward. Whatever is done by him, right or wrong, is done in our name.

False Compassion + False Conservatism = False Hope. That's a backwards equation that equals disaster.

"The quick fix schemes that have defined the past 5 years need to be replaced by carefully thought out plans."

Nice post, but the above sentence suggests a misunderstanding of the right wing. How do you know their plans aren't carefully thought out?

I submit that their plans ARE carefully thought out. Look at what they've accomplished:

1. They've captured the presidency, despite technically losing two elections.
2. They've managed to separate Americans from their civil rights, so that Americans they don't like can be easily arrested and held without charges
3. They've made hundreds of billions of dollars for the wealthy individuals that own corporations.
4. They've taken control of Congress, which allows them to break any law without consequences.
5. They've taken control of the Supreme Court.
6. They've eliminated estate taxes.
7. They've damaged environmental protection, allowing corporations to avoid expensive pollution control.
8. They've removed protections for American workers from cheap imported goods from slave-wage countries.

I could go on, but you get the idea. Don't confuse their rhetoric with their true goals. The right wing DOESN'T want freedom, democracy, and prosperity for all.

They are not incompetent, and to think so is a dangerous illusion. The right wing, with billions of dollars at their disposal (remember, it's billionaires we're dealing with here) has been carefully plotting the takeover of America for years.

The enemy isn't Bush or Cheney or Rove; they're the hired guns. It's the billionaires who put them into office. Long after Bush & co. are gone, the billionaires will be putting their replacements into office to do their bidding.

We must understand the enemy in order to deal with them effectively.

Silent Scribe, if I were you I'd stay silent. I could tear you up on your 1-7's becuase they show your LACK of research and credible information.

You seriously need to find proof before you come on here and spew this garbage. I could show you countless ways the Left has caused all these same things. You people had 8 years with Clinton in office to get all of your solutions through Congress but he was too busy using the White House as the Holiday Inn to the stars. Pathetic that you now find Bush to blame for things that are out of his control and happened during the prior admin... Iraq and the war on terror should have been waged with Clinton in office seeing that 4 terrorist attacks took place on his watch against the US. Bush takes one and says fuck this and takes matters into his own hands. Gets 100% approval from the UN and now he should be tried for WAR CRIMES???? PLEASE... Again, where is your PROOF?????

I wish people would do some substinative research. Time after time, I give you people valid, true to life information and you can NEVER call me on it. Why? Because you probable go to google or whatever source and see that I am telling the truth. Not using some unverifiable document, the DSM's, to point fingers.

Richie "The Right Wing Kook" Rich

I really enjoyed your Post. You make an excellent point. Cindy Sheehan is ranting against the wrong person. The President is the President because over 50 million people voted for him. That is who she should be upset with, the people who voted for Bush are the ones who want the oil, and want to see innocent Americans die for nothing. Bush is just doing what his VOTERS want him to do. Bush is just doing what his VOTERS put him in office to do.

I wish Cindy Sheehan would be honest about this. Her fight is not with Bush, it is with the people who put the President where he is today. It is her fellow Americans who are killers, and corrupt, and have no compassion for poor people. She needs to come out an admit that. If she has the guts to.

"our president has rushed back and forth between the White House and the devastated gulf region trying to look compassionate and engaged. While he strummed a guitar to fill the coffers at a GOP fundraiser in California...

Clearly the public has taken their sorrow and respect for the victims into their own hands."

Perhaps if "the public's own hands" had in them the resources confiscated by the federal government, ostensibly to cope with the realized contingency you describe, they would have managed a lot better than any distant bureaucrat coming in from the outside.

People are not taking matters into there own hands because the government is failing to do what it should, but because it is the right thing to do.For the most part, people are inclined to do the right thing, while government is skewed to the interests of those in power.

Americans are amongst the most charitable people in the world. But it is not charity when the giver has their resources confisated coercively and placed in the hands of government authorities.

I empathize with your anguish, but would you please take a moment to consider some REAL solutions to these problems.Solutions THAT ACTUALLY WORK.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/ts20040908.shtml

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Insurance/story?id=94181

http://www.smallgov.org/?p=64

And most significantly, from a New Orleans resident:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block51.html

Now all of these solutions come at the expense of government authority; but they work.

You must come to terms with what the real choice is: not between the "good" socialists/democrats and the "evil" fascists/republicans, but between authoritarianism and individual autonomy.

Try facing up to the reality: Just blaming Bush (which is not to say he does'nt deserve it) does'nt clarify matters.

The centralization of power brings with it the insulation you describe and it matters little if at all who holds the power.

---The Bikemessenger

"our president has rushed back and forth between the White House and the devastated gulf region trying to look compassionate and engaged. While he strummed a guitar to fill the coffers at a GOP fundraiser in California...

Clearly the public has taken their sorrow and respect for the victims into their own hands."

Perhaps if "the public's own hands" had in them the resources confiscated by the federal government, ostensibly to cope with the realized contingency you describe, they would have managed a lot better than any distant bureaucrat coming in from the outside.

People are not taking matters into there own hands because the government is failing to do what it should, but because it is the right thing to do.For the most part, people are inclined to do the right thing, while government is skewed to the interests of those in power.

Americans are amongst the most charitable people in the world. But it is not charity when the giver has their resources confisated coercively and placed in the hands of government authorities.

I empathize with your anguish, but would you please take a moment to consider some REAL solutions to these problems.Solutions THAT ACTUALLY WORK.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/ts20040908.shtml

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Insurance/story?id=94181

http://www.smallgov.org/?p=64

And most significantly, from a New Orleans resident:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block51.html

Now all of these solutions come at the expense of government authority; but they work.

You must come to terms with what the real choice is: not between the "good" socialists/democrats and the "evil" fascists/republicans, but between authoritarianism and individual autonomy.

Try facing up to the reality: Just blaming Bush (which is not to say he does'nt deserve it) does'nt clarify matters.

The centralization of power brings with it the insulation you describe and it matters little if at all who holds the power.

---The Bikemessenger

While Israel's impressment of America's armed forces into doing it's dirty work in Iraq is probably better described as cunning. Its by no means racist to call it cowardly! Any nation which lies to get another to do its fighting, is certainly no friend, to say the least! That being said, what does this say about the nations that are foolish enough to do Israel's fighting in Iraq? It is clear Israel is willing to risk WWIII in order to achieve its ambitions. Since few Americans know the truth about Zionism, they are easily misled about its innate racism as well as it's vast control over various aspects of the U.K. and the U.S. The Bush administration's heavy Zionist involvement is a clear danger to our national security as it places American soldiers in a state of indentured servitude to policies detrimental to our national interests and world peace! The whole enterprise is insane to say the least and shows the arrogance of Zionism and its disproportionate influence over our government. If this doesn't stir a sense of righteous indignation in this country, then we deserve everything that comes with having a puppet government, under the control of foreign interests.

President Hugo Chavez in a rare Interview Slams The White House
"If the Imperialist Government of the White House Dares to Invade Venezuela, the War of 100 Years Will be Unleashed in South America"
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks on Democracy Now! in his first interview in the United States. Chavez discusses the war in Iraq, President Bush, the role of the media in the aborted coup against him and Venezuela's request for the extradition of Cuban anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles.
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Dave S.:

Thank you for the link to the interview with President Chavez.

On the one hand it is probably fortunate that a head of state of so prominent a country has both the clear perceptions of the motivations and intent of those in power in Washington and the courage to enunciate them.

On the other hand, it's still a case of the pot calling the kettle black; his denunciations are couched in the terms of tired,debunked old Marxist economic class struggle nonsense, with some popular contemporary enviornmentalist myths thrown in.

What wears thinnest is the conflation of "capitalism" as intrinsically associated with the imperialism he so rightly and accurately condemns.

While his criticisms are to be appreciated, His alternative has already been played out to it's logical conclusion.

It's time for individuals to cast aside both the statist alternatives that Bush and Chavez present us with and come to the epiphany they both fear us achieveing; that it is not centralized authoritarianism that leads to freedom and prosperity, but rather that freedom and prosperity vary INVERSELY to governmental control.And that these facts both supercede and transcend any issue as to who holds positions of authority,or what their intentions, real or avowed, may be.As authoritarian excesses are a fundamental contradiction to human nature, even the best intended actions of those in power must lead to negative results.

I like and trust President Chavez; in this regard, Venezuelans are probably more fortunate than Americans, who's president has long since forfeited any benefit of the doubt.

But Mr. Chavez needs to check his premises about the proper role of government in society and economics.

---The Bikemessenger

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