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Sheehan's anti-war campaign now in D.C.


9/21/2005, 9:16 p.m. CT
By ELIZABETH WHITE
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan pledged Wednesday to "force change to happen" during protest speeches outside the White House and Capitol.

Sheehan arrived in Washington after a three-week cross-country bus tour that began near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. She is expected to participate in an anti-Iraq war rally Saturday that organizers hope could draw tens of thousands of people.

Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed last year in Iraq, wants Bush to explain why he sent the United States to war and say what steps he will take to end the conflict.

"This is where we will force change to happen because we the people of America are the checks and balances on this government," she said. "And we will end this war."

Later, Bush paid tribute to the mothers of military men and women who have died in the line of duty.

He proclaimed Sunday as Gold Star Mother's Day and instructed that the U.S. flag be flown over government buildings. He also urged Americans to display the flag as well.

"On Gold Star Mother's Day, we recognize and pray for the devoted and patriotic mothers of these men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our liberty," the president said in his proclamation.

Sheehan's one-woman protest in Texas this August re-energized the anti-war movement as well as supporters of the U.S.-led invasion and of American troops serving in Iraq. Rallies in opposition to the anti-war protesters also are set for this weekend in the capital.

"I think she should go home," said Leslie Denunzio, a tourist from Los Angeles who was standing outside the White House when Sheehan's contingent arrived to drop off a letter addressed to Bush.

Gold Star Families for Peace, which was co-founded by Sheehan, planned to begin airing television ads that would run on CNN in Washington and the Fox News Channel nationwide for several weeks, beginning Thursday.

The group Win Without War purchased ads for Thursday's editions of 14 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Denver Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today.

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Cindy, you are ranting against the wrong person(s). The President is the President because over 50 million people voted for him. That is who you 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 you would be honest about this. Your fight is not with Bush, it is with the people who put the President where he is today. It is the tens of millions of your fellow Americans who are the killers, the morally corrupt, and have no compassion for poor people. You need to come out an admit that. If you have the guts to.

The President's supporters knew who he was when they voted for him in the last election. They voted for him because they are just like he is. Admit it, you know this is true. So lets not pretend like he is the REAL problem, when you know it is the tens of miilions of American's who voted for him. It is American's who you hate and despise. If only you could admit that to yourself.

All or most of those Americans who voted for Bush probably did so because they believed all the lies he and his administration spewed about why we needed to go to war with Iraq, such as WMD and Saddam H. being responible for 911.
On the other hand,Sheehan's son knew there was a chance he would be killed and he chose to be a soldier. He did die in vain, and she has every right to be mad and directing her anger at Bush - the commander in chief, the one who can stop the war right now if he really "supported our troops".

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