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By Cindy Sheehan
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. So let's strengthen our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Okay, so the first person of color has been sworn in as 44th President of the USA. I am proud of my country for looking past color and FINALLY electing a non-white. Maybe one day we can have a non-male?
There has been a lot of talk about hope over the course of an insufferably long campaign. Hope is such a hard to grasp, kumbaya, kind of a word…and it means different things to different people. Someone's greatest hope might be to cure cancer; while another's may be to raid another country for its oil; or another's may just be to have a paycheck come Friday.
Hope is a pretty word, but it doesn't pay your bills or feed your family. What I am seeing in my many conversations with people who have misplaced (in my opinion) their hopes in Obama is that they are hoping against hope that he is going to turn out better than he really is.
I am proposing, now, a 100-day moratorium on the word hope to see what the policies will actually be. Before we put that word on ice for 100 days, here is what I am hoping an Obama administration will do:
• Close Guantanamo (and other illegal and immoral detention facilities) and punish those (Dick and George) who opened it
• Declare an end to the phony "war on terror."
• Begin to withdraw ALL troops from Iraq AND not double the size of troops strength i Afghanistan (the burial place of Empires) but begin to withdraw those troops, also.
• Repeal the USA PATRIOT ACT (which he voted to reauthorize).
• Restore habeas corpus.
• Demand that Israel put a permanent moratorium on killing Palestinians for a step in the direction of true peace in the Middle East.
• Put into place economic policies that won't make things worse.
• Support the repeal the FISA Modernization Act (which he voted for).
• Support the repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and support same-gender marriage.
This is definitely an aggressive agenda, but it could all be accomplished with a stroke of his mighty pen and would not cost a cent, and in most cases save the American tax payers lots of Benjamins.
The new First Lady of the Empire was fond of saying this during the campaign: "Everything begins and ends with hope." I disagree. Everything good begins when a citizen sees a need that must be addressed and only ends after a lot of hard work and sacrifice.
We have a lot of hard work ahead of us and for our political/social/peace movements to have any integrity or credibility we must do the hard work of change not allow a hard to define emotion take its place.
I hope Obama is not the pig of war and tool of the Robber class that he seems to me to be, but he sure is fluent in the language and action of Empire.
In conclusion, I hope that if any good comes out of an Obama regime, that we will all finally realize that there is no such thing as Democrat or Republican. It is all a game. In actuality, there is Robber class vs. Robbed class. That is the great divide in this country. Which do you belong to?