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Cindy Sheehan Finally Gets the False L/R Paradigm

 
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"Good Riddance Attention Whore"

by CindySheehan
Mon May 28, 2007 at 09:57:01 AM PDT
I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called "Face" of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such "liberal blogs" as the Democratic Underground. Being called an "attention whore" and being told "good riddance" are some of the more milder rebukes.

CindySheehan's diary :: ::

I have come to some heartbreaking conclusions this Memorial Day Morning. These are not spur of the moment reflections, but things I have been meditating on for about a year now. The conclusions that I have slowly and very reluctantly come to are very heartbreaking to me.

The first conclusion is that I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party. Of course, I was slandered and libeled by the right as a "tool" of the Democratic Party. This label was to marginalize me and my message. How could a woman have an original thought, or be working outside of our "two-party" system?

However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the "left" started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used. I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of "right or left", but "right and wrong."

I am deemed a radical because I believe that partisan politics should be left to the wayside when hundreds of thousands of people are dying for a war based on lies that is supported by Democrats and Republican alike. It amazes me that people who are sharp on the issues and can zero in like a laser beam on lies, misrepresentations, and political expediency when it comes to one party refuse to recognize it in their own party. Blind party loyalty is dangerous whatever side it occurs on. People of the world look on us Americans as jokes because we allow our political leaders so much murderous latitude and if we don’t find alternatives to this corrupt "two" party system our Representative Republic will die and be replaced with what we are rapidly descending into with nary a check or balance: a fascist corporate wasteland. I am demonized because I don’t see party affiliation or nationality when I look at a person, I see that person’s heart. If someone looks, dresses, acts, talks and votes like a Republican, then why do they deserve support just because he/she calls him/herself a Democrat?

I have also reached the conclusion that if I am doing what I am doing because I am an "attention whore" then I really need to be committed. I have invested everything I have into trying to bring peace with justice to a country that wants neither. If an individual wants both, then normally he/she is not willing to do more than walk in a protest march or sit behind his/her computer criticizing others. I have spent every available cent I got from the money a "grateful" country gave me when they killed my son and every penny that I have received in speaking or book fees since then. I have sacrificed a 29 year marriage and have traveled for extended periods of time away from Casey’s brother and sisters and my health has suffered and my hospital bills from last summer (when I almost died) are in collection because I have used all my energy trying to stop this country from slaughtering innocent human beings. I have been called every despicable name that small minds can think of and have had my life threatened many times.

The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.

I have also tried to work within a peace movement that often puts personal egos above peace and human life. This group won’t work with that group; he won’t attend an event if she is going to be there; and why does Cindy Sheehan get all the attention anyway? It is hard to work for peace when the very movement that is named after it has so many divisions.

Our brave young men and women in Iraq have been abandoned there indefinitely by their cowardly leaders who move them around like pawns on a chessboard of destruction and the people of Iraq have been doomed to death and fates worse than death by people worried more about elections than people. However, in five, ten, or fifteen years, our troops will come limping home in another abject defeat and ten or twenty years from then, our children’s children will be seeing their loved ones die for no reason, because their grandparents also bought into this corrupt system. George Bush will never be impeached because if the Democrats dig too deeply, they may unearth a few skeletons in their own graves and the system will perpetuate itself in perpetuity.

I am going to take whatever I have left and go home. I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children and try to regain some of what I have lost. I will try to maintain and nurture some very positive relationships that I have found in the journey that I was forced into when Casey died and try to repair some of the ones that have fallen apart since I began this single-minded crusade to try and change a paradigm that is now, I am afraid, carved in immovable, unbendable and rigidly mendacious marble.

Camp Casey has served its purpose. It’s for sale. Anyone want to buy five beautiful acres in Crawford , Texas ? I will consider any reasonable offer. I hear George Bush will be moving out soon, too...which makes the property even more valuable.

This is my resignation letter as the "face" of the American anti-war movement. This is not my "Checkers" moment, because I will never give up trying to help people in the world who are harmed by the empire of the good old US of A, but I am finished working in, or outside of this system. This system forcefully resists being helped and eats up the people who try to help it. I am getting out before it totally consumes me or anymore people that I love and the rest of my resources.

Good-bye America ...you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.

It’s up to you now.
"What if everything you ever believed was tied up in a little box and eaten by cute little snails?"
--- Mark Morford
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"Good-bye America ...you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.

It’s up to you now."

Considering what modern day "Americans" have become,

sheep

I would have to say that America is pretty much dead and gone, Cindy.

We salute a new flag now.

[link to www.apfn.org]

Like all those "Good Germans" of long ago, we have willingly sold our souls to the forces of evil, to do with them what they will. And we will not be able to escape paying the price for our inactions.

After the fall, we will be held to account for what we have allowed to be done in our names, and there will be hell to pay.

Rest in peace, America. It was nice while it lasted.
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Judgement is coming to Amerika. We will have to answer to God for all of the blood that is crying out to Him. For our unwillingness as a nation to repent. Repent you demon leaders as your souls are at the very thresh hold of an eternal death.
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I'm sorry, I love you.
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Judgement is coming to Amerika. We will have to answer to God for all of the blood that is crying out to Him. For our unwillingness as a nation to repent. Repent you demon leaders as your souls are at the very thresh hold of an eternal death.
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If you think America "deserves judgment" from God, then you BETTER admit that every Islamic nation is deserving of God's punishments also.

Their sins are too numerous to count.
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If you think America "deserves judgment" from God, then you BETTER admit that every Islamic nation is deserving of God's punishments also.

Their sins are too numerous to count.
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What does Islam have to do with this post?

Who gives a fuck about Islam when we are losing our country?

Take your fearmongering somewhere else, lord knows there are enough sheep out there to lick it up.
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Yeah, the Dems and the Repugs, two heads of the same slimy slug!
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." William Shakespeare
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WHAT I ADMIRE MOST ABOUT CINDY SHEEHAN, By Carolyn baker
May 30, 2007 | filed under bakers-blog | at www.carolynbaker.org


Corporate media—and even some alternative websites, are blaring with
headlines about Cindy Sheehan “quitting” the anti-war movement. It is true
that Sheehan has stepped down as the consummate symbol of the ordinary,
salt-of-the-earth American mother crusading against the empire for the end
of the war that brought about her son’s meaningless death. But it is not
true that Cindy is “quitting.” After years of sacrifice, incomprehensible
losses, and several hundred stages of burnout, she has walked away from a
role and the symbolism inherent within it, but even more significantly in
my opinion, and reverberating through her article “Letter To The Democratic
Congress,” she has rejected the Democratic Party and its pretense of
offering an alternative to the politics of empire.

Last night I watched Keith Olbermann begin his “Countdown” show with the
story of Sheehan’s “quitting” the anti-war movement, even including some
quotes from her, but mentioning nothing about her leaving the Democratic
Party. How could he do otherwise when he devoted the next twenty minutes of
the program to interviewing Al Gore and communicating unmistakably to the
viewers that the former Vice-President is unequivocally our “savior”? What
else could we expect from corporate media?

Yesterday, I received emails which described Sheehan’s departure as “sad”
and “unfortunate”, suggesting that she had been “worn” down. I understand
the intent of these comments, but I emphatically disagree. Could we all
please look more deeply into Sheehan’s decision?

What is it exactly that Cindy Sheehan walked away from? What did she
“quit”? Certainly, it was not her feelings and opinions about the empire
and its endless wars. What she resoundingly rejected was “hope”—that cousin
to denial that so many “progressives” want to hang onto above and beyond
all manifestations of reality to the contrary. One reason we treasure her
and the one quality that has endeared her to us is her unmitigated courage
and fortitude in standing toe-to-toe with the empire. Yet, many of us fail
to see the courage in her decision to walk away from her most recent
expressions of that courage and demonstrate courage on a deeper level. It
is one thing to confront the empire with the Democratic Party and a throng
of progressives invested in the Party and the rigged electoral process
standing behind oneself in “support”, and it is quite another to turn
around and face those so-called supporters and insist they are part of the
problem.

What Cindy is saying is simply, “I no longer choose to embrace the
teddy-bear illusion that I live in a democratic republic in which the rule
of law and the Constitution prevail. I am no longer willing to believe that
a two-party system exists in this empire, and I refuse to continue to
‘hope’ that one wing of the one-party system will ever significantly
challenge or extricate itself from the other wing. I will not live in
denial, even if it brings me adulation, inspires others to resist the
empire, or nurtures within me a feeling of doing the right thing. I will
open my eyes, and my mouth, and I will buy OUT of the current paradigm.”

Many of you reading these words have made the same decision Cindy has made,
and many of you have also been called “quitters” or “purveyors of doom and
gloom.” Others of you have not bought out of the illusion that the federal
government, the Democratic Party, or some political, environmental, or
spiritual movement can save the earth and its inhabitants, and you are
still “hoping.” And of course, from the earliest origins of the
Judeo-Christian tradition to Barack Obama’s “The Audacity Of Hope”, the
culture is replete with moralizing aphorisms that instruct us not to give
up hope. Yet, as any recovering addict will testify, it is only when we
give up all hope that we can awaken with clarity and a deeper consciousness
to the reality of our situation.

I do not mean to minimize the brutal losses beyond the pale that Cindy
Sheehan has incurred. No other word than “tragic” can be applied to the
loss of her son, the loss of her marriage, the enormous debt she is now
facing—including her own personal hospital bills for a heat stroke, and the
countless sacrifices she has made in order to speak truth to power and
awaken the entranced citizens and politicians of empire. Has she been “worn
down”? Unquestionably, and so have many of us who would not have otherwise
walked away from empire and its delusional political process. American
apitalist/consumerist/corporatist culture is so toxic, so seductive, so
addictive, so soporific that few of us are capable of seeing through it
without terrible, sometimes traumatic, loss and persecution.

My heart aches for Cindy Sheehan, and at the same time, I celebrate her
historic and heroic announcement on Memorial Day, 2007. She has been deeply
wounded, but she has also been liberated. Not only has she experienced on a
cellular level that the emperor has no clothes, but that the entire
paradigm on which the empire is built is both vacuous and lethal. Let us
acknowledge that rather than “quitting”, Cindy Sheehan has begun a brand
new chapter in her saga of resistance.
"What if everything you ever believed was tied up in a little box and eaten by cute little snails?"
--- Mark Morford
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What Cindy is saying is simply,

“I no longer choose to embrace the teddy-bear illusion that I live in a democratic republic in which the rule of law and the Constitution prevail. I am no longer willing to believe that a two-party system exists in this empire, and I refuse to continue to ‘hope’ that one wing of the one-party system will ever significantly challenge or extricate itself from the other wing. I will not live in denial, even if it brings me adulation, inspires others to resist the empire, or nurtures within me a feeling of doing the right thing. I will open my eyes, and my mouth, and I will buy OUT of the current paradigm.”


Repeat that to yourself a few (hundred) times.
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Ron Paul is not in the dialectic
that's a good reason to support him
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SHE LEARNED IT THE HARD WAY BUT SHE DID LEARN IT.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU CINDY, YOU HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS.

RON PAUL, I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!
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Those who support the two party system should be called Republocrats, because those parties both share the same vision and end game scenario for America. They both take handouts from corporations and the big end of town, yet they are supposed to be liberals and conservatives(opposites).... give us all a break! These "2 different parties" from opposite sides of politics are funded by the same money masters, so how can two different visions be endorsed by the same sheople? Obviously they have enough in common to attract the big money, so if they both share the some polices which makes the big end of town want to endorse them, then using the false right/left concept is a divide and conquer technique used to keep the masses fighting each other, while the big end of town become more united, because no matter who wins, the big end of town wins, making them pull together to go in the same direction(globalization)while the masses continue to pull against each other in opposite(left/right)directions, which undermines national sovereignty giving way to privatization and free trade which will benefit globalists who want the sovereignty of nations to be eventually outlawed to be replaced by a new world(global) order.

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