Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cindy Sheehan to Dimocrats: "I'm Outta Here!"

I'm a bit late to the party on this one, but I have to say that it's about damned time that Cindy Sheehan realized that the Democratic Party would always be a dead-end street for anti-war activists and advocates. Actually, the Democratic Party is a dead-end street for a number of reasons, but I digress. She's also appearing to have the good sense to realize that there's nothing "leftist" about either the party or its prominent apologists on the blogs and message boards (e.g., Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, ad nauseum). Then again, we Americans seem to have a rather odd idea of what constitutes "the left" (apparently that term refers to those who are fully supportive of American-style imperialism, but with smiley faces painted on their bombs and machine guns).

So it goes.

I can understand her sense of jadedness and burn-out though. Being a voice in the wilderness for any length of time can be taxing. Add to that the efforts by certain factions of our ruling elites to use Ms. Sheehan's pain (and her efforts based on that pain) as a means of retaking Congressional majorities without actually doing anything substantive to address the issues Sheehan attempted to raise; and the hostility of some of those elites (and their toadies) aimed at her when she refused to play their petty little games.

If she can emerge from the experience less idealistic and more militant, all the better. Personally, I found her words and deeds to be an inspiration. Hopefully her voice will not remain silent for long.

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