Friday, July 25, 2008

The latest on Cindy Sheehan

Word on the street is that her campaign now has enough signatures to put her on the ballot against Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Just as a reminder of how vile Pelosi is and why Sheehan's campaign is actually one of those rare ones that is worthwhile, here's something I wrote from last month:
Let's face it: Nancy Pelosi - along with the vast majority of her party's leadership - has been on the wrong side of history. She became installed as House Speaker in the aftermath of a midterm election in which her party ran at least in part on ending the Iraq War. War funding has continued unabated during her tenure, with no substantial opposition to speak of. Her hostility towards antiwar activists and antiwar groups is well-known by this time. There's good reason to believe that Pelosi has never been an anti-war politician (no matter how much movement conservatives or for that matter establishment "progressives" might claim the contrary), having been a staunch supporter of the Clinton regime's "humanitarian" military interventions in the Balkans as well as the various US bombing raids against the Iraqis in 1993, 1996, and 1998.

Pelosi was on board with the sham economic "stimulus" package that in fact did absolutely nothing. Of course her refusal to oppose the awful FISA bill recently, which gave the Crawford Caligula and his cronies everything they wanted, was merely the latest in a string of actions which place her on the wrong side of history.

Pelosi's refusal to impeach Bush and Cheney, who have committed plenty of impeachable offenses during the tenure of their sorry regime, is arguably her most unforgivable action (or perhaps more appropriately, inaction). Sheehan has done more to get the issue of impeachment into the public eye than Pelosi. She's run on a genuine antiwar platform - y'all remember the war right? Or is that now no longer PC to discuss now that the Dems are inheriting the Iraq War and other fronts on the so-called War on Terra?
For some added ammunition, here's something that Pelosi said around the time the colonization of Iraq began:
"I support the President. . . . We are one team in one fight, and we stand together."
That quote is from Michael Parenti's book, Superpatriotism, and is attributed to a Norman Solomon column in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, "Pelosi's Bridge Too Far" (Jan. 14, 2004). Tells me what I need to know about Pelosi's loyalties.

I don't harbor any illusions of Sheehan winning the election this November, but a lot can happen between now and then.

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