Journey for Humanity and Accountability Final Day of Tour
"Brought to you by Boeing"
by Cindy Sheehan
Before I headed to our "Gather-In of Hearts" in Central Park West this
afternoon, I was watching NBC's Meet the Press. Except for a brief
excerpt about the Alberto Gonzales hearing this week, the entire show
was about Obama vs. Hillary. Should Obama hit harder? Should Hillary
ignore him since she's the frontrunner? How will this affect the
primaries? Will it affect the primaries? Fox and CNN are trying to
distract us from real news that affects us all by 'round the clock
reporting on Lindsay Lohan and NBC uses the shiny keys of Obama and
Clinton, two people whose campaigns together have each raised enough
money to pay for about five hours of the illegal and insane occupation
I was wondering when Tim Russert would get around to talking about the
refugee crisis that BushCo and Congress Inc. have created in the
Middle East which is rapidly destabilizing the entire region, not just
Iraq. Or how about we talk about the impending invasion of Iran that
Dick Nuke'em the VP of War is jonesing for? And wouldn't it be nice if
we heard some cons for an invasion of Iran instead of the neocon
pro-war all the time crap? There is so much heartache and violence in
the world. There are too many of our brothers and sisters going
without the bare necessities and NBC wants us to care about two people
who are co-opted into the power elite and are feuding over foreign
policy when they are both Senators who have power right now and could
affect the process positively if they weren't busy campaigning for
elections that are months away.
I was wondering when the real discussion was going to occur until I
saw those five words: "Brought to you by Boeing:" the number one
aerospace/defense contractor in the world according to Fortune 500.
The next show after Meet the Press is The McLaughlin Group which is
brought to a gullible American viewer ship by The Oil and Natural Gas
I was at a Rage Against the Machine concert last night watching the
thousands of young people in the audience from stage right. The crowd
was as filled with life as the band and I was amazed at all the
energy. I wondered if the crowd knew how socially and politically
radical the words are to Rage's music and are not just as mesmerized
by the pounding music and Tom Morello's amazing guitar playing as I
am? I was wondering how the peace and justice movement could harness
that energy in a positive direction to really shutting down the
machine that is brought to us by Boeing and The Oil and Natural Gas
Council among thousands of other companies that profit off of war and
our politicians who let the machine tell them how to govern to keep
that same machine well oiled while stealing financial and human
resources right out from under the noses of families and communities.
Before Casey was killed, I did not rage against the machine that has
been grinding up our soldiers and murderously oppressing other
populations for generations. As a matter of fact, I practically threw
my own son under the wheels of the machine. Despite my vague
misgivings about the machine and my desperate worry about Casey going
to Iraq, I watched him leave through tear soaked eyes and a
Rage, rage, rage against that machine! Don't let it eat up you or your
children because it uses our flesh and blood to engender enormous
profits and while sending our children off to war to use up their
airplanes, bombs, guns, bullets, uniforms, helmets and boots, the
machine is sending its children off to expensive private schools to
raise more machine heads.
It is impossible to bring back the lives that have been stolen by the
machine, but it is never to late to save the future. I am hoping that
my candidacy against Nancy Pelosi in California's 8th will be able to
put a little sugar in the tank of the machine.
The machine is powerful and heartless but if we all stand up to it, we
can finally dismantle it this time.
Thanks for your overwhelming support of our Journey for Humanity and
Accountability! We have been welcomed everywhere and feel the energy
for impeachment building and the energy for a people's campaign for
humanity and accountability growing.
The next stop for our group will be to Jordan and Syria to visit Iraqi
refugee camps and to take money and supplies to the refugees. To help
go to www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org to donate and please put "For
Iraqi Refugees" in the subject line.
I will be formally announcing my Independent candidacy for Congress in
San Francisco on August 6th, which besides being the day the machine
dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, is the two year anniversary of
the day we went to Crawford, Texas and established Camp Casey.
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