An Open Letter to the Democratic
Why I Am Leaving the Democratic
by Cindy Sheehan, CounterPunch
May 28, 2007
(May 28) Dublin, Ireland
Dear Democratic Congress,
Hello, my name is Cindy Sheehan and my
son Casey Sheehan was killed on April 04, 2004 in Sadr City ,
Baghdad , Iraq . He was killed when the Republicans still were
in control of Congress. Naively, I set off on my tireless campaign
calling on Congress to rescind George's authority to wage his
war of terror while asking him "for what noble cause"
did Casey and thousands of other have to die. Now, with Democrats
in control of Congress, I have lost my optimistic naiveté
and have become cynically pessimistic as I see you all caving
into "Mr. 28%"
There is absolutely no sane or defensible
reason for you to hand Bloody King George more money to condemn
more of our brave, tired, and damaged soldiers and the people
of Iraq to more death and carnage. You think giving him more money
is politically expedient, but it is a moral abomination and every
second the occupation of Iraq endures, you all have more blood
on your hands.
Ms. Pelosi, Speaker of the House, said
after George signed the new weak as a newborn baby funding authorization
bill: "Now, I think the president's policy will begin to
unravel." Begin to unravel? How many more of our children
will have to be killed and how much more of Iraq will have to
be demolished before you all think enough unraveling has occurred?
How many more crimes will BushCo be allowed to commit while their
poll numbers are crumbling before you all gain the political "courage"
to hold them accountable. If Iraq hasn't unraveled in Ms. Pelosi's
mind, what will it take? With almost 700,000 Iraqis dead and four
million refugees (which the US refuses to admit) how could it
get worse? Well, it is getting worse and it can get much worse
thanks to your complicity.
Being cynically pessimistic, it seems
to me that this new vote to extend the war until the end of September,
(and let's face it, on October 1st, you will give him more money
after some more theatrics, which you think are fooling the anti-war
faction of your party) will feed right into the presidential primary
season and you believe that if you just hang on until then, the
Democrats will be able to re-take the White House. Didn't you
see how "well" that worked for John Kerry in 2004 when
he played the politics of careful fence sitting and pandering?
The American electorate are getting disgusted with weaklings who
blow where the wind takes them while frittering away our precious
lifeblood and borrowing money from our new owners, the Chinese.
I knew having a Democratic Congress would
make no difference in grassroots action. That's why we went to
DC when you all were sworn in to tell you that we wanted the troops
back from Iraq and BushCo held accountable while you pushed for
ethics reform which is quite a hoot...don't' you think? We all
know that it is affordable for you all to play this game of political
mayhem because you have no children in harm's way...let me tell
you what it is like:
You watch your reluctant soldier march
off to a war that neither you nor he agrees with. Once your soldier
leaves the country all you can do is worry. You lie awake at night
staring at the moon wondering if today will be the day that you
get that dreaded knock on your door. You can't concentrate, you
can't eat, and your entire life becomes consumed with apprehension
while you are waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Then, when your worst fears are realized,
you begin a life of constant pain, regret, and longing. Everyday
is hard, but then you come up on "special" days...like
upcoming Memorial Day. Memorial Day holds double pain for me because,
not only are we supposed to honor our fallen troops, but Casey
was born on Memorial Day in 1979. It used to be a day of celebration
for us and now it is a day of despair. Our needlessly killed soldiers
of this war and the past conflict in Vietnam have all left an
unnecessary trail of sorrow and deep holes of absence that will
never be filled.
So, Democratic Congress, with the current
daily death toll of 3.72 troops per day, you have condemned 473
more to these early graves. 473 more lives wasted for your political
greed: Thousands of broken hearts because of your cowardice and
avarice. How can you even go to sleep at night or look at yourselves
in a mirror? How do you put behind you the screaming mothers on
both sides of the conflict? How does the agony you have created
escape you? It will never escape me...I can't run far enough or
hide well enough to get away from it.
By the end of September, we will be about
80 troops short of another bloody milestone: 4000, and MoveOn.org
will hold nationwide candlelight vigils and you all will be busy
passing legislation that will snuff the lights out of thousands
more human beings.
Congratulations Congress, you have bought
yourself a few more months of an illegal and immoral bloodbath.
And you know you mean to continue it indefinitely so "other
presidents" can solve the horrid problem BushCo forced our
It used to be George Bush's war. You could
have ended it honorably. Now it is yours and you all will descend
into calumnious history with BushCo.
The Camp Casey Peace Institute is calling
all citizens who are as disgusted as we are with you all to join
us in Philadelphia on July 4th to try and figure a way out of
this "two" party system that is bought and paid for
by the war machine which has a stranglehold on every aspect of
our lives. As for myself, I am leaving the Democratic Party. You
have completely failed those who put you in power to change the
direction our country is heading. We did not elect you to help
sink our ship of state but to guide it to safe harbor.
We do not condone our government's violent
meddling in sovereign countries and we condemn the continued murderous
occupation of Iraq .
We gave you a chance, you betrayed us.
Sincerely, Cindy Sheehan, Founder and
President of Gold Star Families for Peace.
Founder and Director of The Camp Casey
Eternally grieving mother of Casey Sheehan