Cindy Sheehan: brilliant resignation statement!


Richard Moore

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"Good Riddance Attention Whore"
by Cindy Sheehan
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 don¹t 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 don¹t see 
party affiliation or nationality when I look at a person, I see that person¹s 
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 Casey¹s 
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 won¹t work with that group; he won¹t 
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 children¹s 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. It¹s 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 

Good-bye America are not the country that I love and I finally realized 
no matter how much I sacrifice, I can¹t make you be that country unless you want

It¹s up to you now.

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