a dialog about peace and obama

August 16, 2009
For immediate release:
Next week, Cindy Sheehan will join other like-minded peace activists to have a presence near the expensive resort on Martha’s Vineyard where President Obama will be vacationing the week of August 23-30.
From her home in California, Ms. Sheehan released this statement:
“There are several things that we wish to accomplish with this protest on Martha’s Vineyard. First of all, no good social or economic change will come about with the continuation or escalation of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We simply can’t afford to continue this tragically expensive foreign policy.
Secondly, we as a movement need to continue calling for an immediate end to the occupations even when there is a Democrat in the Oval Office. There is still no Noble Cause no matter how we examine the policies. Thirdly, the body bags aren’t taking a vacation and as the US led violence surges in Afghanistan and Pakistan, so are the needless deaths on every side. And, finally, if the right-wing can force the government to drop any kind of public option or government supported health care, then we need to exert the same kind of pressure to force a speedy end to the occupations.”
Cindy Sheehan will arrive on the Vineyard on Tuesday, August 25th.

As a member of the group with Cindy Sheehan, down in the ditches with the fireants, at the Crawford Ranch, I am sad to think that at this stage of the game we would still be reduced to producing demonstations which have had absolutely no effect in changing the policy of an empire’s political administration’s policy of recruiting our children, developing them into “murderers”, urging them to kill innocents, and when suffering any payback, legitimatizing them with sentimental funerals, orchestrated by deluded demonstrations of another sort.

Personally it breaks my heart to see this woman, Cindy Sheehan, keep on, keepin on, accompanied by mindless peace cliches, and tepid commitment. That perhaps a sum total of 50 participants will show for this event says it all. We are out of our minds, doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. At Crawford Cindy did have a goal – force the war criminal George Bush to appear with her publicly to discuss the lies attendant to the death of her son. We and she failed in that endeavor, but that should not have been the demise of the goal. Rather we should have perhaps renewed the endeavor to raise thousands who would have stood with her demanding the same throughout the country. Unfortunately we degenerated to demonstrations with no goals, no strategy to bring about accountability, resulting in nice, feel good psuedo-relationships, and social gathering of “love.”………a rather debatable result given the murderous organization with which we are confronted.

I feel sorry for Cindy Sheehan. I feel sorry for us all. I feel guilty that we have not come up with something beyond the tired old expressions at raising consciousness. Let’s face it, that as a minimum 50% of our population just plain does not give a s***, and the vast majority of the population now, five years later, do not even know who Cindy Sheehan is — or does not care — indicates we are not much more than a “nuisance.” Even now, peace groups have gotten behind the glorification of militarism of funerals for young men who a few years ago “did not exist” in the night of their return to the homeland. Who or what are we……really?

What will be new at Martha’s Vineyard. Is there no dedication to change in our mindless pursuit of change. That there are not 1,000’s enlisting to demonstrate on Martha’s Vineyard says it all. Best description comes to my mind is Christ on the Cross, looking down at who is present at the foot of the cross, and then looking up, observing to the Father, “This shit is just not working.”

Unless there are a hundred or more protestors, willing to abandon ship, sans clothes except for a flag wrapped upside down, accurately depicting the Obama administration drowning in rhetoric while people die for calculated lies, I must regretfully defer.

Tony Flaherty

Such negativism gets us nowhere, plus it is absolutely false. What happened starting with Crawford changed the whole direction of the nation. The impact is still being felt, by the fact in 2007 the Democrats came into Congress because of the Peace Movement, which the Democrats betrayed. In fact we can say that Obama is in office because of the Peace Movement and that work that started in Crawford. You should be proud of yourself and get to work helping spread the word that the mission continues. Yes we go to Martha’s Vineyard, if only one of us, to challenge what is the correct course of action, morally and on the political-economic realm to which these wars are but the insane perpetual policy of the bankrupt of the Anglo-American financial oligarchy. This President, as a puppet of Wall Street, needs to know that he has a left opposition, that we intend to develop leaders who have integrety and moral courage.

Thus far through the most important phase of this Presidency we can now say that Obama is an absolute failure, having lost the historically important mandate to actually implement such changes needed for global peace and prosperity, starting with our nation which he loots for his Wall Street masters.

Thus I find Obama as a tragic figure, who is rather sad and pathetic, rather than the prophetic figure that he tries to portray, but what we have is a betrayal, a betrayal of the very good within those who voted for him, though they were not informed, but rather mislead by a campaign of hype to turn hope into bombing runs against Pakistan, as part of a war and destabilization of China, which is part of what the Ahfganistan operation is about, perpetual war, and the continued smoldering encirclement against Russia and China in what is Brzezinski’s continuation of the Great Game.

Some of us are not fooled and want to demonstrate a commitment to the truth once again. Please join in the effort, realizing that what happened in the ditch in Crawford impacted history for the better,

We are evolving in the continued improvisational unfoldment of this mission of human dignity.

Thank You,

Bruce Marshall
Wonderful your attribution of questioning what the hell we are doing to “negativism.” Such is tantamount to the numbed and dumbed attributing the questioning of slaughter of innocents as “depressing.” Impressive rhetoric though.

As you espouse the view that “The President needs to know that he has a left opposition,” it is hard to believe he does not, particularly when it may be categorized so easily, and is, as nothing more than a “nuisance.” Like it or not, our “brave” coagulations demonstrating “truth,” are tantamount to nothing more than “tailgate” parties at Foxboro, and nothing more than a pain in the ass to target audience, albeit the possibility of affording practice for those implementing the police state.

Do think we have to find another way — probably an absurd wish, given the immediate suppression of questioning doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

Tony Flaherty.

it’s a pity you have to put up with such nonsense as that from bruce marshall, tony.

“Such negativism gets us nowhere, plus it is absolutely false.” the truth is false? shades of george orwell.

“What happened starting with Crawford changed the whole direction of the nation.” of course, now all our troops have been withdrawn from iraq, afghanistan, and pakistan. i wonder how no one but bruce marshall has been informed of this great great change in direction.

“. . . the Democrats came into Congress. . . . ” well, actually, they have been in congress since 1792, but why bother with facts? but, or course, they have all always voted against war, it’s the republican minority who have authorized the military expenditures, and dubya who has sent the drones into pakistan.

“Obama . . . a tragic figure. . . sad and pathetic. . .a betrayal . . . of those voted for him.” i’m a bit lost here: how did a man who promised to enlarge the war in afghanistan and threatened to attack within pakistan (and has threatened war with iran) “betray” anybody by keeping his promises?

“Some of us are not fooled.” well, ‘twould seem bruce marshall was badly fooled by obama prior to his becoming the latest figurehead president, but cannot be further fooled. hmm, one must wonder. but what about those of us who weren’t fooled, who warned that obama was going to be what he indeed has shown to be, and whose grasp on reality, proved by events, is now labeled “false” by he who was fooled. too much for me to comprehend.

jack tobin


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