The Amazing Hypocrites

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This
past weekend was the two year anniversary of the beginning of "shock
and awe" of the US Government’s aggression in Iraq. If
all you did was watch CNN, FOX News, or MSNBC, you would never know.

There
were protests all across our nation. CNN called the over 800 protest
events "barely a ripple." I spoke at a protest in Fayetteville,
North Carolina where there were right around 4000 people. 4000 people
full of energy and committed to the task of peace and justice and
reclaiming our country from the socio-pathic maniacs who are in
power right now.

So
what were the hypocrites in DC doing while much of the country was
working for peace…either at rallies, marches, or candlelight
vigils? They were conducting an emergency smokescreen session in
Congress to draft legislation for one woman: Terry Schiavo. Terry’s
story is tragic and her family has suffered unbearable pain for
many years with her "persistent vegetative" state. I feel
so much compassion for her mother who has had to watch her daughter
slowly waste away. My heart truly breaks for everyone in Terry Schiavo’s
family.

However,
I have one question for Congress and for George ("When in doubt
it is always better to err on the side of life" — Arizona,
March 22, 2005) Bush, though: Why does Terry Schiavo deserve to
live more than my son, Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan? Casey was misused
and abused by his Commander-in-Chief and executive branch that boldly
lied to the American public and the less gullible citizens of other
countries about the reasons for the invasion of Iraq.

Casey
was sent to Iraq to be killed by the same pack of cowards and murderers
who so "valiantly" and tirelessly fought for the right
for Ms. Schiavo to live! The green light for Casey’s murder
was given by a Congress who expediently abrogated their constitutional
rights to a president whose foreign policies are not based on reality
or even loosely based on any kind of Christian moral values. Someone
needs to give Congress basic lessons on the Constitution: Declaring
War — YES; Meddling in a family’s private tragedy —
NO!!

As
far as I am concerned, the amazing hypocrites in our Government
are not making up for killing thousands of innocent Americans and
Iraqis by passing emergency legislation to save one life. Every
member of Bush’s executive branch (past and present) and every
member of Congress who voted to give George the authority to invade
Iraq have innocent blood on their hands. For the next State of the
Union address, maybe the hypocrites in Congress should shamefacedly
display blood soaked hands, instead of proudly wriggling fingers
stained with ink to symbolize sham Iraqi elections. This shameful
Congress should go back on vacation and go back to their home districts
and look for people who have been devastated by the illegal occupation
of Iraq.

Mr. Tom ("We should investigate every avenue before we take
the life of a living human being") DeLay should be outraged
for the soldiers who have been murdered for the cowardice of he
and his colleagues. He should shed real tears for the soldiers’
families whose lives have been destroyed by their murders. DeLay
should search for a homeless Iraq Vet and pass legislation to find
him a job and an apartment. Mr. Tom (who cried over Ms. Schiavo’s
hunger pains) DeLay should go to Walter Reed hospital and find one
of our kids who has been horribly maimed by the betrayal of his
government and pass legislation to pay for his meals. After 3 months,
the wounded soldier has to pay for his meals with his own money.
Maybe Mr. Tom (Crocodile Tears) DeLay should find a soldier who
has returned from this abomination of a war who is suffering from
PTSD and pass a law to get him the help he needs before the soldier’s
dad finds him hanging by a garden hose in the basement.

Maybe
if Tom DeLay and the rest of the members of Congress who voted for
the Terry Schiavo Emergency Relief Act and who voted to give George
Bush the authority to go to war and who voted to give George Bush
more money to waste in Iraq, sought out and talked to us citizens
whose lives have been tragically impaired by the invasion/occupation
of Iraq and could hear our stories, they might rush back to DC to
vote to rip the authority out of the president’s hands and
end the immoral occupation of Iraq. One thing this "Circus
of Hypocrisy" has shown me is that Congress can accomplish
something when it sets its mind to it. Now it is time to accomplish
something important…and I am not talking about steroids use
in baseball.

I
have a great idea!! Although Mr. Tom (Politician Protection Act:
HB 913) DeLay is not my Congressman (hmmm…don’t think
he’s Terry Schiavo’s Congressman, either) maybe I should
ask him to introduce the Soldiers Put in Harm’s Way for Lies
and Betrayals Emergency Relief Act…and force the amazing hypocrites
to bring our troops home, now!!

March
23, 2005

Cindy
Sheehan [send her mail] is
the mother of Spc.
Casey Austin Sheehan, KIA 04/04/04
She is co-founder of
Gold Star Families for Peace.

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