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7. "A Day in the Bar Ditch of Democracy USA" and why it matters ....
I decided to re-post these observations given what has occurred during the past 24 hours, especially because Ms Sheehan's continued courage and Bush's continued cowardice, aided and abetted by his smear-mongers, only make the messages more poignant.

"Once you've been to war and you're a vet," says Young, "and you're sworn to uphold the Constitution and protect it from enemies BOTH foreign and domestic - that never leaves. I fought in an illegal war. These young guys in Iraq are fighting in an illegal war. If I can save one life I'll do whatever it takes." In the bar ditch outside the President's Crawford Ranch, Young is fighting a better war than he fought in Vietnam.

"This is a war for our country," says Young. "They are taking our country away from us and turning it into a fascist state. What has Bush done for the people? Everything he's done has been for the corporations." He talks about news reports of record earnings at Halliburton and jobs going overseas.

"Here's what they need," says Young. "They need a state of constant war. They need an ignorant population to fight it. They need people to provide the services and materials for war. And they need an ignorant population to do that work. But it will definitely be a country of rich and poor if this is not stopped."

"I don't know if I can stop it," says Young. "But I'll be doing it until the day I die. And the Vietnam vets? I'll tell you for sure, we're not going to back down. They can't do any more to us."


From A Day in the Bar Ditch of Democracy USA by Greg Moses on August 6, 2005

More at the link:

Those are the words of Vietnam Veteran Michael Young.

James Moore has written, today, about Johnny Matta from Pecos, Texas.

It seems fitting to link that story to Michael Young's -- the proximity of Pecos and Crawford, the reality that Johnny like Casey Sheehan are now dead because of Bush's lies; lies told in Bush's self-service to the plutocracy he and his family have worked hard to build.

Johnny Matta was killed in the same ambush that Jessica Lynch survived. James Moore's story about Johnny is a special tribute and should be read in its entirety.

Mr Moore begins with "his small town American storybook life ended in an early, needless tragedy. To me, Johnny Mata's story is all of their stories. And I have no idea how we can continue to let this happen."

Neither do I, Mr Moore, neither do I.

Almost a hundred people showed up at the home of Domingo and Elvira Mata the first night news came that their son, Johnny, was missing in Iraq a few days after the invasion had been launched. Each night, a priest performed a rosary, and prayers were offered for Johnnys safe return. The crowds and the candles did not go away until Johnnys casket, being transported by the army, was met at the Reeves County line by police cruisers. Thousands lined the roadways, silently watching the procession, holding up candles in the 3:30 a.m. desert darkness. When he was buried, half of the 10,000 population of Pecos surrounded the church, or stood in the withering desert heat at the graveyard, waiting for the arrival of Johnnys funeral cortege.


No one at Fort Bliss knew about faked documents trying to prove Saddam had attempted to buy uranium from Nigeria. They didnt know there were no provable connections between Saddam and al Qaeda terrorists. Their commander-in-chief, they were certain, took his duties as solemnly and seriously as everyone at Fort Bliss. If the president said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, every soldier accepted the statement for fact. As hazy as the politics were, they were irrelevant to everyone shipping out from Biggs Army Air Field at Fort Bliss. A soldier does not debate the politics of a presidential decision. He follows orders.

We dont think about no politics in our family, said Domingo Mata. Johnny Matas father is a man whose impressive size reflects an appetite for all of lifes pleasures. He had been hovering nearby, listening to his daughter-in-law answer questions.

Politics is just when someone tells you theyll do something so youll help them get something they want, and then when they get in there, they forget all about the people who got them in. In our family, we just do what we need to do, what we think is right. Thats all Johnny did. When he went up there, (Iraq,) he just wanted to help all those little children who were hungry, and hurtin, you know?


From Johnny Came Home by James Moore on August 7, 2005

Please do read the entire story:

We know why Johnny and Casey and all the others died.

We know how amazing and honorable their willingness to serve our America is.

And, we know that though they were abused by a few rich folk, the American plutocracy, they will always be honored and remembered because what they thought they were doing was protecting all of us.

It is not their fault that their leaders are liars and war criminals.

We know that Michael Young and Cindy Sheehan and so very many others are absolutely correct in their assessment of the lies, the motives behind those lies, and the fact that we must stop them.

5 million American citizens in the streets of DC on Sept 24th 2005 is a worthy objective - to honor Johnny and Casey and all the others who have died and been brutalized by Bush's illegal war.

We must force Bush and Cheney to resign, and, failing that, impeach them.

We must be certain that every vote is recorded on paper and counted, in an open and verifiable manner, in 2006 and thereafter.

We must halt corporate control of our government.

We must defend our Constitution, 'from enemies both foreign AND DOMESTIC.'

Currently our principal domestic enemy, when not playing ranch hand, gets to live in our house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Let's serve an eviction notice, now, and just tell him to stay in Crawford.

Ms Sheehan is serving that Constitution and everyone one of us must show the same courage and conviction and stamina as she is.

Peace. - How ever long it takes, the day must come when tens of millions of caring individuals peacefully but persistently defy the dictator, deny the corporatists their cash flow, and halt the evil being done in Iraq and in all the other places the Bu$h neoconster regime is destroying civilization and the environment in the name of "America."

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  -"It was so obvious that this poor woman was going to be swift-boated." understandinglife  Aug-08-05 09:27 PM   #0 
  - guess we knew it was coming sooner or later.  rodeodance   Aug-08-05 09:31 PM   #1 
  - Yes, and Ms Sheehan, as was the case with Rosa Parks and others ...  understandinglife   Aug-08-05 09:39 PM   #4 
     - Direct from the drainage ditch, the intrepid protester says ....  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 01:56 PM   #64 
     - From: Cindy - To: George -- November 4, 2005  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 03:15 PM   #69 
        - A legitimate question she raises today.  merh   Aug-09-05 05:26 PM   #74 
           - She is so very smart. They have met their downfall -- and, she warned ...  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 05:37 PM   #76 
              - She is an awesome lady.  merh   Aug-09-05 05:39 PM   #78 
  - "Tonight all of humanity thanks you Ms Sheehan."  zidzi   Aug-08-05 09:32 PM   #2 
  - This always happens to anyone who crosses this group. We've seen  readermostly   Aug-08-05 09:37 PM   #3 
  - How the hell can they smear her?? How could anyone (other  ailsagirl   Aug-08-05 09:43 PM   #5 
  - Today I felt disgusted that some DUers said they would have no empathy  Ladyhawk   Aug-09-05 12:19 AM   #22 
  - Another example how Mr. "Uniter"...............  ClintonTyree   Aug-09-05 04:15 PM   #71 
  - That is low. I feel sad for ANY mother who lost a child in that war  ailsagirl   Aug-09-05 08:57 PM   #84 
  - Especially looking at the polls lately of Bush  FreedomAngel82   Aug-09-05 12:49 AM   #29 
  - Well, the 2004 election did give birth to a new term. How long will  Pirate Smile   Aug-08-05 09:48 PM   #6 
  - Hey at least now  FreedomAngel82   Aug-09-05 12:51 AM   #31 
  - I think you've got it pretty well nailed down...  rateyes   Aug-09-05 12:49 PM   #61 
  - Here's my essay about Patriotism  evilqueen   Aug-09-05 05:37 PM   #77 
     - Excellent! Thank you. eom  rateyes   Aug-09-05 06:27 PM   #82 
  - adding to definition  bobbieinok   Aug-09-05 06:09 PM   #80 
  - instead of customarily butchering words, Bush actually created one..  President Kerry   Aug-09-05 08:48 PM   #83 
  - "A Day in the Bar Ditch of Democracy USA" and why it matters ....  understandinglife   Aug-08-05 09:54 PM   #7 
  - "I have no idea how we can continue to let this happen."-James Moore  Peace Patriot   Aug-09-05 05:54 AM   #39 
  - "Have you no sense of decency"?  btmlndfrmr   Aug-08-05 10:05 PM   #8 
  - In her grief, Cindy tried to convince herself that the loss of her son...  Fridays Child   Aug-08-05 10:52 PM   #9 
  - Cindy has the hearts and minds of the world!  ClayZ   Aug-08-05 11:40 PM   #12 
  - Yes. She has the heart of a nation behind her.  fooj   Aug-09-05 12:29 AM   #24 
  - Sludge has no shame.  ronnykmarshall   Aug-09-05 10:52 AM   #48 
  - America's 21st Century "Rosa Parks" won't budge; and the whole world is ..  understandinglife   Aug-08-05 11:19 PM   #10 
  - what will King George do  il_lilac   Aug-08-05 11:37 PM   #11 
  - Probably keep digging an even deeper hole ... one that leads to ....  understandinglife   Aug-08-05 11:41 PM   #14 
     - Ahh  il_lilac   Aug-09-05 12:01 AM   #20 
  - It's so amazing to me  FreedomAngel82   Aug-09-05 01:18 AM   #34 
     - It has always been ... the power of one person who rivets an issue ....  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 10:23 AM   #41 
  - "We the people" this time can stop it. Period.  anarchy1999   Aug-08-05 11:41 PM   #13 
  - "Sorry, just feeling a little passionate." Never, I repeat, NEVER ...  understandinglife   Aug-08-05 11:46 PM   #16 
  - "We the people"  sandnsea   Aug-09-05 12:33 PM   #59 
  - Cindy's response to this from her DKos diary up just a little while ago:  Hissyspit   Aug-08-05 11:45 PM   #15 
  - Thank you and if you think it helpful to her, please ...  understandinglife   Aug-08-05 11:48 PM   #17 
  - Doing that now, understandinglife. n/t  Hissyspit   Aug-08-05 11:54 PM   # 
  - I imagine this may be the paragraph they will use to  Dr_eldritch   Aug-09-05 01:46 PM   #63 
  - Let them go. Let them spin it any way they want.  Ragazz68   Aug-08-05 11:54 PM   #18 
  - Nope, not going to ignore this one  tavalon   Aug-09-05 03:58 AM   #36 
  - One person refusing to cave CAN make a difference. I think the smears  Nothing Without Hope   Aug-08-05 11:56 PM   #19 
  - NY Times Editorial for August 9, 2005: "One Woman in Crawford"  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 12:10 AM   #21 
  - Thank you for posting this. Very well felt and written. God bless you.  BigBearJohn   Aug-09-05 12:38 AM   #26 
  - Truth is our most powerful weapon! Kick for Cindy! Kick for truth!  fooj   Aug-09-05 12:26 AM   #23 
  - Steve Cobble: It's a war based on lies, and Cindy Sheehan wants the truth  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 12:31 AM   #25 
  - N Solomon: "The war-makers rely on "perception management" techniques ..."  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 12:45 AM   #27 
  - It's really very telling  FreedomAngel82   Aug-09-05 12:48 AM   #28 
  - It's as though Mary, having already given her son, is chased from Herod's  bleever   Aug-09-05 12:51 AM   #30 
  - I DESPISE THESE BASTARDS!  flyarm   Aug-09-05 12:56 AM   #32 
  - Mr President, there's someone waiting, and waiting, to see you  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 01:16 AM   #33 
  - Isn't Rosa still living?  AmBlue   Aug-09-05 05:02 PM   #72 
     - Yes, she is still alive. She is in her 90's and I do not know the ...  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 05:11 PM   #73 
     - She worked for Congressman Conyers for several years and ...  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 05:28 PM   #75 
        - Email and Fax to Congressman Conyers (and a request to DUers)  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 05:57 PM   #79 
  - If they try, they're going to need a really big boat this time.  sfexpat2000   Aug-09-05 01:59 AM   #35 
  - Cindy To Asshat "Bring It on"  Binka   Aug-09-05 04:10 AM   #37 
  - Here is the original  bluedonkey   Aug-09-05 05:51 AM   #38 
  - All best wishes to Cindy Sheehan!  LeftishBrit   Aug-09-05 10:17 AM   #40 
  - A pathetic attempt at a smear  MathGuy   Aug-09-05 10:27 AM   #42 
  - "This woman has no credibility" quoth are local Rush clone in Fargo  markus   Aug-09-05 10:32 AM   #43 
  - Let them smear her - it is incredibly stupid move on their part!  debbierlus   Aug-09-05 10:32 AM   #44 
  - Welcome to DU, debbierlus!  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 10:57 AM   #49 
  - All the money, all the powerful political icons & celebrities, the media  JRob   Aug-09-05 10:32 AM   #45 
  - Is Drudge incapable of reading at a middle school level?  progressivebydesign   Aug-09-05 10:40 AM   #46 
  - and Donald Rumsfeld once gave Saddam a friendly handshake...  MathGuy   Aug-09-05 10:42 AM   #47 
  - "Cindy, Crawford, and the Bush Smear Machine"  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 11:00 AM   #50 
  - So the smears have started  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-09-05 11:06 AM   #51 
  - Anyone read this? What Bush ACTUALLY said to her?  Carolab   Aug-09-05 11:12 AM   #52 
  - I say have the two daughters join NOW  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-09-05 11:40 AM   #54 
  - RW never grieve  riverwalker   Aug-09-05 11:29 AM   #53 
  - Raw Story interview with Cindy Sheehan and new web site posted:  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 11:58 AM   #55 
  - Cindy Sheehan has "soured" on Bush  joytomme   Aug-09-05 11:59 AM   #56 
  - Interesting Hypocrisy...  volitionx   Aug-09-05 12:09 PM   #57 
  - momentum  buddha8   Aug-09-05 12:13 PM   #58 
  - What am I missing? Drudge reported as she was quoted??  ecoalex   Aug-09-05 12:43 PM   #60 
  - Is the President being unconstitutional?  savemefromdumbya   Aug-09-05 01:32 PM   #62 
  - Courage and Wisdom to Change....  puebloknot   Aug-09-05 02:26 PM   #65 
  - 16 Democrats call on Bush to meet mother of fallen soldier  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 02:31 PM   #66 
  - Congressman Conyers: "Support Cindy"  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 02:57 PM   #68 
  - A great start...  fighttheevilempire   Aug-09-05 03:23 PM   #70 
  - Kick!  Independent_Liberal   Aug-09-05 02:54 PM   #67 
  - Kick for Cindy  BamaBecky   Aug-09-05 06:26 PM   #81 
  - FYI: The smear started at FreeRepublic - looks like a WH plant...  Junkdrawer   Aug-09-05 09:12 PM   #85 
  - Maureen Dowd: "W. can't get no satisfaction on Iraq."  understandinglife   Aug-09-05 10:45 PM   #86 
     - There was no smear, Cindy may have had a change of heart, she did change  ecoalex   Aug-10-05 01:10 PM   #87 

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