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puebloknot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-05 02:26 PM
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65. Courage and Wisdom to Change....
....through the most painful medium there is -- loss of a child in an unjust and criminal war.

Thanks, UL, you've got it right. Cindy Sheehan is in the same league with the other "Power of One" legends who live in our memory because of their stubborn refusal to shut up and go away.

I've spent some time thinking about people who have sent their children to die in this war, and have felt that *I* knew it was all a lie, and how could they support this criminal regime! Cindy Sheehan's strongest attribute may be the very fact that she has *changed* any support she may have earlier felt (the support was for her son, not this government)to criticism born of having her eyes opened by painful facts.

I remember that, some time ago, I held some very strong feelings against one Arianna Huffington for her support of Republican idealogy, in particular the right-wing vendetta against Bill Clinton. Today, she's an icon of hope for me because she *changed her mind* and began to act on her new perceptions. And I've changed my mind about some things, too; to wit, the idea that the Clintons were merely victims. While still feeling that Bill Clinton was a good president, given events which have followed his presidency, I've come to see that in some ways, they all work for the same boss, and We the People need to become our own army of "Rosa Parks" in order to take back the power that rightfully and constitutionally belongs to us.

"This land is your land, this land is my land...."
Peter, Paul, and Mary

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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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