Dems Vote For Bad Bill Results in Loss of Support from Cindy Sheehan

cindy.jpgIt appears the negative fallout from the Dems “yes” vote on the Iraq War Funding Bill has begun in earnest. They have lost the support of vocal, well-known, anti-war advocate Cindy Sheehan. She has had it with the Democratic Party and is publicly voicing her displeasure. Her diary at Daily Kos reads,

Congratulations Congress, you have bought yourself a few more months of an illegal and immoral bloodbath. And you know you mean to continue it indefinitely so “other presidents” can solve the horrid problem BushCo forced our world into. It used to be George Bush’s war. You could have ended it honorably. Now it is yours and you all will descend into calumnious history with BushCo.

Newsbusters reports with concern about the lack of reporting on this story in the American media,

However, Sheehan is a powerful antiwar figure, maybe the most powerful in the nation. Her disgruntlement, voiced so strongly at the epicenter of the Netroots, could signal tremendously ominous portent for Democrats that have taken this ultra-liberal wing of their Party for granted in much the same way they do African-Americans and single women.

I don’t think the Dems have even begun to see the negative consequences of their vote for this bill. Meanwhile Rosie has left her stint on the View early. Apparently plenty of Americans don’t appreciate being reminded about the 655,000 Iraqi civilians that have died as a result of their invasion of the country.

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13 thoughts on “Dems Vote For Bad Bill Results in Loss of Support from Cindy Sheehan

  1. knb says:

    I know there are legimate procedural reasons to vote for this bill, but I agree, it was a mistake.

    There remains a timidity amongst the Dem’s that is difficult to comprehend. There seems to be a collective inability to understand when to stand on principle and the weight that will carry.

    I long for a politician with courage, there, here, anywhere. Not stubborness, just a knowing of what the right thing to do is and doing it at all costs.

  2. knb says:

    I understand that there are procedural reasons for voting for this, but would agree, that Dem’s did not do the right thing.

    I’m not sure what the fallout will be and to be honest, I’m not sure who voted for or against. What is a mystery to me is how politicians fail time and time again to seize the moment, do the right thing and damn the consequences.

    I’m obviously not talking about a Bush stubborness, that fails on every count.

    The Dem’s are showing a timidity, that perhaps has been fuelled by media, still, it’s stunning and sad.

    It’s time people. It’s time to demand that politicians do the right thing without over thinking it in terms of votes or risk.

    Whether it’s in the US or Canada, the time is now to shift back to reality, assess where we are, what we need as a country and a planet and commit to it.

  3. janfromthebruce says:

    knb, says “I long for a politician with courage, there, here, anywhere. Not stubborness, just a knowing of what the right thing to do is and doing it at all costs.”

    and Woman At Mile 0 agrees, and says “the public is crying for politicians with courage who stand by their convictions.”

    We do and it is Jack Layton who has repeatedly said to get our troops out of Afghanistan as we don’t have a plan, and as for the restructuring of the country, well the major part of the money is going to combat. He also said that we should be talking to moderate Islamic groups there and getting them on board, ones that are popular with the Afghanistan population, instead we are propping up criminals and warlords, a puppet govt of the States.

    Like the dems, for instance, the libs keep propping up the cons in the Afghanistan ‘war’ that they got us into.

  4. knb says:

    jan, I hear you, but would disagree with how Jack is presenting this. He, just like all the others, is taking a political stance. He’s vying for the anti-war votes, Dion is standing with the comittment to ’09 and the con’s are leaving it open, while saying they don’t want an arbitrary date. How ridiculous is that?

    I’ll give you that Jack has taken a position and not debate the merit of it…so has Stephane. Harper hasn’t though and that is the irony. He’s positioned Jack to look like a Taliban appeaser and Stephane to be someone without a position. Neither comment is true of course.

    The question is, why is Harper allowed to get away with this?

    Jan, I’d really like to have this conversation without the anti-lib rancour. I find it tough because the two party’s have much more in common than disagreement…especially now.

    Lib’s aren’t evil my friend and you’ll find me supporting (and voting with) on many an occasion with the NDP.

    It would be great if progressives could unite to put the right, as we know it now, out of power forever.

    Your party and mine, can work these things out…Harper and Co….not a chance.

  5. mushroom says:

    Cindy Sheehan has resigned as the prime spokesperson for the US peace movement, disillusioned at the United States that she no longer knows.

    The question is this: has the US changed that much in the past few years or has it been like this for the past one hundred years and that it took the Iraq war for many to realize this?

    Maybe the truth is from this American dissident: “I know who the enemy is… and it is us.”

  6. Woman At Mile 0 says:

    And what kind of stupid argument is we can’t cut off funding for the troops in the field. Let’s see if there is no money for the troops to stay in Iraq I guess they will all have to get on a plane and come home. Isn’t that the point? Isn’t that what we want..what they Dems say they want? We want a withdrawl. How stupid do the Dems think the American left is anyways?

  7. mushroom says:

    Many Dems (particularly those in the Senate) did authorize the war and the overthrow of Saddam.

    The response they will give is not that the war is a mistake, but the Bush Administration screwed up the reconstruction effort leading to the word many will not use “civil war”.

    American Left?????? This is almost an oxymoron. I have not found any living in the US that truly can influence American elections. Others I find who are supporters of the American left are hanging somewhere north of the 49 parallel, appearing occasionally on blogosphere.

  8. Woman At Mile 0 says:

    Didn’t Hillary say if she had known the real intelligence behind Bush’s reasons for going to war she would not have voted the way she did..to go to war in the first place? I am referring to the whole Colin Powell powerpoint fiasco. I mean almost all Canadians (cept Harper and the Cons) and plenty of Americans were smart enough to know that they should not completely trust a government’s word on these things..especially when the whole thing smells so fishy and convenient cooked up. It’s just not good for anyone when the people don’t keep an eye on what’s going on with the way their government functions.

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