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Permission to Ask... Why?

Posted: 08/11/05 18:59, Edited: 08/11/05 19:04

by Dave Mindeman

Cindy Sheehan is doing a very powerful thing. It is not that she is standing up to the President-- although she is a strong voice. It is also not that she has become a symbol of dissent against this crazy war-- although that, too, has our attention. No, the most powerful thing Cindy Sheehan is doing is she is giving the families who have lost sons or daughters, husbands or wives, permission to step back from the war talk and simply ask the question, why?

We have over 1800 soldiers whose lives can never be completed. Thousands of others whose lives have been forever changed. Each one we lose has a family that puts on the brave front... tries to do the right thing as their loved one would have them do it. Many support the war and its ongoing evolution for themselves...some support it because they feel those they lost would want them to. Others simply feel it is wrong and say so. All have a powerful connection which Cindy can vocalize -- why must I grieve for the loss of a loved one for a political decision? Right or wrong doesn't really matter because the loss is final... too late to go back.

Not all of these families left behind agree with Cindy Sheehan. Some may even be a little angry at her. But one thing is certain, they all share a common loss and they all deserve a full explanation of why these young people are not coming back. Cindy gives them a voice that at least demands that explanation. Agree or disagree with her, the answer to her question is still required.

The consequences of this war falls on these unlucky few.. these families that bear the unimaginable burden. This administration asks little sacrifice from the rest of us. The financial burden has been pushed to the next generation. Businesses face no hardship and some even reap huge rewards.

It falls on these families. The loss of life, the loss of limbs, the loss of jobs, and the loss of time. Time that can never be retrieved. The time with children growing up or the time for young marrieds to bond and nurture a family. These families.. these brave families deserve the answer to Cindy Sheehan's questions and she is determined to do that powerful thing.... to simply ask, "Why, Mr. President?"

Join Cindy's Cause by going to her website: MeetwithCindy
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Hodge Podge....

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 08/10/05 18:02

by PDW58

Congressman Kennedy can't even copy an article right.... he posts some AP articles on his website but edits out the "bad" parts. Come on! If you edit things to slant to your viewpoint, that's called a LIE. The AP got involved in this one, so I have the feeling that won't be happening again....

Coleen Rowley had a nice op-ed piece in the Trib... she's not going to hold back on her critique of the war. This is a good thing!

I like the headline in the Business section of the Trib today too. Health Cost Increases Slowing seems like a positive thing until you read furthur and see that it is merely a shifting of the costs to the consumer...up 15.3%...Ouch!

Saw an article that listed Cong John Kline's voting record at 94% in line with the President...(comes from Congressional Quarterly); believe it or not I think that is down from a couple years ago. Could Kline be feeling the Bush Polling Heat and using some safe "against" votes to change his record? Life in Congress won't be so easy if Johnny has to think about his votes...

Michael Chertoff is getting more obnoxious by the day. He thinks we need to relax about turning over personal information to the government when flying. His quote was, "Would you rather give up your address and date of birth to a secure database and not be pulled aside and questioned, or would you rather not give it up and have an increased likelihood that your're going to be pullled out of line and someone's going to do a secondary search of your bag and..ask you a lot of personal questions in the full view of everybody else?" Sorry Mike; if my address and birth date were all you wanted, I wouldn't be worried. Haven't we always had to show our driver's license before getting a boarding pass? It's the unlimited access you want that worries me..... I can't figure out why conservatives, of all people, would want this invasion of privacy???

We need something to counter the Center of the American Experiment... This conservative think tank in Minnesota is kicking into high gear. Now, they are setting up a website that conservative students can use to get information to challenge their "supposedly" liberal professors "orthodoxy"... they must be convinced that conservative students have no hope of thinking for themselves.

....Later.

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Corporate World Order

Posted: 08/09/05 18:32

by Paul Bartlett

For decades, paranoid right-wingers have been obsessed with the
notion of world government. Their hatred of the United Nations is rooted in their fear that the UN may evolve into the planet's super government.

Now here's the irony: The pro-business right has created a self-fulfilling prophecy. The rush to internationalize trade, production, and labor, as further evidenced by the recent CAFTA approval, portends our future: the rise of parallel governments in the form of super corporations. We see it now; Exxon, Haliburton, GM, WalMart, etc. are loyal only to themselves.

The risk is not the emergence of a civil, world government, but of oppressive corporate control. Look around, we're very close. Every
out-sourced job and relocated plant is evidence that real decision
making is done in board rooms, not in legislative chambers.

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