Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Endorsement: Cindy Sheehan for Congress

Sinister is endorsing Cindy Sheehan for Congress in her grassroots campaign to replace our inept Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

Most activists know Cindy's story. Her son was killed in Iraq. She tried to get the President to listen to her and end the war. She couldn't get her voice heard. She camped outside of Bush's Crawford ranch, and she created a new activist energy that coalesced around her campaign for peace.

She has continued her fight to end this ridiculous war in Iraq, and she remains a true progressive activist to the core.

When Nancy Pelosi took the reins as Speaker of the House, a lot of peace activists and progressives had hope that the Democratic Congress would finally start to investigate and prosecute the war crimes of the Bush regime. We had hope that we could get a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. We had hope that the Republican rubber stamp would be thrown in the dumpster, and a new sense of accountability would reign in Washington.

We were sadly disappointed. Speaker Pelosi and her counterpart in the Senate Harry Reid have pursued a spineless agenda, constantly caving into the Bush regime's extremist agenda of curbing civil liberties and endlessly extending a meaningless war. They have given concession after concession and the American people have nothing to show for it.

The only way for things to change is for good people like Cindy Sheehan to stand up and say, "Enough is Enough." I admire Cindy Sheehan's determination to take on Speaker Pelosi in this race. I hope that her campaign will send a real message to Washington that the politics of fear and capitulation to extremism must be stopped.