Note: although Jennifer is a featured writer here on Dandelion Salad she wrote this piece for another website as an exclusive, so you’ll have to read the rest of the article there. Thanks, Lo
by Jennifer Fenton
The WIP Contributors
October 28, 2008
Imagine what would happen if the nations of the world spent as much on development as on building machines of war. Imagine a world where every human being would live in freedom and dignity. Imagine a world in which we would shed the same tears when a child dies in Darfur or Vancouver. Imagine a world where we would settle our differences through diplomacy and dialogue and not through bombs or bullets. Imagine if the only nuclear weapons remaining were the relics in our museums. Imagine the legacy we could leave to our children. Imagine that such a world is within our grasp. – Mohamed ElBaradei (2005), Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
Garnering national attention, peace activist Cindy Sheehan is now running for office against incumbent Democrat Nancy Pelosi in California’s 8th Congressional district. Cindy promised the House Speaker that if impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush did not start when Pelosi took control of the House last year, she would run against her in the next election.
“She betrayed her Democratic base”
Cindy says she made the decision to run for office because “Not only has [Nancy Pelosi] betrayed her Democratic base, but she has betrayed the Constitution and she has betrayed the country.” Many critics of House Speaker Pelosi have said that when she took impeachment off the table, she took democracy off the table. “She has taken away our right to privacy, she has betrayed the Fourth Amendment by giving George Bush and the telecom company’s immunity, she continues to fund both wars…she went in saying ‘no blank checks’ and every single time she has given [Bush] a blank check. Instead of taking her power as Speaker and her power in the House of Representatives and cutting off funding, she has continued to fund the war. She has violated her constitutional oath to protect and defend the constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.”