Stop Smoking the Democrack by Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson

2014 Global Day Of Action Against Drones DC 13

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by Cindy Sheehan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Mar. 28, 2015

and by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Mar. 28, 2015

The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having done severe damage to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Military spending is climbing ever higher. Presidential war powers are ever more extreme. The proliferation of nuclear technology is combining with the ease and secrecy of drone wars to raise the risk of a Dr. Strangelove finish to the human species. And, let’s face it, you had more time to give a damn when the president was a Republican.

The top means by which war kills is the diversion of unfathomable piles of money away from life-saving initiatives. That spending continues without pause. President Obama and most of Congress want it increased even more next year. The Congressional Progressive Caucus just put out a budget that made no mention of military spending but — if you searched through the numbers — was proposing to cut it by 1% ($13 billion of $1.3 trillion in spending across several departments). We’re talking about the single item that takes up over half of discretionary spending. One or two percent of it could make U.S. college education free, or end starvation on earth. A bigger slice could take on climate protection. Everyone across the inch-wide chasm of the political divide in Washington prefers to see the militarism continue. Of 100 senators, 100 favor sanctions on Iran. Bipartisanship is alive and well when it comes to war promotion.

The top risk from war is nuclear holocaust. That danger continues to grow with active U.S. assistance. The second worst thing a U.S. president can do about war is grab more war powers and pass them on to all future presidents. In that regard, President Obama has outdone President Bush. Lying to Congress is now totally routine: Congress and the United Nations can simply be ignored. Secrecy has mushroomed. President Obama picks out men, women, and children to murder from a list on Tuesdays. The public, the Congress, and the courts have no say and often no knowledge. President Obama has dramatically increased U.S. weapons sales abroad — the U.S. being far and away the top supplier of weapons to regions that the U.S. public thinks of as inherently violent.

While Obama’s body count doesn’t yet begin to approach Bush’s in terms of people directly and violently killed, that’s not a standard that will get us to survival, much less peace and prosperity.

Why do so many people think of the political party that lied the United States into two world wars, the Korean war, the war on Vietnam, the Kosovo war, the Libya war, and the war on ISIS — the party that dropped the nukes on Japan — as a party for peace?

Why do longtime war advocates like Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton get a pass? What benefit from making Hillary president could outweigh shutting down the peace movement for 4 or 8 years?

Hillary was instrumental in persuading her husband to bomb the former Yugoslavia against the will of Congress. She pushed for the 2003 attack on Iraq and the 2011 attack on Libya. She tried to get a U.S. war on Syria going in 2013. She pushed for the Obama-era escalation in Afghanistan — a war that is now more Obama’s than Bush’s by every measure.

Hillary has urged Iran to be aware that she could “obliterate” it. She has giggled with pleasure at having killed Muamar Gadaffi. She’s hawkish on Ukraine.

What can be done?

Tell people you know what warmaking has become, because someday the president will be a Republican and they’ll grow outraged.

Give up on the idea of bestowing royal tokenism on every deserving demographic before the planet’s trashed. We don’t have that kind of time to work with.

Oregon has just made voter registration automatic, and California is proposing the same. Devote yourself to making sure that your state does likewise, and refuse to any longer think of registering people to vote as useful activism or to waste your time doing it.

Rather than giving a blank check to war mongering for the next nearly two years and then possibly beginning to object, save us all the suffering and pretend the president right now is Dick Cheney. Protest accordingly.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc Casey Sheehan who was murdered in Iraq on 04/04/04 by the US Empire and has become a non-flinching and uncompromising peace activist and host of her own podcast: Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox and Editor in Chief of the Soapbox People’s Network.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

from the archives:

Noam Chomsky: State Power Trumps Actual Security Again and Again + Helen Caldicott Nuclear Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction + On The Beach

Letter from President Barack Obama: Six Month Consolidated War Powers Resolution Report

Once Upon a Time in the US of A: An Unfairness Tale by Ed Ciaccio

Noam Chomsky: Rethinking US Foreign Policy

Jill Dalton: NDAA, The Kill List, A Corporate-Military-Complex-Mafia. Yes, It Is Fascism!

Generalissima Clinton Expanding the Empire by Ralph Nader

6 thoughts on “Stop Smoking the Democrack by Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson

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  3. Breathtaking article, to say the least. My dear friend Cindy and David laid it out for even the most naive person to understand.

    Unfortunately, most people are in denial of the actual facts which Ms Sheehan & Mr. Swanson have addressed in their article, specifically, the so-called liberal/progressive “left” who continually make excuses for the Democratic Party and of course, the poor black man in the White House whom those “nasty Republicans” work against, non-stop.

    Not to mention how the pseudo-left places Hillary Clinton on a pedestal as their Democratic Party “champion” needed to beat the Republican “opposition.” Opposition? When they are on the same basic page?

    When did you hear Obama or the Democrats request quick emergency spending for public schools, hospital/health care facilities/ aid to the disabled, senior citizens and small family farmers?

    But to wage death, destruction, misery and suffering on those not able to defend themselves from the “world’s only super-bully”, or for more tax cuts to the super-rich and bailouts to the masters of usury, the Wall Street banksters, the sky is the limit.

    Over 75,000 people backed the new stadium in San Jose, California the other day to watch some super wrestling matches . I wonder how many of them vote in elections or if they do, vote for alternative party candidates for public office rather than the same group of warmongers and pro-corporate lackeys? And in the Imperial States of America, less than half of eligible voters show an interest in voting.

    I believe WW3 is right around the corner. Imperial Hubris from Washington, D.C. and the hired killers called “NATO” will have to learn the hard way that death and destruction is the wrong goal to pursue.

    • Thanks, Frank. I posted this article mostly for the readers to send it to others that they know who are still supporting the Democratic Party. The readers here already are aware that the Dems = Repubs on most issues and both corporately-owned Capitalist Parties are continuing to move towards the right. I think David and Cindy did a great job pointing out these facts all in one article.

  4. Andreas Lubitz, the German pilot, killed more people at one time than the worst of the Islamic Terrorist Suicide Bombers!

    I would expect some interests with an agenda, are working overtime to re-cast him as a recent Muslim convert.

    And who can forget what has already happened in our human past? The murder of 200,000 + people, civilians, in a momentary flash, with the nuclear holocausts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

    Looking out of my window into the world, it appears to me to be rushing down the path toward Masada II-Holocaust II, as this world is being consumed by increasing wars and terrorism everywhere.

    I have read in the Bible, the Judea-Christian God, will deliver this world into the hands of the “terrible of the Nations” which now appears to be the unfolding Revelation of our TIME!

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