The Arrogant, the Misguided and the Cowards
Out of Iraq, Out with Bush
By Sean Penn
10/04/06 "Counterpunch' -- -- The arrogant, the
misguided, the cowards would argue that an immediate pull-out of
our troops from Iraq would inspire lack of confidence and the
lost credibility of the United States. President Bush and his
functionaries indeed have lost enormous credibility for the
perception of our country internationally. Perhaps more damaging
than that, they have created the greatest cultural, religious,
and political divide domestically since our own Civil War.
We the people of the United States have a unique opportunity.
We can show each other and the world that what the Bush
administration claims is their mission is not ours. And, by
leading our country as a citizenry and demanding of our
government an immediate end to our own military and profit
investments in Iraq, display for the entire world that democracy
is a government of the people. What more powerful message to
send the world than that we ourselves can choose in policy, in
peace, and in humanitarian support.
In fascism, one serves the State. Let's show the world that
with democracy, we can make the State do our bidding, and that
such bids would not be the blind ones, given exclusively to the
friends of power. But rather, the domain of the people of
freedom everywhere. This is an administration that advocates
torture, deceives the public, spends billions of dollars on a
failed war. This is an administration where in the year of
Katrina, Exxon Mobil claimed the highest profit margin in the
history of world business. It is an administration that
belittles, demeans, deceives, and indeed kills our brothers, our
sisters, our sons, and our daughters.
At the U.S./Mexico border, we panic at the notion of illegal
entry, without blinking an eye as our elderly line up every
Saturday morning with wheelchairs, walkers, canes and joint
pain, queued up in the desert heat to enter Mexico where they
can purchase affordable medication. In the human family, this
President is indeed pushing his wheelchair-bound grandmother
down the stairs with a smile on his face. Everyone knows that
these are true statements. Everyone. Some are ashamed of where
they've put their support in the past, their passivity in the
present, with the courage of their minds and hearts at bay. What
an exciting thing to reverse this as one America and show the
world who wears the pants in this house.
Stand up as an American and join
World Can't Wait and those demonstrating this
Thursday, October 5th.
Out of Iraq. And out with Bush.
Sean Penn issued this statement on October 2, 2006
at the Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City. It was read by
Mark Ruffalo (his co-star in "All the King's Men") at an
emergency meeting of
World Can't Wait"Drive Out the Bush Regime
held in response to passage of the Torture Bill and in
preparation for protests happening on Thursday, October 5 in
over 190 cities nationwide.
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