Open Letter to Reps Pelosi and
We the People are Setting the Table Now
By Cindy Sheehan
Clearing House" -- --
Dear Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Conyers,
I am writing this open letter to you both on the day after
Veteran's Day. A day that has so much more meaning to me
since my son Casey was KIA in Iraq for absolutely no reason
but to line the pockets of the war machine. I cried in front
of his symbolic tombstone at Arlington Northeast in
Philadelphia and I dreamed of him before I awakened. Casey's
"tombstone" was planted in the ground directly across from
Liberty Hall which was the birth place of our Republic. How
tragic it was to see 2842 tombstones of our brave young
people who have been killed by people who are trampling all
over our Constitution and making a mockery out of the
separations of power and the original intent of that
document. 2842 citizens who were willing to volunteer for
service and were killed by people who lied to the world to
send them to invade and occupy a country in a war of
aggression that has killed almost a million Iraqi citizens.
How tragic it is that you both, our newly elected Democratic
leadership are already talking about abrogating their
Constitutional responsibilities, again.
We the people are shocked that you two are already
stridently saying over and over again that impeachment is
"off the table." Since the historic Nov. 7th elections, I
have talked to a boat-load of Americans who want impeachment
on the table. We activists worked hard to make these
elections about national issues, like the illegal and
immoral occupation of Iraq, and the culture of corruption
that, especially you, Ms. Pelosi have been railing against
for months now. And you, Mr. Conyers, have already written a
brilliant and detailed indictment of BushCo. We the people
are definitely puzzled by your rhetoric.
We the people put the Democrats back into power because we
want to see a change in this country and a rejection of
politics as usual. We want politics as unusual. We want to
see the issue of impeachment and a speedy and safe
withdrawal of our troops from Iraq de-politicized and
brought into the realm of "right and wrong" where these
issues belong, not "right and left."
We the people are here to tell you that we are the ones that
are going to be setting the table, now. For too many years,
we have allowed you people, who are just like us and elected
by us and from us, to tell us what the agenda will be. Like
I told George in a recent letter to him (no response yet,
hmm), a sleeping giant has been awakened in this country and
we are not falling asleep again just because the Democrats,
only with grassroots involvement and commitment, are back in
power in Congress.
It turns our stomachs when you talk about "working" with the
Republicans. First of all, these people have allowed BushCo
free rein in committing their high crimes and misdemeanors
and crimes against humanity. Why would you want to work with
murderers, liars, and crooks? When one works with criminals,
one becomes complicit and culpable for those crimes. We
elected you all to be different, not more of the same.
Secondly, and more importantly, BushCo have openly committed
egregious crimes which they have all admitted to. The
question really isn't: should they be impeached, but why
haven't they been impeached, removed from office and
criminally charged and tried for these crimes, yet? I
believe that when Congressional Representatives and Senators
are sworn into office they take an oath to protect the
constitution, not to protect, aid, and abet criminals. The
investigation and eventual rubber stamp to begin impeachment
proceedings against Nixon was a bi-partisan effort and Nixon
wasn't even investigated for the level of crimes that BushCo
should be investigated for.
We realize that you have a tremendous and daunting task
before you both. We know for six years that your
governmental body has been busy giving its power away to a
maniac who has abused and misused that power so
incompetently and tragically. However, to say that
impeachment can't be one of the issues that Congress begins
immediate work on is not giving you all enough credit. We
know that you can do it! We have confidence in your
abilities. Impeachment has been done before in our country
and it has never before been so urgent.
How many times has George said that the troops aren't coming
home while he is president? How many times has BushCo lied
to us and admitted those lies? Or been caught in those lies?
How many people have they killed for greed of money and
power and how many lives have been destroyed by them? How
many laws have BushCo broken and admitted to breaking? How
many people have they physically and mentally wounded by
torture and by sending our brave young people wrongly to
Iraq and not supporting them when they get there? How much
longer will you allow them to violate and desecrate
everything that we hold dear as Americans and human beings?
We the people demand that you do your duties as officers and
protectors of our Constitution and we demand that you do
your duties as members of humanity to call a halt to the
crimes against humanity of the Bush regime.
When the 110th Congress is seated on January 3rd, we the
people, who also have a duty to our Constitution (We the
People is the first line) and a duty to humanity will be
walking the halls of your offices to tell you what our
agenda is and what we want on the table.
I admire and respect both of you and I know you will do the
right thing, but you better heed the will of we the people,
or we will find other people who will. I hope you do believe
that we want you to represent us and not the special
interests of the war machine.
We the people are serious about true change this time and we
are willing to walk, work, sit, stand, write, travel, sweat,
freeze, be arrested, and scream for these changes.
Impeachment and removal from office are not for the
squeamish or faint of heart, but we are neither of those
things. We are all brave and (p)(m)atriotic Americans who
realize that healing of the political divide that has
characterized the Bush regime will only begin when our young
people and the people of Iraq see justice for all of the
death and misery that they have afflicted humanity with. Our
children who have been sent to early graves or have to live
the rest of their lives with PTSD or missing limbs, and the
people of Iraq (not to mention the victims of Katrina) are
crying out for this justice. Justice is meted out everyday
in our world and if BushCo are not brought to justice then
justice loses its meaning and effectiveness.
Do it for Casey, do it for his buddies, do it for the people
of Iraq, do it for the people who were devastated by
Katrina, do it to bring legitimacy back to Congress and our
Constitution, do it to raise our reputation in the
international community, do it just because it is the right
thing to do.
See you on January 3rd.
Activists can contact the
potential Madam Speaker at:
firstname.lastname@example.org and the potential Chairperson of
the Judiciary Committee, Hon. John Conyers, or your personal
Congressional Representative at:
Cindy Sheehan is Mother of Casey Sheehan who was KIA in Iraq
on 04/04/04 by George's war of terror. Co-founder and
Star Families for Peace. Founder of Camp Casey Peace
Institute. Author of
Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey through Heartache to Activism