My Candidacy Against Nancy Pelosi in California's 8th.
Journey for Humanity and Accountability, Day 14
By Cindy Sheehan
-- - I am lying in my hotel bed at the end of a very
busy, productive, yet sad day.
About 300 people gathered today and marched the 3½ miles
from the entrance of Arlington Cemetery to Congressman John
Conyers' office to demand impeachment and accountability
from one of the leading figures in American politics for the
last four decades.
We were so thrilled with the turnout and the energy of the
group. There was great media coverage and about one dozen
freepers on the opposite corner with signs such as:
"Traitors go to Hell" and "Cindy Sheehan go to Hell." Nice.
I have learned that hell can be on earth and if there is
anything worse than burying a child, I don't want to know
At the end of the march, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, President
of the Hip Hop Caucus, Ray McGovern (retired CIA analyst),
and I met with Congressman John Conyers to implore him to
institute impeachment proceedings against the pretenders to
the White House who are destroying our democracy, making a
mockery out of our rule of law and who are responsible for
the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.
This was my third meeting with Congressman Conyers about
impeachment. I hold a special place in my heart for him and
I revere him for his decades-long service to this nation.
But for the life of me, I cannot understand why he will not
go forward with impeachment now.
A year ago, he introduced HR635 to impeach George Bush while
he was Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee and
not even chairman. He wrote the book on impeachment called:
The Constitution in Crisis and he readily admits that BushCo
have committed impeachable offenses.
It's about partisan politics, pure and simple. The
Congressman claims there is absolutely no way that
impeachment can go forward and, when I was nearing the end
of my hope, I cried out: "So, if the people's house won't
help us then we the people have no recourse against the
executive branch." To which he replied: "Yes you do, vote
the enablers out in '08." Firstly, Congressman Conyers told
us to put Democrats back in Congress to end the war and
impeach BushCo. We did that and instead of ending the war,
they gave George Bush more money to wage it and to conduct
his deadly and tragic surge. Secondly, '08 will be too late
to hold George and Dick accountable. Thirdly, thousands of
more people will die in these last months of the worst
Presidency in American history. Lastly, after Dick
proclaimed that he was not part of the executive branch and
that his office does not have to comply with requests to
turn over documents to the National Archives: 435 Congress
Reps should have signed onto H Res 333 to impeach Cheney.
Only 14 have co-signed Congressman Kucinich's bill, so that
makes 421 elected Congressional officials enablers of the
crimes of the Bush Regime.
At the end of this day, Speaker Pelosi has not supported
impeachment and has not upheld her oath of office to
"protect and defend" the Constitution. Like Congressman
Conyers said almost a year ago, our Constitution is in
crisis and we can't wait for more meetings and more stalling
from Reps who think the problem will go away in '08. The
Middle East is rapidly falling apart under this regime and
our country is sliding rapidly into a state of one-branch
tyranny while our "heroes," the Democrats, fiddle.
It was with very heavy hearts that Rev. Yearwood, Ray, and I
reported back to the media that the Congressman had said
that with over 1 million signatures on petitions, one phone
call coming into his office every 30 seconds supporting
impeachment, and with 300 activists in the hall to support
him, he was still not going to move forward with the most
urgent duty of his career. The Rev and I were particularly
disheartened and broken because we do love the Congressman
so much, but we love our country and the people of Iraq and
the Middle East more. The Rev and Ray spent many years
serving their country in the military and the CIA and I had
a son who gave his life to do what the Congress is supposed
to do: protect our freedoms, not hand them over to the mob
that runs our country.
It is also with a heavy heart that I announce my candidacy
against Nancy Pelosi in California's 8th. If anybody would
dare think I am not serious, I would hope they would look
back at the last 3 years of my life and everything I have
sacrificed to restore our nation to one that obeys the rule
of law and can be looked up to with respect once again in
the international community and not as the hated
laughingstock on the block.
I am committed to challenging a two-party system that has
kept us in a state of constant warfare for the last 60 years
and has become more and more beholden to special interests
and has forgotten the faces of the people whom it
I am committed to using our strength as a country to wage
peace and to elevate the status of every citizen in our
country by converting the enduring war economy to a
prosperous one with lasting peace.
Someone needs to step up to the plate to do this and I
challenge other Americans to do the same. Challenge the
status quo, because the status quo is no good. We need to
become plugged into our government once again as active
participants not just passive voters.
It is up to us.
Cindy Sheehan is the
mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Bush's war of
terror on 04/04/04. She is the co-founder and president of
Gold Star Families for Peace and
The Camp Casey Peace Institute.
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