Cindy Sheehan, who singlehandedly awakened many Americans to the futility of the Iraq War and the incompetence of the Bush Administration, is leaving the anti-war movement. Frustrated with Democrats refusal to act last week she is giving up. I can't say I blame her. That vote incensed and infuriated everyone. Many people are asking "where do we turn now?"
There's no good answer for that question. Mine is simply that this means we have to continue working to change the Democratic Party. 70% of the American people want an end to this war. If we're unwilling to listen to those 70% we have some very serious problems.
Cindy Sheehan was the catalyst that signaled the beginning of the end for the Bush Administration. Riding high after 9/11 and the initial success in Iraq, most people ignored the fact the President had lied us into this war and that our people were dying for nothing. When Cindy lost her son she wanted the answer to one simple question: why? George W. Bush refused to meet her and answer. Cindy decided to camp outside his ranch until he did and that was followed by Katrina which was followed by a succession of scandals and exposures which completely unraveled this Administration.
Cindy Sheehan was the person who galvanized an entire movement and she deserves great credit. The target of much hatred and animosity by the right wing for standing up, she's had enough. I cannot say I blame her, one person can only take so much abuse. Still, she was heroic and a role model for many. What she did took great courage: speak truth to power. Thank you Cindy.