Pro-Democracy Means Anti-Fascism

Watching the pro-democracy marches in Burma both inspires and sickens me. I am inspired by seeing thousands of red-robed monks leading the demonstrations and sickened by the violence they are being met with by the military.

Seeing the images of the monks and others being beaten reminds me of the Democratic Convention in 1968 where Chicago police beat the living daylights out of demonstrators who were there to try and force the party to come closer to the budding anti-war movement. It didn’t work. Instead of wonderful-pro-peace candidate, George McGovern, the party nominated Johnson’s VP, Hubert Humphrey. We know what happened next: Nixon. After last night’s Democratic “debate” I am terrified and assured that the Democrats will have another pro-war nominee.

The other event in my memory that the pro-democracy movement in Burma reminds me of is Kent State, Ohio in May, 1970. Four students were killed and nine were wounded marching against escalation of the Vietnam debacle.. I have heard from many people who were of age to protest the Vietnam war at that time that the killings had the affect of frightening them into not protesting, or scaling their protests back.

Of course the present state of our nation is not as overtly oppressive as the government of Myanmar (Burma), presently where a Nobel Peace Laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi has been under house arrest there for years, but we who have been paying attention to events can see that America is on the precipice of serious fascism and only the brave actions of Americans committed to freedom, democracy and peace will help stem the tide of this rising neo-fascism that doesn’t march through our streets in goose-step and swastikas, but is creeping into our lives like cat’s paws.

According to Chris Rowthorn, in his brilliant article, When America Went Fascist, we went fascist on December 11, 2000 when the Supreme Court appointed George as our unelected, un-democratic and illegal President. Although it is easy and tempting to blame everything on BushCo, this is about the only assertion that I disagree with in his article.

What about during the Clinton regime? Does anyone remember Elian Gonzales or The Branch Davidians in Waco? Let’s go back further. What about when Truman dropped to WMD on hundreds of thousands of innocent victims in Japan? What about Korea? Eisenhower and the Military Industrial Complex? What about the Gulf of Tonkin? What about Watergate? What about Panama? Kosovo? Nicaragua? Free trade agreements that hurt workers in all countries that are involved in them and what about the abuse of language in this country: Patriot Act; Homeland Security; Clear Water and Clean Skies—and the No Child Left Behind Act that leaves every child behind and is just a funnel to the recruiter’s office?

There are just a few measures that we can use to stop this slide and Rowthorn articulates what has become an important part of my platform. Only vote for candidates that promise the following things…for president, or any other federal elective offices:

* Repeal the Patriot Act
* Repeal No Child Left Behind
* Scale down the Department of Homeland Security and rename it so it loses its Nazi
tone and is brought under civilian control.
* Restore habeas corpus and close all torture camps by repealing the Military Commissions’ Act.
* Repeal all contracts with paid mercenary killer companies.
* Restore the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.
* Repeal all BushCo-Presidential directives (especially Directive 51) and review all laws that contain signing statements.
* Restore the 4th Amendment by enforcing warrants for spying on Americans.
* Impeach Bush and Cheney-post presidency so they can’t receive federal benefits.
* Bring all troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan and review military needs for other bases around the world.
* Repeal all free trade agreements.
* Kick AIPAC and other lobbyists out of the halls of Congress where they have no business.

One of the most profound ways we can stop this descent into fascism is by impeaching, removing from office and incarcerating George Bush and Dick Cheney, et al. I am very skeptical of a complicit Congress, Inc doing anything about them in this term. I am also very skeptical of a “professional” and fascist military leadership taking their oath of service seriously and above their corporate-military allegiance to the Executive Branch recently and so tellingly revealed by General Betray-Us, so a military coup is out of the question and has the tricky element of becoming a military dictatorship.

I was supposed to be in court today in Washington, DC for my last arrest. I didn’t go because I am not under allegiance and repudiate the fascists that run our government and the enforcers who are doing their best Nazi-job of “following orders” in oppressing our rights as Americans.

Why are they beating up a Reverend who served in the Air Force, and honorably left after the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, for wanting to attend a hearing in Congress?

Why are they arresting a Gold Star Mother for exercising the very freedoms for which George Bush freakishly says her son died?

Why are my daughter and assistant under indictment for Contempt of Congress when BushCo have steadily refused to testify before committees under oath, or any other way? As a matter of fact, Betray-Us wasn’t even put under oath that day in the House.

Why are college students being tasered for asking the same questions that we all want answered from John Kerry who threw our Representative Republic in the garbage along with the 2004 election?

Why are nooses being hung in the South?

Why do any of us pay our Federal Taxes to a government that we abhor and which we adamantly disagree with? Why do we allow our hard earned money to be used for murder and oppression?

Why is Congress giving BushCo more authority to begin a New World War?

Where are religious leaders to lead us in pro-democracy demonstrations? Most of our mainstream religions suffer from the same neo-fascism that our governmental leaders suffer from.

Why do we march in DC on Saturdays and get arrested just to get arrested? It’s time to descend on DC on a weekday and make commitments to our world and our posterity to over throw this fascism right now?

When can we have a country-wide massive general strike?

Recent reports show that Saddam made overtures to America through the UAE and Spain to go into exile weeks before the March, 2003 invasion of Iraq. Of course, the overtures were rejected because George’s small mind was already made up to invade Iraq before he became president in some sick way to either show up or gain approval from a dysfunctional family. What if Spain’s former President Aznar had spoken up then? What if Colin Powell, George Tenet, or any of the criminal neocons had spoken up to prevent this horrible loss of life and pain before it even started?

I wouldn’t be under a bench warrant right now. Rev wouldn’t be recovering from a badly sprained ankle. Casey would be alive and hundreds of thousands of others would be alive.

We can’t count on anyone but ourselves. It’s now up to we the people to follow the example of our brothers and sisters in Burma to courageously confront the anti-democracy/pro-fascist elements of our society.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Bush's war of terror on 04/04/04. Sheehan is a congressional candidate running against Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco. You can visit her campaign website at CindyforCongress.org. She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and The Camp Casey Peace Institute. Read other articles by Cindy, or visit Cindy's website.

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  1. Eric Patton said on September 28th, 2007 at 5:34am #

    I would add direct action against corporate media. And I would particularly second the nationwide general strike idea.

  2. gerald spezio said on September 28th, 2007 at 10:25am #

    Cindy, when you first suggested that you would run against Pelosi, I thought that you wasting your precious energy.

    I was a fool. We won’t have any choice unless you do.

    There isn’t anybody close to you when it comes to calling the bastards out.

  3. Robert B. Livingston said on September 28th, 2007 at 11:36am #

    My prayers go out to Cindy who is so vocal and courageous.

    I agree with Eric Patton , that the Mainstream Media– or the Establishment Media as I prefer to call it, should be judged for its involvent in bringing our country to where it is today.

  4. Mike McNiven said on September 28th, 2007 at 12:38pm #

    There is a two party-one ideology-human unfriendly system in the US!
    The D party’s motto is: middle class, law&order and bible. This is what the fascists of the 20′s and 30′s of the last century “old Europe” were saying too! In addition to the half of the US population, the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Kurdistan, Yugoslavia, Somalia, Sudan, Congo, Mexico, Guatemala, ElSalvador, Nicaragua, Thailand, Philippines, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Korea, Haiti, …have been/are the victims of the D&R parties! Ms. Sheehan, please start organizing to found a People’s Party while campaigning for your congressional seat! The suffering is not limited to Afghanistan, Iraq and Miyanmar, this Planet is suffering! Thank you and Good Luck!

  5. Philip V. said on September 28th, 2007 at 1:01pm #

    You go girl!!

  6. Thomas Victor said on September 28th, 2007 at 2:17pm #

    Best Wishes Cindy!

    I voted straight Democrat for many years but quit and became an Indpendent two years ago.

    Regarding Myanmar, the situation is more complicated than it appears – I’m pretty sure the US is sending in millions of dollars to monks and anyone else who will take it to create a coup against the current Government, similar to creating the Contras to fight the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. We get such censored coverage, how can we be sure those are really peaceful students and monks? I would guess there are armed provocateurs there, that we don’t hear about. It’s such a common tactic that the US has used successfully so many time to overthrow Governments that don’t follow their commands, solet’s not come to any hasty conclusions.

    Sure it’s a dictatorship but no one is starving there or are having the land they live on being stolen and given to multinational enterprises as in neighboring democratic India. I’ve met 2 immigrants from Burma and they are happy with the current Government. Opium production is greatly reduced whereas Afghanistan has rapidly become the major heroin source following ‘liberation’ from the Taliban.

    See “International narcotics agenda behind Myanmar instability”
    http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2473.shtml

    Also if a US puppet government takes over in Burma that could be deadly for neighbors China and India. Without a powerful China and Russia all the brave countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Iran who are struggling for the freedom to run their contries for the benefit of their own people will be crushed.

    India which already facing constant attacks and terrorist bombings from the US puppet, Pakistan on it’s western border will have another one in the East and this will strengthen the pro-US forces in India.

    India is in political turmoil right now since the pro-West Manmohan/Sonia group tried to sneak in a huge nuclear energy deal with the US without a vote in Parliament and finally the Left forces have united and are resisting this specific move and more generally the move towards India becoming pro-US politically (e.g.vote against Iran) and economically (e.g. allow Walmart to enter India, privatise profitable state enterprises)

    Good Luck Cindy, my prayers go with you!

  7. gerald spezio said on September 28th, 2007 at 4:17pm #

    Philip V; You go, Lady.

    Girl is fine but, Lady is so much more fitting.

  8. Dave Silver said on September 29th, 2007 at 12:46pm #

    Not at all. “pro-democracy” is another favorite code word like pluralism and decentralisation used by many liberals and various Left currents.
    In the Ukraine under orange flags that was a movement more pro-west and imperialist. That is why Geroge Bush supported it. The Solidarity movement in Poland was anti-socialist and received help-covert and overt the help of US imperialism.
    Hardly anti-fascist as you allege.

  9. hp said on September 29th, 2007 at 6:45pm #

    I’ll vote for anyone who has the huevos to tell Israel to kiss their arse.

    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for lunch.’
    Ben Franklin

  10. gerald spezio said on September 30th, 2007 at 6:44am #

    hp, ME TOO!

  11. gerald spezio said on September 30th, 2007 at 6:47am #

    Dave Silver, Not one wasted word.

  12. Jeremy Wells said on September 30th, 2007 at 7:19pm #

    To Cindy Sheehan! I would certainly “second” Mike McNiven’s comment for a new political party!

    “Ms. Sheehan, please start organizing to found a People’s Party while campaigning for your congressional seat! ” (I say this is a 10+ years registered Green Party,which has internal problems and divisions, that have made it ineffective.)

    We need to unite the many millions of people, often organized now into “single-issue” groups (anti-war, environmental, health care, education, etc.),
    into an umbrella organization. These activists usually become very knowledgeable, and would make excellent candidates for office at every level of government.

    Prioritize the national agenda: to end the wars, shutdown the 700+ military bases,
    cut the military budget by 50 percent, re-instate tax cuts for the wealthy, end privatization of the federal government. These are essentials to restore economic health to this country before we end up with a recession or depression! Dennis Kucinich’s idea for a Department of Peace should be implemented.

    The military-industrial complex, the energy companies (oil, nuclear) have taken over the government, they are waging these wars for profit, oil, and power.
    (The Project for the New American Century).

    We need to put people to work in “living wage” jobs that are not shipped off to China. These jobs are to transform the economy to sustainable enery, start the long process of ending global warming (i.e.end pollution), rebuild cities with affordable housing, public transportation, etc.etc.

    Promote free public education through college so educated young adults can tackle these many problems!! Scientists, doctors, civil engineers, energy engineers, health care workers, etc. etc.

    We need to mobilize this country… and the planet… if we want to survive this century! We need a “Marshall Plan” to save this country and the planet!

  13. Irish Bear said on October 2nd, 2007 at 4:56pm #

    “When can we have a country-wide massive general strike?”

    Exactly. Or in other words, when will we stop talking and start doing?

    November 6, 2007, spread the word:

    http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/10/0081720

    Or Google “November 6 General Strike”.