President Cindy!

The race to become ruler of the world on January 20, 2009 is now upon us, and as ever the problem facing the would-be Pharaohs is the anachronistic impediment of the U.S. Constitution requiring the appearance of a plebiscite approving the selection of Number One. The obstreperous voting masses, oblivious to anything beyond their immediate needs and wants: survival, the safety of their children, watching the game on TV, a good price on whatever, “time for myself”, and a good supply of booze (or substitute enjoyable neurosis), are as ever obdurate to the careerist ambitions of the pharaonic contenders. Such is the agony of mid-August campaigning for the presidency of the United States of America, fifteen months before the election.

It is commonly known that the next USAmerican Pharaoh will be selected by a committee of representatives of the property interests of the nation, and the candidates chosen for the road shows of the primaries and electoral events of 2008 will be a batch of individuals who are deemed most likely to carry the crowds along the channels laid out by the Big Money. It might be the Shrike “against” the Dour Doughface in the finals, or it might be some other pair pleasing to the owning elite.

The eighty to ninety percent of eligible voters (a decreasing proportion of the USAmerican population under the Rovian Regression of democracy), outside the management, will exhibit a variety of delinquent and passive-aggressive behaviors: failing to become enthused about the
mandated choices, manning public protests, becoming active in third party politics and even abandoning voting altogether. Many clueless of “effete intellectual snob” (thanks, Spiro) persuasion will agonize about “how to register” and “who to vote for” in order to maximize the effectiveness of their single vote.

Since most USAmericans are now marginalized by the political system, they tend to share the same type of fantasies. They wish they could somehow vote for a real change — whether that change is for a new Christian Kingdom or a Socialist Revolution — and they wish they could somehow vote to throw out all the careerist bums who confidently punch their tickets in the government gravy train from its Washington D.C. locomotive down through its fifty state luxury sleepers, the county administration box cars and down to its city council cabooses. But, voters can’t get what they really want if they vote obediently.

However, voters do have one option that is primarily symbolic and generally ineffective, unless they happen to share a very wide agreement: they can write in a candidate. So, friends, here is my suggestion. Instead of swallowing hard to accept another “morning after” Democrat, or hoping Ralph Nader can somehow miraculously combat the accumulated malevolence of a rigged electoral system fully under the control of the pharaonic parasites, act like a rebellious jury that ignores all instruction from the judge and just decides what it damn well thinks is just. Act out the equivalent of a “jury nullification” as “voter nullification”, and write in Cindy Sheehan as president.

“But, I’ll be throwing my vote away!” you may cry. If you want an immediate end to the Iraq War, taxation of corporations and a equitable use of national resources for the benefit of the national population, your vote doesn’t count anyway. If you live in the wrong neighborhood or have too rich a complexion, your right to vote will be questioned more strenuously — even rejected — under the new Rovian eligibility criteria. If you vote for the pretty face that looks like yours from among the approved contenders, you will get a black, or female (or whatever) mask over the the same kind of guardian (and errand boy/girl) of white power capitalism we always get, whether with a horizontal Texas drawl or a vertical Massachusetts nasal pinch. Obedience is not in your interest.

“But Cindy Sheehan has no experience running a government!” you might fret. Honestly, are you happy with the results garnered by our “government experienced” would-be Pharaohs? Is there anybody who believes that Cindy Sheehan is less trustworthy, less honest, less truthful and less concerned about the USAmerican people than anyone in the dugout of Big Money approved presidential pitchmen? Number One barks out the orders and hires and fires as needed to get them done. Do you really believe Cindy Sheehan is less capable of doing this than the careerist androids of the Big Money Brat Pack. [Insert John Belushi saying “Please”].

The flaw in this suggestion is the same flaw as in John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” Yes, it is true that if most people had the same vision they could overcome war, hunger, nationalism, religion, and all the scourges of humankind. But, humanity has proved unable to share such a compassionate vision, even though humans everywhere say they want “peace” and justice” and other forms of universal good. Note, however, that the flaw is based on probability, not possibility. It is not probable that most people would share a common humanistic vision, but there is no logical impediment to such an outcome, and in fact if most people did choose to share such a vision — through their actions — then the desired humanistic compassionate state (and world) would necessarily have to emerge. It is the same with the elections in the U.S.A., if enough people choose to vote for a given candidate, in this case by write-in balloting, then regardless of the shenanigans by partisan election officials, and the hacking of electronic voting machines, the “will of the people” will become clearly evident. The success of any such act of mass disobedience would be the beginning of the end of the current syndicates running USAmerican politics as a continuing criminal enterprise for the enrichment of corporate sponsors.

For such an act of national liberation by mass disobedience to ever occur, it would be necessary for many voters to see beyond their assumed self-interests as co-conspirators with the political machines they pledge allegiance to. They have to see “their” interests and the nation’s interest as being above and different from “the party’s” interest. In the 18th century, this was called patriotism. Being patriotic might cost you money, it might contradict your prejudices, and it might challenge your patience. But it will bring you into a closer brotherhood and sisterhood with a great number of other people who also think of themselves as “Americans.” When you vote for Cindy Sheehan as president, you are declaring “I do not wish to make war on other Americans by seeing them as a threatening ‘other’ race, religion, class or type; I do not wish to enslave, depreciate and discard my fellow countrymen and countrywomen because it is advantageous to my pocket to do so; I do not wish to invest my county’s blood and treasure in piratical ventures around the world, whether alone or in league with foreign bandits whose thievery and bloodletting are enabled by our resources.”

So — imagine — we all go to the polls in 2008, ask for paper ballots and write in “Cindy Sheehan” for president. Imagine, the vote is overwhelming. Imagine the panic of the pharaonic class. Imagine all the court decisions trying to stem the tide, all the resistance to democracy, even perhaps the calling out of the National Guard (and imagine what side they would prefer). Go ahead, imagine another country, possible if we have the courage to hold a common vision. Why Cindy Sheehan? Her patriotism is compassionate, based on the power of motherhood and the eternity of grief for a lost child. Who doesn’t prefer this over cynical self-aggrandizement leaving a failed adventurist war hung around a gutted nation’s neck like Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s albatross, by a gang of con-men marketing facile prejudices to an inattentive public — “the sting”.

What does Cindy Sheehan think of this nomination? I have no idea; I didn’t ask her, I have never met her nor communicated with her in any way. I have read about her, and more importantly I have read her essays, speeches and interviews. In the past I have voted for more than one mass-murdering Pharaoh on the basis of much less information, so what more do I need to know about Cindy? “What if she refuses the mandate?” you may wonder, fearful of being caught in a rebellion gone awry. Do not worry, if we can muster the mandate, then Cindy or an equally worthy citizen of our choosing [sic] can be positioned to implement the authentic will of the people. “When in the course of human events…”

Manuel Garcia, Jr. is an occasional writer who is always independent. His e-mail address is: Read other articles by Manuel, or visit Manuel's website.

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  1. Eric said on August 16th, 2007 at 7:03am #

    Although I have a lot of imagination myself, I can assure you that big money would soon buy Cindy or anyone else for that mather. Consider the textbook example of Carlos Menem in Argentina, bought and sold long ago to ruin his country with western privatization) Still, I enjoyed this truthful article, but no human can claim power and stay uncorrupted. History demonstrated it to be the flaw of any form of political ideal.

  2. hp said on August 16th, 2007 at 11:34am #

    Or, if one could resist corruption by money and power, they would be erased as a matter of fact.
    This is realism.
    JFK, RFK, JFK jr., Paul Wellstone, *Mel Carnahan, and RON Paul, Cindy Sheehan?
    * Mel easily defeated the cretin Ashcroft, even while he laid dead in his grave.

  3. Robert B. Livingston said on August 16th, 2007 at 12:25pm #

    “Why Cindy Sheehan? Her patriotism is compassionate, based on the power of motherhood and the eternity of grief for a lost child. Who doesn’t prefer this over cynical self-aggrandizement leaving a failed adventurist war hung around a gutted nation’s neck like Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s albatross, by a gang of con-men marketing facile prejudices to an inattentive public — “the sting”.”


    Cindy Sheehan is incorruptible. She would make an excellent write-in candidate– as would Ralph Nader– or Cynthia McKinney (my first choice).

    It is interesting to me that Garcia prefers (to the con-men “stingers”– conspirators?) someone who claims that she cannot believe the official explanation given for 9/11. Is he aware that cutting edge research about 9/11 can actually support his deep suspicion that the twin towers were NOT brought down by normal controlled demolition? In fact– cutting edge theory looks at a deception reminiscent of the movie “The Sting”– which involves a strange 17 second time gap.
    4 parts, starting with this
    also see:

    Cindy Sheehan is currently running against Nancy Pelosi for the Senate– and I hope everyone who does not wish to vote “obediently” will help her in her quest.
    Ralph Nader has spelled out that our democracy is broken. Ralph Nader is a living symbol of one whose convictions cannot be broken. We would all do well to emulate him.

    The terrible state in which the world finds itself today will pass– but it will be thanks to people with true and altruistic convictions coupled with energy and courage– and I consider Garcia one of these people. Many in the Truth Movement have decried his explanation for how the twin towers came down, I too–

    — but I have never doubted Garcia’s sincerity in trying to courageously uncover the truth himself.

    What is needed more than anything today is to see the world without illusions– to have the ability to ask all questions– and expect honest answers– and justice.

    We do not have to be forced to believe that we lack choices– even if our only moral choice is “Not to Obey.” If all we can do is escape to some desert… so be it.

    In our quest for positive change, we do not need to replicate our own versions of fundamentalism however. I think that has been a very dangerous and self-defeating trend in the 9/11 Truth movement.

  4. Rev. José M. Tirado said on August 16th, 2007 at 1:47pm #

    JFK “erased” because he “resist[ed] corruption by money and power”? He WON that 1960 election because of “corruption by money and power,” i. e., the buying of dead votes in Chicago by Mayor Daley.

    RFK “erased” because he “resist[ed] corruption by money and power”?
    As Attorney General of the United States he authorized murder plots in deals with the Mafia to kill the leaders of sovereign governments, and authorized his employee, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to illegally wiretap Martin Luther King, Jr.s phones in an attempt to embarrass him into committing suicide. Just two examples…

    No wonder the USAmerican “Left” is so weak–no historical analysis and weak logic. Sheesh…

  5. hp said on August 17th, 2007 at 1:36pm #

    I said “if,” “reverend.” As in “if” the church performed as expected, as required, (aiding the poor), then history would indeed be a lot less depressing, and messy.
    It’s only logical.
    After all it would be totally illogical (according to faith) to instead pursue a money driven agenda at the expense of the needy.

  6. Rev. José M. Tirado said on August 18th, 2007 at 2:13am #

    Your response, in its entirety said,

    “Or, if one could resist corruption by money and power, they would be erased as a matter of fact.
    This is realism.
    JFK, RFK, JFK jr., Paul Wellstone, *Mel Carnahan, and RON Paul, Cindy Sheehan?
    * Mel easily defeated the cretin Ashcroft, even while he laid dead in his grave.”

    No reference was made to faith or church, leaving the reader to assume you were linking JFK, RFK, et al., and suggesting that “if” THEY resisted “corruption by money and power,” etc. If you meant something else, it would be useful to clarify.

    By the way, if the “reverend” stuff bothers you, ignore it. And if you have questions for me, ask them explicitly. This impersonal medium exagerates remarks making them sound snide.

  7. Jeremy Wells said on August 19th, 2007 at 11:40am #

    I would hope that Cindy Sheehan, after leaving the Democratic Party, would issue a call to form a new political party in opposition to both corporate controlled Democratic and Republican Parties.

    Much political babble, controlled and directed by corporte controlled mass media, is always focusing on individual personalities. Dissenters from the status quoe seek some knight in shining armor, who single-handed is going to somehow wipe-out the corrupt in power.

    A Cindy Sheehan, Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, or any individual, no matter great their personal integrity, cannot possibly confront the organized money, political power, and mass media resources of the ruling elite.

    A new party must be created now to run candidates in 2008. The new party could be created out of the many groups and individuals who are already organized around their special interest “agendas” against the Bush wars and policies. There are now MILLIONS of people who have protested against the war, against corruption, for health care, etc . These individuals and groups need to unite in an umbrella organization (a political party) that would add their agendas to the planks to the platform of the new party.


    We the people, opposed to the destruction of the planet and it’s peoples, now atomized and powerless in “grass roots” and “special interest” groups, must unite our efforts and resources into a new party to replace the corrupt Democratic Party! A new party that rejects corporate funding in order to end the corporate plunder of the federal government.

    A new party explicitly opposed to the Project for the New American Century. Opposed to unending war for profit and power. Cut the military budget by 50%, shut down the 700 military bases around the world. Re-instate taxes cut by Bush gang.

    A new party that commits the entire resources of the country to end global warming, end imperialist wars, implements true non-profit universal health care. promotes mass transportation, develops renewable energy, and produces the essentials for human survival.

    A new party that promotes an economy that works towards fulfilling the economic needs of all the people, not just to profit a tiny minority of super wealthy. No more people living on the streets! No more hospitalized people being dumped into the streets when they have no money or health insurance! (See the film SICKO)

    A new party to unite all of the oppressed people of this country. A new party that cuts across all the false social and cultural divisions that keep us forever powerless (racial, ethnic, age, language, etc.). A new party to unite us against the unending destruction of peoples and planet.

    A SOCIALIST PARTY to promote the end of gangster capitalism, run-amok capitalism, which is supported by both Democratic and Republican parties.

    A new party to support the labor movement and all working people. We urge the labor movement to stop supporting the Democratic Party (already besotted by corporate money), and to focus its precious resources to fund a new national radio and television network. By being on the air 24 hours a day the labor movement can provide the latest news, information, education and current affairs analysis desperately needed by all working people. This effort, combined with the formation of the new party, will be a bold step towards reviving the organized labor movement.

    For years we have listened to radio programs like DEMOCRACY NOW! that has discussed with numerous “grass roots” groups desperately struggling to make a positive change in society. Anti-war protest groups, civil rights groups, union struggles, affordable housing groups, teachers unions, health care access, seniors about Social Security, have involved millions of people. Now is the time to unite the energy and resources of the people into a new party.

    The new party provides a means of uniting the “special interest” agendas of each group into the platform of the new party. The new party candidates, selected from the various individuals and groups, would become the candidates representing their cause and the new party. The new party will contest for office at every level of government in order to take power. The new party will provide the new leadership and new programs this country desperately needs.

    There is still time before November 2008 elections to start this process. Even the announcement and preparation for a founding convention of such a new party will shock both Democrats and Republican incumbents. They will know that their days are numbered!

    The needs of all previous “minority” and “special interests” people now become the platform of the new party representing the vast majority of people. Can the existing activists of so-called “minority” and “special interest” groups overcome their existing powerlessness, and link up with each other to start this new party?

    This all-inclusive struggle will attract millions of atomized working people, often non-voters and uninvolved people, who have been atomized, exploited, brain-washed by corporate media and ultimately destroyed by gangster capitalism.

  8. mariah williams said on August 22nd, 2007 at 4:50am #

    Jeremy, your dream is my dream. And your words are stirring.

    Question: how do we get the cats to herd up? The Left has been so successfully divided the left and right hand s can’t find the food and feed itself. Is there a vision as to how to unite these many groups with similar goals? Begin small with community dialogues? Begin big with national leaders of such groups (who likely hav strong investment in maintaining their own turf)?

    Someone suggested running Kucinich as a candidate for the Greens, the Socialists and the Democrats. Maybe Kucinich could early on say who he’d apoint to his cabinet including Cindy Sheehan, Ralph Nader, and Cynthia McKinney, Mike Gravelle, and perhaps even Ron Paul?

    And there are no guarantees re. valid voting or even the Electoral College/Supreme Court ratifying such a win, to say nothing of the corporte puppeteers’ ruthless fight to maintain control.

    So, please encourage us…