Leadership Void

They are advocates. We are leaders.

— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in regards to “Anti-war activists.”

People of America, this is truly the problem with what was once a Representative Republic and now is a country run by “elected” officials who believe that they, individually and collectively, are above any accountability and are not answerable to their constituents. Our public servants erroneously believe that they are the leaders!

Ms. Pelosi made this statement to a group of reporters at a luncheon recently and she also went off on activists who have been participating in vigils outside of her chi-chi home in the Pacific Heights district of San Francisco. The people who are vigiling outside her house regularly, in a Pelosi Watch are only exercising their rights as American citizens to make their concerns known to a Rep who was elected from a district that is wholeheartedly against the occupation of Iraq and for impeaching the liars who got us into the illegal and immoral situation.

No, Ms. Pelosi, you are not a leader. You have proven time and again in what you laughably believe is a “mistake” free run as Speaker of a Democratic House that you will do anything to protect an Imperial Presidency to the detriment of this Nation and the world, particularly the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

This Democratic Congress supported BushCo’s disastrous and deadly surge; handed him over billions of their constituent’s tax dollars to wage this murder; have by their silence and votes countenanced an invasion of another country; approved more restrictions on the rights of the citizenry to be protected against unreasonable search and seizure; Ms. Pelosi does not even know if “torture” (which violates international law and the 8th Amendment in our Bill of Rights) is an impeachable offense; and worst of all the impeachment clauses were taken “off the table” in an ongoing partnership with BushCo to make the office of the presidency a Congressionally protected crime conglomerate that is rapidly sending this Nation down a crap-hole of fascism. So, Congress has led us to a few things: war, poverty, oppression, unemployment, and an inexplicable continuance of the Bush Regime.

No, Ms Pelosi, you are not even a leader in the very narrowest of definitions. We do not elect our Congressional Representatives to be leaders, not to be used as willing marionettes for the war machine and other special interests that serve the elite to the detriment of the rest of us, but to represent the will of the people. We send our elected officials to DC and pay their salaries and subsidize their benefits to do the “Will of the People.”

No matter how many times Ms. Pelosi and George Bush share tea and giggles and no matter how often she “prays’ for him, George is not the Decider and she is only the Leader of the House of Representatives not the people. We are the sovereigns in this country and I tried to demonstrate this when I demanded a meeting with another haughty public servant: George Bush.

I cannot speak for every Democrat, Independent, Green or disenchanted Republican (and there are many) in America, but the consensus from my travels all over this country is that we put Democrats back in power in both Houses of Congress to be an opposition to the Bush Regime and to stop the annoying “bobble-headed, rubber-stamping” approval of all things criminal and murderous. We did not wish to keep heading in the same direction but desired to go another way, which would have required the Dems to finally step up and forcefully counter and stop the high crimes of BushCo. They have failed.

We are sick of excuses. We are tired of the blame being diffused on the Senate, the Blue Dog Dems, the Republicans or even, incredibly, the people of Iraq. A true leader accepts responsibility in ways that are not even dreamed of by BushCo or Congress Inc. A true leader would stand up and do what is intelligent and what is right and if he/she were a leader then people would follow. A leader does not wait idly by for a crowd of sycophants to gather around her before she does her job with integrity and courage; a leader leads the way and the Democratic Congress with an approval rating even lower than George’s had better wake up to whom they need to follow: us!

We have countless examples of true leaders throughout American history and if not for them, women would not have the right to vote, much less be Speaker of the House; Black Americans would still be slaves or at the very least still drinking out of separate fountains; workers would not have the right to unionize and children would still be mining coal; we would still have troops in Southeast Asia, and we would still be under the aegis of our close Cousins in Empire: the British. Some of our courageous leaders have had to pay the ultimate price for their bravery and vision and Ms. Pelosi should be ashamed of arrogantly whining over her rubber chicken that Americans exist who want her to do her job because people are dying and lives are being ruined with her complicity.

We have the right to hold both of the political parties accountable. We not only have the right, we have the responsibility.

We not only have the right and the responsibility we have the power.

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. Mrs. Pelosi said on October 13th, 2007 at 5:08pm #

    Git off ma porch Cindy, you ain’t my constituent!

  2. SamZ said on October 13th, 2007 at 7:27pm #

    Dear Mrs. Sheehan:
    Please consider those facts:
    – Looking at a Middle East Map, you’ll find that Israel is bordered to the east by Lebanon/Syria, Iraq and then Iran.
    – US occupation of Iraq cuts this continuum in half.
    – Pelosi is also known as AIPAC girl.

    Need I say more? The US will be fighting for Israel for many years to come.

  3. Jeremy Wells said on October 13th, 2007 at 8:14pm #

    “We have the right to hold both of the political parties accountable. We not only have the right, we have the responsibility.”

    Please follow the logic of your many statemets in opposition to both Republican and Democratic Parties. You have already left the Democratic party and are running against Nancy Pelosi for her seat. Excellent.

    Both parties are controlled by corporate money and therefore interests and agendas. Both support the unending global war(s) for profit, power and conrol of natural resources (oil) etc. Both parties refuse to end pollution of the planet if it affects corporate profit.

    “We not only have the right and the responsibility we have the power.”

    There are many ways, too long to list here, that millions of people are being threatened and destroyed by the Bush regime. The millions of people are represented, not by politicians, but by the many protest groups, special interest groups, locally and nationally, who have worked independently for years now, pleading with the established parties and politicians.

    But the attempt at reforming the status quo by increasingly ineffective protests, marches, demonstrations against the politicians of both parties must be considered dead.

    Please, Cindy Sheehan, as a true national leader respected by millions, in communication with hundreds of groups and thousands of individuals…


    * Anti war groups, peace groups, to demand an end to the Iraq, Afghanistan war. An end to the Project for the New American Century of global imperialism, pre-emptive war, war for profit and oil. Cut the military budget by 50%, shut down the over 700 foreign bases, reinstate tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations.

    * Use the funds released to address the problems of global warming, environmental pollution, water pollution, and food production.

    * Create new “living wage” jobs to rebuild our cities, rebuild the infrastructure in disrepair (Katrina!), massive build affordab le housing, public transportation.

    * End privatization (i.e. plunder) of the federal government. Shut down military contractors (Black Water) and prohibit mercenaries to operate in the United States.
    Oppose privatization of public schools, public health, public utilities, etc.

    * Seek out well know authors, journalists, public dissenters who have analysized the problems we face to the point of exhaustion!! The time to act is now!

    * We need a new party that is focused on the economic needs “of the people, by the people, and for the people” ! NOT FOR CORPORATE PROFIT! NOT FOR PROFIT A TINY ONE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION!

    * Call for a NATIONAL FOUNDING CONVENTION of such a new party. Create a platform for National, State and Local office holders. Seek out the knowledgeable leaders from these groups to organize locally to implement their platform and the platform of the new party.

    The very fact of calling for a new party, for calling for a founding convention, with signatures of a thousand individuals, groups, etc. will create an avalanche
    of support. The majority of people, as shown by many recent polls, are looking for leadship.

    Turn your spark of light into a blazing firestorm!

    Do it NOW. November 2008 may be too late.

  4. Jeremy Wells said on October 13th, 2007 at 9:26pm #

    A People’s Peace Party (PPP ) logo/button idea ???


    People’s (color RED)
    Peace ( color WHITE)
    Party (color BLUE)

    (Background color: GREEN)


  5. Mike McNiven said on October 13th, 2007 at 11:42pm #

    Lots of “yes” to Jeremy Wells’ suggestions! As a witness to the suffering of the victims of “peace without justice”, i would like to suggest putting the word “justice” somewhere in the name of the new party! Please! Thanks!
    Also, please see Al Gore (D)’s unjust record:

  6. Mike McNiven said on October 13th, 2007 at 11:50pm #

    Very sorry! Wrong URL abour Al Gore (D)! Please try:

    October 13 / 14, 2007
    It’s As Ridiculous As If They’d Given Goebbels One in 1938
    Al Gore’s Peace Prize

  7. rosemarie jackowski said on October 14th, 2007 at 3:20pm #

    Jeremy…You make some good points. I disagree with your view of education. We should end government schools that we now have. That is how we got to where we are. The public school system teaches a warped view of history, patriotism, and competition. It fosters the idea of training workers for corporations instead of teaching critical thinking. We need a system of publicly financed private schools to provide education through graduate and medical schools. I advocate 100% public financing of all schools – including home-schools. (I am a former teacher and have worked in schools since 1957.)

  8. Jeremy Wells said on October 14th, 2007 at 7:08pm #

    to: rosemarie jackowski said on October 14th, 2007 at 3:20 pm #
    I think we actually agree. The public education system is slowly but metholdically being destroyed by the Bush regime, part of entire the on-going class warfare that is destroying every aspect of living standards for average working people in this country, the large majority of people.
    War will never endas long as it is essential to profit-making for the military-industrial complex. The war in Iraq for oil, profit and hegemony has slaughtered over 1 million people.
    Global warming, pollution, and environmental destruction will cotinue unchecked as counter-measures threaten corporate profits of polluters.
    Health insurance is not affordable for 47 million. So what can they do if they become seriously ill? They will simply die off.
    The unregulated, untaxed, run-amok gangster capitalism is carrying out a war of genocide against the unprofitable.
    A new party that expresses the economic needs of the large majority. For example, a universal “single-payer” health care system (a super Medicare system, an expanded Social Security system), is but one aspect of what is needed.
    A universal educational system, with free education through college and even in adult education, as technologies and the needs of society change. None of this is possible under the existing corporate capitalism.
    Impossible to explain this in a comment!
    Check out World Socialist Web Site http://www.wsws.org for a free, daily,
    on-line critical analysis from an international, socialist perspective.