You can sure tell it's an election year. Despite the fact that over 2770 US soldiers and 600,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed in Iraq, the mainstream antiwar movement, or what's left of it, has failed to hold the two war parties accountable for the destruction and death they've initiated. And perhaps most disappointing of all, Cindy Sheehan, the brave soul who almost single handily resurrected the antiwar movement from the dark vestiges of the 2004 elections, has now surrendered to the politics of lesser-evilism.Frank ends his little diatribe by saying Sheehan doesn't get it.
Cindy Sheehan has joined forces with Medea Benjamin of CODE PINK as well as the Progressive Democrats of America, where Sheehan serves on the organization's Board of Directors. Benjamin too is on the PDA's Board and has aligned her antiwar activism with the group's charge to reshape the Democratic Party from within.
Perhaps Cindy Sheehan has fallen into the vicious trap of non-profit activism, where she cannot truly speak her mind without being fearful that her liberal supporters will pull their funding from the groups she aligns with. Or maybe Sheehan just doesn't get it. Maybe she doesn't understand that elections are a great place to go after the war enablers for all of their awful habits and evil deeds.
Cindy Sheehan isn't accustomed to backing down from a fight, and we owe her tremendously for her efforts to rekindle the antiwar movement when she staked out Bush in Crawford. But her decision to not take on the Democrats with vigor this election deserves criticism. We need Sheehan supporting antiwar candidates, not rebuilding the Democratic Party.
Obviously young mister Frank is not a student of American history. Nor does he seem to understand that the Republican Party conducts politial campaigns like military campaigns, so dividing one's own forces in the face of a stronger opponent is tantamount to committing suicide. I have said for years, to Greens and similar illogically thinking leftists, that first the Republican Party as we know it must be destroyed and then, and only then, can you take on the Democrats.
I'm not happy with the political party of my grandparents and parents. The Democratic Party, especially with the ascendency of the Democratic Leadership Council, is the distorted "free market" mirror-image of the old Rockefeller wing of the Republican Party. In fact, I'll even say that DLC Democrats are Rockefeller Republicans.
But with the Republican Party seemingly coming apart at the seams right now, it is very, very foolhardy to begin a three-way fight.