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Patriotic Dissent

based on a speech by Cindy Sheehan. September 24, 2005

Ahhhh, I love the smell of Patriotic Dissent in the afternoon!

As we stand here on the grounds of a monument dedicated to the Father of our Country, George Washington, we are reminded that he was well known for stories of never being able to tell a lie. I find it so ironic that there is another man here named George who stays in this town between vacations, and he seems to never be able to tell the truth. It is tragic for us that our bookend presidents named George have two completely different relationships with honesty.

I also find it ironic and heartbreaking that my son, Casey, who was a brave person, tall and proud, who loved his country and was honest beyond measure, could be sent to his death by someone who is even too cowardly to meet with a broken-hearted mom, let alone go and fight in the illegal and immoral war of his generation. We are losing our best and our brightest in a country that we are destroying, that was no threat to the United States of America. The weapons of mass destruction reside in this town: and they have practically given George a blank check to run our country into monetary and moral bankruptcy. We are here in force today to take our country back and restore true democracy and sanity to our political process. We are here because we love our country, and we won't let the reckless maniacs destroy her any further.

We the people have the power and we can and should name our national policy and make sure it is carried out. I constantly get asked if we are making a difference and if we think (like we're naïve boobs) that we will actually stop the war. Well, looking back at how Vietnam was ended and looking back in the history of our country, most notably in the suffragette, union, and civil rights movements, we the people are the only ones who have been able to transform history and affect true and lasting change here in America: so to those people who question if we are making a difference: I tell them to go back to school and read their history books!! WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!! And WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!!!

You have been reading excerpts from "Patriotic Dissent" by Cindy Sheehan. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/8tm8j. Thanks to truthout.org. We visit often and we hope you will too.

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