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Supporting Hillary

"I want to support you, I want to work for you, but like many American moms, I will resist your candidacy with every bit of my power and strength unless you show us the wisdom it takes to be a truly great leader.......Playing politics with our soldiers' lives is despicable."
Supporting Hillary


I would love to support Hillary for President if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don't think she can speak out against the occupation, because she supports it.

I will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again: As I won't support a pro-war Republican.

This country wants this occupation to end. The world wants the occupation to end. People in Iraq want this occupation to end.

Senator Clinton: taking the peace road would not prove you are weak. Instead, it would prove that you are the strongest and wisest candidate. As a mom, as an American, as a patriot: I implore you to have the strength and courage to lead the fight for peace.

I want to support you, I want to work for you, but like many American moms, I will resist your candidacy with every bit of my power and strength unless you show us the wisdom it takes to be a truly great leader.

Prove that you are "passionate" and reflect our nations' values and refusal to support imperialism, greed and torture.

Senator Clinton: come out against this occupation of Iraq. Not because it is the politically expedient thing to do but because it is the humane thing to do. If you want to make Casey's sacrifice count, bring the rest of his buddies home alive.

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I did meet with Sen. Clinton, along with Sen. Harry Reid, on September 22, 2005. No one has asked me how it went with Sen. Reid, but I've been asked about my meeting with Sen. Clinton many times. A few days earlier in Brooklyn, I had referred to her as waiting for a politically "expedient" moment to speak out against the war in Iraq. I, of course, think that this tactic is wrong, because politics has nothing to do with the slaughter going on in Iraq. No one asked the almost 2000 Americans and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have been killed what political party they were rooting for. When a mother receives the news that her son or daughter has been killed for lies she never thinks "Oh no, how could this have happened? I am a Democrat(Republican)!!!"

Playing politics with our soldiers' lives is despicable.

I thought the meeting with Sen. Clinton went well. I thought she listened and heard what we had to say. I went with another Gold Star Mother, Lynn Braddach, and my sister, Dede Miller. After Sen. Reid left, Mrs. Clinton stayed for a few more moments and she told us that she had met with the other Gold Star Mothers who had a different view from ours. I said it didn't really matter, because our view is right. Lynn, Dede, and I don't want our loved ones to be used as political pawns to justify the killing spree in Iraq. I can't believe any mother who has had her heart and soul torn out would wish that on another mother. How often do the lies have to be exposed before every American (elected official, media representative, average citizen) wakes up and says, "enough killing is enough!"

I thought Mrs. Clinton listened, but apparently she didn't because immediately afterwards she said the following to Sarah Ferguson of the Village Voice:

"My bottom line is that I don't want their sons to die in vain... I don't believe it's smart to set a date for withdrawal... I don't think it's the right time to withdraw."

That quote sounds exactly like what the few Republicans I talked to that week said. Making sure that our children did not die in "vain" sounds exactly like something George Bush says. A "date" for withdrawal? That sounds like Rush Limbaugh to me. That doesn't sound like an opposition party leader speaking to me. What Sen. Clinton said after our meeting sounds exactly like the Republican Party talking points I heard from Senators Dole and McCain.

Sen. Clinton is in California today to raise money for her political campaigns. An invitation to one star-studded gala reads:

"We must stand with Senator Clinton as she stands up for what we believe in. Hillary is and always has been our champion in the White House and the Senate." And she's one of the "strongest, most passionate and intelligent Democrats."

I didn't get an invitation to any of the events, but maybe it's because she doesn't stand up for what I believe in. I don't believe in continuing this occupation of Iraq and I don't believe in killing more of our soldiers because my son has already been needlessly and tragically killed. I don't believe she is passionate. I think she is a political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys. She is intelligent, there's no doubt about that. However, I believe that the intelligent thing for Democrats to do for 2006 and 2008 would be to come out strongly and correctly against the botched, bungled, illegal, and immoral occupation of Iraq.

62% of Americans now believe that this war is based on lies and betrayals and want our troops to start coming home. 53% of Americans want our troops to come home immediately. The last time I looked, Democrats did not comprise 62% of our population. Americans oppose this war in overwhelming numbers and it crosses party lines. Because America can see that the war in Iraq has fueled terrorism and has made the world and our country less secure. America can see that the murder of innocents is not a "right and left" issue, it is a "right and wrong" issue.

Sixty-nine of our best and brightest have been sent meaninglessly and unnecessarily to their premature deaths since I met with Mrs. Clinton on September 22nd. Sixty-nine mothers and fathers and who knows how many spouses, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, cousins, and friends have been meaninglessly and unnecessarily sent into tailspins of grief and emptiness since that meeting.

We all know that Sen. Clinton, along with many other Representatives and Senators voted to give George Bush the authority to invade a sovereign nation that was no threat to the USA. We know that they spinelessly abrogated their constitutional responsibility and duty to declare war. We (and most of them) know that voting to give an irresponsible person authority to wage war was a devastating mistake. But I know that knowing all of that will not bring my son or almost 2000 other Americans back and it won't bring back that nation's war dead, either.
original URL link to above-posted CommonDreams article 16.Oct.2005 19:26

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watch your back cindy 16.Oct.2005 19:31

political orphan

The long knives are drawn & your "friends" are waiting for the right moment. They now realize you're too independent & won't allow them to use you for their ultimate goal, electing a pro war democrat. You have probably noticed they've begun to distance themselves, to exclude you from their speeches & articles.

On election day in 08, your former friends Michael Moore, Norm Solomon, Jim Hightower, David Corn, Arianna, Je$$e Jackson, Medea, The Nation, Progressive, MoJo, MoveON, Code Pink etc,. will be supporting Hillary or some other sleazy pro war democrat.

And if you get in the way, they will bring out the sledge hammers, just like they did with Ralph Nader

To Cindy: Democrats are Republicans... 17.Oct.2005 12:39

Pravda or Consequences

(I never see a way to comment to articles on Common Dreams and they don't answer my emails);

Democrats (the ones that make the decisions anyway) are there for women's rights and labor (if the conditions are right) more often than Republicans. Republicans trust Gawd more than Democrats.

The bottom line is Cindy, they don't give a shit about you and never will because unless you can deliver the vote, all you will get is a polite brush-off.

I don't what your politics were before GW took away your child, but you weren't the first and won't be the last.

I invite you to join those for peace not just for Iraq, but for all violent conflict - forever. Even after you are not a household word (unless you decide to run for office) there will be these challenges to wean ourselves of developing a 'power' stance to a 'peace' stance. Defending peace is real different from defending freedom to pillage the planet.

Love your work.

Dear Cindy 17.Oct.2005 13:05

ranger

You are an inspiration!

machavellian hillary 18.Oct.2005 17:18

sunny

Thank goodness, Cindy, you are standing up to those who refuse to break ranks from the powerful lobbies that are leading the world to a horrific catastrophe. Hillary Clinton is the ultimate calculating politician - she always has been. This was never more evident than the time when she, a MOTHER, refused to support Elian Gonzalez's return to his loving family in Cuba, and instead, would have allowed him to be used forever by the mad and monstrous crowd in Miami. She once seemed to show sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians, but being the cold ambitious politiker that she is, she knew she must embrace whatever AIPAC wishes for Israel, and thus, her open expressions and participation in support of an apartheid and brutal regime in Israel, along with its goals of destruction of all its Arabic neighbors, such as Syria, and also Iran. Hillary Clinton, as was John Kerry, are a blight on the efforts of those who want the brutality against innocent peoples to stop. They have dampened the antiwar movement seriously. You, on the other hand, have brought it back to life. Thank you so very much for doing what so few have the courage to do. I agree with an above commentary about moveon, etc. Many 'alternative' and leftist sources have betrayed their own principles by supporting Kerry without forcing him to listen to his constituents. Please don't give up and also, please be careful. The truly courageous ones are targeted too easily these days. Bless you.

Independance 19.Oct.2005 13:23

Marik Marik@aracnet.com

It seems like she's still willing to support the Dem's if only they would change their stance...I don't understand why. It's obvious the controlling factors in the Democratic party will not sway from their war-mongering ways...they're the same controlling factors that rule the GOP. Why do we want to forgive those who led us to war? The blood is on both hands. We should turn our backs forever, on the whole system.

I don't doubt that if Cindy began making loud calls for independant action, they would be met by lots of energetic activists (and lots of scorn from the Democrats!). This is what we need, not to waste our time on the political circus in DeeCee.