Stop Smoking the Democrack

PictureBy Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson

The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having done severe damage to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Military spending is climbing ever higher. Presidential war powers are ever more extreme. The proliferation of nuclear technology is combining with the ease and secrecy of drone wars to raise the risk of a Dr. Strangelove finish to the human species. And, let’s face it, you had more time to give a damn when the president was a Republican.

The top means by which war kills is the diversion of unfathomable piles of money away from life-saving initiatives. That spending continues without pause. President Obama and most of Congress want it increased even more next year. The Congressional Progressive Caucus just put out a budget that made no mention of military spending but — if you searched through the numbers — was proposing to cut it by 1% ($13 billion of $1.3 trillion in spending across several departments). We’re talking about the single item that takes up over half of discretionary spending. One or two percent of it could make U.S. college education free, or end starvation on earth. A bigger slice could take on climate protection. Everyone across the inch-wide chasm of the political divide in Washington prefers to see the militarism continue. Of 100 senators, 100 favor sanctions on Iran. Bipartisanship is alive and well when it comes to war promotion.

The top risk from war is nuclear holocaust. That danger continues to grow with active U.S. assistance. The second worst thing a U.S. president can do about war is grab more war powers and pass them on to all future presidents. In that regard, President Obama has outdone President Bush. Lying to Congress is now totally routine: Congress and the United Nations can simply be ignored. Secrecy has mushroomed. President Obama picks out men, women, and children to murder from a list on Tuesdays. The public, the Congress, and the courts have no say and often no knowledge. President Obama has dramatically increased U.S. weapons sales abroad — the U.S. being far and away the top supplier of weapons to regions that the U.S. public thinks of as inherently violent.

While Obama’s body count doesn’t yet begin to approach Bush’s in terms of people directly and violently killed, that’s not a standard that will get us to survival, much less peace and prosperity.

Why do so many people think of the political party that lied the United States into two world wars, the Korean war, the war on Vietnam, the Kosovo war, the Libya war, and the war on ISIS — the party that dropped the nukes on Japan — as a party for peace?

Why do longtime war advocates like Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton get a pass? What benefit from making Hillary president could outweigh shutting down the peace movement for 4 or 8 years?

Hillary was instrumental in persuading her husband to bomb the former Yugoslavia against the will of Congress. She pushed for the 2003 attack on Iraq and the 2011 attack on Libya. She tried to get a U.S. war on Syria going in 2013. She pushed for the Obama-era escalation in Afghanistan — a war that is now more Obama’s than Bush’s by every measure.

Hillary has urged Iran to be aware that she could “obliterate” it. She has giggled with pleasure at having killed Muamar Gadaffi. She’s hawkish on Ukraine.

What can be done?

Tell people you know what warmaking has become, because someday the president will be a Republican and they’ll grow outraged.

Give up on the idea of bestowing royal tokenism on every deserving demographic before the planet’s trashed. We don’t have that kind of time to work with.

Oregon has just made voter registration automatic, and California is proposing the same. Devote yourself to making sure that your state does likewise, and refuse to any longer think of registering people to vote as useful activism or to waste your time doing it.

Rather than giving a blank check to war mongering for the next nearly two years and then possibly beginning to object, save us all the suffering and pretend the president right now is Dick Cheney. Protest accordingly.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc Casey Sheehan who was murdered in Iraq on 04/04/04 by the US Empire and has become a non-flinching and uncompromising peace activist and host of her own podcast: Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox and Editor in Chief of the Soapbox People’s Network.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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  • truth

    Excellent article as always. The future does seem bleak for what its in store; but as a passive observer its very interesting to be apart of History.

    I would also like to thank David Swanson for posting on Washingtons Blog during the week and reminding me about the film Kill The Messenger. I had almost forgotten all about it as I was eagerly awaiting its release.

    While there are they definitely some other films that really shed the truth on the depth of corruption in the United States, Kill The Messenger, is an important film today if you are attempting to document to friends and family why the government is dangerously out of control and corrupt today. It is a microcosm of the depths at which people in power shame our Nation, and destroy countless lives here and abroad, and destroyed the the lives of journalists like that of Gary Webb. It is why Main Stream Media is laughably inept and full of presstitutes, too scared to tell the truth knowing what will happen to them if they do so.

    As a reminder; two gunshots to the head. That’s an impressive feat for a “suicide.” Only one of many “suicided” or “lonegunmened” victims of the insane people holding onto their power as Tyrants.

  • bilejones

    The biggest warmonger, have, of course been democrats.
    WW1: Wilson
    WW2: FDR
    Korea: Truman
    Vietnam: JFK/Johnson- take your pick.

    Bush the lesser was an aberration.

    Barry the Kenyan: too many to count.

    Past results, of course are no indication of future performance.

  • Ken

    Cindy already knows the answers to her questions.

    The Democrat party has used the cry of “peace” as cynically as they have used racism, sexism and the gay agenda.

    Democrats hate Republicans on principle. Most can’t even articulate a good reason why anymore, beyond some inane drivel about “compassion.” Their opposition to the Republicans has about as much substance a Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins rivalry.

    The reality is, both parties are run by the same Government Class.

    The only real difference is that Democrats are better at playing these Holier Than Thou games than the Republicans are.

    That’s all the “Peace Movement” is to the Democrats: Just a chance to put on moral airs and claim the moral high ground. until they get their turn at the wheel to do the same thing.

    At that point, Sheehan’s fellow Democrats will go back to sleep.


    • John

      Stop Smoking the DemoNcrack

      Decline not to the right hand, nor to the left: turn away thy foot from evil. For the Lord knoweth the ways that are on the right hand: but those are perverse which are on the left hand. But he will make thy courses straight, he will bring forward thy ways in peace. Proverbs 4:27

      Christ told you not to turn to the RIGHT OR THE LEFT, but that the left is even worse than the right. They are PERVERTS.

      • Ken

        Stop replying to posts you haven’t read.

        • John

          You’re just mad because you are on the wicked republican side.

          • John

            The Nazi’s rule all the worlds countries after they were taken into
            these countries after WW2. The Nazis & the Zionists are the same

            They are all the secret societies working in unison.

            They are dragging everyone to Armageddon, while they go hide in their holes in the ground.

  • Jan Klaassen

    To the countries named in the first lines I would add Yugoslavia.

  • Dr Smileyface

    Thanks Cindy and David – the US looks more Nazi Germany every day – it’s incumbent on all thinking people to expose this and find ways to make a better future.

    Luckily we have indefatigable promoters of peace…

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    Well, there are the ‘Nazis’ with the mythological ‘6M & gas chambers’ and there are the ‘Nazis’ without the mythological ‘6M & gas chambers’.

    The ‘6M & gas chambers’ are an impossible fraud.
    see the ‘holocaust’ scam debunked here:
    No name calling, level playing field debate here:

    The ‘holocaust’ storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why violent, racist, & privileged Jewish supremacists demand censorship. What sort of truth is it that crushes the freedom to seek the truth? Truth needs no protection from scrutiny.

    The tide is turning.