I wrote the letter below, in response to this fairly revealing article, The Chicken Doves, in Rolling Stone magazine – about “How the Democrats Screwed The Anti-War Movement”. All about how the Democratic Party establishment sold out the anti-war movement (and the people of Iraq) for political gain. Note: Links not included in original letter.
Matt Taibbi’s suitably condemnatory article on the political pusillanimity of the Congressional Democrats in their so-called “fight” to end the war in Iraq wimps out on a crucial component of the discussion: what alternative do we have to these corrupt bastards? He says, “… if we don’t pay attention to this sorry tale now, while there’s still time to change our minds about whom to nominate, we might be stuck with this same bunch of spineless creeps for four more years. With no one but ourselves to blame.”
… and that’s as far as he goes. No details on how we organize to “throw the bastards out” (clearly more than 2/3rds of the Democratic Congressional Caucus) in the few short weeks we have left (if that) before papers have to be filed for the party primaries. No suggestions on who these alternative candidates might be… or why we should expect them to not sell out the moment they’re elected, like the vast majority of their predecessors. Perhaps because he knows that “reforming” the corporate dominated Democratic Party is a lost cause – and that the vast majority of “anti-war” Democrats, are nothing of the sort: they’re just opposed to ineffective war-mongering. Clinton and Obama are quintessential examples of this philosophy, both of whom advocate what is in essence nothing but a “kinder, gentler” form of American imperialism.
However, there is a real alternative – a political party that has been against the war in Iraq, and Afghanistan (the $2 billion dollar a month war everyone seems to conveniently forget), and indeed, all wars and other forms of American imperialism abroad since it was founded: the Green Party of the United States. A party that, in all likelihood, is likely to nominate an African-American woman for President later this year: Cynthia McKinney, and offer Americans a chance to make history for *both* women *and* people of color. If you want real change, if you want to elect candidates who will really end the war in Iraq ASAP, who’ll have the shredders in Washington running day and night from election night till January 21st, who’ll precipitate a mass exodus to countries without extradition treaties by CIA and NSA bureaucrats and make corporate America shake in its boots, then vote Green this November.
Or you can go ahead and cast your vote for more of what you’ve seen for the last two years (and longer), and you’ll have “no one but yourselves to blame” when we’re still caught in the Iraqi quagmire four years from now, a trillion dollars more of your blood, sweat and tears have been poured down the drain, and our children’s patrimony has been that much further diminished. I know I’ll be able to look my kids in the face, ten, twenty years from now, and say I didn’t buy into the hype; will you?
Santa Cruz, CA