Yesterday, Cindy Sheehan posted her resignation as the “face “of the antiwar movement on her Daily Kos blog. “I have come to some heartbreaking conclusions this Memorial Day Morning. These are not spur of the moment reflections, but things I have been meditating on for about a year now. The conclusions that I have slowly and very reluctantly come to are very heartbreaking to me.The first conclusion is that I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party. Of course, I was slandered and libeled by the right as a “tool” of the Democratic Party.  This label was to marginalize me and my message. How could a woman have an original thought, or be working outside of our “two-party” system?”

“However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the “left” started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used. I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of “right or left”, but “right and wrong,” Sheehan said. (I say welcome to American politics, Cindy. Lesson #1: Partisanship rules over issues, right and wrong depend solely on your party affiliation).

“Blind party loyalty is dangerous whatever side it occurs on. People of the world look on us Americans as jokes because we allow our political leaders so much murderous latitude and if we don’t find alternatives to this corrupt “two” party system our Representative Republic will die and be replaced with what we are rapidly descending into with nary a check or balance: a fascist corporate wasteland. I am demonized because I don’t see party affiliation or nationality when I look at a person, I see that person’s heart. If someone looks, dresses, acts, talks and votes like a Republican, then why do they deserve support just because he/she calls him/herself a Democrat?, Sheehan said. (Lesson #2: Money rules our politics. There are no good guys or bad guys, just two political parties controlled by competing special interests. Democrats started hating this war when they saw that it could win them an election last November).

“I have also tried to work within a peace movement that often puts personal egos above peace and human life. This group won’t work with that group; he won’t attend an event if she is going to be there; and why does Cindy Sheehan get all the attention anyway? It is hard to work for peace when the very movement that is named after it has so many divisions, Sheehan continued. (Lesson #3: There is no peace or anti-war movements in the U.S. Americans have become too disconnected from their politics to take to the streets in protest of anything. Also, many of the anti-war organizers are looking for a cause to build a career on).

Cindy Sheehan started out a truly sympathetic figure, but as the many shameless liberal organizations sought to exploit her grief for political gain, she became overexposed in the media, and grew annoying. That is when the backlash against her started. I think that she naively started out with the best of intentions, and believed that the Democratic Party was the good guys here.

The reality is that there are very few people in either party who possess true conviction. Most politicians act out of self preservation, not a belief in right and wrong. In politics, right and wrong are very subjective terms. I think Cindy Sheehan really believed that people would rally around her, and popular movement would grow. Idealistically, she believed that this protest would motivate the politicians to act. None of these things happened, and she realized that they never would, so now she head home still grieving over son, and a little wiser on how the political world works.

Sheehan’s post on Daily Kos

Jason Easley is the editor of the politics zone at 411mania.com.  His news column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.411mania.com/politics

Jason can also be heard every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm (ET) as the host of The Political Universe Radio Show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepoliticaluniverse
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