Want peace? Prepare to be arrested..
*Before you start - This is not against the brave soldiers of each country around the world fighting. They are just used, manipulated and played with, like you and I would do with toy soldiers. War does not in any way benefit you and me. (If you can think of a reason please let me know and enlighten me). Until we ALL wake up and refuse to kill each other - then the cycle of war,death and destruction will carry on.
Goering said it best:Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
A mum called Cindy Sheeham got herself arrested for wanting peace.Unfortunately the war in Iraq has hit her personally as she lost her son.
She was arrested just outside the White House for 'obstructing a government function' i.e. they don't want any bad publicity especially during the mid-term elections.
Hold on - the first amendment states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
She never broke this amendment so why is she being arrested??
Does anyone agree with her being arrested?
She was airing her grievances and where better than outside the presidential residence. If the government refuses to hear our problems, refuses to acknowledge or even arrest anybody that disagrees with it's policies - then that it is not a democracy!
The U.S. government time and time again has ignored the constitution. I thought when the president was sworn in, he/she was supposed to uphold - not destroy the constituion !
i.e. 'Patriot' Act and Military Commissions Act (good article)
What hope do we have when governments can seemingly do what they want and we have no say? We just have to pay our taxes and follow orders..welcome to imperialism.
Peace Mom Sheehan Arrested in Washington
By DERRILL HOLLYThe Associated Press
Wednesday, November 8, 2006; 11:20 PM
WASHINGTON -- Activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Wednesday as she led about 50 protesters to a White House gate Wednesday to deliver anti-war petitions she said were signed by 80,000 Americans.
The Berkeley, Calif., woman, whose son was killed in Iraq more than two years ago, was arrested along with three other women on the sidewalk outside the White House gate, said Lt. Scott Fear, a U.S. Park Police spokesman. They were charged with interfering with a government function after they blocked the gate and ignored orders to move, he said.
Before she was arrested, she joined the protesters in hailing the outcome of Tuesday's elections and chanting "Stop the War" outside the gate.
"It was taking too long for them to decide whether to accept them or not, so we just delivered them," said Sheehan, who waited about 15 minutes with other protesters before tossing the petitions over the fence.The petitions opposed use of military force to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
Sheehan, 49, and other grieving families met with Bush about two months after her son died, before reports of faulty prewar intelligence surfaced and caused her to speak out. She has tried repeatedly to speak with the president again, including a 26-day vigil last year outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Wednesday's protest came as Republicans lost control of the House and the White House announced the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
"He's being offered as a sacrificial lamb," Sheehan said.