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Cynthia McKinney writes about Cindy Sheehan's 6/24 4th Amendment Burial March
Cynthia McKinney writes about Cindy Sheehan's 6/24 4th Amendment Burial Marchþ
On Friday, June 20, the House of Representatives voted to support a bill granting immunity from the law to telecommunications companies involved in illegal spying.
Cindy Sheehan, independent candidate for U.S. Congress in Nancy Pelosi's 8th district (San Francisco), called it a "death blow" to the Fourth Amendment and urged all supporters of civil liberties to join her on June 24 in San Francisco for a "Funeral for the Fourth Amendment."
Cynthia McKinney, presidential candidate of the Power to the People Committee, sent remarks in support of Cindy Sheehan Fourth Amendment Burial March [SEE BELOW].
The FISA Amendments Act of 2008, as it is called, is said to be a "bipartisan compromise" between extremes. It is nothing of the sort. It is an overt capitulation to the phone companies' and White House's demands. It gives a seal of approval on the President's illegal spying program. It is a betrayal of the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
One day earlier, on Thursday, June 19, the House approved the largest-war spending bill to date, caving in to George W. Bush's call for $162 billion in war funding with no strings attached and giving his successor enough money to wage the wars until July 2009.
Sure, there's GI benefits and unemployment funding contained in the omnibus package. But the bottom line is this: A Democratic majority in Congress voted to continue Bush's policies of war, corporate greed, and empire.
Numerous postings on the website of the Connecticut Democrats over the weekend lamented these two recent votes by House Democrats. "Please, someone convince me otherwise," one Democratic Party activist wrote in. "Tell me we have an opposition party. Or is it all a bad dream?"
The simple truth is that there is NO opposition party in the United States.
In November 2006, the American people -- believing that the Democratic Party was committed to peace -- voted in a Democratic Party majority to the Congress. True to form, the Democratic Party failed to deliver peace. True to form, the Democratic Party has failed to implement single-payer healthcare or to repeal the Patriot Act and the Bush tax cuts -- to mention just two of the many pressing demands sought by the American people.
Earlier this year, Senator Barack Obama opposed the telecom amnesty bill. But last week, he caved in to the right-wing pressures and announced his support for the bill, arguing that the American people may have to give up basic constitutional rights to save ourselves from "the grave threats we face."
Doesn't this sound awfully similar to what we've heard from Bush and Cheney? Is this the kind of "change" that the American people are hoping to obtain through an Obama presidency?
No. It's not a bad dream. The United States needs an opposition party. Cynthia McKinney's Power to the People campaign seeks to advance the struggle for such a party -- one led by activists in the Black Liberation Movement and rooted in the struggles of the most oppressed. This campaign seeks to build a fightback movement in support of the demands of the working-class majority in this country, demands that are betrayed every day by the Democratic Party.
But to be able to deliver its message, the Power to the People Committee needs your support.
With your help, the Committee can achieve its goal of raising the $100,000 in 20 states needed by July 12th to obtain the federal matching funds. Please go to the campaign website today (http://www.runcynthiarun.org) and make as generous a donation as you can.
Please help put the Power to the People campaign on every ballot possible nationwide -- so that it can provide a genuine alternative to the No-Impeachment, Illegal-Spying, Pro-War parties and their candidates. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this effort. -- Alan Benjamin
Cynthia McKinney Remarks
In support of Cindy Sheehan's 4th Amendment Burial March
June 24, 2008
Last week, Nancy Pelosi helped deal a double blow to Democratic Party grassroots supporters and to the U.S. Constitution itself. On Thursday, June 19, George Bush got another $162 billion from the Congress for war and occupation. On Friday, June 20, Nancy helped Bush give immunity to telecommunications companies that helped him spy on us!
Fannie Lou Hamer of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party remarked that she was sick and tired of being sick and tired. And she did something about it by standing up at the Democratic Party Convention that routinely had accepted all-white, non-representative state delegations from the South.
Well, I'm sick and tired and outraged, too. And I'm doing something about it.
Cindy Sheehan is my choice for Congress.
Nancy thinks that by November you will have forgotten about all of this.
Don't forget! Remember--in November!
Vote Cindy! Vote Cynthia!