Michael over on Common Circle has a commentary on Cindy Sheehan’s “Goodbye Letter”. Like many other people, she is fed up – especially with the Democrats – and is calling it quits. She points out that when she first started her crusade to hold George Bush accountable for a war based on lies, she targeted the Republicans and Bush. Then when she started holding the Democrats to the same standards, she began enduring slander from them as well as from the right wingers. She explains her other conclusions, among them the most devastating for her:
The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.
Cindy says she is selling Camp Casey which has served its purpose and is “going home” to take care of her family and nurture the relationships she has had the fortune to maintain throughout her journey.
I feel fortunate to have been able to visit Camp Casey and meet Cindy Sheehan. I developed some releationships of my own whiloe there that continue today. I came away from Camp Casey with a little more motivation and enthusiasm, a little more conviction, and a little more hope. While Cindy is stepping back from her crusade, I am hopeful that she will contribute in other ways as she deems appropriate.