Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Sen. Hillary Clinton Vows to Continue Iraq Occupation if Elected!

Well, now we can be ABSOLUTELY SURE that we should not vote for Hillary! See the story here.  Of course, with her huge money and media, she could buy the Democratic nomination and present us with the wonderful choice of her or an even bigger warhawk in the G.O.P. (now that Hagel has said he’s not running). So, since Kerry Walters points out that Hillary, like most politicians, is a great poll-watcher, let’s let her know just how unacceptable this position is. If you are a U.S. citizen, phone her Senate office at (202) 224-4451 and/or contact her by email here and here.  Let her know in no uncertain terms that you will not vote for any candidate not doing all she can NOW to end this war and prevent war in Iran.  Then contact other campaigns (Obama’s, Edwards, Richardson’s, Kucinich’s, etc.), perhaps even some of the Republican campaigns (Romney, Guiliani, Brownback) and tell them what you just told Hillary–and that you will be watching them to see how different they are. 

I should point out that, after the House of Representatives stripped language from the appropriations bill that would have required Bush to get Congressional approval before attacking Iran (which the Constitutions requires ANYWAY), Rep. Dennis Kucinich dared to buck Speaker Pelosi and say that impeachment may be the only way to stop this president and his illegal wars. To thank Rep. Kucinich and ask him to introduce articles of impeachment, email him at info@kucinich.us .

Of course, even if Bush and Cheney are impeached, the Republicans may block their removal in the Senate–unless some can be won over by the strength of the case.  But it’s hard to attack Iran if you are being tried for impeachment at the same time!

March 16, 2007 - Posted by | human rights., Iraq, peacemaking, politics, U.S. politics


  1. I suppose that the only surprise here is that some are surprised. But I’m not banking on this being Sen Clinton’s final word. She’s too close a poll-watcher.

    Comment by Kerry | March 16, 2007

  2. I really hope this feeling I’m having right now is a revelation from God about the 2008 elections: A short Hungarian man, named Dennis, in the White House bringing the troops home! C’mon, use your imagination!

    Comment by R.O. Flyer | March 16, 2007

  3. I would have said that a thrice-married, twice-divorced Catholic like Kucinich would have little chance, but most of the GOP candidates have multiple marriages, too, so what do I know? Dennis has the best platform and one of the best resumes. Now, if he could just get his message out!

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | March 16, 2007

  4. I’ve been asked several times if I’ve decided which candidate I was going to vote for. Each time I’ve said Dennis Kucinich. And each time they reply “Who?”

    Comment by Marty | March 16, 2007

  5. I wasn’t plannin’ on voting for her at all … even if she hadn’t made that vow …

    Comment by Brandy | March 16, 2007

  6. If the Dems nominate Hillary over any of the numerous well-qualified and much more compelling candidates in the race, they don’t deserve to win. Last year’s election affirms Jim Wallis’ assertion that it does no good to “replace one wet fingered politician with another.” Many of the Democratic majority in congress are proving themselves to be even worse than that; they’re SPINELESS wet-fingered politicians. We need to keep working to change the direction of the wind.

    Comment by haitianministries | March 17, 2007

  7. Daniel, “changing the wind” means that we pressure whomever wins to work for peace. We need a peace lobby within the Republican Party, too, so that neither Party can ignore us and we are not beholden to either one.

    Some of the Democrats elected in November are certainly cowards who are not acting boldly enough. So, we have to help them: In the House, they are most worried about losing to Republicans in conservative districts if they act boldly for peace. O.K., so we look up those in the Blue Dog (conservative) caucus and see if our Representative is listed. We in peace groups get all our members in Blue Dog territory to contact their reps, urge them to end the war, cut off funding, etc.–AND PROMISE THAT IF THEY DO SO, WE WILL WORK TO GET THEM RE-ELECTED. We will take heat for them, if they risk for us.
    In the Senate, they are being blocked by the GOP, needing 60 votes for any meaningful legislation and only having 51. So, we have to work for a larger majority. But we also have to contact swing Republicans and convince them to break party discipline–being ruthlessly enforced by Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who has told all the moderate GOP senators that if they vote with the Dems and against the president on Iraq, he will see that they do not get a dime of party money for re-election!

    The same kind of thing has to be done with the presidential candidates. We have to be strong enough as peace voters that none can ignore us–as Hillary is doing. She is frontrunner for 2 reasons: 1) Her huge amount of money; 2) The media have been pulling for her for 6 years! So, she might get the nomination just by out-buying every other candidate. So far, only Obama has been able to come close to matching her fundraising ability, though Edwards is not being left in the dust and has a great network in Iowa. But we have to make sure that Hillary realizes that even if she can buy the nomination, she cannot win the general election without us.
    I’d love to have politicians who do the right thing instead of being spineless and wet-fingered. We don’t live in that world, so we have to change the direction of the wind AND work to strengthen spines. This is already happening to some extent. There is no question that Pelosi wanted to focus strictly on domestic matters and ignore Iraq after the November elections–and then just wanted to pretend to work on it. We have made that impossible. We haven’t yet gotten what we want, but we have become impossible for the Dems to ignore.
    We will get real change for peace when neither party can ignore us.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | March 17, 2007

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