Cindy Sheehan’s Mother’s Day message

Sent to supporters of Cindy Sheehan:

For this Mother’s Day, I am not going to write about Juliet Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day proclamation and how Mother’s Day is a “Day for Peace.”

By now, most of us are well aware of Ward’s proclamation (if not, click here) that we Mother’s should not send our sons (sic) to kill the sons of other mothers. We have strayed so far away from the original meaning of Mother’s Day, that we might as well call it “Hallmark Hooray Day,” and just let it be what it is. What I am going to write about, however, is the treatise of a military man that I think is profoundly and unfortunately still relevant.

Seventy-seven years ago, Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, Marine Corps, gave a speech entitled, War is a Racket. What made this speech so credible, if not surprising, is the fact that Smedley Butler was the highest decorated Marine of all time. Marines all over still learn about him, but they aren’t taught that he came from Quaker roots and began to castigate the U.S. and its wars of aggression.

General Butler is not too well known outside of military/peace circles. Indeed, even though I was a U.S. History major at University and most of what we learned about was war, I don’t think I had ever heard of him until about a year after Casey’s death.

I received an email from a person who had read one of my articles and he sent me a link to the treatise, War is a Racket. By the time I first read Butler’s work, I didn’t need any more convincing that Casey died for no reason but profit, but after I read it, I began to understand that the concept of “good war,” was a bogus one. Indeed, Butler says this in the first chapter:

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

It seems like every generation, more or less, in the U.S. we have a significant war. My generations’ “War on Terror” was Vietnam. Smedley Butler wrote War is a Racket between the “good wars” WWI and WWII.

What also makes this treatise so incredible is that in 77 years, nothing much has changed. If you just change some of the names to the current crop of culprits, it is eerily identical to today.

The rich always benefit during war and the poor always pay-always, no exception.

So as I spend my seventh Mother’s Day without my oldest son on this planet, I want to close with words from Smedley:

Yes, the soldier pays the greater part of the bill. His family pays too. They pay it in the same heart-break that he does. As he suffers, they suffer. At nights, as he lay in the trenches and watched shrapnel burst about him, they lay home in their beds and tossed sleeplessly – his father, his mother, his wife, his sisters, his brothers, his sons, and his daughters.

Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox wishes all mothers a very nice day and one wish Cindy has for all mothers is that we never allow our children to join the military to fight, perhaps die and even kill other children for the profit of the few.

5 thoughts on “Cindy Sheehan’s Mother’s Day message

  1. Green Party Conservative

    Thanks for this from Cindy Sheehan.

    Would like to see Cindy Sheehan on the ballot as a Green Party candidate…

    Not being on the ballot as a Green Party candidate is wasting a great opportunity to advance the importan causes she cares about to an even great and more efficient and productive extent..

  2. Ross Levin Post author

    I spoke to her last year about the Green Party. She said she would never get involved with an existing party and she’ll probably never run for office again. Then again, she’s not entirely consistent with things like that, but that’s how she feels for now, I guess.

  3. Dennis

    I interviewed Cindy for my school paper. Asked her if she was ever going to run for office again, and she assured me: “Hell no!”

  4. Green Party Conservative

    Thanks Ross and Dennis for these answers.

    Sorry to hear Cindy doesn’t want to run for office again, either as Green Party candidate or Independent.

    Cindy fails to see the positive impact of being a candidate on the ballot, and in the debate has on the body politic. By being a Green Party candidate with Cindy’s Fox News created brand name – it helps to move debate in a positive direction.

    It encourages others to run.

    Many thanks for the story again, and the additional information.

    I have discussed this with Cindy a while back.

    This was before she ran for office the first and only time…

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