Cindy Sheehan: The Anti-war movement was co-opted by the Democrats

From the Socialist Party Socialism 2010 Conference: Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan speaking about the co-option of the early 21st century US peace movement by the Democratic Party.

Sheehan ran for Congress as an independent in 2008 against Nancy Pelosi (In a seven-way race, Sheehan came in second with 46,118 votes (16.14%) to Pelosi’s 71.56%), and later switched her registration to the Peace and Freedom Party, which is the only ballot-qualified socialist party in California. She agreed to run as the Socialist Party USA’s vice-presidential nominee for the 2012 elections, but the party’s national convention voted on October 15th, 2011, to block her candidacy, because she isn’t a member of the party.

H/T Punk Patriot.

17 thoughts on “Cindy Sheehan: The Anti-war movement was co-opted by the Democrats


    Sheehan as Doctor Jill Stein Junior? [a definite ditzy side …]

    “New Year’s Eve, on the same day that most Americans were busy with celebrations, and the news media was out of the office, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into statute.

    As I described in a video last week, the NDAA authorizes this or any future president to declare anyone — even U.S. citizens on U.S. soil — a terrorist subject to indefinite detention, without trial.

    This is the kind of unlimited power granted to government leaders in dictatorships, not democracies.

    Our civil liberties are the foundation of American liberty. They are also essential for restoring economic justice in this age of unprecedented inequality ……….”

    [alright class, all together, ’21st Century Krystal Nicht’ …………]

  2. Peter M.

    This isn’t from the Socialist Party USA, but rather the Socialist Party of England and Wales. Despite the similar name, there’s no political relationship between the two groups.

    That said, Cindy Sheehan was also at the Socialist Party USA’s national organizing conference in 2010, though I’m not sure if her speech there was recorded or not.

  3. Michael Cavlan RN

    Cindy Sheehan is my hero. I would like to make one slight correction to her analysis though. The Democrats did not co-opt the “peace movement” in the USA.

    It exposed it. Perfect example are the trust fund babies in Code Pink… Who still look for opportunities to protest Condi Rice and company but still, even now refuse to hold Obama accountable.

    Instead they express that they are “disappointed” in him. Sing pretty songs to him, pay $30,000 at his fundraisers inn San Fran to sing more pretty songs and cry out “We love you” (this actually happened)

    A significant section of the “peace community” here are Democrats who hate Republican wars, love or excuse Democrat wars. Oh and make sure that people who try and speak out about Obama’s and the Dems complicity are shut out, not allowed to speak out at their “peace rallies.”

    Go to you tube and search Minneapolis anti-war just not Obama and you will see it in it’s horrifying hypocricy.

    Myself and a Ron Paul fan (Adam, good people) were “asked to leave” when we strted speeches and chants about Obama and the Dems complicity.

  4. Catholic Trotskyist

    Well Kavlan, it will be your fault when Santorum starts a war with Iran. I hope you’ll be happy then. Everyone is either closer to Obama or closer to the Republicans. Everyone must decide between the lesser of two evils, as long as we have a single-member district system. When you vote, you vote not for someone; rather it’s against something else. Most of the pathetic sinful masses aren’t sophisticated enough to wrap their minds around this. Barack Obama in his second term will adopt the Catholic Trotskyist position of anti-war, anti-abortion, protecting life from concdption to natural death. And even if he is unable to do this, he is still better than any of the Republicans with the possible exception of Ron Paul. And that’s all that matters; get over it.

  5. paulie Post author

    This isn’t from the Socialist Party USA, but rather the Socialist Party of England and Wales.

    Oops. I’ll try to remember to fix that. If anyone else gets to it first please feel free.

  6. Michael Cavlan RN


    ROFLMAO. You forget to add “in traffic.”

    As an aside, I p[lan to vote for Ron Paul in the MN primary and then work to get Rocky Anderson on the ballot in Minnesota (as well as my own campaign obviously) and then vote for him in the general.

  7. Michael Cavlan RN

    By the way, our campaign for US Senate 2012 in Minnesota has just created a you tube commercial.. I shall create a story about it and send it here to IPR very soon.

  8. The White House

    @6 Gosh, thank you very much, Cat Trot I really do appreciate the good PR and want to give you a big “THNKS!”.

    And just to let everybody know, I am on Cat Trot’s team, and I look forward to the parliament game in 2012.

    I think we’ll be able to easily stop the traffic too. I’ll make sure the presidential limos block all four intersections while we play ball.

  9. Peter M.

    Not sure why Sheehan would necessarily run as a Green. When she changed her affiliation recently, she registered into the Peace and Freedom Party rather than the Green Party, which does give some indication as to her leanings. Her politics do seem to be evolving more explicitly socialist; for example at a conference I was at about a year and a half ago (the aforementioned SP-USA National Organizing Conference), Sheehan openly claimed that the United States needed a “revolutionary socialist government.” To me, this gives some more indication that, if she were run for congress, she’d be more inclined to do so as a PFP candidate rather than a Green, considering the PFP’s openly socialist policies.

    I could very easily be wrong about this, and in any event we may never find out because she may not run for public office again, but that’s just what seems more likely given the information I know.

  10. Common Tater


    Never mind @12 …he says everyone should run as a Green no matter what their ideology or party.

    His party is actually not affiliated with the US Greens, they are called independent greens but they sell their ballot line to the highest bidder; last time IIRC it was Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party.

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  12. Peter M.


    So that person is under a new name now; they used to post as “Green Party Conservative,” IIRC.

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