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PD #22: SAVE YOUR VOTE/OUR DEMOCRACY  Joyce Lynn, Editor
 Oct 28, 2008 14:56 PST 

PD #22: SAVE YOUR VOTE/OUR DEMOCRACY
Joyce Lynn, Editor
                                              
POLITICAL DIARY
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Joyce Lynn, Editor
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POLITICAL DIARY is based on the truth-telling power of dreams. Its
premise: Each of us has an Inside Source, which reveals our
personal/political path to peace.

Through investigative reporting, interpretative analysis, commentary,
tips, and other journalistic tools, POLITICAL DIARY reports the news so
we can make informed choices.

IN THIS ISSUE:

FROM THE EDITOR
FRANKENBUSH REVISITED
CINDY SHEEHAN KNOWS HER POWER: Dreams Compel Election Run against Nancy
Pelosi

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FROM THE EDITOR:

This Election Special features new insights on Cindy Sheehan, who is
challenging Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the November 4 election
for the San Francisco Congressional seat Pelosi has held for 20 years.

This profile of Cindy manifests the power of political dreams. Cindy
told me of three nocturnal messages she remembered -- on the morning of
9/11, on Mother's Day five weeks after her son Casey was killed in Iraq,
and during her journey as "peace mom." These dreams unwittingly impel
her political activism and her political campaign.

Despite a media blackout in San Francisco, Cindy garnered enough
registered voters August 8 to place her on the November ballot. To help
balance the lop-sided coverage, post/publish this TIME-SENSITIVE article
(for non-commercial use) in your publication, on your website or blog
and/or forward it to your email list, especially to San Francisco
residents. Be sure to include the link to Political Diary
(http://lists.topica.com/lists/politicaldiary/read) and/or .plumdreams
DOT com

This month, I am launching Plum Dreams Journal, dedicated to the
intersection of Intuition, Information, and Imagination for healing and
self-expression as well as political truths and other arenas
(http://www.plumdreams.com, that is, plum dreams DOT com.) The Premier
Issue/Election Special contains the Cindy Sheehan article and revisits
FrankenBush from the 2000 election with art that recreates the dream.
This article (linked below and/or available at plumdreams DOT com)
alerts you to the need to consider your recent dreams to Save Your
Vote/Our Democracy 2008. It also contains the Cindy Sheehan article
There's a Forum where you can share your dreams for positive change and
a place to sign-up to receive Plum Dreams Journal via email.

Dream On!

Joyce

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FRANKENBUSH:
Dream Predicts Election Theft,
Police State Powers

Darkness fills the house where I grew up. Something hovers outside the
dining room window. It’s scratching like a dog to come inside. I move
closer and realize it is George W. Bush. He is greenish with demonic
eyes and a pale face. I am terrified and try to escape, but I feel I am
trapped. He is finding a way to break in through the window.

I wake up.

Amy S., Sausalito, California
October, 2000 /Before the Presidential Debates

Amy not only preempted the stolen 2000 presidential election result in
her dream, but her nocturnal message also tells of a presidential
candidate, who would do (and did) anything to win and then during his
eight years as president, metaphorically and literally, broke into your
house

Consider your dreams during the past few months, and post your election
dream/s on PD Forum. .If they give you a clue for positive action, what
is it? Can you implement it now? How?

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CINDY SHEEHAN KNOWS HER POWER:
Dreams Compel Peace Mom's Election Run against Pelosi

by Joyce Lynn
http://www.plumdreams.com

Before September 11, Cindy Sheehan worried a "serious disturbance of the
energy of the universe" was about to occur. Surges in domestic violence
murders in the U.S. and shark attacks in the Gulf of Mexico signaled a
catastrophe ahead. Then, premonition of an event, possibly a natural
disaster in New York City, beset Cindy.

"A kind of pressure" intermingled with foreboding.

Cindy, a former history major, witnessed the ways political waves
influence the news, but she also bore a profound personal interest in
political events. In May, 2000, Casey, the oldest of her four children,
had enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Cindy, youth ministry coordinator at her church, on the morning of
September 11, woke from a jarring dream:

“ I had just washed a delicate crystal vase and was putting it on the
back of the toilet. I was careful, but it slipped out of my hands and
fell into the toilet and broke and glass shattered all over my face.  I
thought, ‘Oh, no! Now I'm going to waste the whole day at Kaiser . . .
.’

“In the next scene, I was escorted out of my office by a firefighter. I
was covered with soot, and so was he. I wondered, ‘What's the big
deal,’ since my office was on the first floor. “

Confused, Cindy walked into the living room as her daughter shouted,
"Mom, a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center." They watched
another plane hit a second Tower. Cindy gasped at firemen evacuating
workers from the fiery buildings, a mirror of her dream.

A "horrible feeling" snaked through Cindy -- a fear the events of
September 11 would lead to Casey's death.  Like the soot covering the
firemen, the fallout from September 11 would blanket her, too.

The Sheehans lived in Vacaville, California, populated with military
recruiters because of its proximity to Travis Air Force Base. Still,
Casey surprised his family when he enlisted and chose the Army. He was a
Boy Scout at age six, an altar server two years later, an Eagle Scout,
and "faithful to Church and God," Cindy said. "He talked about being a
priest, but wanted a wife and family, so he became a deacon."

The Army recruiter promised Casey a $20,000 signing bonus, a chaplain's
assistant post, and exclusion from combat because of his high score on
the military competency test. The Pentagon would break every pledge.

Cindy wrote in her book Peace Mom Casey's enlistment was "a fact" before
she could dissuade him. "He thought he was suppose to," she explained.

Immediately after September 11 and then in the wake of the U.S. bombing
of Afghanistan a month later, the dream's memory haunted Cindy. She
feared the military would deploy Casey. Instead, he was stationed at Ft.
Hood, Texas, with the 82nd Field Artillery Regiment of the 1st Cavalry
Division.

As Casey's tour of duty neared its end, the U.S. invaded Iraq, and Casey
reenlisted. The Sheehans were relieved when Casey, by then a
light-wheeled vehicle mechanic, remained in the U.S. But less than a
year later, his unit was called up and on March 30, 2004, C Battery
arrived at Camp War Eagle outside Baghdad. Its mission -- to secure Sadr
City, an 8-mile square section of Baghdad, crowded with 2 million
poverty-stricken Iraqis.

Cindy's dream on the morning of September 11, 2001, the shattering of
her precious vase, would soon mutate into a real nightmare.

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shi'ite cleric,
whose family fought oppression in Iraq for generations, controlled the
city named for his father. The cleric provided humanitarian aid and
attempted to maintain peace despite the U.S. occupation. But the Bush
administration provoked al-Sadr. On April 4, he released his forces, and
the Mehdi Army ambushed a U.S. Army patrol in Sadr City.

That morning, Palm Sunday, Casey was an altar server during Mass at Camp
Eagle. By dark, Specialist Casey Sheehan was dead.

Casey's lieutenant told Cindy her son volunteered to rescue U.S. troops
caught in the ambush. An Associated Press story of April 13, the day of
Casey's memorial service, related the Pentagon account: "Sheehan and
seven soldiers were killed when their units were attacked by
rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire south of Baghdad." More
than 50 U.S. soldiers were wounded and at least 75 Iraqis died. The
battle of Sadr City was the bloodiest fight since the fall of Baghdad a
year before.

The Army posthumously awarded Casey, who was 24-years old, a Purple
Heart and a Bronze Star.

After Casey's death, the pressure Cindy felt since the months before
September 11 vanished. Her body's intuitive warning system had relayed
its terrible omen.

"We were super close," Cindy said about a bond the shattered vase dream
portrayed more vividly than her words.

On Mother's Day, five weeks after Casey died, another dream startled
Cindy. She and her husband Patrick were visiting Santa Barbara and the
Veterans for Peace exhibit of combat boots, symbolizing U.S. war
casualties.

“I am sitting in the audience in a big theater. Casey walked onto the
stage, wearing only his underwear and casually holding a Diet 7UP in one
hand and carrying his M16 in the other. I heard his name called. Then,
he put the rifle to his head and pulled the trigger. “

When Cindy woke from the shocking dream, she knew Casey, a drama major
in college, was sending her a message. "He would not just leave me
without the support I needed," she said.

In June, Cindy, still in shock and grieving, and 27 other military
families met with G.W. Bush at Ft. Lewis near Tacoma, Washington. He
expressed sympathy for their losses.

Five weeks after the Mother's Day dream, Cindy quietly began her
protestations for peace. In a newspaper interview, she criticized
Bush's conduct of the war and his shifting reasons for the invasion.
Then, Cindy joined a demonstration against the U.S. attack on Iraq. Two
days later, in another newspaper interview, Cindy said she had doubted
Bush's claim Saddam posed an immediate threat to the U.S.

In early 2005, she addressed the D.C. opening of the Veterans for Peace
exhibit and with nine other military families founded Gold Star Families
for Peace.

Then, on a hot August day, Cindy pitched a tent in a ditch near Bush's
Crawford, Texas, compound, and with two other women held a simple vigil
by the gate. She requested another meeting with Bush and "an explanation
for what noble cause my son died."

Bush shunned Cindy during his five-week vacation, but thousands of
veterans, returning soldiers, peace activists, and celebrities visited
"Camp Casey." Cindy received international attention, and the media
called her "Peace Mom."

Bush argued he had already met with Cindy and other suffering families.
By then, however, a few media accounts had disclosed Bush's fraudulent
claims Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaeda and
9/11. "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oil Field Contracts," part of secret
energy papers the administration released under court order in July,
2003, showed Saddam had negotiated contracts with Russian, Chinese, and
French oil companies. The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq,
Congressional benchmarks, and troop surges were contrived to force
Iraqis to relinquish their oil revenues to ExxonMobil, Chevron, and
other U.S.-based multinational companies.

After Camp Casey, the D.C. Police arrested Cindy and other peace
activists demonstrating in front of the White House. The Capitol Police
detained her for "unlawful conduct" -- wearing a T-shirt imprinted with
the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq -- at Bush's January, 2006,
State of the Union address.

The U.S. government's abuse of the Constitutional rights of the mother
of a soldier killed in Iraq, ostensibly fighting to protect Americans
and bring democracy to a foreign country, became a painful tableau and a
warning to other opponents of Bush administration policies.

As Americans learned how Bush's lies precipitated the Iraq war, the
Pentagon's story about Casey's death also unraveled. Five months after
Casey died, another military representative visited Cindy to augment the
Army's account Casey volunteered for the Sadr City rescue. The story had
troubled Cindy since she first heard it. After her Mother's Day dream,
the Pentagon's explanation rang hollow.

Journalists returning from Iraq told Cindy friendly fire killed Casey.
Although she lacks conformation of the report, Cindy is certain the
military commanders used the 1st Cavalry as "rabbits to draw fire."

"Then, I was so naive and unaware about what happens in the military.
Now, from friends, who are Iraq vets, I have learned it happens so many
times -- they tell you how (your loved ones) were good soldiers, how
brave they were. There is no doubt about that, Casey was, but you don't
volunteer for these missions, you are told, 'You and you and you and you
are going.'

"That day, (the U.S. troops) did not even have armored vehicles. They
sent them out on the back of Humvees and trailers with no protection."

Finally, Cindy understood the Mother's Day dream. "Casey was trying to
tell me the Army made him kill himself," Cindy said. The Army sent Casey
on a suicide mission.

After Cindy's ascent as the voice of the grassroots international peace
movement, war proponents excoriated the soft-spoken mother in blistering
terms for "failed patriotism."

Yet, it was Bush who mocked U.S. troops and belittled Americans about
his own deliberately false premise for war. Less than two weeks before
Casey died in the slums of Baghdad, Bush in a skit at the black-tie
White House Correspondents' dinner in Washington D.C., pretending to
look under and around furniture, quipped: "Those weapons of mass
destruction have got to be somewhere. Nope, no weapons over there . . .
Maybe under here." The Washington media and their guests in the Bush
administration chortled and laughed.

Before the 2006 Congressional election, when the Democrats were the
minority party, Cindy collaborated with Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) to
craft a road map to impeach Bush for his deceptions about the war. But
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), then House minority leader, told colleagues in
early 2006, she did not believe Bush had committed any crimes.

In November, 2006, voters put Democrats in the majority in Congress to
end the occupation and hold Bush responsible for the war. But even
before she became House Speaker, Pelosi took impeachment off the table,
giving Bush a blank check to wage the Iraq war for two more years. When
Pelosi shunned peace demonstrators outside her San Francisco home, she
morphed into Bush refusing to meet Cindy in Crawford.

Cindy criticized leaders of both parties, including Senators John McCain
(R-AZ), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and John Kerry (D-MA) for their votes
authorizing the invasion of Iraq and funding the occupation.

Cindy called for Bush's impeachment in early 2007 and said she would
challenge Pelosi for her San Francisco Congressional seat in the 2008
election unless the House Speaker moved to impeach Bush.

Pelosi refused to sanction hearings to collect evidence about
impeachable offenses, and she quashed others' impeachment efforts. She
consigned Conyers, by then chair of the Judiciary Committee where
impeachment hearings originate, to writing a white paper on the Unitary
Executive. Democrats backed down on efforts to end the war in the face
of Bush and Republican opposition.

So, in July. 2007, as she turned 50, Cindy, with a photograph of Casey
taped to the podium, announced her candidacy for California's 8th
Congressional District, the San Francisco seat Pelosi has held since
1987. (Cindy is running for Pelosi's Congressional seat, not for Speaker
of the House. Democrats in the House select their leaders at the
beginning of each new session of Congress.)

Betrayed by both political parties, Cindy, a life-long Democrat, would
run as an independent. "Here, in the USA," she explained, "most of us
put our faith in a two-party system that has failed peace and justice
consistently and repeatedly."

Cindy issued a campaign-like manifesto in May 2008: "Blood is being
poured into the bank accounts of the ruling elite while it is being
drained out of our soldiers, families, and communities..."

She charged under Pelosi's leadership, Congress gave Bush "more than a ½
trillion dollars for the Iraq war Pelosi said she wanted to stop" and
more than 1,200 U.S and thousands of Iraqis have died.

Under Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), public
approval of Congress sank in July to 9%, an all time low.

Despite a corporate media blackout of Cindy's candidacy in San
Francisco, she qualified August 8 for the November ballot, one of only a
half dozen candidates to gain ballot access as an Independent in
California.

Around the same time, Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House,
appeared on ABC's The View promoting her book, ironically titled Know
Your Power {italics}.

Outside a Pelosi San Francisco book event on a chilly August evening,
activists distributed mustard-colored flyers itemizing 35 articles of
impeachment for G.W. Bush introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) in
June. The first 16 articles are allegations against Bush relating to the
Iraq war: for secret propaganda; deception about 9/11; weapons of mass
destruction, and illegal misspending in an unauthorized and undeclared
war.

Article 9, Endangering Troops, pays homage to Casey, the seven U.S.
soldiers who died with him in Sadr City, and the hundreds of other U.S.
men and women Bush sent into battle without protective gear. It alleges
Bush "knowingly endangered U.S. troops by failing to provide available
body and vehicle armor."

During her personal peace pilgrimage, Cindy recalled another dream, a
poignant message from her son:

“The dream showed me a flip phone and all kinds of brilliant lights
emitted from it.”

Before he died, Casey called his mother several times a day. Cindy
believes her son was telling her in this dream: We can still
communicate, but in another way.

Tragedy evokes different reactions -- sometimes denial, repression,
anger. Dreams, especially nightmares, prompt different responses-- often
dismissal of their message, disregard of their guidance.

But Cindy, compelled by her son's death and buttressed with nocturnal
messages of prophecy, truth-telling, and healing, turned Black Sunday,
April 4, 2004, into a peace pilgrimage. She transformed personal tragedy
into combat against the War Machine and its manifestations -- perpetual
strife, decimation of the Constitution, ruin of the economy, and
dissolution of the democratic process. Her tools -- political activism
and personal power -- belong to the arsenal of a courageous citizen
illuminating how to take back her country.

                             
Copyright © 2008 Joyce Lynn


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JOYCE LYNN is a journalist including eight years as a political
reporter in Washington, D.C. After she moved to San Francisco, she
turned to writing about matters of the mind. She initiated the
POLITICAL DIARY in the aftermath of the 2000 election when dreams
predicted with 100% accuracy its outcome and told the story behind the
story -- before the mainstream media.

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