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Monday, April 18, 2011

CODE ANTI-REPUBLICAN

“It's a strange feeling to go from being fringe, ridiculed and called un-American or being ignored to representing the majority view”
-Medea Benjamin

Code Pink protesting war
Code Pink was founded in 2002 in response to President Bush. True, they'd say that sentence should be expanded to include the words "'s aggressive wars for oil" or some such, but its clear that they were more concerned about Republicans in power than wars overseas. Don't believe me?

Well here's Code Pink's mission statement:
A women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.
Given their founding was assisted by several very large and powerful leftist groups, funded by activist organizations, and created by an established group of leftist women in San Francisco, their claim of "grass roots" origins is a bit difficult to swallow, but the rest of the statement is pretty predictable stuff. They opposed any war against terrorism and wanted that money used for social spending by the federal government.

Their statement specifically says "stop new wars" and is plainly opposed to any wars because they cost dollars that should instead be spent on windmills and teaching kids gay history. So why is it, then, that President Obama's new war on Libya has gained zero response from Code Pink?

Oh they've had rallies. They raced immediately to Wisconsin to hold a rally attacking governor Walker, which has absolutely nothing to do with the group's stated goals and purpose. They were quick to oppose President Bush for the rest of his presidency, they held a loud, disruptive rally during the president's inauguration after getting VIP passes from congressmen whose identities have never been given. They even tried to disrupt Senator McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

But when President Obama continues wars they allegedly were formed to oppose and starts a new one they allegedly stand against, there's just silence. Why? Because he's not a Republican, and their mission statement is a lie. Code Pink exists to oppose Republicans and promote leftist causes like every other leftist group out there.

And when you're a hard left activist, concepts like truth, honor, and integrity - when they aren't being mocked and condemned as masuclinist and oppressive - are secondary to political power and achieving one's goals.

The truth is, all these groups eventually either achieve their goals (feminism, black activists) or time eventually makes their goals irrelevant. So they either change their targets and goals, or fold after their success, and closing up shop is never an option to the lefty activist.

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