Anti-war movement too poor to protest Obama over Syria

posted at 8:41 am on August 29, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s a good anti-war protest. With a tradition dating back to the Vietnam war, you barely have to hint at the idea that you might be considering firing a volley over somebody’s fence and you’ll have crowds of people taking to the streets singing old Beatles tunes. So now, with Barack Obama poised on the verge of launching an attack on Syria, our old friends are out there taking to the streets to give Obama an earful. Right? Right? Anyone? Beuller? How about Rick Moran?

Anti-war groups like Code Pink and Peace Action aren’t swarming the Mall in Washington to protest Barack Obama’s planned intervention in Syria because the economy is in the pits and the movement is a “shadow of its former self,” according to Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink.

From Buzzfeed:

“Well, the most incredibly depressing thing was that most of the groups that existed before don’t exist anymore,” said Medea Benjamin, the founder of Code Pink. “That’s the number one problem, is that the antiwar movement is a shadow of its former self under the Bush years.”

Benjamin pointed to groups like United for Peace and Justice, a Communist Party-connected group, as examples: “They’re down to a couple of volunteers,” she said.

Code Pink itself, despite being one of the most visible protest groups in the U.S. today, has felt the pinch.

“Even Code Pink, which had 300 local groups, just has a tiny portion still functioning,” Benjamin said. “So when something like this happens, we don’t have the infrastructure to rally people.”

Clearly times are hard all over and the Obama economy is even hitting the anti-war groups. It’s a tragedy I tell you, but could there be something more to this than simply a lack of cash? Rick has more:

Our pacifist friends have gotten lazy. Now that they have a liberal in the White House (who’s about to start his third war), they just can’t find the time to do the scut work necessary to drive thousands into the streets. Body counts are apparently more important to the “anti-war” crowd than the act of going to war itself, which is a curious position to hold for people who think of themselves as pacifists.

That part should be fairly obvious, and it goes without saying that there are historical examples of Republicans who seemed a bit more willing to sit on their hands regarding important issues – like spending – when a member of their own party was holding the reins. When it comes to groups like Code Pink, war is a terrible thing if there’s a Republican in the White House. (And make no mistake… war is a terrible thing.) But if it’s one of their own pulling the trigger and giving the Go Command, well… it’s kind of hot and humid out. Do you really want to go marching in this weather? And most of the Magic Markers are dried up and we’d have to go get more if we’re going to make protest signs. Maybe we should just send a nice e-mail to our Senator.

Way to stand firm on those principles, ladies.


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I already miss the Dancing Vaginas.

myiq2xu on August 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Their blew their budget for paper mache heads of Bush.

vityas on August 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

“Even Code Pink, which had 300 local groups, just has a tiny portion still functioning,” Benjamin said. “So when something like this happens, we don’t have the infrastructure to rally people.”

Sorta disproves the “grassroots” mantra, eh? If you need infrastructure to rally people, it ain’t grassroots.

BobMbx on August 29, 2013 at 8:47 AM

To be fair though Code Pinko’s leader, Medea Benjamin, DID win the AKC Grand Field Champion as a Basset Hound this year and is busy touring the nation in her new role, that’s a pretty busy job.

http://media2.kjrh.com/photo/2013/05/23/Medea_Benjamin_2_20130523162421_320_240.JPG

Bishop on August 29, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Too funny … the Food Stamp President strikes again!

Karmi on August 29, 2013 at 8:48 AM

The “Peace” movements are like the Obama administration. Both are long on excuses.

The word HYPOCRITES springs to mind.

GarandFan on August 29, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Nice piece Jazz

Heh

cmsinaz on August 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM

“Anti-war movement too poor to protest Obama over Syria” because the paid prostitutes of Rich Democrats can’t astroturf without their 1%r Sugar Daddy Socialists?

DANEgerus on August 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Medea’s got the Code Pink blues.

Flange on August 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Hypocrites.

22044 on August 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan announced her candidacy for governor of California Tuesday morning on the steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento.

Sheehan, a resident of Vacaville who rode her bicycle from Davis to Sacramento to make the announcement, said that her candidacy on the Peace & Freedom Party ticket will focus on economic and social justice and protecting California’s fragile environment.

repvoter on August 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM

OT:

Finally, Obama can be made whole.

If I only had a brain….

BobMbx on August 29, 2013 at 8:54 AM

The peaceniks have their sights set on a bigger prize.

antipc on August 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM

It just proves what many suspected all along. ALL the antiwar groups are hyper-partisan dem operatives. Nothing more.

HotAirian on August 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

the economy is in the pits and the movement is a “shadow of its former self,” according to Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink.

Let me get this straight. Code Pink had enough juice to dress up as vaginas for last year’s political conventions but are cool with Obama starting his third war because of sagging membership?

The fact of the matter is that the “old” movement was anti-Bush not anti-war. And those people would never EVER protest against a black President because that would be racist or something.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Their blew their budget for paper mache heads of Bush.

vityas on August 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Cindy Sheehan blew the petty cash on fruit smoothies during her last “hunger strike”.

JetBoy on August 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Soros, now having a friend in the White House cut off their (Code Pink etc.)funding.

Simple as that.

theblacksheepwasright on August 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

It just proves what many suspected all along. ALL the antiwar groups are hyper-partisan dem operatives. Nothing more.

HotAirian on August 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

PAID hyper-partisan Dem operatives. And they aren’t being paid to protest “smart power.” Even though bombing Syria is about the dumbest thing that could occur right now.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

A liberal group out of money, well color me pink.

hillsoftx on August 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s a good anti-war protest. With a tradition dating back to the Vietnam war,

Um, Jazz, anti-war protests go back to the War of 1812. AKA Mr. Madison’s War.

It’s interesting that these anti-war protesters are finding themselves out of cash with Dear Liar in the WH, but were well funded with a Republican in the WH. Almost like these weren’t genuine stirrings of disgust at war itself, but bought and paid for partisan politics.

rbj on August 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Are these groups victims of the Obamacare employer mandate?

meci on August 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM

“Well, the most incredibly depressing thing was that most of the groups that existed before don’t exist anymore,” said Medea Benjamin, the founder of Code Pink. “That’s the number one problem, is that the antiwar movement is a shadow of its former self under the Bush years.”

Translation — George Soros and their other wealthy liberal benefactors cut off their credit cards. Like with Cindy Sheehan — who was only useful until she started demanding new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi follow through on her promises — Code Pink and the other groups aren’t getting $$$ from their benefactors if they plan to protest against Obama.

jon1979 on August 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Pffft! You don’t protest the person paying you to protest. Look at Andrew Breitbart’s last cpac speech where he spoke about asking Bernadine Dorne about the loss of war protesting. She let it slip.

onomo on August 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Too poor to participate?

What a load of cr*p.

Or did Cindy Sheehan abscond with the cashbox to fund her California campaign?

Note to America: There is a Democrat in the White House.

There’s your explanation as to why Code Pink and the rest of the vermin are not out there in droves, just protesting from dawn till dusk daily…

Now, if there was a Rethuglican in the White House…there’d be hangin’ trees just popping up all across America, and Presidential effigies being burned faster than the code pinkos could build them.

Oh, and water is till wet…and the Pope is still a Catholic. Frankly, I really don’t care about the bear in the woods…but, yes, it does.

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

That’s OK, the giant vagina suits probably smell like mothballs from being in storage for so long.

HumpBot Salvation on August 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Sheehan, a resident of Vacaville who rode her bicycle from Davis to Sacramento to make the announcement, said that her candidacy on the Peace & Freedom Party ticket will focus on economic and social justice and protecting California’s fragile environment.

repvoter on August 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Isn’t Davis a suburb of Sacramento? Something like 15 miles away. Of course Vacaville isn’t much further like 40 miles. Cindy is hardly saving the environment biking less than many people do on their daily commutes. It is the same hypocrisy as when she was sucking down 2,000 calorie smoothies during her hunger strike.

Nevertheless, it would be interesting to hear this moonbat explain just what economic and social justice looks like in on her planet.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Imagine this little tidbit with Dubya still in office.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/opinion/bomb-syria-even-if-it-is-illegal.html

Bishop on August 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

From another thread:

Good thing neither are conservatives.

libfreeordie on August 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Now I get what libfreeordie was saying. If Obama and Kerry were conservatives then the media, congress and anti-war whackos would be out in force denouncing Obama’s latest hissy fit. And it’s not actual policy libfreeordie cares about, it’s tribal affiliation and tribal power.

At least Cindy Shehan is an honest to goodness lefty. That’s less despicable than a hypocrital pretend lefty.

Fenris on August 29, 2013 at 9:12 AM

If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s a good anti-war protest.

And yet America still finds itself continually involved in wars across the globe.

What is it about wars that you all love so much? All that comes out of war are death, destruction, taxes, and debt.

Hopefully there will be some antiwar protest this weekend that I can take part in.

antifederalist on August 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Probably a good thing since the giant vajayjay suits probably smell like mothballs from being in storage so long.

HumpBot Salvation on August 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Obama lied, people died.
Mission accomplished…

fortcoins on August 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Medea Benjamin, DID win the AKC Grand Field Champion as a Basset Hound this year and is busy touring the nation in her new role, that’s a pretty busy job.

http://media2.kjrh.com/photo/2013/05/23/Medea_Benjamin_2_20130523162421_320_240.JPG

Bishop on August 29, 2013 at 8:48 AM

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I howled when I saw that pic….
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… howled with laughter, I mean.

ExpressoBold on August 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Bishop on August 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Is Ian Hurd, the writer of that “editorial,” actually libfree?

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Is Ian Hurd, the writer of that “editorial,” actually libfree?

coldwarrior on August 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Ian Hurd is a pseudonym for every hypocritical leftist who took to the streets to protest the Iraq invasion before it happened.

Now look at them, silent as clams. Libfree won’t come near these threads because he knows he will get roasted like a kebab.

Bishop on August 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

What is it about wars that you all love so much?

antifederalist on August 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Man, I’d love to see those links.

#hysteriadefined

Bishop on August 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I take the subway to work. The entire time the Bush admin. was at war, there were stickers glued to the escaltor at my local station that said, “Bring the Troops Home NOW! Stop the WAR!” Metro would peel them off each night, but magically the next day they would appear – this was until Barack Obama was elected.

Funny, we’ve been in Afganistan for more than a decade. Now there are more rumblings of war, where the heck are those stickers?

Vera71 on August 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Thus, all the anti-war protests before Obama were never about war at all but just a giant public opportunity to hate Bush in particular and conservatives in general.

tommyboy on August 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Funny, we’ve been in Afganistan for more than a decade. Now there are more rumblings of war, where the heck are those stickers?

Vera71 on August 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

In a warehouse waiting for the next Republican President.

Fenris on August 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

antifederalist on August 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Is that you, libby?

22044 on August 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I’ve been wondering where those chemical weapons used in Syria were manufactured? Could it have been in a neighboring country to the east of Syria?

thuja on August 29, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Anti-war groups like Code Pink and Peace Action aren’t swarming the Mall in Washington to protest Barack Obama’s planned intervention in Syria because the economy is in the pits and the movement is a “shadow of its former self,” according to Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink.

“The economy is in the pits” – Damn that BUSH!!!!!

Another shining example that no hypocrisy is too huge to be ignored by liberals.

ghostwalker1 on August 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

there are historical examples of Republicans who seemed a bit more willing to sit on their hands regarding important issues – like spending – when a member of their own party was holding the reins.

yeah Jazz and it correlates well with the base sitting on their asses by about 2005 as repubs spent like crazy with Delay and Hastert and Lott and Bush at said reins. Looking back those $200 billion deficits look tiny don’t they?

Balanced Budget Amendment. Do it.

DanMan on August 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

“That’s the number one problem, is that the antiwar movement is a shadow of its former self under the Bush years.”

That’s because it wasn’t an “antiwar movement”, it was an anti-Bush movement, so they have nothing to protest now.

taznar on August 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

What If They Gave a War Protest

And Nobody Came?

drunyan8315 on August 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

What is it about wars that you all love so much? All that comes out of war are death, destruction, taxes, and debt.

antifederalist on August 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Liberating the death camps in Europe?

thebrokenrattle on August 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I question your designation of Code Pink as “ladies”.

RebeccaH on August 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s a good anti-war protest.

Hmm, I must not be American then, because protests for leftist causes give me acute nausea. And nonprogressives are generally too busy working, raising families, or doing other useful things to engage in such thuggish behavior. Their “anti-war” protests are generally more adult, and effective.

And yet America still finds itself continually involved in wars across the globe.

It could be argued that peace is a condition we deduce the existence of because there have been intervals between wars. Oh, wait, Jerry Pournelle made exactly that statement.

As for us being “continually involved”, other than the war with Islamism (which, I’ll remind you, the Islamists started- several times), how many wars are in progress right now that we do not have troops or treasure involved in?

http://www.warsintheworld.com/?page=static1258254223

60 countries and 441 “conflicts in progress between groups” at this moment. 24 countries and 119 conflicts in Africa alone. Not only are we “not involved” in them, most Americans aren’t even aware they exist. The same goes for Asia, South America, and supposedly-peaceful Europe.

If we were “involved” the bill in money and blood would be a Hell of a lot higher than it is now.

What is it about wars that you all love so much? All that comes out of war are death, destruction, taxes, and debt.

I wasn’t aware anyone here “loved” war. In fact, everybody here seems to be on the “Syria isn’t worth it” side. Or are you just being contrarian to prove your “antifederalist” credentials?

BTW, two other things “come out of war”- victory or defeat. While going to war against an enemy cannot assure victory, failing to respond appropriately when an enemy goes to war against you guarantees defeat.

If you think you can live with the consequences of losing, by all means do not go to war, no matter what. Just be aware of the Golden Rule Of War;

Whoever Wins Gets The Gold, And Makes The Rules.

Hopefully there will be some antiwar protest this weekend that I can take part in.

antifederalist on August 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I hope so, too. As to why, you’ll have to figure that one out for yourself. Just don’t look for me there.

cheers

eon

eon on August 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

If the RNC were smart, they’d very publicly offer to bankroll Code Pink. It’d be fun watching that basset hound’s head explode.

CurtZHP on August 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Poor ladies – they spent all their money and fighting the war on womenses with those awesome vajayjay costumes. Maybe they could recycle them and carry signs that say “loose lips sink ships”.

Hill60 on August 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

If the RNC were smart, they’d very publicly offer to bankroll Code Pink.

They have more important things to take care such as making 11 million illegals citizens.

Vera71 on August 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Vera71 on August 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Like I said…
If the RNC were smart

CurtZHP on August 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Well, the old “BUT BUSH STARTED 2 ILLEGAL WARZ!!!” montra is still strong. That is how they are justifying the mute from code pink with Obama.

watertown on August 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Is Soros all out of punch and pie?

Why isn’t billionaire progressive George Soros financing any unhinged Leftist rent-a-mob rallies against Obama’s summary execution of (un-Mirandized!) civilians by Reaper drone airstrikes in Pakistan?

Afterall, The Obamateur’s tactics are clearly more “violent” than Mubarak’s secret police beatings.

The Obamateur’s policy to use Reaper drones to target (un-Mirandized!) civilians has skyrocketed without a peep. Get busy, progressives.

Code Pink should hire Reverend Wright to burn a Koran every day until The Obamateur either releases his birth certificate or his regime flees the country.

*Rage against the machine*

Terp Mole on August 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

They probably underbudgeted for vagina costumes back in 2012.

Why not just bust them out and put on a modern day adaptation of Lysistrata?

blammm on August 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Why isn’t billionaire progressive George Soros financing any unhinged Leftist rent-a-mob rallies against Obama’s summary execution of (un-Mirandized!) civilians by Reaper drone airstrikes in Pakistan?

He isn’t gonna pay to have organizations protest against a person who fronts for the his and the Left’s agenda.

Our pResident can be responsible for the deaths of 100x more than Bush and it will be ignored by the Leftist orgs because Barry’s cause is noble, just and pure, and if some eggs must be broken to create the omelet of a new muslim world empire and a glorious utopia here in the states, so be it.

/SARC

hawkeye54 on August 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM

If there’s one thing Americans stinkin’ hippies love, it’s a good anti-war protest.

mrt721 on August 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I would bet that these hypocrites would scrape up cash if the baby killers planned parenthood funding was scrapped. You bet these twerpers would be at the mall with their panties in a wad. Because killing babies is different than presidents talking about war. What a bunch of liars. He is their boy.

crosshugger on August 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

How much can pink tutus and plushy vaginas cost?

Ineffective protests against a Democratic warmonger must be more expensive than I thought.

CrustyB on August 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

bullshit, they are hypocrites and won’t protest the socialists

burserker on August 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

What is it about wars that you all love so much?

antifederalist on August 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Must be pitiful writing such a silly claim, knowing full well you can never back it up with actual quotes.

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

AFAIK Medea Benjamin inherited her wealth. Obviously she doesn’t think the movement is worth financing while one of her fellow Democrats is pResident.

Del Dolemonte on August 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Gee. Imagine this. The generally left-wing cannot pay for a anti-war campaign against Barack Obama.

Well, they never seemed to lack any funding when the shoe was on the other foot.

Come on boys and girls. Dig deep in those left-wing coffers and I bet you can come up with something to fight Obama’s war plans.

dockywocky on August 29, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Anti-war groups like Code Pink and Peace Action aren’t swarming the Mall in Washington to protest Barack Obama’s planned intervention in Syria because the economy is in the pits and the movement is a “shadow of its former self,” according to Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink.

“Also, my b**bies are a shadow of their former selves, and no one wants to look at them swinging in the D.C. breeze, including me.”

Maddie on August 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Man, should we get an R in the White House come 2016, that dude(ette) could start World War Three without paying a political price. The answer to the anti-war protesters is, “where were you in 2013?”

Sekhmet on August 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Anti-war protests would be racists. Everyone knows that.
Seriously, to protests against Obama destroys the meme and these propagandists know it.

pat on August 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

war outrage is only used on conservatives
same as the race card.

sniffles1999 on August 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Way to stand firm on those principles, ladies.

Ladies?!?!?!?!

Hairy dried up b*tches yes.
Ladies I think not.
A lady has class, demeanor, a sense of humility and grace with a rich sense of humor and love for others.
They possess none of these traits.
Do not demean ladies.

Bubba Redneck on August 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Anti-war movement too poor to protest Obama over Syria

Pretty bad economic mess when you can’t even afford to burn a U.S. GI in effigy any more.

Maybe you idiots shouldn’t have supported him in the first place?

Just a thought.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Benjamin pointed to groups like United for Peace and Justice, a Communist Party-connected group, as examples: “They’re down to a couple of volunteers,” she said

Far from hard times, I’m guessing that they’re on the payroll in the Obama administration!

RJL on August 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Benjamin pointed to groups like United for Peace and Justice, a Communist Party-connected group, as examples: “They’re down to a couple of volunteers,” she said

Far from hard times, I’m guessing that they’re on the payroll in the Obama administration!

RJL on August 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I’d guess they are now Obamacare advisers.

slickwillie2001 on August 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

These groups are exhibiting that transparency that Obama was talking about.
Pathetically transparent.

Sterling Holobyte on August 29, 2013 at 5:42 PM