Brave Barbara Lee | Evil We Deplore USA Attacks

John Lopker

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Rep. Barbara Lee faced death threats, insults and hate mail after she voted against a broad authorization used to carry out the war in Afghanistan.

The House vote was 420 to 1. The Senate vote was 98 to 0.

Twenty years, countless lives and more than a trillion dollars later, the longest conflict in U.S. history, many are looking anew at Lee’s lone vote against the measure that gave the president nearly unlimited power to wage war.

She was right. She was brave.

Lyrics

"As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore"

Sometimes you go with the flow
You say yes when you could say no
Sometimes you follow the crowd
You stay quiet when you should get loud
Loud like Brave Barbara Lee
Barbara versus four hundred twenty
Got loud for rationality
Brave Barbara Lee

"Our country is in a state of mourning
Some of us must say:
Let's step back for a moment
Let's just pause just for a minute
And think through the implications
Of our actions today so that
This does not spiral out of control"

Twenty years ago
One week after 911
Congress gave the president
A blank check to wage war
Against Afghanistan, Iraq, and many more
100% authority
The vote was 420 to 1
One brave Barbara Lee
Spoke up for rationality
Brave Barbara Lee

Sometimes you look the other way
You comply when you may disobey
You conform when you could confront
You sit down when you should stand up
Stand up like Brave Barbara Lee
Barbara versus four hundred twenty
Stood up for rationality
Brave Barbara Lee

"As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore"

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