Input by various people
August, 2005

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Monday, August 15, 2005
Hey Cindy Sheehan, Shut the Fuck Up!

Look, I'm sorry, but it needs to be said. I know that we're all supposed to understand that she's lost a child, which is probably the worst thing that could happen to any parent, but really, grief doesn't give you a right to be a jackass. But that doesn't excuse her behavior, and it doesn't make her the Messiah that the left has turned her into. "Her loss makes her uniquely qualified to question, and entitles her to answers!"

Well, got news for ya. It doesn't. Cindy Sheehan isn't special, except maybe in that mentally retarded kind of way.

She clearly can't claim to be special on the basis of her loss. Thousands of mothers in this country have experienced the same pain, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of women who've lost sons in Iraq at the hands of Saddam, or in terrorist attacks since liberation. She still has a son left, at least, which is more than can be said for many other grieving families.

She isn't special in that she apparently has nothing better to do than sit around and wait for people to pay attention to her. We have millions of those in America. We call them "College Professors", or, occasionally "Pundits". Like myself. Where's the media van outside my apartment?

Cindy Sheehan is a tool, plain and simple. Whether she's a willing tool or not is probably up to debate, but I'm of the opinion that she is. We're supposed to accept that, a year after her son is dead, this woman decides to lose her mind and camp outside of the President's ranch in Crawford? She was at the local Safeway and saw a box of Coco Puffs, thought "Casey used to love Coco Puffs", and in a Bruce-Banner-esque moment of rage and sorrow transformed into the Incredible Sorrowful Mother?

Sheehan is little more than an anti-Semetic leftist, no different from any other except in her failure to transmit her political hysteria like the AIDS virus to her child. That she's being used by the Left to promote their Chamberlain style foreign policy agenda isn't a credit to her, to her son, or to the country. She's touted out on various media outlets as the modern day Virgin Mary, while career Democratic operatives, columnists, and politicians extoll her virtues as she sits under the tree on the road to Crawford, like Buddha 2005, seeking enlightenment from Bush as to why her son was taken from her, and all the while, the Left waits for her 15 minutes to be over, so they can dump her to jump on top of the next "Karl Rove told Osama bin Laden how to pull off 9/11 so Bush could establish a monarchy" conspiracy.

The Left doesn't give a damn about her, any more than the Right gave a damn about Terry Schiavo. Oh, sure, there are probably a couple of stupid 23 year old Women's Studies majors who go home and cry every night after the ritual burning of the penis effigy because Sheehan's plight is too much for them to deal with, but the people who are getting her on TV aren't doing it out of any concern for her sadness, or her obvious mental instability, but to get a couple more percentage points on the board for the '06 election.

I wasn't making things up when I called her an anti-Semite, by the way. There are countless recorded statements of her where she makes Israel out to be the great controller behind the scenes of US foreign policy, or blames Israel for all terrorism in the world, or uses the word "neo-con" in the same way that most Leftists do, to mean "Jew".

For example:

Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel... My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel.

Yeah, that's it, Cindy. We're all just pawns of those dirty Jews, who thrive on our blood, have a council of seven old men that control our every action from a bunker somewhere in Russia, blah, blah, blah.

And now, she's a policy analyst!

You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine, and you'll stop the terrorism.

Right again! All terrorism is a result of the Jews living in "Palestine", and, of course, the Crusades! Out of curiosity, Cindy, where do you want the Israelis to go? Back to Poland and Germany and Russia, and all the other nations they were pushed out of? Back to Egypt and Syria and Jordan? Whups, they can't go there! The governments of those nations confiscated the property of Jews shortly after World War II, resulting in a greater overall loss to Jews than Arabs have had to deal with since Israel was created.

The really absurd thing is that this blatant appeal to emotionalism would be faced crushed in five seconds by any halfway competent high school debater if given the opportunity. But no one's done it, because she's the greiving mother, and the picture of the dead kid trumps all. She's obviously an ignorant, buzzword oriented hack, who has nothing to offer to the political process, and has no new method of thinking or seeing that will enrich the national debate on the war. She's an older version of that annoying, 19 year old sorostitute who marches on campus saying witty things like "No War!", and, when you ask her how she'd solve the problem of terrorism, responds by saying "No War!".

Cindy Sheehan thinks that the President should come talk to her about why her son died in Iraq.

Why? What's she done to deserve that, any more than any other parent who has lost a child in this war or any war? The fact that she got a personal visit from the President in 2004 is more than she deserved, and it's a sign of how few casualties we've really had that Bush was able to do that in the first place! It's absurd for any loved one of a dead soldier to expect a personal visit and picture-book explination as to why the soldier died. What's Bush going to tell her that he, and many others, haven't already said? We went to war in Iraq to free people under the iron fist of a despot, and because we thought, and he acted, like he had weapons of mass destruction.

What else does she want? She wants Bush to break down crying in front of her, and ask her forgiveness? To admit that the war was a cluster fuck from day 1, that we really are the military arm of Israel, and that all Republican policies are targeted toward giving oil billionaires more money? Would that get her to shut up?

One of the problems of democracy is that it allows emotion to trump fact, or at the very least, reason when it comes to the most important issues, those of life and death. Cindy Sheehan, her supporters and promoters, and those like her do a great disservice to the American political process when they introduce their puerile, schoolyard arguments that can be deconstructed faster than a Lexus in the ghetto into the marketplace of ideas, because they carry with them an immunity from response. If a national pundit made Cindy Sheehan look stupid by exposing every single one of her statements as weak and conspiratorial, that pundit would be demonized for attacking the greiving mother.

If she, and the Left, want her point to be made, they should make it on the same level that everyone else is forced to, and expose it to criticism and analysis by all of us, as are all points. Only then can we begin to approach the truth, or at least the most rational reason for action. If that's not why you're here, then go home and say the same crap in the bar after work, where you're not making the rest of us more stupid for having heard it.

posted by Matthew Schiros at 12:42 AM   

The Shaved Ape said...
Amen, brother.

I searched Technorati to see if anyone besides me thinks Sheehan should shut the fuck up.

Did you see the news story about Bush's neighbor discharging a shotgun? That guy should get a civilian medal.

2:41 AM   
Michael said...
"The Left doesn't give a damn about her, any more than the Right gave a damn about Terry Schiavo."

That statement is just way too true.

We have an all volunteer military. Her son joined it on his own free will, to do whatever our government feels is in the best interest of the American people.

I'm sure he's rolling in his grave, just as Terry Schiavo was, at all the unwanted attention thier parents brought to them.

the left wing super nuts need to shut up on this one, and ignore the crazy lady.

a left wing-nut.

1:49 PM   
Buckley F. Williams said...
"Sheehan is little more than an anti-Semetic leftist, no different from any other except in her failure to transmit her political hysteria like the AIDS virus to her child."

Best line in a great post.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Sheehan dodges taxes, blames Jews
by Matt Bramanti | 08/14/2005 2:13 pm

It´s official: Cindy Sheehan has gone off the deep end. She´s made the jump from grieving mother and legitimate protester to criminal and conspiracy theorist:

"You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you´ll stop the terrorism," Sheehan declares.
Yeah, unilateral surrender! That always works. By the way, I´m looking at my globe, and I don´t see "Palestine" on it anywhere.

Sheehan, who is asking for a second meeting with President Bush, says defiantly: "My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don´t owe you a penny…you give my son back and I´ll pay my taxes. Come after me (for back taxes) and we´ll put this war on trial."
This is just appalling. A citizen has no right to refuse paying taxes because of a policy disagreement. I disagree with many facets of government policy: legalized abortion, terrible immigration control, farm subsidies, and all manner of other things. But I don´t get to flout the law. I encourage the IRS to make an example of Cindy Sheehan. Someone needs to take a stand and declare that policy disagreements do not excuse people from performing their duties.

Go ahead, try using Sheehan´s philosophy and see how far that gets you. Disagree with one policy, then break an unrelated law. Toss back a bottle of scotch and weave through a school zone at 160 mph. Then tell the cop, "Come after me and we´ll put this school-finance fiasco on trial." Yeah, that´s just brilliant.

The Cindy Sheehan you don't know
By Cathy Young, Globe Columnist  |  August 22, 2005

IT IS ENORMOUSLY difficult to say anything critical about Cindy Sheehan, the Everymom of the antiwar movement, without sounding indecently callous. She is, after all, a woman who has lost her child -- one of humankind's most universal images of grief. Her vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, where she has vowed to stay until the president meets with her and hears her out, has inspired great sympathy. Conservative attempts to make an issue of Sheehan's far-left ties have been cited as an example of how low those abominable right-wingers will to stoop: They'll even slime a grieving mother.

I respect Sheehan's pain, no doubt compounded by her mother's stroke last week. Yet Sheehan is not simply expressing her pain and rage, privately or even publicly; when she turns her grief into a political cause, her politics cannot remain off-limits.

Sheehan's first and foremost demand is that all American troops be brought home from Iraq immediately. On this scale, irrationality becomes dangerous. Even many of those who opposed the war in Iraq from the start are convinced that a quick pullout would be a disaster -- both for the Iraqis, and for all those who would suffer if Iraq became a fully operational terrorist base. Who will have to give account to the bereaved men and women whose loved ones will be killed as a result?

But there's more than that to Sheehan's politics. She is not simply against the war in Iraq (and, as she told talk show host Chris Matthews on CNBC, against the war in Afghanistan as well). She has thrown in her lot with the hardcore Michael Moore left, and this less savory aspect of her crusade has been largely ignored by the respectful media.

In her public appearances, Sheehan has not only called Bush ''the biggest terrorist in the world" but suggested that his ''band of neocons" deliberately allowed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 to happen: ''9/11 was their Pearl Harbor to get their neo-con agenda through," she told a cheering crowd at San Francisco State University last April.

That crowd, by the way, was holding a rally in support of Lynne Stewart, a radical New York attorney convicted in 2003 of aiding and abetting a terrorist conspiracy. Sheehan compared Stewart -- who served as a liaison between her incarcerated client, terrorist mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, and his network outside -- to Atticus Finch, the lawyer in ''To Kill a Mockingbird" who heroically defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in the Jim Crow South.

Even more troubling opinions have surfaced in an e-mail Sheehan sent to ABC News last April: ''Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC [Project for the New American Century, a neoconservative think thank] Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the army to protect America, not Israel."

After some media outlets publicized these comments, which smack of blaming the Jews for drawing the U.S. into the war in Iraq, Sheehan disavowed them: she claims the offending lines were inserted into her email by an ABC News staffer. (The original email has been lost due to an Internet virus attack.) But this latest conspiracy-mongering is hard to believe, especially given the general anti-Israel tenor of Sheehan's public statements: for instance, she railed against the notion that ''it's okay for Israel to have nuclear weapons, but Iran or Syria better not get nuclear weapons."

A comment on the left-wing website Daily Kos described Sheehan as ''Terri Schiavo reincarnated." I believe this was meant as a compliment. But actually, the Sheehan circus has a lot in common with the Schiavo circus, none of it good. Both stories represent a triumph -- on different sides of the political divide -- of emotion- and sentiment-driven politics. Schiavo's parents could go off on paranoid, crazy, vitriolic rants, and enjoy a certain immunity by virtue of their unthinkable tragedy. The same is true of Sheehan.

Sheehan's grief entitles her to sympathy, which is why I believe the president should have granted her the meeting she wanted. (On pragmatic grounds, it would have also taken the sting out of Sheehan's protest.) But her loss does not give her, as New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has claimed, an ''absolute" moral authority -- any more than it would if her reaction to her son's death was to demand a US nuclear strike against the insurgents.

Correction: Last week I referred to Robert Byrd as a senator from Virginia. He is from West Virginia.

Cathy Young is a contributing editor at Reason magazine. Her column appears regularly in the Globe.

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