Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan only wants to talks to President Bush and if my moronic president and his equally moronic spin doctors had any sense, they would have done just that when she began her vigil on August 6. He could have asked his motorcade to slow down and told his secret service agents that he'd be just five minutes, but that he needed to talk to Cindy Sheehan, a mother in pain. He needed to hear her and he needed to express his sorrow at her loss. He didn't need to say he agreed with her. Hell, he goes close to 365 days per year without saying anything of substance...he just needed to listen to her and now it's too late. Now, a Bush neighbor is firing a rifle in the air and another is running over crosses in the ground: crosses with dead soldiers' names on them.

Her vigil is snowballing and gaining more and more attention and even if Americans can't make it to that armpit of America, Crawford, TX, they need to talk to people and the most important people they can talk to are those who somehow believe this war is justified. That's the hard part, because anyone who truly believes this war is justified only reads what he wants to read and only hears what he wants to hear.

Fred Mattlage is a decent man, a distant cousin of the anti-protestor who fired his rifle, and an Army veteran who sympathizes with the demonstrators. He knows that most local residents are angry with the demonstrators and think they should go home. You see, it's no longer just supporters of Cindy Sheehan, but crowds of pro-Bush and, I guess, pro-war folks who are on the opposite side to the Sheehan camp, shouting and waving their signs. Mr. Mattlage feels the group will be safer on his corner one-acre lot so today they are moving camp. He is a brave man, and he has made his views very clear to the mostly Bush-supporters in his town. He's saying very little and nothing personal about the President, but he is letting the world [and more importantly the people he lives next to in Crawford, Texas] know what he believes is wrong.

So this week, while the right-wing propagandists spin their pro-war, anti-Cindy Sheehan web, keep a close eye on just how low these anti-truth weavers can go. Now, they're tackling a mother's grief. An easy target? Hardly, and you get a true idea of just how out of touch these people are. What moron (or in the case of those anti-Sheehan demonstrators in Crawford, morons) in his right mind would go up against a mother who has lost her child?


Blogger EverydaySuperGoddess said...

W. has proved once again that deep down, he is a coward.

10:16 AM  
Blogger JB said...

You said: "That's the hard part, because anyone who truly believes this war is justified only reads what he wants to read and only hears what he wants to hear."

Well put. I really couldn't agree more.

The whole thing--the war, the aftermath, our president's failures in diplomacy, the terrorist attacks, the nuclear build up--just makes me so sad. How can we continue in this vein and not manage to destroy ourselves in the process?

6:04 PM  
Blogger JB said...

P.S. Lin--I meant to ask you this earlier, but do you mind if I post a permanent link to your blog on my blog? I like to ask before I do it just to make sure.

Also, I wanted to thank you for the book recommendation. "The Time Traveler's Wife" was very good and I thought the non-linear plotline was quite original.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Ova Girl said...

Saw some of this on the teev here in Sydney last night (have been away, in bush, frightening kangas, long story)'s incredible. You are so right about the power of a mother who has lost a child. Ironically by W not actually communicating with this woman straight away, she has become a much bigger symbol and a call to action for those who are against the war. And it seems to be growing. It's a miracle.

6:35 PM  
Blogger jlb said...

I wish more people would stand up for what they belive in like Cindy did. I too believe this war is wrong. I believe George Duba is an idiot for not talking to Cindy even if he didn't agree with her. She was only asking to be heard and all de did was stick his head in the sand and play dumb...which he is an expert in.

How many more people need to be killed in Iraq for us to finally leave enough alone?

PS, I really like your blog.

10:05 AM  
Blogger AM said...

I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, JB sent me to you sight because I, too, recently posted about Cindy Sheehan.

And it certainly is true that "if you're not appalled, then you haven't been paying attention."

Powerful Post,

3:22 PM  

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