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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Mother Sheehan's gentle musings...

Will this lady just please go away! I have to agree with Anne Coulter about Cindy Sheehan when she said, "Call me old-fashioned, but a grief-stricken war mother shouldn't have her own full-time PR flack. After your third profile on "Entertainment Tonight," you're no longer a grieving mom; you're a C-list celebrity trolling for a book deal or a reality show."

Here is the latest from Matt Drudge about the stuff that is spewing from her mouth. Though she has the right to free speech - all of us do, she is dishonoring the memory of her son and the other soldiers who lost their lives or are still fighting for other people across the world to be able to have freedom. Is America one of the few countries to be able to be free? Newsflash, freedom is never free. The cost in lives is usually high b/c there are those who would rather keep the people under their thumb with a dictatorial rule where NOBODY except those who agree with the dictator has a say.

Wed Aug 17 2005 21:51:56 ET

"We are not waging a war on terror in this country. We’re waging a war of terror. The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush!"

So declared Cindy Sheehan earlier this year during a rally at San Francisco State University.

Sheehan, who is demanding a second meeting with Bush, stated: "We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now."

Sheehan unleashed a foul-mouth tirade on April 27, 2005:

"They’re a bunch of f*ck*ng hypocrites! And we need to, we just need to rise up..." Sheehan said of the Bush administration.

"If George Bush believes his rhetoric and his b*llsh*t, that this is a war for freedom and democracy, that he is spreading freedom and democracy, does he think every person he kills makes Iraq more free?"

"The whole world is damaged. Our humanity is damaged. If he thinks that it’s so important for Iraq to have a U.S.-imposed sense of freedom and democracy, then he needs to sign up his two little party-animal girls. They need to go to this war."

"We want our country back and, if we have to impeach everybody from George Bush down to the person who picks up dog sh*t in Washington, we will impeach all those people."


Now why is it that it is perfectly fine to malign our President, granted I'm not too happy with his decisions of late, especially regarding Israel, or our elected leaders but it is completely taboo to speak out against those who do the maligning? There is something caled Free Speech and we are ALL entitled to it. It is not for the select portion of our population as many of the extreme liberal left would like everyone to believe (no offense meant to the liberal blogfriends of mine who read my blog b/c I know that they get it when so many on their side do not.), it is for EVERYONE, the maligners and those who defend the malignees.

And now...for some further gentle musings from Mother Sheehan (these are actual quotes from her, people):

On America

"We began the killing as soon as we stepped foot on these shores [of America] and the killing has gone on unabated for over 200 years."

"There has always been excuses for wars, but NONE of them have been good or valid."

"This country is not worth dying for.” If it's not worth dying for they why are you still here? Why haven't you moved elsewhere out of the US? Maybe France.

“America has been killing people on this continent since it was started."

"The U.S. government is a morally repugnant system.”

On 9/11

“9/11 was Pearl Harbor for the neo-conservatives’ agenda.”

The Jewish Plot

"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." Where in the world did THIS one come from?

"Am I stupid? No, I know full-well that my son, my family, this nation, and this world were betrayed by a George Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agenda after 9/11."

"My first born was killed violently for a neo-con agenda that only benefits a very chosen few in this world." I hardly call millions of Iraqi citizens a very chosen few

“George Bush and his neo-conservatives killed my son.”

On Other Threats

"Is there yet an American who can not clearly see that Dick Cheney...will say whatever he thinks is required to ultimately cause wealth and power to move to himself and to his friends? ...need I defile this holy place with words like "Haliburton" and "Kellog, Brown & Root" and "torture" and "US weapons industry"?"

Is there anyone in America who cannot yet see that Donald Runsfeld is a liar...that he, as with Hitler and Stalin....will say anything so long as he thinks it will help shape the world to his own liking? Is there even one, sane adult among us who cannot see that Donald Rumsfeld is a threat to our nation's security and to peace on our beloved earth?

"As soft-spoken and sincere-sounding as Paul Wolfowitz is, is there yet any sane adult in this country who's skin does not crawl when this murderous liar opens his mouth and speaks? Am I the only person in this room who clearly sees that Paul Wolfowitz is a threat to our nation's security...and to peace on our beloved earth?"

Our Elected Leaders

"Our country has been overtaken by murderous thugs...gangsters who lust after fortunes and power; never caring that their addictions are at the expense of our loved ones, and the blood of innocent people near and far."

"We've watched these thugs parade themselves before the whole world as if they are courageous advocates for Christian moral values...and for the spread of democracy."

"The US government is now ruled by murderous hypocrites...criminals who should be arrested, charged appropriately, confined behind bars."

"In their secret hiding places, while celebrating newly won fortunes with their fellow brass, these men must surely congratulate themselves with orgies of carnal pleasure as they mock the dwindling multitudes who are yet so blind as to mistake them for God's devoted servants."

"Every member of Bush's executive branch (past and present) and every member of Congress who voted to give George the authority to invade Iraq have innocent blood on their hands. For the next State of the Union address, maybe the hypocrites in Congress should shamefacedly display blood-soaked hands, instead of proudly wriggling fingers stained with ink to symbolize sham Iraqi elections." Maybe she could get a job scriptwriting for the next Wes Craven horror movie?

"Then we have this lying bastard, George Bush..."

"So anyway that filth-spewer and warmonger, George Bush was speaking..." And her language is so squeaky clean and her words are gospel? I hardly think so.

"We can't let somebody rise to the top who will pardon these war criminals. Because they need to go to prison for what they've done in this world. We can't have a pardon. They need to pay for what they've done."

Civic Duty

"Another thing that I'm doing is - - my son was killed in 2004, so I'm not paying my taxes for 2004. If I get a letter from the IRS, I'm gonna say, you know what, this war is illegal; this is why this war is illegal. This war is immoral; this is why this war is immoral. You killed my son for this. I don't owe you anything. And if I live to be a million, I won't owe you a penny."

"And I want them to come after me, because unlike what you've been doing with the war resistance, I want to put this frickin' war on trial. And I want to say, "You give me my son, and I'll pay your taxes."

On Terrorism

"You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism." Really?! Does anyone really believe that if we don't fight the terrorists on their own turf and stop keeping them occupied over there that they will be content to sit and twiddle their thumbs and leave us alone? Really?!

"When I was growing up, it was Communists'. Now it's Terrorists'. So you always have to have somebody to fight and be afraid of, so the war machine can build more bombs, guns, and bullets and everything."

“The biggest terrorist is George W. Bush.”

Support For Troops

"I DEFINITELY think that we should support war resisters in the military." Funny how her son Casey didn't resist the war, instead he enlisted twice - and volunteered for combat.

"I know several people who are being court-martialed, and they need support--they need monetary support, they need our moral support, and they need to know that we’re with them."

"We need to encourage more people to do this. "

Concern For Others

"Why does Terry Schiavo deserve to live more than my son, Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan?"

There are some more of her insights collected here:

Cindy Sheehan -- In Her Own Words

Yes, everyone is entitled to Free Speech and their 15 minutes of fame, but when that 15 minutes is over, it's time to pack it up and get a life. Funny how none of her family is backing her up on this and they are all coming out against her saying that they do not have the same opinions and views as those held by her.

When the "You Don't Speak For Me, Cindy" tour arrives in Crawford the weekend of the 27th, I'm sure it's going to get pretty ugly.

In fact, one family who lives in Spiewood, TX drove hundreds of miles to Crawford to remove their son's name from a "protest cross" that Sheehan had put up. The fallen soldiers family said, "I went there and had Matthew's name taken off of there," said Matt Matula, whose son, a 20-year-old Marine, was killed by hostile fire last year. "It's fine for people to grieve their own way. It aggravates me to see them using other people's names to further their cause."

"He's not a victim, he's a hero," he told KXAN-TV, "and I think that everybody that's serving our country [are] heroes."

He earned a host of decorations, including the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

"Matthew was very proud of being a Marine and proud of his unit and what they were doing," his mother, Toni, said.

Another mother who called in to a popular syndicated talk show said "I would never dishonor his actions by doing what this woman is doing," she tearfully said, referring to Cindy Sheehan. "What she's doing is not only dishonoring her son, she's dishonoring mine. ... [Casey Sheehan] didn't die for nothing, he died in the United States Armed Forces. There's nothing more honorable than that. These kids volunteered, they were not yanked from their cradle by an evil government to send them someplace they didn't want to go ... My son knew what was in store for him, and my son stepped up to the plate."

If they volunteer, that is their choice to do so. Every death is a tragedy, but those soldiers who gave their lives, so that others could be free deserve to be honored, not used as leftist propaganda. Those soldiers did not go into this war with blinders on. As the saying goes "War is hell". They knew what they were doing and the possibilities of dying and yet they chose to still go. To give freedom to those without. To allow them the ability to freely speak and give their opinions just like Ms. Sheehan is able to. How are they any less worthy than her to have these rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? We're all human. We all want to be free from those who would rule us with an iron fist, who would murder us for speaking ill of those in charge, who would decide who lives and who dies just by what ethnicity you are. Ms. Sheehan had better thank her Maker for living here and not in Iraq before the war b/c if she ever said anything like this over there against Saddam, she would have been found in one of those mass graves over there...that is if Saddam had left anything of her to find. Why is she any more worthy than the Iraqi's that her son fought to give freedom to? She isn't.


Christine Keach said...

Damn, woman! With all this free time for blog posting, think about how much WRITING you could get done (and sent off to cps)!!!! :)

greatwhitebear said...
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greatwhitebear said...

wow..your post pissed me off so much I said things in anger I shouldn't have said, thus the delete. I'll try again after I have cooled down.

I will say that rather than quote Ann Coulter, you might look to quote someone who actually has a soul.

Nic said...

Mark, that is what is great about this country is that you are entitled to your differing opinion (and knowing you it is bound to be very different from mine) and I respect your opinion, even though I don't have to agree with it, just like you don't have to agree with mine. Living in America and being free and being allowed to speak our minds and not get taken to a torture chamber for doing so is one of the things that the soldiers in Iraq are trying to get set up for the Iraqi citizens.

You're still my favorite Mark Spurrier, even though our views are vastly different! I hope this coming week goes better for you and your family (including your bf's family) than this past week did.

greatwhitebear said...

Okay, I believe I have cooled off enough to comment dispassionately. I will do my best to comment in a rational matter.

Before you come down too hard on Ms. Sheehan, there are some things you should take into consideration. Like myself, Cindy Sheehan (who is the same age as my sister) came of age during the Viet Nam War. A war in which our government, to be generous, was consistently less than forthright as to it’s motives and conduct. Virtually everybody around my age was affected by this tragic, immoral, lie of a war. In my case, not only did a close family friend lose her young husband, but five of my classmates returned in body bags. The guy who played on the offensive line next to me returned home minus his legs. And the brightest guy in our class returned an emotional vegetable who can still be seen wandering the streets of Pontiac pushing a grocery cart and mumbling. All as fodder for a war that was a lie from the beginning.

Now Ms. Sheehan has lost her son to a war that, to be VERY generous, the government has been less than forthright as to both it’s motives and conduct. You and your daughter are both too young for you to understand what I am about to say, but in fifteen years or so you will.

There is almost nothing more psychologically damaging than being preceded in death by an adult child. Being preceded in death by and adolescent child is bad enough, but as a parent, in the back of your mind, you always know the possibilities. Children don’t think about consequences. They say “ I wonder what will happen if?” And then proceed to see. If you are lucky, they are wondering what will happen if they try to play a peanut butter sandwich in the VCR, rather than what will happen if they stick that knife in the electric outlet. But once your child has reached adult hood, you expect to grow old and die in the knowledge you have successfully raised them. The last thing you expect is to outlive them. It should be no surprise that Ms. Sheehan doesn’t want any parent to unnecessarily go through what she is. Getting the troops home is probably the only way she can see that her son didn’t die in vain. If she can use his death to save others from the same fate, then he will not have been lost in vain.

Briefly on some of the other points:

Cindy: ”We are not waging a war on terror in this country. We’re waging a war of terror. The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush!"

Did you know that in just July and August, more Iraqi civilians have died violently than US troops have since the start of the war? That the Baghdad morgue averages about 5 times more “business” than it ever did under Saddam?

That we are about to replace a secular government, where women were at least free to get an education, work to their abilities, and dress as they pleased, with an Islamic one? According to the papers today, the new Iraqi constitution will say that Iraqi law is based on the laws of Islam.

So..five times as many Iraqi’s die violently than ever did before we got there, we are about to replace an oppressive government with an even more oppressive one, and women will feel the brunt of this oppression. Maybe Cindy has a point.

Cindy: "My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel." Where in the world did THIS one come from?

Unfortunately, the crux of virtually all of the turmoil in the middle east during the last half century has been the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, made worse by our knee jerk reaction in favor of all things Israel. Until there is a just, reasonable, equitable end to this conflict, this area will always be unstable. We should be working to stabilize the situation, not destabilize it.

Okay sorry, didn’t mean to be so long winded. I apologize for taking up so much space!

greatwhitebear said...

p.s as i said on my blog.. you're still my favorite conservative.

so whats for Monday dinner?

Nic said...

Mark, you are welcome to take up space on my blog anytime! I enjoy reading your POV even when I don't always agree with it. Variety is the spice of life and you add much spice to mine, my friend.

As for Monday's meal, I'm thinking Italian dishes and next week will be labor day selections for the following week. :)