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Friday, August 26, 2005

The Magical Hysteria Tour

So now Cindy Sheehan is going to be taking up a bus tour on September 1st, all around the country (h/t Wuzzadem), finally ending in a 24-hour "peace vigil" in Washington, DC. She will be taking along all those lovely supporters of hers along for the ride, I'm sure.

The sound you hear is the sound of me pounding my head against my desk.

Frankly, I've given up. I honestly can't defend Cindy Sheehan after I read about her taking part in this garbage. I can't defend her surrounding herself with the very vultures I criticized in my first post on this subject any more - she seems to be thriving under their very wings. This stuff is just simply vile and indefensible, and I kick myself for even trying to rationalize it. I spent the better part of today thinking about Cindy Sheehan's situation, and I started getting angry. Not just at the rest of the anti-war / pro-terror crowd (that much is a given), but at the way she is treating her son's selfless actions and the causes for which he has fought.

I am, officially, angry at Cindy Sheehan.

Why the turn-around? The turnaround has happened in a way that I honestly never would have thought would happen - I realized that Cindy Sheehan does not appreciate anything her son has done. Nothing, to date, has shown this to be true.

Close your e-mail and bear with me a second, here.

Think of it this way - what has Cindy Sheehan said that has been respectful of her son's choice or, for that matter, her freedom to say whatever she pleases? Mrs. Sheehan has stated, categorically, that the Constitution doesn't exist as a basis of law in this country any more. She has stated that there are no checks and balances, no mechanism for balance in this country.

Were that to be true, she would be quite dead by now. Along with, most likely, the rest of the anti-war activists in this country. Why? 'Cuz there's no law in these here parts.

But the converse of that last statement is true - she is very much alive, and very much protected in what she can say publicly and in private, whether one likes it or not.

So now she has gone and just spat upon the ideals her son enlisted to defend. What a wonderful way to treat your son. The same son she had no qualms in waving his bloody shirt while she bellows from the rooftops about how George W. Bush is a murderer, Israel should get out of Palestine, and how the entire political and social schemata of the United States is a complete and utter fraud. She may have thought, at some point, that you were in a cause for justice - now she finds that she is in the company of fools and hypocrites. Her right to say what she wants does not appear in a vacuum - someone had to die for it, fighting against hostile enemies at home and abroad, in order to preserve it for another day.

What will happen when some force tries to invade our shores? Do you really expect to be able to say what you want about them then, as you face occupation? Or are you going to go groveling back to the very government you hate to plead for your safety, only to stab them in the back again once that safety is assured? Would you really do that to the rest of the men and women who have and had taken up the same cause that you son had done? Would you really be that cruel to your own son's memory and cause? Would you really want to admit that, yes, I want to stifle the cause my son has fought for, even if it puts this country in great peril?

I wouldn't really blame you for being that selfish - no mother ever enjoys seeing her son go off to war - but there is a point where you just have to let go and cut the proverbial apron strings. But "sacrifice" has to come at something that you willingly gave up - something that you have not done. It is completely inaccurate to say that Casey Sheehan was "sacrificed" for this war - Cindy Sheehan would have had to agree with it in the first place to do such a thing (and that's assuming Casey did everything he was told by her). Casey Sheehan, not Cindy, sacrificed his own life for a cause he believed in - Cindy apparently does not share these same views.

That last line usually draws the most ire from the anti-war activists and the Cindyphiles - you don't care, you don't care at all! The question is, do you really care if Cindy gets her "closure" with her meeting with the President? I sincerely doubt you would, since your (and I'm not going to mince words, here) fucked-up-love-in would then have to end. The very questions you have about the justifications for war, you have already answered in your own mind - you just want this parade to go on forever because the "answers" (which have been given time and again for the last five years) that have an actual bearing on reality are ones you don't want to hear. Instead you cup your hands over your ears and shout "LA LA LA I can't hear you! Abu Ghraaaaaaib!" and loudly proclaim that everyone who criticizes the garbage that comes out of your mouth is using "hate speech". That "hate speech" rule goes flying out the window when it comes time for the next chorus of "Bush is Hitler!" and "No Blood for Oil! Israel out of Palestine!" and then carousing with Neo-Nazis and terrorist sympathizers.

You want the war to end? Then let it end - support the troops in their efforts to get the job done and get home. You don't have to agree with the reasons - you obviously don't - but don't piss on their leg and tell them it's raining.