Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Goodbye Cindy

A moms' love is deeper than any man's big government ideals. Cindy's just one of many..

This morning, in surprise and shared sadness, I read the news:

Cindy Sheehan, the soldier’s mother who galvanized an anti-war movement with her monthlong protest outside President Bush’s ranch, says she’s done being the public face of the movement.

“I’ve been wondering why I’m killing myself and wondering why the Democrats caved in to George Bush,” Sheehan told The Associated Press by phone Tuesday while driving from her property in Crawford to the airport, where she planned to return to her native California.

In what she described as a “resignation letter,” Sheehan wrote in her online diary on the “Daily Kos” blog: “Good-bye America ... you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it

Not surprisingly (to us Independents), she came to this conclusion yesterday:

On Memorial Day, she came to some “heartbreaking conclusions,” she wrote.

When she had first taken on Bush, Sheehan was a darling of the liberal left. “However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the 'left' started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used,” she wrote.

“I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of 'right or left', but 'right and wrong,'” the diary says.

Sheehan criticized “blind party loyalty” as a danger, no matter which side it involved, and said the current two-party system is “corrupt” and “rapidly descending into with nary a check or balance: a fascist corporate wasteland

It is indeed a bitter pill to swallow when everyone wallows in the shallow... American Idol indeed!



Anonymous JamieSW said...

Yeh, it's really very sad to see such a courageous woman go down at the hands of a movement that should be supporting her.

I think that's the problem with quite a lot of the mainstream anti-war movement in the U.S. (although it's just a perception - judging from abroad is always difficult). Namely, that it's all so partisan. In reality, to be truly anti-war requires that one reject both the Democratic and Republican parties. It seems Cindy increasingly did this, and got punished for it.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is precisely why I don't make a habit of trolling FreeRepublic or Democratic Underground. Both places trashed her for her stance. It was a no-win situation and I'm glad she let it go. Neither party is interested in ending this madness.

1:58 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I'm sad to see such a strong woman lay down her sword. I really admire her but I don't blame her one bit. I wish her all the peace she can find.

9:31 AM  

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