More mail from Inky readers on grief-maddened, Israel ‘n’ Bush-bashing Cindy Sheehan, whose worst enemies seem to be her own unbuttomed lips:
“Were I [George W.] Bush, I would ask the networks to give Cindy five unedited, unbleeped minutes of prime time to speak fom the heart (no teleprompter). That would do the trick.”
“One of the saddest things about Cindy Sheehan is when her 15 minutes are up, she’ll be tossed aside and left more alone than when she started wondering where all her ‘friends’ went and why they no longer return her calls.
Yes, and catch this photo of Cindy doing the huggy-poo thing with new ally Al Sharpton at Saturday’s supposed end-the-war showdown rally in Crawford on Saturday (thanks, Michelle Malkin). And, as Little Green Footballs dramatizes with the photos, that much-publicized prayer that Cindy ‘n’ Al offered together at the Crawford crosses was actually a staged media event.
Furthermore, it seems that Bush-supporting counter-protesters at Crawford actually outnumbered the terrorist-supporting protesters. Eric Pfeiffer of National Review Online’s Buzz has photos and quotes, including this beautiful and moving speech by M. J. Kesterson (a beautiful woman herself) whose Marine/Blackhawk pilot son Erik Kesterson, a re-enlister like Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq in November 2003:
“He served our country proudly. He was shot down in Mosul, November, 15th, 2003 bring a striker brigade to an area that was under assault. We will forever be proud of our son. Neither of us can wear that uniform, but we will the uniform of an American. We are going to forever remind people that our freedom today did come at a high price, but freedom is worth all the sacrifices each one of us must make. It is a tough thing to have that knock at the front door, but our son chose not to serve once, but to serve two times.”
“How can these moms who still support George Bush and his insane war in Iraq want more innocent blood shed just because their sons or daughters have been killed? I don’t understand it. I don’t understand how any mother could want another mother to feel the pain we feel. I am starting to lose a little compassion for them. I know they have been as brainwashed as the rest of America, but they know the pain and heartache and they should not wish it on another. However, I still feel their pain so acutely and pray for these ‘continue the murder and mayhem’ moms to see the light.”
Nice going, Cindy.
Fortunately, every time Sheehan opens her mouth to declare that America is “brainwashed” or that she is “starting to lose a little compassion” for grieving moms who show a little more courage and dignity than she, she blasts more holes in the left’s effort, months in the making, to create a grassroots, Middle American antiwar movement out of the bereaved parents of the military personnel. Mark Steyn, as usual, says it best, noting that Cindy’s husband, Pat Sheehan, a moderate Democrat the likes of whose votes his party desperately needs, filed for divorce in the middle of Cindy’s kissy-face-fest with the radical left:
“The Democratic party is a coalition of Pat Sheehans and Cindy Sheehans, and the noisier the Cindys get the more estranged the Pats are likely to feel. Sorry about that, but, if Mrs Sheehan can insist her son’s corpse be the determining factor in American policy on Iraq, I don’t see why her marriage can’t be a metaphor for the state of the Democratic party.”
And by the way, counter-protesters seemed to outnumber 3-1 last Friday night the creeps from Cindy’s pals at Code Pink who showed up to taunt and demoralize the military personnel wounded in Iraq who are undergoing treatment at Washington, D.C.’s Walter Reed Medical Center. Thanks to everyone who showed up to support our brave troops.
Reader L.W. comments on the rage of the rad-fems when an articulate woman–in this case, Elizabeth Sandoval writing for USA Today–dares to challenge their claim that falling into bed with everyone wearing a pair of trousers is “empowering” (see “How to Make a Rad-Fem Really Mad: Urge Abstinence,” Aug. 23):
“Out of curiosity I clicked on the Pandagon link in your recent column about the heated reaction to Elizabeth Sandoval’s USA Today article on her choice for premarital abstinence. I am literally amazed at the sheer vitriol of one Amanda Marcotte, whose response was so ugly as to make me almost feel the need for a shower afterwards.
“Ms. Marcotte seems to be full of rage, and I couldn’t help wondering where it’s coming from…although after a little more thought I realized she apparently thinks Sandoval is labeling her a whore. She is free to disagree with Ms. Sandoval (who certainly did not label her a whore) in a respectful fashion, but her choice of words and manner is at best juvenile and reflects far more poorly on her than it does Ms. Sandoval. I’m not sure she has either the intelligence to know or care, however….
“I hope all your readers click on at least one of the provided links to see what kind of mentality is being displayed by women who, as ‘feminists,’ should display more respect towards their sisters. Personally, one link was all I could stomach…. If it were possible to contact Ms. Sandoval I would love to extend her my support for what is becoming an increasingly courageous point of view.”
L.W., I don’t know how to contact Ms. Sandoval myself, but if you write or e-mail her at USA Today, I’m sure they’ll forward your letter. And yes, as with Cindy Sheehan, the best way to deal with the rad-fems is to give them enough yakking rope to hang themselves.