Cindy Sheehan’s Lesson

Original article, by David Macaray and subtitled We Need to Embarrass Ourselves, via counterpunch.com:

One of the most astonishing and demoralizing comments I ever heard was in response to Cindy Sheehan’s August, 2005, anti-war demonstrations outside George W. Bush’s Prarie Chapel Ranch (near Crawford, Texas).  A commentator declared that, by protesting in so public and defiant a fashion, Sheehan had, in fact, “embarrassed” herself.

Add to it the bile Sheehan faced when she quit the Democratic party (reminding us that it is a war party, etc.) from the ‘progressive blogosphere’, it seems to me Ms Sheehan is owed a great big apology.  Period.

She won’t get it from the Demobots.

Read on and be astonished and demoralized at the treatment one of the few major players who has stood up against the war machine that is the US.  Even flawed as she may be, just like the rest of us, she’s done more than just about anybody to keep the anti-war flame alive.  For that she deserves thanks, not derision.

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  1. antiwar movement.  It’s really a shame someone who suffered directly from this criminal activity, and chose to voice her opinions, is villified.  

  2. I’ve always been a big fan.

  3. to talk any more about Cindy’s “flaws” or shortcomings:

    Even flawed as she may be, just like the rest of us, she’s done more than just about anybody to keep the anti-war flame alive.  For that she deserves thanks, not derision.

    IIRC the supposedly perfect person is now in the white house.  And we can all see what that’s gotten us.

    I think Cindy got a bad rap years ago and I suspect it was orchestrated and paid for by her detractors.  Sure she wasn’t a great theoretician.  Or speaker.  And she wasn’t much of a politician.  But it was her heart and her dedication to ending the war that were important.  She was a real person, and an ordinary one (in the highest sense of that word).  And she spoke out and got out front.  She stood before us exposed.  That we didn’t back her up and help her and join with her and debate with her and engage with her is something I deeply regret as a lost opportunity.

    • Inky99 on December 12, 2009 at 7:01 am

    and it’s appalling that anyone would not.  

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