"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Friday, June 17, 2005

Cindy Sheehan: Are Those Crocodile Tears?

Will Malven

Ordinarily I have a great deal of sympathy for the families of soldiers who die in combat defending our freedom.  I lose that sympathy, when I see those same family members using the death or injury of their loved one for political gain.

Cindy Sheehan is pursuing a vendetta of hate against the President that predates the loss of her son.  She hates George Bush, not because she believes that he is responsible for her son’s death, but because he “stole the election” in 2000 and again in 2004.  She is a willing participant in the campaign of hate that the Left has pursued against President Bush since his victory in 2000. 

She is currently an active participant in Representative Conyers’ impeachment campaign against the President.  This is a woman I watched recite an account of her son's sacrifice without shedding a tear, not a catch in her voice, or even a hesitation; no sign of grief whatsoever. His aunt who was also present was in tears as her sister read her son's story. 

Did she love her son?  Certainly she did, all mothers love their sons; the difference is that most mothers don’t exploit the death of their sons for political purposes.  They may, as in the case of MADD, use their tragedy to motivate them to pursue moral crusades to have laws passed, but these women have no political agenda prior to their loss.  They are spurred to action by their loss.  If Mizzz Sheehan was truly motivated by the loss of her son to pursue the ones who caused his death, she would be out for the head of Muqtada al Sadr, not President Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld

Who is Cindy Sheehan?  She is the mother of slain soldier Casey Sheehan. 

On 4/04/2004 Casey Sheehan along with seven of his fellow soldiers were killed in a series of ambushes in Sadr City.  A sewage pick up patrol consisting of sewage collection trucks, four humvees, and 19 men were on a routine mission when they were ambushed by a large number of gunmen.  As soon as they cam under fire, one of their compatriots, SFC Swope stayed with the radio and signaled for help.  Back at the base, the response was immediate.

First Sgt. Carson reported that “word got around [Camp War Eagle] fast that the patrol was in trouble.” They had guys who normally don't fight who volunteered to help their buddies. There were guys fighting to get on that convoy.

This report is substantiated by Cindy Sheehan, who reporte:, “And the sergeant said, ‘Sheehan, you don't have to go,' because my son was a mechanic.' And Casey  said, 'Where my chief goes, I go.'"

Thus Casey Sheehan became part of the first Quick Reaction Force sent in relief of the ambushed patrol.  This first QRF was also ambushed on its way to relieve the “honey wagon patrol.”  Sheehan was killed in the first few minutes of the second ambush.

So here we have a soldier new to Iraq trained as a humvee mechanic in the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment who knew where his duty lay.  Casey was a twenty-four year old re-upper, having just signed for a second tour of duty after successfully serving his first hitch. 

This was no wet behind the ears eighteen year-old recruit, this was a man who had already served in the Army for four years.  He should be honored for volunteering for a combat position in a patrol going into a hot combat zone. 

It is a horrible thing to have brave young men killed by the kind of monsters that Muqtada al Sadr led, but it is even worse when people with a very pronounced, pre-existing, political agenda are willing to exploit the death of their own relative to pursue that agenda. 

You think I’m too harsh?  This is what Cindy Sheehan said in her “Open Letter to George Bush.”

“It has been seven months since your ignorant and arrogant lack of planning for the peace murdered my oldest child. It has been two days since your dishonest campaign stole another election…but you all were way more subtle this time than in 2000, weren’t you? You hardly had to get the Supreme Court of the United States involved at all this week...”

“... You feel so proud of yourself for betraying the country again, don’t you? You think you are very clever because you pulled the wool over the eyes of some of the people again. You think that you have some mandate from God…that you can “spend your political capital” any way that you want. George you don’t care or even realize that 56,000,000 plus citizens of this country voted against you and your agenda. Still, you are going to continue your ruthless work of being a divider and not a uniter. George, in 2000 when you stole that election and the Democrats gave up, I gave up too. I had the most ironic thought of my life then: "Oh well, how much damage can he do in four years?" Well, now I know how much you have damaged my family, this country, and this world. If you think I am going to allow you another four years to do even more damage, then you truly are mistaken. I will fight for a true vote count and if that fails, your impeachment. Also, the impeachment of your Vice President...”

“...George, I must confess that I and my family worked very HARD to re-defeat you this time, but you refuse to stay defeated. Well, we are watching you very carefully. We are going to do everything in our power to have you impeached for misleading the American people into a disastrous war and for mis-using and abusing your power as Commander-in-Chief.”

Now folks, I don’t know about you, but that kind of hatred is a little un-nerving and perhaps a cause for concern. I understand the anger of a mother who has lost her child to what she believes is an unjust cause, but the kind of anger I detect in the above letter is an anger that seems to run far deeper.  It speaks to me of the typical Liberal anger and hatred of President Bush, compounded by the anger of a mother whose child has died. 

That she hated President Bush before her son was killed is obvious in the manner in which she refers to his victory in the 2000 election.  She also spouts the usual Liberal mantras of “abuse of power,” “stole the election,” “divider not a uniter,” all the usual garbage that the Liberals use in their attempts to delegitimize his presidency. 

She has called the American government:

“a morally repugnant system...We have no Constitution. We’re the only country with no checks and balances. We want our country back if we have to impeach George Bush down to the person who picks up the dog sh-t in Washington! Let George Bush send his two little party animals to die in Iraq. It’s OK for Israel to have nuclear weapons but we are waging nuclear war in Iraq, we have contaminated the entire country. It’s not OK for Syria to be in Lebanon. Hypocrites! But Israel can occupy Palestine?”


“They’re not waging a War on Terror but a War of Terror...The biggest terrorist is George W. Bush.”

You know, I have seen this before, we all have.  On March 30, 1981, President Reagan and James Brady were shot in an assassination attempt following an appearance at the Washington Hilton.  Brady suffered severe brain damage which left him in a wheel chair and caused his slurred speech.  In 1985 Sarah Brady, his wife, joined the Campaign for a Sane Gun Policy. 

I was always horrified the way Sarah paraded James around in his wheel chair to all of the anti-gun rallies she attended.  Now I have no way of knowing how much of this anti-gun campaign is at James Brady’s behest, but I do know that Sarah Brady pursued her own relentless campaign against gun owners.  And I do know that, as is typical of most Liberal campaigns, the truth has little relevance to what is being said by her organization.  I only know that she appears to have no problem exploiting her husband’s injuries and suffering in pursuit of her agenda.

Once again we see to what lengths Liberals are willing to go to carry forward their agenda.  I am surprised that Mizzzz Sheehan isn’t carrying her son’s dead body around with her. 

Harsh?  Mean spirited?  Your damn right!  I am not disposed to be terribly sympathetic to a woman willing to exploit the death of her son for her own political agenda, dishonoring his service in the process.  This is not a woman consumed by grief at the loss of her son, this is a woman consumed by the objective of bringing down President Bush, a long standing objective, predating the death of her son.  His death was to her, apparently, just a lucky happenstance, to be used, as the left have used all American soldiers’ deaths, as a tool to aid them in their anti-Bush, anti-war, ultimately anti-American agenda.

The Left have no shame, no true concern for people, and no heart. 

There is an old adage, “If you aren’t a liberal when you are young, you have no heart and if you aren’t a conservative after you have matured, you have no brain.” 

I disagree, nowhere is there a colder, more calculating intent than in the “heart” of a Liberal.  They have proven themselves time and time again, willing to use people, their grief, and their fears, to promote their political agenda.  They are fully willing to exploit any situation, no matter how tragic, to promote their causes. 

I am proud of Casey Sheehan for his service to his nation.  He was a man of honor, a hero who deserves better than to be used as a tool for a hateful political agenda.  I honor his sacrifice and am saddened by his loss.  He knew the higher calling of his nation, a calling that rises above the petty politics of the moment. 

Too bad his mother doesn’t hear the same call.

That’s my opinion, and I don’t apologize for any of it.

Long Live Our American Republic!!!

Copyright 2005  Will Malven

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