Thursday, August 11, 2005

Cindy Sheehan

"Calm down honey*" photo courtesy the
Waco Tribune Herald.

actual caption: Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville Calf. confronts McLennan County chief Deputy Randy Plemons while attempting to see President Bush on his ranch outside Crawford.

*No, I somehow doubt that's what the deputy is saying, but it would've made a nice snarky headline for this post, with this photo. Unless you live under the proverbial rock I imagine you know about Cindy Sheehan. Her son died in Iraq in the spring of 2004 at age 24.

Sheehan decided to go to Crawford after Bush said that fallen U.S. troops had died for a noble cause and that the mission must be completed.

"I don't want him to use my son's name or my family name to justify any more killing," she said.

So she's camped out near the presidential ranch in Crawford, hoping to meet with him. My friend Arvin actually went down there, and of course there's quite a contingent of activists and Cindy supporters waiting for GWB to arrive for his summer vacation. Sheehan et al have been warned that she'll be arrested if she's still there on Thursday, today, and I suppose that may have already happened by the time you read this.

I debated whether or not to write about Sheehan. When you essentially duplicate what others with a more prominent voice say, what are you actually offering? Shouldn't I just encourage you to read what a more prominent lefty blogger has to say and direct you to her? For example: "Bitch PhD, here.

There are only two things I wish to add:

1.It would be nice if all the Cindy supporters left the scene before the cops arrived. Why? Because it would force the media to document the image of one meek (if lion-hearted) middle-aged lady being carted off, surrounded by nothing other than reporters and law enforcement. I think they'd take care not to hurt her because the world was watching.(It would be nice if it were sufficient to say "because the US press was watching". )

Otherwise, Fox News and the rest of that lot will do there best to present images suggesting that the cops had no choice but to break it up, all those &*%#in' no-good hippies, etc. I mean, they're going to try to spin it like that anyway, why help them?

2. Doesn't Bush realize that if he calmly went out before all those &*%#in' no-good hippies and cameras, and actually approached her, invited her into his home, just her, no activists and no cameras, forcing the 24 hour news channels to sit around twiddling their thumbs for an hour or two while nothing interesting happened, it would probably do wonders for his poll numbers?