Cindy Sheehan: So Long, and Good Night!

Cindy Sheehan: So Long, and Good Night!

Cindy Sheehan posted a long, rambling, anti-American message on DailyKos entitled “Good Riddance, Attention Whore” in which she says she’s FINALLY going to stop exploiting her son’s death to push her own political agenda and dishonoring the sacrifice he made, and just go home and quit speaking for the Democratic Party.

All together now: WOO-HOO!

I mean, honestly — it is about time!

I have come to some heartbreaking conclusions this Memorial Day Morning. These are not spur of the moment reflections, but things I have been meditating on for about a year now. The conclusions that I have slowly and very reluctantly come to are very heartbreaking to me.

The first conclusion is that I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party. Of course, I was slandered and libeled by the right as a “tool” of the Democratic Party. This label was to marginalize me and my message. How could a woman have an original thought, or be working outside of our “two-party” system?

So now, she’s a “feminist”, too. Not only are us Republicans blood-thirsty cretins who want to steal oil from the innocent little civilians in the Middle East who don’t wish us any harm at all, but we hate women, too. And “so-called left”?! How much more left does she want the Democratic Party to lean? Scary thought.

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. 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.”

I am deemed a radical because I believe that partisan politics should be left to the wayside when hundreds of thousands of people are dying for a war based on lies that is supported by Democrats and Republican alike. It amazes me that people who are sharp on the issues and can zero in like a laser beam on lies, misrepresentations, and political expediency when it comes to one party refuse to recognize it in their own party. Blind party loyalty is dangerous whatever side it occurs on. People of the world look on us Americans as jokes because we allow our political leaders so much murderous latitude and if we don’t find alternatives to this corrupt “two” party system our Representative Republic will die and be replaced with what we are rapidly descending into with nary a check or balance: a fascist corporate wasteland. I am demonized because I don’t see party affiliation or nationality when I look at a person, I see that person’s heart. If someone looks, dresses, acts, talks and votes like a Republican, then why do they deserve support just because he/she calls him/herself a Democrat?

She held the Republican Party to the same standards as she did the Democrats? Please. And Democrats are not supporting this war just like Republicans are. They have been trying to get us out of there with everything they have, no matter how catastrophic the results would be. But that’s not enough for Psycho Sheehan… oh, no. Although, she is right about the blindness to corruption in their own party, although I’m sure she was referring to Republicans. Democrats never acknowledge corruption in their party — they are too busy looking for problems with the GOP. And I love hearing liberals harp on and on and on about Republicans being fascists, or turning us into, as Psycho Sheehan puts it, “a fascist corporate wasteland”. Uh, the socialism and nannyism that they love so much is exactly what would turn this country into a fascist wasteland.

And its funny how someone who “doesn’t see party affiliation” uses Republicans as examples for all of her negative smearings.

I have also reached the conclusion that if I am doing what I am doing because I am an “attention whore” then I really need to be committed. I have invested everything I have into trying to bring peace with justice to a country that wants neither. If an individual wants both, then normally he/she is not willing to do more than walk in a protest march or sit behind his/her computer criticizing others. I have spent every available cent I got from the money a “grateful” country gave me when they killed my son and every penny that I have received in speaking or book fees since then. I have sacrificed a 29 year marriage and have traveled for extended periods of time away from Casey’s brother and sisters and my health has suffered and my hospital bills from last summer (when I almost died) are in collection because I have used all my energy trying to stop this country from slaughtering innocent human beings. I have been called every despicable name that small minds can think of and have had my life threatened many times.

… The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.

You know, she hit the nail on the head with that last sentence: she failed her boy. She is a disgrace to the sacrifice he made — to fight and die for a country he believed in. I don’t think I have ever seen someone so shamelessly exploit their child’s death. I don’t know that even John Edwards would sink so low — or perhaps he just hasn’t had the opportunity. And of course, she just HAD to throw in some anti-Americanism there. I don’t think she’s capable of opening her mouth without bashing the United States. And where does she get off thinking that we are killing innocent people? THEY. WANT. TO. KILL. US. And given the opportunity — like, for example, if we were to pick up and leave Iraq without stabilizing the region first — they will. We will see another 9-11, and probably on a much larger scale. No doubt about it.

Our brave young men and women in Iraq have been abandoned there indefinitely by their cowardly leaders who move them around like pawns on a chessboard of destruction and the people of Iraq have been doomed to death and fates worse than death by people worried more about elections than people. However, in five, ten, or fifteen years, our troops will come limping home in another abject defeat and ten or twenty years from then, our children’s children will be seeing their loved ones die for no reason, because their grandparents also bought into this corrupt system. George Bush will never be impeached because if the Democrats dig too deeply, they may unearth a few skeletons in their own graves and the system will perpetuate itself in perpetuity.

If Democrats dig too deeply they may unearth a few skeletons? Honey, that ain’t a possibility. It’s a certainty. You don’t even have to dig to find skeletons in the Democrats’ closets — they’re right out there, for anyone to see. But mainstream media bias keeps it from being reported.

This is my resignation letter as the “face” of the American anti-war movement. This is not my “Checkers” moment, because I will never give up trying to help people in the world who are harmed by the empire of the good old US of A, but I am finished working in, or outside of this system. This system forcefully resists being helped and eats up the people who try to help it. I am getting out before it totally consumes me or anymore people that I love and the rest of my resources.

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.

It’s up to you now.

She’ll never give up is really just her way of saying she’ll be gone until she figures out a new way to exploit her son’s death, or the war, or a little butterfly that flew by her window, or the fact that fictitious polar bears are floating away on fictitious icebergs, or any other “movement” she feels she can capitalize upon.

Oh, and Cindy? There are plenty of countries that are exactly what you want to turn the United States into. They’re called Venezuela and Cuba, and until we overthrew Saddam, Iraq. You can “sacrifice” all you want, with book deals and appearance fees, and coffee-and-ice-cream diets, but you’re right. We won’t do it.

And no one will cry any tears if you leave. So go. Sequester yourself, and hopefully we never have to hear from you again.

Although I won’t hold my breath that this will be the last of you.

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