Goodbye, Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan announced she’s had enough of the anti-war movement and is calling it quits:
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.
Tammy Bruce “translates” the letter. It’s not pretty but deserving.
Wickedpinto lashes out at Sheehan noting she got the whole reason behind Memorial Day mixed up.
Don Surber is just as sympathetic:
Enjoy whatever planet you land on. Sorry that those of us with ideas of our own have a different opinion.
I see Sheehan as a woman who never accepted the loss of her son Casey. She acknowledged his death in Iraq, but instead of dealing with the loss she turned all her grief into anger. First, launching it at the nation’s commander-in-chief. Later she attacked the Democratic Party for not being pure enough as anti-war Bush haters. She hit the bottom of the barrel when she cozied up to dicators Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.
Sheehan engaged in a living suicide. She didn’t want to literally kill herself, but she wanted to emotionally remove herself from all her past connections. Anything that linked her to her son was anathema whether it was her family, her President, her country, her party, and now her movement. Social sustainence came from the anti-war and anti-American groups who used her as their figurehead-of-the-moment making her feel special and wanted. When Sheehan turned from sympathetic anti-war mother to loony America hater her utility to the movement vanished. She was tossed aside like any other human means to the glorious far Left’s ends.
My hope is that she returns home and seeks out a competent mental health professional to help her overcome the devastating loss of her son. I don’t expect her to recant her radicalism. But I think a little perspective gained would ease her suffering and perhaps bring a bit of peace into her tumultuous and ultimately tragic life.
Finding new meaning in the world has to be Sheehan’s next quest. She has to accept the consequences of her own actions. More than regaining at least a semi-tolerance of her country I hope she tries to repair the family ties she callously snipped away.
“Cindy Sheehan Says Adios”
UPDATE: Steven Taylor writes,
The thing about this situation that I find especially tragic is that Ms. Sheehan not only lost a son, but seems to have damaged the rest of her family as well as a result. She had every right to do what she did, but I have long wondered about the choices that she made in the pursuit of her goals.
We witnessed someone going through a nervous breakdown publically. That’s doesn’t excuse her words and actions. But it’s sad nevertheless.