Monday, August 29, 2005

America - Sheehan Shuffle

The Democrats made a huge mistake hitching their wagons to Michael Moore and they paid for it at the ballot box in the last round of elections, losing the Presidentcy, more seats in both houses and more govenorships.

Their making the same mistake hitching their anti-war hopes on Cindy Sheehan. While the anti-war biased reporting of big media make Cindy out to be the new Jane Fonda, that won't cut it in today's internet world where the facts can be checked.

The AP started and big media continue to propagate the lie that Sheehan became an anti-war protester after her son was killed in Iraq.

And big media continue to fail to inform the public, that despite Cindy's call for a meeting with Bush, that she has already met with Bush. Why would they do that?

This article about the meeting with Bush in 2004 is why.

The 10 minutes of face time with the president could have given the family a chance to vent their frustrations or ask Bush some of the difficult questions they have been asking themselves, such as whether Casey's sacrifice would make the world a safer place.

But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act. In addition, Pat noted that Bush wasn't stumping for votes or trying to gain a political edge for the upcoming election. [as opposed to the Democrats who are trying to make political hay out of the current Sheehan circus]

"We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us," Pat said.

Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.

"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith." [she now calls him the biggerst terrorist on the planet]

The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.

Cindy had this final thought on President Bush in 2004.

The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.

For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said.

What a difference a year makes, eh?

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