We’ve watched for several days now as the media have followed adoringly the endeavors of Cindy Sheehan and her anti-war minions near President Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch.
Ms. Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in action in Iraq. I cringe to think of the emotional anguish that she must continue to go through as a result of her boy’s death. I cannot imagine how heartrending it must be to lose a son to war. In that regard, my heart truly goes out to her.
However, as much as I sympathize with her terrible loss, I fear that Ms. Sheehan has initiated a protest that could hamper our national resolve in the war on terror.
The key problem, as I see it, is that Ms. Sheehan has turned her distress into an anti-Bush tirade that can have no positive conclusion.
She has called for President Bush to be impeached and jailed, claimed that her son died defending Israel instead of America (which garnered her praise from David Duke), won the support of leftists from Michael Moore to Joan Baez and has defied the president to try to make her pay her taxes.
Ms. Sheehan has even gained the admiration of the Socialist Worker online (a pro-Marxist site), which noted that her efforts are precursor for a vast anti-war protest in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24.
Sheehan’s efforts have also fed the anti-war (many I would describe more as anti-American) organizers in recent days. Daily blogs are filled with those who have cast her as a near flawless saint in their cause.
But these anti-war efforts have grown very troubling.
CNSNews.com reported this week that protesters have been situated outside the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of wounded veterans from the war in Iraq are now recovering. The protesters actually flaunt signs reading “Maimed for Lies” and “Enlist here and die for Halliburton.”
Can you imagine the insolence of these protesters? They have the audacity to disparage and demean these courageous soldiers who are enduring great physical and emotional trauma because they believed in the effort to bring freedom to Iraq.
This is possibly the most cowardly action I have ever seen.
What’s more, CNSNews.com noted that these despicable protesters have “been ignored by the establishment media.”
The so-called mainstream media’s refusal to cover these protests is almost as despicable as the actual protests. Their head-in-the-sand approach is certainly not surprising.
The media have a widely held agenda (that doesn’t include support of President Bush), and they are not about to tarnish the image of anti-war protesters by showing them for what they actually are.
With this tyrannical approach to the news, it’s really no wonder so many Americans don’t take the networks seriously anymore. And it’s no wonder that conservative Internet newssites have grown by leaps and bounds.
You know, it’s one thing not to support the war in Iraq. People who believe it to be misguided have the absolute right to hold those sentiments and express them. But when that attitude turns to bitter outbursts in the faces of our injured soldiers, something is terribly wrong.
Here’s the only good thing that can come out of this extremist anti-war effort: The American people will see the contemptible nature of the people involved who are on their hate-Bush, hate-America, hate-capitalism campaign and they will not want any part of it. As a result, we will see the election of men and women across this nation who want to preserve standards of freedom and decency.