So this time, instead of all the generals and military families shown waving flags or discussing how Iraq is now turning the corner ("This time it's really happening. I'm serious."), the idiotbox presents us with Cindy Sheehan who wants to know why her son needed to die in Iraq. This is a damn good question. After listening to the constantly-revised litany of reasons put forth by the Washington oil cabal, we all would like to know why people are dying to make a bad situation worse.
The rightwing reaction has taken on a number of predictably despicable forms. Thus we have talk show host Phil Hendrie calling Cindy Sheehan "another ignorant cow” and Eric at RS calling Ms. Sheehan a "media whore." Does this make all the troops trotted out in front of cameras in support of the war belligerent sheep? Or perhaps media pimps? In an excellent post (with a nice classical quotation!), f. kwan points out that what's good for the goose is good for the gander:
Ms. Sheehan is using the media for all its worth to get her message across, because that's what the ruling party has always done, and what the American people appear to desire, or what Karl Rove and the mythmakers created and thus the people craved. After 9/11 they created a just-folks, God-fearing warrior to make the country safe from Terrorism from the disjointed bits of The Impaired One. Ms. Sheehan is just doing the same thing for a good cause: peace, and her role trumps even the warrior. Her role is Mom . . . Trouble ahead and trouble behind. The news laps up stories about white women in trouble, so Ms. Sheehan gives us a white woman who is trouble. No matter whether you agree with her or not, you can not deny the grief a mother has for her dead child.
One rightwing meme is that Ms. Sheehan's statement "cheapens" the sacrifice of troops in Iraq. Evidently, we should simply be good sheeple and follow behind the prez wherever he leads us, shouting baaa-aaa-aaad at all the sheeple who step out of line.
Other discussion can be found at: Right-Left Story, TacJammer, Broken Windows, Ramblings from my Mind, and Huffington Post.
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