Monday, August 08, 2005

Every Mother's Son

George W. Bush hauled stakes for Texas and a vacation a few days ago. Cindy Sheehan followed. She got off a bus Saturday afternoon and started walking to the Crawford ranch. She wanted some answers and was going to get them.

Mrs. Sheehan had met Mr. Bush once before. On April 4, 2004, just shy of a year after Bush stood on an aircraft carrier beneath a banner that read "Mission Accomplished," Cindy Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan, was killed in Iraq when his unit was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. He was 24 years old.

After Casey's death, Cindy Sheehan was invited to the White House for a visit with Mr. Bush in June of 2004. Her first memory of Bush's appearance that day was when he walked into the room and said in a loud, bluff voice, "Who we'all honorin' today?"

"His mouth kept moving," Sheehan later recalled of her meeting with Bush, "but there was nothing in his eyes or anything else about him that showed me he really cared or had any real compassion at all. This is a human being totally disconnected from humanity and reality. His eyes were empty, hollow shells." Bush called her "Ma" or "Mom" throughout the whole meeting, and never got around to learning her name.

"The whole meeting was simply bizarre and disgusting," Sheehan said later. "designed to intimidate instead of providing compassion. He didn't even know our names. I just couldn't believe this was happening. It was so surreal and bizarre. Later I met with some of the other fifteen or sixteen families who were at the White House the same day and, sure enough, they all felt the same way I did."
[ source]

Update: Fallen Solider's Mother Becomes National Security Threat
"Cindy Sheehan phoned me (David Swanson) from Texas a few minutes ago to say that she's been informed that beginning Thursday, she and her companions will be considered a threat to national security and will be arrested.
Coincidentally, Thursday is the day that Rice and Rumsfeld visit the ranch, and Friday is a fundraiser event for the haves and the have mores. Cindy said that she and others plan to be arrested."

To say I am even more disgusted (didn't think that was possible) with our President and this administration would be the ultimate understatement.
I know this is political. But it's also personal. We all live in this country and we can't keep ignoring what is happening in Iraq. Just because you don't have a family member over there, or know anyone personally who's serving doesn't mean this isn't your problem too. Because it is. The situation is NOT getting better. The insurgency is NOT in it's last throes. It's a disaster and it's time we demand answers and some idea of how we are going to get our men and women home, from the people who sent them there. I am sick of hearing we must 'stay the course'. Clearly 'staying the course' isn't working. I'm sick of politicians taking their happy asses on vacations and having parties while our men and women are dying in that dust filled hell-hole.
Maybe it's time to join Mrs Sheehan in her Impeachment Tour . I don't want to see Bush impeached, because God knows I darn sure don't want to see Cheney in the President's seat. But I do want some real, genuine answers. Which is all Cindy Sheehan is asking for.
Would it be so hard for the President and Laura to invite Mrs Sheehan up to the ranch, sit down over glass of iced tea and listen to her? Of course not. But they know she won't settle for that tired old line (we must stay the course) and will want real honest and sincere answers. I can see why they think it will be easier to simply have her arrested.
But it will only be easy if we let it.
Can you take the time to contact your Senator or Congressman and tell them how you really feel? It only takes a few minutes to dash off an email.
Here's a link ...
Contact your Congressman/woman ...

Contact your Senator

As for me, I'm thinking a trip to Crawford Texas might be just what I need. If only I can get there before Thursday.


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