Monday, August 15, 2005

Just up Highway Six and a few left and rights through Waco there is a item that the media deems news worthy, I find it an interesting paradigm in American politics. Cindy Sheehan, a woman who lost her son while he was serving in Iraq has been camped out near President Bush's ranch in Crawford. She wishes to speak to the President about her grief and the reasons for the war and to ask him to bring our men and women home, immediately. She plans on camping near the ranch until the President speaks with her or ends his "vacation". Though I don't think the President ever truly gets a vacation the way you and I think of it.

First of all, my heart goes out to Ms. Sheehan and every family member who has lost a loved on in service to our country in war and in peacetime. I can not imagine the level of her grief, however I do not see how she can hold President Bush responsible when her son volunteered to join the armed forces. He certainly was an adult able to make the choice on his own and knew the potential risks involved. I can understand her need to place blame, psychologically it allows the human mind to come to terms with their grief...I learned this in 10th grade.

Multiple websites have sprung up, including a blog entitled Crawford Update. As I read this blog and the others that have sprung up I can reach only conclusion, the far left has grasped at a paper tiger and this woman has become their poster child, a victim of Bush and his policies. The hate that spews from these sites lacks all reason and logic, poor arguments grace their pages, and it would appear that those with opposite views are either not allowed to counter or they just don't care. Probably a little from column "A" and a little from coloumn "B". It is quite amazing.

In the mid 1800s, the President would commonly meet visitors at the White House and address their grievances, yet those days are long past. In any administration, the President can not meet with every Tom, Dick, Harry, and nut job who wants to speak to him. President Bush spoke with Ms. Sheehan and other parent's over a year ago and in the time since apparently Ms. Sheehan has changed her mind on the character of the President. In any event, this woman has either lost her mind to her grief or has become a puppet for the antiwar movement. In either event, it is a sad state of events.

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