Saturday, September 17, 2005

No Moore, Ms. Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan has lost it completely. Not content with her Crawford, Tex., vigil, the bereaved mother has made a trip down to New Orleans to check up on yet another of President Bush's failures. In a long, rambling essay on Michael Moore's website, Sheehan seems to take leave of her senses entirely:
George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self [sic] from power.
Occupied New Orleans? She's got to be kidding, right? Read it for yourselves, though. She's not cracking a smile at all.

It looks like that "absolute" moral authority that Maureen Dowd made so much of has lost a bit of its veneer. I never did understand how losing a loved one could give anyone moral authority. Emotional authority, perhaps, but that has nothing to do with morality. This is exactly why the victim's family doesn't sit on the killer's jury and, without begrudging her the grief she feels, why Cindy Sheehan should not and will not have influence over the American Iraq war policy.

Lot's of people—especially on the right—are shocked and appalled at Sheehan and the things she says. I, for one, am not. She has the right to her opinion and certainly to her grief and outrage. What appalls me is the fact that there are plenty of people out there like Michael Moore who are only too happy to give Sheehan a platform and a megaphone. These people obviously have no qualms with exploiting a broken woman just so they can score a few points against Bush and maybe sell a few more books. They're really the ones who ought to be ashamed.
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