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There is a movement afoot to nominate Cindy Sheehan as the Time Magazine Person of the Year for 2005. Without any doubt, Cindy's tireless efforts have been the spark for the downturn of the Bush administration's political fortunes. But her work has always been on behalf of someone else. Furthermore, to think of Cindy strictly in terms of her political influence tends to miss the point.

This is why I believe that Cindy's son, Casey Sheehan, should be recognized as Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

I followed the link in Sprinkles' post, urging me to submit Cindy's name as my choice for Time's Person of the Year. When I got to the page, the first thing that caught my notice was the submission of a person named Frank, who suggested that the fallen American soldier be Time's Person of the Year. I remembered that in 2003 it was the American soldier who was chosen as the Person of the Year, and then it landed on me like a ton of bricks.

Casey Sheehan is the only Iraq War casualty who I know by name.

I know what Casey looks like. I would recognize him immediately if I ran into him on the street. I know how he conducted his life, I know his tastes, his likes and dislikes, his dreams, hopes, and ambitions. I know something about who Casey Sheehan is.

Two thousand is a number. It was the year of the millenium.  Christianity is about 2000 years old. Two thousand dollars will get you through the month. It's a nice, respectable-sized number. Not as impressive a number as a hundred thousand, not as unwieldy as a trillion, and not as lonely as one.

Casey Sheehan is a man. He has friends, family, a girlfriend, and a mother. He walked and talked, loved and laughed, and made a mark on the world. He left a mark after he was gone.

Cindy's contribution to the world is not in turning public opinion against an irresponsible president who wages an immoral war. I'm not even sure if she can take the credit for that. Cindy Sheehan made the world a better place because she introduced us to her son, Casey. Through Casey, I learned what the number two thousand means, and if I had never met him, two thousand would be just another number to me.

Casey Sheehan should be Time's Person of the Year for 2005. To the minds of all of us who do not have a personal stake in the Iraq War, he alone represents the fallen American soldier. I can weep for Casey, but I cannot shed a single tear for a number.

The nomination form can be found here. If you agree that Casey should be nominated, don't forget to recommend this diary.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and thank you, Cindy, for introducing me to your son.

Originally posted to autoegocrat on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 08:27 AM PST.

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  •  First diary (4.00)
    I feel strongly about this. I hope you do, too.

    Check out The Flypaper Theory, a group blog in Memphis, Tennessee

    by autoegocrat on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 08:27:04 AM PST

  •  What has she actually accomplished? (none)
    Did any troops come home as a result of her efforts?
    •  silly comment (none)
      I'm not inclined to follow the diarist's suit, but you can't claim that because no troops have come home due to Cindy Sheehans' direct intervention means she's accomplished nothing. She caused Bush considerable strife pre-Katrina, and contributed greatly to publicizing and popularizing the war resistance.

      Cindy's noise was a part in an oratorio made up of the administration's own many foibles and other sharp thorns that meant for Bush, it was all downhill from there.

      Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

      by bumblebums on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 08:59:39 AM PST

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  •  unfortunately (none)
    Casey died in 2004 and I think the person needs to have been alive for at least part of 2005 to be the person of the year.

    if people want to KOS the poll that's OK, but I am pretty sure Time only names living people to be person of the year.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Nov 24, 2005 at 08:46:43 AM PST

  •  Person of the Year (none)
    Casey was a fine young man and I believe his mother was instrumental in turning the tide for this war to one against. My compassion is for all the fallen, their families and the innocent Iraqi victims. But I also support the conscientious objectors from the Viet Nam War and from this one.
  •  casey deserves the award (none)
    and what a great post
    love and peace soon
    cindy sheehan
  •  Pat Tillman (none)
    wouldn't be the worst choice either...

    died in battle, but a battle by mistake with our own troops and his story was lied about by the administration for weeks...

  •  Time (none)
    Who the hell cares who Time picks for person of the year? It is a meaningless title. They have picked anyone from Hitler to Bush as person of the year. It is not exactly an honor.

    Besides a magazine that glorifies Ann Coulter doesn't make much of a prestige left. It is just another corporate media gimmick to get you to spend your money buying a publication spreading official govt propaganda.

  •  Time (none)
    Corruption of Time magazine and the rest of the corporate media is exposed in the NY Review of Books.

    The magazine's editors put special energy into their April 18 cover, "The Time 100." Now in its second year, this annual feature salutes the hundred "most influential" people in the world, including most recently NBA forward Lebron James, country singer Melissa Etheridge, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Ann Coulter (again!), journalist Malcolm Gladwell, and evangelical best-selling author Rick Warren. Time enlisted additional celebrities to write profiles of some of the chosen one hundred--Tom Brokaw on Jon Stewart, Bono on Jeffrey Sachs, Donald Trump on Martha Stewart, and Henry Kissinger on Condoleezza Rice (she's handling the challenges facing her "with panache and conviction" and is enjoying "a nearly unprecedented level of authority"). To celebrate, Time invited the influentials and their chroniclers to a black-tie gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time-Warner Building.

    A staff member of Time's business department told me that the "100" issue is highly valued because of the amount of advertising it generates. In 2004, for instance, when Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was named a "Builder and Titan," her company bought a two-page spread in the issue. Because Time's parent company, Time Warner, must post strong quarterly earnings to please Wall Street, the pressure to turn out such moneymakers remains intense. By contrast, there's little advertising to be had from writing about inner-city mothers, so the magazine seems unlikely to alter its coverage in any significant way.

  •  Humanitarians (none)
    Time Person of the Year = Most Influential (rather than the most virtuous) person of the year.

    Therefore, Cindy Sheehan deserves the title because her efforts spearheaded the search for the truth behind the Bush Administration's war. "What Noble Cause" is the question.

    Next in line should be the head of the United Nations' emergency relief (name escapes me, Norwegian man) for pushing the whole world to focus on the tsunami relief PLUS all the silent relief needs (famine, displaced refugees).

    My first choice for Time Man of the Year would be George W. Bush/Richard Cheney/Donald Rumsfeld and the Vulcan Team because nobody has had so much NEGATIVE INFLUENCE since maybe WW2?

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