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Prior to 2005, it was a danger to speak out against King George's war in Iraq, for fear of being labeled unpatriotic. Just ask the Dixie Chicks who took an unneccesary beating in both the American press and public for speaking out against his royal majesty's invasion of Iraq.  

All of a sudden, an unknown who went by the name of Cindy Sheehan, a woman who lost her son, Casey in Iraq, walked into Crawford, Texas to demand an explanation from the then President Bush on why was it neccessary to be fighting a country that had nothing do with the actions of September 11, 2001.

With that, she awoken a sleeping giant known as the anti-war movement. Folks from around the country went to Crawford, to both join with Ms. Sheehan, while others went to protest her actions, saying it demoralized troop morale.

But, with Ms. Sheehan's bravery came the hoardes of Right-Wing sycophants, pundits, and apologists who portrayed Ms. Sheehan as some sort of devil. An anti-American slug who feels that the United States of America is nothing more than the great evil in the world. Folks from Bill O'Reilly, Michelle Malkin, Fred Barnes and others have labeled this woman who lost a son, a SON, as some sort of nut. While letting the real 'nuts', the neo-cons who helped bankrolled this war, skate away without any ounce of criticism that is much needed in their direction.

The extreme criticism of Cindy Sheehan has now reached a new low, courtesy of Right-Wing talk show nut, Melanie Morgan.

Ms. Morgan, a talk radio host who is part of the bottom-feeding organization known as Move America Forward, made headlines months ago for suggesting that Bill Keller of the New York Times be sent to the Gas Chamber, has written a book called "American Mourning" which is an "expose" of Cindy Sheehan's private life. In the book, Morgan claims that Ms. Sheehan is addicted to online porn, had an affair with Lew Rockwell, and ties her to David Duke and the KKK.

Now, Ms. Morgan's basis is telling the real story that the "Liberal" media won't tell.

But, here's the problem with that idea. First off, there is no Liberal media, and it's a proven fact. Second, what folks like Melanie Morgan and other Conservative talk show hosts hate is that someone has the guts to speak out against a war that has been proven from day one to be a tragic and historical mistake.

When a Conservative is proven wrong, his or her sheep will flock to their defense.

Look at the 9/11 widows, they forced the 9/11 commission, something Bush never wanted and what did they get in return? A smear campaign headed by Ann Coulter and a flock of Conservative sheep following to Coulter's lead.

Let me ask Conservatives this question? If Bill Clinton was President during the Iraq War, and Cindy Sheehan made a vigil outside the White House to see him, tell me would you find her despicable then?

Obviously not. If Sheehan did this during a Clinton administration, the Right-Wing would've made her into a hero.

Ms. Morgan, who has no problem digging up lies on Cindy Sheehan, was once a pathetic soul addicted to gambling and once told CBS News reporter Troy Roberts "I could just get high off the cards...On the credit cards. I probably ran up 25,000 and that doesn't count the cash that I was going through either."

It's typical of a right-winger to attack the character of someone, without realizing that their character isn't as clean and pristine as they would have us believe. Just ask Mark Foley.

Of course, Ms. Morgan went to peddle this trash on Hannity and Colmes. Both she and Sean "brown-noser" Hannity tried to compare Sheehan to Mark Foley, which was confusing, because I seem to recall that Cindy Sheehan lost a son in Iraq and Mark Foley is a sexual predator. I don't know, maybe I missed that.

Cindy Sheehan awoke a sleeping giant last year and it has aggrivated the Right-Wing. The country is now against King George's war and all Right-Wingers can do is throw shit at the people who are most vocal against this war.

Cindy Sheehan didn't ask for this. She, like everybody else wanted answers to why this war was neccessary. The media didn't ask these questions, nor did the politicians. Everyone was with their tail between their legs for fear of being labeled unpatriotic. And, if that's a crime then I'm happy to plead guilty.

I disagree with Ms. Sheehan's standing side-by-side with Hugo Chavez, but I applaud her courage for standing up for what is right.

Too bad, bottom feeders like Sean Hannity and Melanie Morgan can't see that.

Originally posted to cos82005 on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 01:23 PM PDT.

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  •  I love and admire Cindy Sheehan (9+ / 0-)

    She is a courageous American patriot.  I am sorry that she doesn't post here more because of all the Cindy/Chavez haters on this site.  Fuck them.

    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

    by trashablanca on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 01:49:01 PM PDT

    •  Viva Cindy! Viva Chavez! (7+ / 0-)

      Both have the guts to speak truth to power.

      I love the smell of impeachment in the morning!

      by gabbardd on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 02:14:45 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think anyone here hates Sheehan (1+ / 0-)
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      I wish she would stick to the issue of the war and not marginalize herself by getting in to leftist politics.  It makes her message inaccessable to everyone right of Dennis Kucinich.
      I hate to say it but she kind of marginalized herself.

      •  Excuse Me.... (3+ / 0-)
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        But Teresa how would one describe DKOS and the other similar boards if not 'Leftist Politics'!!

        Extreme Left probably not, but Left 'Is' Left!!

        Chavez just boaders on the extreme without crossing that line, Cindy Just Asked A Question, Never Answered!!

        •  Leftists don't generally vote Democratic (0+ / 0-)

          dkos is a mixture of liberal and moderate democrats and a few who are somewhat conservative.
          Cindy did more than ask a few questions.  She got in to discussions that delt with I/P issues.  She got involved with Chavez, she wrote several threads here that got in to electoral politics.
          Because of that she lost her ability to be seen as "everymom".  I think it was a mistake.  And I think some people on the left latched on to her for their own purposes and that was also a mistake.  Come  on, even the world wide socialist crowd showed up pushing their aggenda last summer in TX.  

          She marginalized herself.  Everyone is entitled to their politics, but telling people how to vote and arguing about I/P was a mistake.

        •  Sheehan (0+ / 0-)

          Getting invovled with Chavez and endorsing Greens?  She is poison now.  

          •  Truth is always poison to lies. (0+ / 0-)

            She certainly is poison to the rightwingnuts now responsible for the deaths of nearly 2% of Iraq's population and as Martha would say, 'that's a good thing'.

            •  OK (0+ / 0-)

              But now she is endorsing Greens, and therefore working with Republicans to defeat Democrats.  

              •  Well, if true, it's sad that she was driven (0+ / 0-)

                out of the party that has the best chance to accomplish her goals. Reading through some of the hidden comments referenced by a commenter upthread on a progressive board, it's hard to see how she could not be led to believe that she is unwelcome in the Democratic Party.

                I and so many others understand her frustration. It took every ounce of commitment to my own goals to set aside disappointment after disappointment in vote after vote by a % of the Democratic Party, especially the last one, to stay focused on the fact that the Democrats still are our best chance to undo the harm perpetrated against this country by this administration.

                She has had a painful journey not only because of the death of her son, but by speaking out and drawing the fire she has drawn from the rightwing and some who profess to be progressives.

                Not having her courage to be a public figure in this climate, I admire and respect those who do.

                Alienating those with whom we agree is not good strategy.  Would she feel the need to look elsewhere were she not so viciously attacked even on a board like this?  I don't know, but it certainly was a mistake and just plain wrong.

                If I could talk to her personally, I would direct her to what caused me to set aside my own disappointments in the Democratic Party, that being the unarguable fact that if Dems win, some of our best Dems, Conyers eg, will be in charge of some very important Committees, and ask her join us in first ousting the Republican Party which can only be done by supporting Democrats, and then we will join her in never giving up on making them accountable.

                I would apologize to her for the pain some on our side have caused her and in fact, they themselves owe her an apology.

                It's unlikely she will read this thread but if she does I know she is an extremely intelligent woman and I would ask her to read Georgia10's front page article today. Waxman, Charlie Wrangle, Conyers and so many more Democrats who were never fooled by Republican deception and lies, but were unable to do more than keep a record of their crimes, and wait for an opportunity like this to come along.

                I think she can't help but see why it is so important that Democrats win this election. I hope some on our side, see why it is so important not to alienate allies because we need every iota of help we can get to win this battle.

                We are nearly there, and I think everyone who is truly opposed to this administration, needs to set aside their differences (and this thread sadly shows that some have chosen personal vendettas over taking back their country) and join together for the next two weeks to vote out this government. I think Cindy is a big enough person to do that. I haven't seen much evidence that the few who've consistently attacked her on this board are capable of doing the same. I hope so but if they aren't, I for one will have confirmation of what I think their real priorities are.

                •  Sheehan (0+ / 0-)

                  I feel terrible for Cindy Sheehan, and thought her vigil at the Bush ranch was great.  But like a lot of well-meaning people who vote Green, what she is doing now is counter-productive.  And the Chavez business is no good at all.  The guy may be a lefty, but he is an authoritarian and a nut.  

                  Again, I sympathize with her.  This is obviously a lot more personal to her than to most of us.  And I understand her anger.  But its not enough to be angry.  You have to be smart too.  

  •  Agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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    But I don't get the need to embrace a guy like Chavez.  Hell, just for the sake of cred.  That guy is no friend of the American left...

    No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. - Edward R. Murrow

    by CrazyHorse on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 02:01:05 PM PDT

    •  You.... (3+ / 0-)
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      Must have a touch of freeper in the blood!

      So I'll ask what I would to them, instead of giving the only thing beside 'recommend' to your comment.

      What's your problem with Chavez, outside that not knowing a real thing about him but that portrayed by the MSM???????

      •  Chavez (1+ / 0-)
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        is an authoritarian, who has amended to constiution to keep himself in power.  

      •  You presume too much. (0+ / 0-)

        I know quite a lot about Chavez and I was originally something of a tacit supporter.  The reality is, however, he is a dictator, pure and simple.  He has engineered a system in which he holds total power and he has altered his government's constitution to keep himself in power.  

        Those actions, alone, undermine his credibility.  

        No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. - Edward R. Murrow

        by CrazyHorse on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 07:09:30 PM PDT

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    •  He is no enemy of the American left either (6+ / 0-)

      He is a legitimately elected head of state of a sovereign nation. People don't have to like him. But what I don't get is the hatred for a man who sees through the lies of a US government that is harming this country and who certainly intended to cause him harm.

      A decent leader in this country would deal diplomatically with him and other democratically elected leaders. Bush of course hates him. He threw out the oil barons and shared the profits of Venezuela's natural resourses with gasp the Venezuelan people!

      Having friends in Venezuela I can say that they are very happy with their president. That's all that matters ... America has to get over thinking they know what's best for the rest of the world.

      Cindy was at a peace conference which happened to be in Venezuela. Why wasn't George Bush there?  Oh yes, our leadership is not interested in peace. At least Chavez attended ~ I'll be happy when we have leaders who might consider attending such an event, instead of promoting forever war.

      And when Chavez is responsible for the number of deaths this president has caused, (over 600,000) I'll be telling Cindy not to be seen with him also. Til then, I have no problem with her attendence there or her visit with Chavez.

      Chavez hasn't harmed me or my family. George Bush has. It's simple, I don't see the hysterics at all over this when there is so much more important and deadly issues to reserve our outrage for.

    •  I agree with you (0+ / 0-)

      I don't understand the worship that Chavez receives on some of these boards. Just because he opposes Bush doesn't mean that he is worthy of any support either.

      http://www.keen.com/jiacinto For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

      by jiacinto on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 02:28:52 PM PDT

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      •  Worship? Recognizing a legitimate (5+ / 0-)

        head of state is hardly worship. Are you outraged over the attempted coup d'etat in Venezuela that had the approval of the Bush administration?  I find myself far more outraged at how our government, in our name btw, has involved itself in the overthrow of governments, Haiti eg, that are none of our business.  Are you aware of the situation in Haiti today and the suffering of the Haittian people as a result of our interference there?

        That would have been the fate of the people of Venezuela had the US realized its wish that their president be forcibly removed from office.

        I'm glad the people of Venezuela supported their elected president and helped restore him to power.  I worship no one, but I do recognize and respect legitimacy and abhor the policies of this administration in particular.

  •  Cindy Sheehan presented a huge threat to (6+ / 0-)

    those who lied this country into a disastrous war. She did not read their script, whereby anyone who lost a child, brother, sister, mother, father, friend in this illegal war of choice for profit, was supposed to offer it up in the name of false patriotism.

    You are so right in that the right stands by their 'heroes' no matter how many lies they are caught telling, until it's simply not possible to do so anymore. Then they blame the so-called liberal media for exposing them. That's the only sin they recognize, that they were caught.

    I remember well the fear of speaking out against this administration before people like Cindy Sheehan or Cynthia McKinney and a few others broke the ice and opened the door a crack so that the rest of us could feel a little less fear to do so.

    Even people who juts posted their opinions on political forums back then, as I did, received death threats and many stopped speaking out as a result of the very nasty atmosphere that was created. Ari Fleischer's chilling words 'they better watch what they say' were taken seriously.

    I used to wish that someone would join those of us who felt very threatened and very much alone in the fall of 2001. Someone who could get the attention of the media.

    Cindy Sheehan did that ~ and in the summer of 2005 she helped turn a corner in the opposition to this administration's dangerous policies.

    I for one will never forget her contribution. It always surprises me how quickly some on our side forget those who helped shine a light on the lies and corruption of this administration.

    I remember one picture of Cindy that brought me to tears and still does. She was standing alone, holding Casey's teddy bear. The sadness on her face was unbearable.

    The fact is that even when all this is over and I hope that will be soon, her son will still be gone and until the day she herself dies, that will always tear at her heart, as it will all of those who suffer such a loss.

    Thank you Cindy. We love you. Ignore those who cannot bring themselves to understand what drove you to put your grief to good use. Those who allow themselves to be 'embarrassed' because you say what is in your heart and it might not meet with their standards of how things ought to be said.

    And most of all ignore those mentioned in this diary, who have no hearts because they have allowed hatred to take over their lives rather than accept that lying about war is one of the worst crimes a president can commit against his country. Ignore them. They hold onto the lies as if their lives depended on it. While you held onto the truth and the love you have for your son. Can any decent person question who has made the better the choice here?  I don't think so.

  •  Fuck Morgan (3+ / 0-)
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    The sicko right-wing slime-throwers won't stop Sheehan.  It does show what a threat she has become to the repugs that they're doing this at all.  I support you, Cindy!

    "Why, Tom, we're the people that live. They ain't gonna wipe us out. Why, we're the people--we go on." Ma Joad, The Grapes of Wrath

    by rocketito on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 02:22:22 PM PDT

  •  We've gotta get back the Fairness Doctrine (2+ / 0-)
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    TV news (and radio) has deteriorated so far a lot of people don't even know what the truth is anymore. So many seem to think right and wrong is just your "opinion."
    I miss the truth being told on the air. The only ones doing it right now are Amy Goodman, Keith Olbermanna dn comedy guys like Jon Stewart. That Morgan, Malkin, Hannity, Rush, Billo are allowed to out-and-out LIE is simply amazing.

    And as to one point you made here.

    If Bill Clinton was President during the Iraq War, and Cindy Sheehan made a vigil outside the White House to see him, tell me would you find her despicable then?
    Obviously not. If Sheehan did this during a Clinton administration, the Right-Wing would've made her into a hero.

    Well, Clinton would never have gone to Iraq. But if Cindy's son had died in, say, Bosnia, I have no doubt he'd not only see her, he would have gone to Casey's funeral. I know the point you're making, but let's face it, those on the right have no morals and values and so do not follow the same rules as the rest of us.

    All Truth is non-partisan

    by MA Liberal on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 02:24:20 PM PDT

  •  What I think (1+ / 0-)
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    I know that people will flame me for sayings this. However, in all honesty, Sheehan is no longer helping the cause that she ostensibly is promoting--ending the war in Iraq. Instead she has become more of a hindrance than a help to the cause that she is promoting.

    At first, when she first began her protest, Sheehan was able to connect with mainstream Americans. She came off as the "grieving mother" who lost her son in the war. She had potential to truly convey the personal impact of this war on mainstream Americans. The first few months she had significantly broad appeal.

    However, around about October or so of last year, when she started associating with Hugo Chavez and speaking about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, she lost her appeal. She turned into another far-left activist. She no longer had any appeal with mainstream America.

    However anyone here feels about Chavez--I personally don't like him--there is no denying the fact that, even though most Americans probably do not know much about him, they have a strongly negative opinion of him. This also includes many on the left. The minute that she appeared with him, appearing with a leader who has called Bush the "Devil", she lost her appeal.

    Sheehan is now cuasing more harm to the cause that she cares about than she is helping. Rightly or wrongly she has become the "Jane Fonda" of the war in Iraq. And whatever appeal she had when she began protesting has faded.

    It is a shame, for she really did connect with mainstream Amreicans at first. But now that she has associated with the likes of Hugo Chavez and given her opinion on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, she's lost her appeal. She's now more of a hindrance than a help.

    http://www.keen.com/jiacinto For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

    by jiacinto on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 02:28:12 PM PDT

    •  Ahhh, Jiacinto... (3+ / 0-)
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      We remember your disrespect to the grieving mother of a dead Iraq War Veteran. I wondered how Casey Sheehan would feel, were he alive to see you spew bile at his mother from behind a pseudonym.

      You shared your disrespect in her own diary, not long ago. In her diary, you wrote worse about Cindy than you have today, but I won't bother digging around for it. Anyone who's interested, just take a look at Cindy's last diary entry.

      I remember, some of the uglier comments were hidden, so you many not be able to see the worst of it, but Jiacinto was recommending and agreeing with the very most disrespectful comments which ended up hidden for their sheer offensiveness.

    •  And what (3+ / 0-)
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      is your problem with a far left activist?  This site has a whole bunch of us, and we are proud of it!

    •  Be honest (3+ / 0-)
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      Why puff up about Cindy "hurting her cause" when it's a cause you don't even support?

    •  See - that's the thing with mothers - (2+ / 0-)
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      we're more than mothers.  We're individuals with minds and souls.  She's more than a "grieving mother."  She is a woman who is now speaking out as a thinking individual - and I applaud her.  I don't wake up every morning and say to myself:  Now what do I do today that won't offend middle America (whatever that is).  Screw that.  she found herself in a maelstrom and she ran with it.  She is true to herself.  A polished politician with a coterie of handlers?  Thank God, no.

      I have no patience with people who grow old at 60 just because they are entitled to a bus pass. Mary Wesley, British novelist

      by xanthe on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 04:10:48 PM PDT

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    •  Well, I'm mainstream America and she still (1+ / 0-)
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      connects with me and my friends and family.

      And since when did telling the truth become 'not effective'?

      You really  should just speak for yourself and you are entitled to your opinion, which you have shared with us. In my opinion though, you are very much in the minority. Over 60% of the American people now agree with Cindy. I think her truth-telling contributed and still contributes to that.

  •  Cindy for President, Seriously (0+ / 0-)

    Surely the dem lovers here on D-Kos will not go that far. Surely you'd rather support a pro-war dem than consider supporting a spoiler like Cindy. But if the lame-duck dems elect a pro-war, pro-torture, hawk like Hilary then Cindy deserves our vote.

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