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Cindy Sheehan–One Person Doing Her Best In An Often Lousy World

Cindy Sheehan, who I once saw in Crawford, Texas, has lately taken heat from some on the left.

Ms. Sheehan said she was leaving the Iraq War peace movement. But she was soon back in the news saying she might run an independent candidacy against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

I think Ms. Sheehan is pursuing an uncertain course at the moment. I’d support Ms. Pelosi over Ms. Sheehan if I had a vote in that hypothetical race.

However, that said, I think Ms. Sheehan’s critics on the left should consider a much more forgiving view.

It took a certain type of personality and a good deal of courage for Ms. Sheehan to take the anti-war stand she took and to camp out near President Bush’s ranch. It’s a type of personality people on the left should understand and appreciate. It’s stressful to speak up when others won’t.

Ms. Sheehan is doing the best she can in an often lousy world.

As for running against Ms. Pelosi, Democrats in Congress rolled over for President Bush’s agenda for a long time. What does Ms. Sheehan owe Democrats?

Putting aside Ms. Sheehan to a degree, some say that actions taken outside the two major parties are doomed to be ineffective.

To this I reply–What political party did Martin Luther King or Malcolm X represent?

What political party did Susan B. Anthony represent?

What political party did William Lloyd Garrison represent?

What political party did Tecumseh or Sitting Bull represent?

Ralph Nader has become, for some good reason I admit, the poster child for bashing efforts outside the two major parties. Yet where had long-standing Democratic majorities in Congress been on the issue of automotive safety before Mr. Nader led that crusade?

There is room for all kinds in this life.

If commentators and observers on the left don’t get that concept, who will?   

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July 24, 2007 - Posted by | Best Posts July-Dec. 2007, Political History, Politics, Texas

4 Comments »

  1. Good points.

    Cindy was never a part of the Democratic party, but as always, our tent is big.

    Unfortunately, she has lost her way and I think has been given very bad advice. Being invited to the state of the union address, dressed in a t-shirt wasnt exactly a good idea.

    Running for congress. Another bad idea. Someone is pushing her to do these stunts, and it comes off looking like what it is, a stunt.

    She had so much potential, and I appreciate what she has done, but she has been reduced to nothing but a side show.

    I wish her well, but I sure hope she doesnt cost the Democratic Party.

    Comment by John cobarruvias | July 24, 2007

  2. Good points on your part as well.Thanks for the comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 24, 2007

  3. I like this,

    It took a certain type of personality and a good deal of courage for Ms. Sheehan to take the anti-war stand she took and to camp out near President Bush’s ranch. It’s a type of personality people on the left should understand and appreciate. It’s stressful to speak up when others won’t.

    Actually I believe all humans being possess the “certain type of personality” Sheehan has put on display. That type of personality, of course, is the constant craving of attention. We want to be the center, we would like it to be all about us, yeah that old adversary that none of can’t seem to shake: PRIDE.

    This trait (I’d call it sin) is at its most heinous when it is hidden behind ‘religious’ or ‘humanitarian’ masks. Masks worn, no doubt, by folks which no doubt seek to “make the world a better place.”

    Comment by Laz | July 24, 2007

  4. Laz–Thanks for the comment. Maybe Ms. Sheehan craves attention. Or maybe she just can’t imagine that this war is still going on.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 24, 2007


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