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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Further Adventures In Arguing

I am somewhat astounded by the continuing saga of Cindy Sheehan, the rightously angry soldier's mother camped outside G-Dub's ranch. As the open letter I read from Ralph Nader said, "May you succeed where all others have failed." And she might. Because the American media loves moms, and they love timing things. How many days has it been? How long since a shower? Etc etc.

But even more astounding are the attacks on her from conservative idealogues. Since they can't counter the basic reason for her stunt - that we invaded Iraq and remain there for no real, coherent reasons - they have to try to come up with some way to get at her. So I've heard her called a 'wacko' and a 'traitor.' Other say that she is mad with grief, or even better, that she's been driven mad by the loony left, specifically archdemon Michael Moore.

My favorites, however, are the attacks on her through her dead son. One line of thinking I've seen has it that we shouldn't pay too much attention, because her soldier son died, and good soldiers aren't supposed to die. Therefore, I guess, he was a bad soldier and she....I don't know. I don't get it. But even better are those claiming that if her son was alive today, he'd be horrified by his mother's actions. Which is an amazing bit of logic, speaking for the dead (hey, someone call Ender Wiggin. BLAM! Dork reference!)

The best part about this is that Sheehan's questions aren't answerable by the Bushies. So they won't meet her. And she just might have staying power.
- Rowan Kaiser, 2:49 AM
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