I tired not to write about this because I didn’t want to give her any coverage, but now I feel the need to defend Cindy Sheehan.
In case you haven’t heard all ready, Cindy Sheehan is the mother of a fallen US soldier in Iraq. Now she’s camped out in front of Bush’s Crawford, TX ranch inhopes that she’ll be able to ask Bush why her son died. It’s a nearly impossible position for Bush, but the woman lost her son and when she met Bush initially she was really turned off by how he was acting around her, calling her “Mom” and such.
But now the Sheehan drama has taken an interesting twist because her family is speaking out against her.
This from the Drudge Report:
The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son’s good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.
What bothers me in the note above is that third sentence that I bolded. People, this was her son. She has the right to grieve publicly, and politically if she wants. And yes, her family has every right to say that they don’t agree. But to then go on and guess why she’s doing it simply floors me. Especially since this is her family!
And by the way, the last sentence is pretty interesting too. The family says that they’re silently supporting the troops, country and the President with prayer and respect. Sorry, but emailing The Drudge Report is anything but silent. Cindy deserves a little bit more respect than that.
Now, would I do the same in her situation? Absolutely not. But I feel it’s her right as a mother to grieve this way and I’m disappointed that her family is trying to tear her down and distance themselves by hiding behind “defending” Casey’s name.