Re: Cindy Sheehan arrested... What's your thoughts?
[quote author=Tony link=topic=62488.msg1069426#msg1069426 date=1163625493]
Just was wondering what you guys think about Cindy Sheehan being arrested on White House property this week for protesting again. She was arrested because she was blocking an entrance and refused to move when asked to by police... Do you think she is a nut job looking for attention or does she actually believe that what she is doing is right and will bring an end to the war.. Let me know if you are in the Military or a VET..
Cindy Sheehan has the right to protest, the right to make her views heard, and the right to say what she has to say without government interference.
She DOESN'T have the right to obstruct entrances to government property, cause public disruption, or refuse to obey lawful commands from US law enforcement officers.
And that's what gets me. She makes a big deal about being carried off for protesting, but the reality is that she's breaking some other law and is given plenty of warnings before they haul her away. I guess if she feels it's worth it, then more power to her. I disagree with her point, but respect her right to make it.
What I absolutely REFUSE to agree with is that she is off-limits for criticism. Any time someone speaks negatively about her or her "mission" or her public comments, plenty of people are happy to jump down their throats..."how dare you criticize this poor woman"...."give her a break, she lost her son"....etc, etc. As far as I'm concerned, she lost any protection from criticism the moment she began appearing at rallies and speaking about anything not directly connected to the war and her son. She's spoken out about all kinds of aspects of US foreign policy, criticized the administration for all manner of things...to me, that removes any "poor woman" consideration she might have deserved at one point. And another thing....who pays her bills? She's on the road so much, you know that she isn't funding herself on these adventures. At this point, and for a while, she's nothing more than a mouthpiece for organizations with an agenda. And if you follow the money, most of those anti-war organizations came into being out of anti-bush, anti-republican, or leftist groups. She was the keynote speaker at a rally put on by some group, that was actually funded and organized by the Workers World Party...that's right: she spoke on behalf of an actual cold-war era communist party. She's bff with Hugo Chavez. etc.
She's a sad woman that let her moment of fame go to her head. I feel for her in the loss of her son, but she's gone from a grieving mother to a legitimate target for severe criticism.