Stop It, Cindy!
A friend writes:
“Forgive me for sounding like a prude, but when Cindy does stuff like cozying up to Hugo Chavez and mumbling about running for Sen. Feinstein's seat, it makes me feel vaguely apprehensive.
She's good with her original message and should stick to it. Venturing into the world of hyperbole makes her prime meat for the Right, assisted as they are by the mainstream media.
I'm waiting for one of the Bushevik apologists to ask, "If Cindy Sheehan received bruises, let's see 'em." ”
At first, I was a bit offended by this remark. But, after a few minutes of thought, the hypocrisy behind Sheehan’s latest maneuvers really began to sink in. You may remember, back in November, Cindy tried to make a go of it in the publishing world with Not One More Mother’s Child. The ensuing book signing was a complete flop, it received horrible and scathing reviews, and this in itself should have gone to show that perhaps her fifteen minutes of fame was up then.
Then, in late January, she did make mention that she was considering vying for California Senator Feinstein’s seat, stating, “She voted for the war. She continues to vote for the funding. She won't call for an immediate withdrawal of the troops.”
Not two days later, Sheehan and Hugo Chavez made photo ops. Chavez has stated, “Enough already with the imperialist aggression! … Down with the U.S. empire! It must be said, in the entire world: Down with the empire!” referring to the US intervention and occupation of places from Panama to Iraq.
This all gives me pause for thought. I wonder if Cindy, who’s original message was one of true protest and righteous, angry questioning of our president’s policies, hasn’t tasted fame and decided she wanted more?
The question that irritates me most about this is, considering her original plight, how her recent activities makes peace activists look in the eyes of the extreme right? Are we all just seeking the almighty buck and a few more minutes in the press’ limelight? This sort of carousing makes Sheehan look as though she is profiting from her son’s death, and further rubs the collective activist’s nose in her own crap!
So, after some thought on the subject, I have to say: Stop it, Cindy! You’ve had your time in the spotlight, you made an excellent point, now sit down and shut up! Continuing on with this sort of behavior is beginning to smell an awful lot like wartime profitability, and that smells an awful lot like shit.