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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Not In My Name

Ronald R. Griffin from his opinion Journal article She Does Not Speak for Me - My son died in Iraq--and it was not in vain:

I lost a son in Iraq and Cindy Sheehan does not speak for me.

The fallen heroes, until now, have enjoyed virtually no individuality. They have been treated as a monolith, a mere number. Now Mrs. Sheehan, with adept public relations tactics, has succeeded in elevating herself above the rest of us. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida declared that Mrs. Sheehan is now the symbol for all parents who have lost children in Iraq. Sorry, senator. Not for me.
Mary from No Exit wants to make it quite clear:

Other than that, all I can say is that I've always been repulsed by those who presume to speak for the dead.

If I ever happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, you can protest for peace with fascists and appeasement and hearts and flowers, but DO NOT DO IT IN MY NAME!
The Lawhawk points us to another case of “not in my name

The Uniformed Firefighters has decided to withdraw support for the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, citing two controversial museums proposed there.



7 Comments:

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Jack said...

These people are exercising their right to speak their opinion, as Cindy Sheehan is. We should listen to them ALL, not simply the one we hope to believe. There are thousands of people who have lost loved ones in Iraq, and obviously those thousands include people with all different opinions, political affiliations etc. People don't seem to understand that.

Sam wrote a good post about this story.

-Jersey Perspective

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Jack, you missed the point - it's been nonstop Cindy Sheehan in the media. Name one person that represents the opposite point of view? You can’t and that’s our point. Cindy Sheehan speaks for disaffected, far left groups in the United States and not for the vast majority of Americans or military families. We are not listening to “all” the voices, we are being forced to listen to one kook as if she had some sort of special right to heard.

 
At 1:08 PM, Anonymous SloppyDawg said...

. We are not listening to “all” the voices, we are being forced to listen to one kook as if she had some sort of special right to heard.

She's got just as much right to be heard on this issue as Debra Burlingame has to be heard on the 9/11 memorial site.

Kook? That's just disrespectful. You can disagree with her without resorting to name-calling.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Half of what you hear about Cindy Sheehan is right wingers getting quotes from the people with the opposite point of view.

- Jersey Perspective

 
At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is she the FAR LEFT?

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Enlighten, do most people agree with everything Cindy Sheehan is demanding? No.

Do most people view Cindy Sheehan as a "leader" of the anti-war movement? No.

Does Cindy Sheehan speak on behalf of all military families? No.

Does a majority of the citizens of the United States oppose the war that Cindy Sheehan is protesting? Yes.

I'd appreciate a response from you to my post this morning about Sheehan on Jersey Perspective. I often disagree with you, but I respect your opinion, so I'd be interested to hear what you think of what I said.

-- Jersey Perspective

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Sam, see our post, Sheehan Has Had Her Say, for our reponse. Now, how do you figure that the majority of Americans are against the GWOT the U.S. is fighting?

Or are we to go by battle by battle polls?

 

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