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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Honor Our Fallen

Cindy Sheehan, yet again, demeaning the death of her son and causing her family more grief.
It breaks my heart that she is not stable enough to realize what all of America understands, that she is being used by a few to embarrass a country which her son believed was worth giving his life for.
Thank God she lives in a country that allows her the freedom to act this way. Her son died fighting, so that others may someday be able to know that kind freedom.


Blogger Georgiapeach said...

But Kathi, I think every mother deserves to get a little crazy after the death of a child.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont know how i would react either. My brother came home last Friday, he will be staying at my mom's. Dont know if he has been by yet or not, but I'll let him know.

Love ya


12:46 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

gp ~ I agree completely. Impossible to know how one would react. However she's torn her family apart and I honestly believe she's being used. I pray for her and her family, and I hope someday they'll be able to reconcile. Like I said, breaks my heart.

abi ~ NO,he hasn't came by! How long is he here for? You, Cosme and Jason should come by and I'll take a picture, I'll make a copy for your momma too.

1:49 PM

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He came in on Friday of last week. Im not sure how long he'll be here for. He said that he wants to join the marines and few months, so not sure.


3:24 PM  
Blogger joey♥ said...

i think she is not necessarily unstable, just extremely passionate and driven. her purpose formed once her son died, and she seems to live to fulfill that purpose, no matter what the cost. i applaud her for her drive and sheer determination, but have to admit, she is doing more harm than good.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Serafini, Actor to the Stars! said...

So how is she being used and how is she embarrassing her country?

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She lost a child and while I dont have children, I cant imagine how painful that would be for her !


2:03 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

First, let me say that I'm sorry if I offended anyone, that is never my intent, and that I appreciate everyones point of view.

I, too, can't begin to imagine (and don't want to) what it would be like to lose a child. Regardless of her son being full grown and making his own decision to join the military, a child is always a child to a parent.

With that said, I feel that she has been (and continues to be) used by the 'left wing' (so to speak) of our country. And granted, both left and right 'winged' sides of our country have every right (thank God for our rights) to voice their opinions.

Sheehan's account of her first meeting with Bush, occurred two months after her son's death in April 2004. Sheehan was part of a larger group of grieving family members who met with Bush at Fort Lewis in Washington state. After the meeting, she was quoted by the newspaper in her hometown of Vacaville, Calif., as saying that the president seemed sympathetic.

This is where I believe she began being used when she was in a grieving and delicate state of mind as she was then approached by political organizers who swiftly mobilized around her -- recognizing an opportunity to cause acute discomfort for a vacationing president and put a powerful emotional frame around the antiwar movement. TrueMajority -- an antiwar group founded by Ben Cohen, one of the creators of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream -- hired Fenton Communications, a Washington public relations firm that has worked intermittently with Sheehan over the past year to coordinate media coverage.
Soon after she changed her view of her meeting with President Bush, saying that Bush treated her callously during the meeting.

After she began working with the media firms, her husband filed for divorce and her family gave several statements, including "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 expense of her son's good name and reputation," said an e-mail sent to the Reporter newspaper, in Vacaville,
"The Sheehan family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving," the e-mail said. "The rest of the Sheehan family supports the troops, our country and our president, silently, with prayer and respect."

In her latest arrest, which I spoke of in this post along with the corresponding picture, it again was done for media effect and not to resolve any of the issues she claims to be so concerned about. Richard Grenell, the spokesman for the U.S. Mission, said in response to Sheehan’s arrest: “We invited her in to discuss her concerns with a U.S. Mission employee. She chose not to come in but to lay down in front of the building and block the entrance. It was clearly designed to be a media stunt, not aimed at rational discussion.”

Again, I never mean to insult anyone who reads my blog, and if I've done so by writing my opinions, I apologize. I do, also, appreciate anyone letting me know they feel differently.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I can't fathom the loss of a child but she's a little over the top for me.

6:59 AM  
Blogger LoveLladro said...

I agree with you Kathi... I have seen what losing a child can do to a parent firsthand. I have also seen one parent heal and the other go off the deep end. I think Cindy Sheehan masks her "healing" in the form of protest but really it does nothing for her grief.

Death sucks, I don't deny that but there has to be an acceptance of it. Susan Saint James (who lost her son in a plane crash) said "Having resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other guy dies."

On that note, I feel for her. How hard must it be to accept death if you aren't a Christian. The only way I have been able to accept my mother's death is to know that I will see her again.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Leesa said...

What is sad, as you have stated, is how she is being used.

I have known Army families, and I am not sure one of them ever really thinks of the ultimate sacrifice. They avoid those feelings, at least when talking with friends. Some even site bad luck for not wanting to talk about death.

9:13 AM  
Blogger bbsgirl said...

Kathi....I can't agree with you more on this. I'm positive she is this way due to the tremendous hurt from the loss of her son. She is way over the top and I too feel the need to pray for her and her family. She angers alot of military that believe in what they are doing (My Bob's son's unit is where I get my statement from). I feel she makes our country look bad. Yet, part of me wants to feel so sorry for her because It's apparent she's this way because of her son's death. It's true, none of us know how we'll react from that sort of loss. We can just hope and pray we don't go over the top like she has. I too believe she is being used BIG TIME!!!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Stacy-Deanne said...

Kathi I see your point but in all fairness people grieve in different ways. We must respect that. Some people can accept someone's death calmly. Others cannot. I don't think she's demeaning anything. I believe that she is really hurting and she wants justice, a justice she feels she's not getting. Bush walks around while all of these folks are dying but has he shown an inkling that he cares for the people who lose loves ones in the war? No he goes off and plays cricket in other countries. I don't see Cindy as being someone who wants publicity or is just using her son's death. I feel her pain and I don't even have children. She is hurting. She is experiencing something no mother should ever have to deal with. So I can understand. I am not saying I would do the same thing but I understand. The lady has guts to me. She is continuing to fight because she feels she needs to. Nothing is wrong with that in my opinion. The woman lost something she will NEVER get back. We can't put a timeline on grief or anything like that. I love you, Kathi. You know I do but I don't agree with your entire point about Cindy. She deserves to grieve how she wants to. In her eyes her son was killed for something that didn't need to be done. Many agree that this war was unnecessary yet it has torn so many apart. I hope Cindy gets her justice one day. But it's a shame it probably won't be until Bush is out of office. And by that time it is too late. If the man cared why can't he at least meet with this woman once? That's the reason she is doing what she's doing. Bush could have settled this with her last year if he cared. The woman only wanted a meeting and he refused millions of times yet he can go to his ranch and here, there and everywhere? And this is supposed to be a president who cares? I think another one would have met and spoke to her. Bush refuses to. The woman doesn't care how it looks to other people. She's hurting. And I can understand that. How she deals with it is up to her and I think she's a very strong lady. She is doing what a lot of others wouldn't ever have the guts to...standing up against the government. I applaud her. She will go down in history as a true activist. True Blue and I may be in the minority on this right now but I don't care. I have to state my opinion and I believe that Cindy is doing what some mothers would. People are different. No one knows how they will react when they lose a child. Some of us commenting now might act the same way if put in her shoes. She lost a child. I don't believe their should be a limit to her actions. Over the top? No. Sick of being looked over like she doesn't matter? Probably. The bottom line is that Bush doesn't care. If he did he would have met with her a long time ago. Love you!

2:35 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

mike ~ true.

lovelladro ~ thanks for the help today, I appreciate it...and your words.

leesa ~ It is sad, I agree. And she lost not only her son, but her family now too.

jan ~ thanks for your words, starting to feel kinda cold out here. :)

stacy d ~ I love you too, we'll just have to agree to disagree...strongly disagree, lol. :)

2:56 PM  
Blogger LoveLladro said...

I just wanted to follow up with 2 points:
1. Just because this is how Cindy Sheehan is dealing with her grief doesn't make it healthy or right.
2. If my 3 year old (hypothetical) stamps his feet, shakes his head, whines, cries and throws a temper tantrum all because he desires something, I wouldn't reward that behavior with the very thing he wants. Neither should Bush.

I truly do not mean to fan the flame but I didn't want to leave it unsaid. Feel free to delete if you think it's too much, I won't be offended ;~)

You're welcome for the words... I don't know how I ended up on your blog... I am guessing divine intervention ;~)

5:28 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

lovelladro ~ Are you serious? Can you not tell I welcome opinions here, lol. And, yes I agree completely. However, Bush did meet with her once. It was when she said she thought he was sympathetic, before the the anti war and Bush groups got their media claws into her and she changed her mind saying he had treated her callously.
I understand her not agreeing with the war or why we're there, many do. I, though, side mostly with the military (that I've known so many of), because they tell me personally what a contribution they are doing there. We all have a right to our opinions. And I appreciate any and every one taking the time to share theirs.

Oh, and I'm a big fan of The Divine!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Stacy-Deanne said...

Kat that's cool that you disagree of course but I wonder how many of us can be SURE how we would react. I mean it's easy for people to say, " She's wrong ", " She's being used ". But how many of us here are in her shoes? I mean let's see how it feels to have our sons blown to bits and we realize he's never coming home. Maybe then we could truly understand. I am not a Bush follower. Maybe that is why we disagree but even if I was I still wouldn't believe he was right. I am just saying we can't say what is right and wrong with something like this. I mean, let's wait until we see how our lives go and how many people we lose in our own families before actually pointing fingers. We're getting into the " judging " area and I think most can agree none of us have a right to judge anyone or anything. So let's leave it at that. Can any parent/person be sure of how they would react in this situation? I don't believe so. We can all say certain things but can everyone swear they can talk the talk AND walk the walk? My point is why spend time judging this woman? If she's an embarrassment to some then that's their right to think so. But it's her life and how she deals with the loss of her son is her business and her right. Not ours. People don't have to like it but it's really none of their business. Distraught mothers act like this everyday when they lose their children. I've seen it many times before it's just that they aren't on the news. My point is, who are we to judge how she should react? That's my basic point whether we agree with her or not. Okay, I'm done with this, LOL. Love you!

10:38 PM  
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