Anyone want to buy 5 acres in Crawford, Texas? Cindy Sheehan, self-appointed poster-wacko for the U.S. anti-war movement, is selling cheap. She says she'll consider any reasonable offer.
Apparently, Ms. Sheehan has decided to call it quits (or so she says in a letter posted on Daily Kos), because she's no longer considered "the darling of the so-called left." Frankly, I was amazed to hear it, but she claims she's been "trashed on such "liberal blogs" as the Democratic Underground" ever since she "renounced any tie[s]......with the Democratic Party." Being vilified by the "Right" was fine, that just spurred her on, but "being called an "attention whore" and being told "good riddance", by the "Left", seems to have pushed her right over the edge. Betrayed by those who deified her in the past, she is now martyring herself by giving up on the cause that garnered her so much attention to begin with. So, Cindy Sheehan is resigning as "the "face" of the American anti-war movement."
Her disingenuous letter to the American people is so full of platitudes and self flattery, I have to wonder if it was actually motivated by a desire for more attention, or if she is truly resigning herself to the fact that, no matter how hard she tries, she, Cindy Sheehan, is not going to force the American government to do her bidding, just because she demands it.
She also bemoans the fact that she has depleted most of her financial resources: "I have spent every available cent I got from the money a "grateful" country gave me when they killed my son and every penny that I have received in speaking or book fees since then. Sacrificed a 29 year marriage and have traveled for extended periods of time away from Casey’s brother and sisters and my health has suffered and my hospital bills from last summer (when I almost died) are in collection because I have used all my energy trying to stop this country from slaughtering innocent human beings." She seems to be blaming the ungrateful people of America for all her woes, as if we asked her to devote all her time, money and energy on 'the cause'. This was her choice. The American people did not ask her to become "the face" of the anti-war movement.
I also find it offensive that rather than placing the blame where it rightfully belongs, on the insurgents in Iraq and their battle against democracy, she speaks of how this country "killed" her son and how "this country" is "slaughtering innocent human beings."
This woman, with her delusions of grandeur ends her letter with: "This is not my "Checkers" moment, because I will never give up trying to help people in the world who are harmed by the empire of the good old US of A, but I am finished working in, or outside of this system. This system forcefully resists being helped and eats up the people who try to help it. I am getting out before it totally consumes me or anymore people that I love and the rest of my resources.
Good-bye America ...you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it. It’s up to you now."
Does this mean she won't be running for Congress? And if she no longer loves this country, maybe she can move to Venezuela. I'm sure her best bud, Hugo, would welcome her with open arms.
(Thanks Pat, for informing me about this letter)