So, now it’s the families that support the war’s turn (as seen on Chrenkoff):
Move America Forward will be conducting the “You Don’t Speak for Me, Cindy” caravan beginning next week. It will feature military family members who have loved ones serving in the war against terrorism in Iraq or Afghanistan. The delegation will be led by Deborah Johns of Marine Moms. (Her son has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom).
And there’s this in the Opinion Journal from Ronald Griffin:
I lost a son in Iraq and Cindy Sheehan does not speak for me.
I grieve with Mrs. Sheehan, for all too well I know the full measure of the agony she is forever going to endure. I honor her son for his service and sacrifice. However, I abhor all that she represents and those who would cast her as the symbol for parents of our fallen soldiers.
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.
Maureen Dowd of the New York Times portrays Mrs. Sheehan as a distraught mom standing heroically outside the guarded gates of the most powerful and inhumane man on earth, President Bush. Ms. Dowd is so moved by Mrs. Sheehan’s plight that she bestowed upon her and all grieving parents the title of “absolute moral authority.” That characterization epitomizes the arrogance and condescension of anyone who would presume to understand and speak for all of us. How can we all possess “absolute moral authority” when we hold so many different perspectives?
I don’t want that title. I haven’t earned that title.
The Journal’s article is a good read in its entirety. She’s had some time in the sun, and now we will see just how many people support our effort.