Saturday, August 20, 2005

Being Nice

Good morning all. Hope you are having a nice weekend!

Today's post is about an article Kathleen Parker wrote about Cindy Sheehan. Most of Ms. Parkers article is about how Cindy Sheehan doesn't speak for all families who have lost loved one's in the war in Iraq. I didn't know she had claimed to speak for them all. At any rate, her moral authority to speak out against the war is going to disappear as other parents who lost kids and still support President Bush are going to come and challenge her.

Ms. Parker seems pretty nice, but I'm not sure.
Sheehan has put a face on loss and provided an icon for dissenters. Strolling through Camp Casey, named for her son, she gets hugs and has her picture taken with new friends, prompting her to say she knows how Mickey Mouse feels at Disneyland.

Her sudden fame has also brought pain. Celebrity is often a harsh light, and Sheehan also is learning what all public people learn: The madding crowd is often vicious.
I'm not sure exactly what Ms. Parker means by the madding crowd. Does she mean her fellow republicans, who certainly can be vicious? Or does she mean other liberals?

Anyway something to think about - have a nice weekend.

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