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Your adult child exercised his free will and rights as a citizen and joins the army. He is activated and voluntarily goes to Iraq. He is tragically killed.

So this gives you a free pass to tell the rest of the nation what to do? As Drudge reports:

Anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq, is calling for Bush’s “impeachment,” and for Israel to get out of Palestine! “You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism,” Sheehan declares.

Sheehan, who is asking for a second meeting with President Bush, says defiantly: “My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don’t owe you a penny…you give my son back and I’ll pay my taxes. Come after me (for back taxes) and we’ll put this war on trial.”

“And now I’m going to use another ‘I’ word – impeachment – because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail.”

Now, she’s entitled to her protest, however seamy her ‘colleagues,’ but what’s this about Israel out of Palestine? What’s this about not paying taxes? And what does she propose to do with the Israelis? Put them in camps?

It’s August, so news is slow. Right now Sheehan has the spotlight, because there’s frankly not that much going on. But it won’t last, and sooner or later, something far more important than a grieving wingnut will occupy the news. (Let’s hope it has nothing to do with Michael Jackson.)

Meanwhile, here’s a notice to the grieving moonbat – I’m sorry you lost your son. Unlike you, I honor his sacrifice and am grateful. But your loss does not give you the right to dictate the policy of the United States. That’s what elections are for. Remember, this is a democracy, not group therapy. Your grief gives you no more rights as a citizen than the rest of us. If you want to dictate policy – run for office.

Oh, and the IRS doesn’t go after tax cheats publicly. But one is forced to wonder did you pay taxes in 2004 already? Most of us do that well before April 15th. So, what are you going to do – make it up by not paying taxes in 2005? 2006? On the other hand, it doesn’t look like you’re gainfully employed, so maybe you don’t owe taxes to pay. Just more empty rhetoric. Go away lady – you’re embarrassing yourself and dishonoring your son.

Update Meanwhile, Kathleen Parker explains why the President can’t come out and meet Sheehan:

He can’t because he’s the president of the United States, because we’re at war, and because every move he makes causes ripples around the world. Ripples that, depending on other circumstances, can get other sons and daughters killed before Joe Trippi can say, “That’s a wrap.”

He can’t because what Sheehan’s anti-war supporters want is neither a hug nor a few words of comfort. They want a confrontation — a wrenching, sobbing, high-noon showdown — soon to be a Democratic political ad and Al Jazeera headline for the foreseeable future.

Sheehan, who opposed the war before her son died, belongs to the movement now. And Bush, regardless of what he personally might wish to do, has responsibilities that far exceed the crowd gathering beyond his Prairie Chapel Ranch.

Once he allows himself to be captured in a video clip or a photograph, recoiling from the agony of a bereaved mother, the world is in greater danger. Democrats might be delighted to freeze that image in political time, but so would insurgents planning their next Baghdad ambush.

Whatever Sheehan hoped for in the beginning of her watch is irrelevant now. She and her cause have been usurped and distorted by the phenomenon of which she is the center. Her healing will have to wait until the next big story breaks and the media circus moves on.

Where is Jaws when you need him?

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Written by martinipundit

August 14, 2005 at 11:56 am

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