Cindy Sheehan will be running against Republican Nancy Pelosi, in a bid for the US House. She made her threat that if Pelosi didnâ€™t move to impeach President George Bush by July 23, Cindy would challenge her. True to her words, Cindy Sheehan made the announcement last Thursday that she will run.
Nancy Pelosi states that she is adamant about bringing the troops home, but believes that it must be done in a timely and safe manner. Apparently, that isnâ€™t good enough for Sheehan.
Sheehan made world headlines, as she has undoubtedly been the warâ€™s loudest voice of protest. Her son, Casey was killed while serving in Iraq. He was just 24 years old. It is understandable that Sheehan is sad and distraught over the loss of her son, however it amazes me that she never focuses on the fact that he willingly volunteered for the armed forces.
It is one thing, to protest the war, when there has been a draft, as with Vietnam, however there is no draft. Casey wasnâ€™t killed because President George Bush sent him into combat against his will. Casey was a grown adult, who made a conscientious decision to defend the rights of his fellow Americans. He served his country and died receiving the highest honor any military member could receive.
Yes, it is painful and the sorrow is great. However, we cannot ignore the fact that Casey, like countless thousands in our Armed forces, knew that war is part of the Military package. Is it really fair to blame the President for his death?
Personally, I think not.
I also donâ€™t think that Cindy Sheehan is going to get very far with her run against Nancy Pelosi. First, Nancy Pelosi has been in politics for a very long time, and she has been in Congress since 1987. The odds are immensely stacked against Sheehan. It has been reported that she has absolutely no financial backing (despite experience), and is refusing to accept money donated from companies.
I think this woman has lost her mind.
Iâ€™d like to know if she really believes that her son Casey would be proud of what she is doing. First, he joined the military willingly. He swore on an oath, to serve this country with his life. He did that. He knew what he was doing. He obviously didnâ€™t ask his motherâ€™s permission to join. Would he appreciate her vehement attack upon the nation and the president as well?
Military personnel are sworn to uphold the decisions of the president, whether they personally agree with them or not. The president is the head commander in chief. All military personnel know this. Casey joined the military and vowed to follow President Bushâ€™s orders. He did follow the president’s orders, honorably and self-sacrificially. Would he find his motherâ€™s behavior honorable? Would he find the actions of his mother honorable?
My gut says that he wouldnâ€™t. If he felt the way she did, he would have run from the military as soon as he had a chance. Maybe Cindy Sheehan should stop running her mouth, and follow the example her son left as his legacy.