It’s been quite a week. Cindy Sheehan, the mother with a dead son killed in Iraq, is camping outside the President’s ranchette in Crawford, Texas. The President is on a 5 week vacation, but from what isn’t clear, because people in the know don’t think he is actually running the country. People think that Karl Rove whom the President has nicknamed “Turd Blossom” and other Republican Neo- Cons are actually calling the shots because George seems confused and ignorant of what is really going on most of the time. His handlers are the ones in charge behind the scenes and feed him the script without which he appears lost and inept.
Mrs. Sheehan says that she wants an explanation from the President on what her son died for. It seems that it wasn’t because Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, or links with Al-Queda, or was any threat to the United States. Having made an ultimate sacrifice which the Bush boys with kids, like George W. and Jeb haven’t made, Mrs. Sheehan believes that she is owed some sort of explanation. It appears that the rest of us aren’t owed any explanation, because we’ve been told to go shopping to prove that we won’t be intimated by terrorists, and since there is no draft and the only people being killed are volunteers, it seems that the public at large, the so called silent majority, don’t care enough to protest the global injustice being perpetrated by their government.
I asked around to find out what other people were thinking.
Elmer Sandbagger said, “Mrs. Sheehan is the reason that women need to know their place and to keep their mouths shut. The President already talked with her last year. Who does she think she is that she can just waltz in and talk to the President anytime she wants? These liberal do-gooders feel entitled, entitled to all kinds of things from their government. George W. Bush is a good man, a good god fearing fellow who wants only what’s best for this country. Anybody who doubts that is a traitor to this great country. Mrs. Sheehan should be ashamed of herself.”
Jennifer Goldigger said, “Gawd, I love the Bush bunnies. They are so kewl. I wish I could party with them. I hear their cousin, Noelle, graduated from drug court in Orlando. Those girls know how to parteeeeeeeeeee. You won’t find them joining any Army. They take after their dad. He knew how to get out of the whole military gig thing too. You got to be smart to get ahead in this country. I do feel sorry for Mrs. Sheehan loosing her son and all, but hey, he volunteered. What did he expect?”
Ted Marketer said, “This looks bad for Bush. This lady is an embarrassment to him and his administration. His refusing to meet with her only gives her more of a platform to gather up community recognition and sympathy. Of course, what is the guy supposed to say? His foreign policy has been dead wrong from day one and he refuses to admit a mistake which is a big mistake. Remember the Tylenol fiasco? When their pill bottles were contaminated they immediately apologized, took all the product off the shelves, and the company rebounded with more credibility than ever. The public is forgiving if people, companies, organizations will admit their mistakes and make up for it, but the public is not trusting when they are being stonewalled. Bush is making a terrible mistake. He should meet with the lady. Her son was killed for crying outloud. She deserves an answer, but what can he say if he is honest? I doubt he is ever going to admit that his war was a mistake. Even his father, the former President knew better.”
“The Christian response to sin is repentance”, said Roy Christain, “but the greatest sin is arrogance and pride, and Mrs. Sheehan should get down on her knees and pray for humility. How dare she question the President of the United States and such a God fearing man as George W. Bush?”
What can be said to a grieving mother who has lost a child in a bogus and immoral war? She is like the little boy in the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “the Emperor’s New Suit.
“But he has nothing on at all,” said a little child at last. “Good heavens! listen to the voice of an innocent child,” said the father, and one whispered to the other what the child had said. “But he has nothing on at all,” cried at last the whole people. That made a deep impression upon the emperor, for it seemed to him that they were right; but he thought to himself, “Now I must bear up to the end.” And the chamberlains walked with still greater dignity, as if they carried the train which did not exist.
It is nice to see at least one woman who is being honest about the United States foreign policy. It makes no sense. It is based on deceptions and lies, and now the need to save face. Mrs. Sheehan is making America face its shame and that is something that will make a nation squirm.
And that’s how it’s been this week in Anytown, USA, where Elmer thinks women should know their place and they have gotten too far out of line, Jennifer admires the Bush bunnies, Ted knows a terrible marketing strategy when he sees one, Roy Christian still thinks the President is a man of God and those that would disagree need a lesson in humility, and we at Markham’s Behavioral Health know that in the end truth, justice, and love will prevail.