The Fifth Horseman: Things are getting ugly...

Saturday, August 13, 2005


Things are getting ugly...

Right-wingers are an odd bunch.

Seriously, I can't understand them. They choose the oddest things to become outraged over, like Cindy Sheehan, for example. The right-wing crazies on the blogospehere have been practically foaming at the mouth over Cindy's vigil in Crawford. For amusement's sake, let's examine some of today's jucier quotes, and see if we can observe a pattern:

"In the end, [Cindy] only hurts, her brave son's brothers-in-arms, and their sacrifices, and fine Iraqi people...who risk their lives every day to try to bring freedom to Iraq."
--The Confederate Yankee (

"I think Mrs. Sheehan bears some responsibility for this [publicity] and also for the responsibility for the other American families who lost sons and daughters in Iraq who feel this kind of behavior borders on treasonous..."
--Bill O'Reilly

"...our enemy, Islamists all over the world, is loving every minute of Cindy Sheehan's fifteen minutes, and the Left's craze to extend her time as long as possible. "
--Freedom's Zone (

Are you seeing the pattern. Apparently, according to the right, utilizing our right to protest is treasonous and causes the deaths of American soldiers.

What kind of twisted logic is that?

Whatever happened to civil discourse and protest? Things have gotten so bad in this country that it's impossible to demand that the President be held accountable without being branded as a traitor and unpatriotic.

If anyone is the traitor, it's these right-wing crazies. They are betraying the dearest principles of our country, namely freedom of speech, by trying to supress the voice of a grieving mother. They are the real traitors, and Cindy Sheehan is the true patriot.

One of the core components of American democracy is limits upon government, imposed by the nation's citizens and press. When the government oversteps its authority, as it did in lying in the months before the Iraq War, it is the duty of every citizen to demand answers from the government.

It is not unpatriotic to demand that our nation's leaders tell the truth. Nor is it unpatriotic to question a war that is consuming the lives of our children. These are simple facts any high school Civics student could tell you. Sadly, it seems that most of our right-wingers failed this class.

That's why it's our duty to educate them.

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