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The Rosa Parks of the 21st Century
by Maccabee at Daily Kos, Sat Aug 13th, 2005 at 14:07:55 PDT
The Bush Monarchy Cannot Face A Grieving Mom. Like Rosa Parks, Cindy Sheehan has refused to give up her seat. Only her seat isn't on a bus, it's in a tent.
This is the nerve center of the weakness of the Bush Monarchy. This inarticulate poseur cannot and does not have the courage to take criticism. That should explain why a country where once every square inch was a Free Speech Zone, now sports public cages where protesters can say what they want out of the sight of the president. This explains why he is so reluctant to face her. He does not want to appear as if she has forced his hand. Yet nothing he can do can stop the momentum of the confrontation. The worst the smears against her sound, the more despicable her detractors become. Michelle Malagang, the self-loathing Fillipino tart actually called her a grief pimp. Bill O'Reilly, the loofa loving dirty talking pervert called her actions "bordering on treasonous". I guess he couldn't buy her off. I haven't kept up what the fat Oxycontin addict has said about her.
It is their reaction and Bush's cowardly response that shows how desperate they are to spin the war into a golden tapestry of freedom and courage. Instead, it is a rag. It is a policy in tatters that a generally approving and accepting country has started to give up on.
Cindy Sheehan could be the most important political figure in the United States today. The corporate media may play her down or actively smear her. But the media of our allies, and the general population (if you believe the polls) indicate that the Blur Channel and Faux News propagandists are clearly in the minority. The blogs will keep her message out there and eventually, enough people will see the war as a boondoggle. Many may see it as a well intentioned boondoggled, but then someone said that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
The Bushies can screen audiences so that no one who sees him has a three digit IQ. They can put all the metal tags they want on cars. They can pander to the Nascar rednecks and the Toby Keith/Ted Nugent Neanderthals (Ooops, they don't believe in Evolution). But they cannot stand their ground and answer in good faith or in good reason why we are in Iraq or what we have accomplished there.
The worst part of this hasn't happened yet. It won't happen for many years to come. But one day history will look at Malagang and O Reilly and compare them to Goebbels and Joe McCarthy. The Roman Empire fell, according to Pliny, of its own rot. This is the rot of the American Empire. A culture that values loyalty over truth, ideology over reason, and war over peace. The facists who rode to the encampment last night and yelled "we don't care about Casey" will be remembered the same way we remember pictures of the men who stood around lynched Black men hanging from trees. They all smiled and reveled in their ascendancy over equality. Eventually the pendulum will swing the other way. And this era of Sean Hannity's lies, and the complicity of the corporate media will send school children scratching their heads about how this could possibly happen.
The question is, will history ever forgive us for this one? Will the world? Will we?
Cindy Sheehan is a light shining on cockroaches. Shine, Cindy. Shine.