We teach them to take their patriotism at second-hand; to shout with the largest crowd without examining into the right or wrong of the matter–exactly as boys under monarchies are taught and have always been taught

Cindy Sheehan writing at DailyKos, “Good Riddance Attention Whore” takes exit from her role as a prominent activists.

I am deemed a radical because I believe that partisan politics should be left to the wayside when hundreds of thousands of people are dying for a war based on lies that is supported by Democrats and Republican alike. It amazes me that people who are sharp on the issues and can zero in like a laser beam on lies, misrepresentations, and political expediency when it comes to one party refuse to recognize it in their own party. Blind party loyalty is dangerous whatever side it occurs on. People of the world look on us Americans as jokes because we allow our political leaders so much murderous latitude and if we don’t find alternatives to this corrupt “two” party system our Representative Republic will die and be replaced with what we are rapidly descending into with nary a check or balance: a fascist corporate wasteland. I am demonized because I don’t see party affiliation or nationality when I look at a person, I see that person’s heart. If someone looks, dresses, acts, talks and votes like a Republican, then why do they deserve support just because he/she calls him/herself a Democrat?

Whether one agrees with her or not her post is deeply sincere and the pain she feels over the death of her son and those fighting in Iraq obviously goes deep. Of course the Right has zeroed in on critique of the Democratic Party. While the right-wing Blackfive writes a post that is sympathetic on a personal level they made sure that the one snip they took from Kos was this one,

I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called “Face” of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such “liberal blogs” as the Democratic Underground. Being called an “attention whore” and being told “good riddance” are some of the more milder rebukes…. I am going to take whatever I have left and go home. I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children and try to regain some of what I have lost.

I know the unofficial rule is that the commenters on any blog are not representing the views of that blog, but these comments clearly represent the unhinged hatred that permeates the rabid right. Posted at Blachfive under Moonbat Memorial Day, Goodbye, Lady – Posted By Grim, Posted by Grim on May 28, 2007

Comment below written by: Scrapiron – Cindy ‘The Ditch Witch’ Sheehag has disgraced everything her son stood for and you pity her? She is just another retard used as a tool by the anti-american party (aka democrat), finaced almost entirely by foreign governments that would like to see your family and the rest of us dead. She was helping them along. To her whine and sorrow I say, Boo Freakin Hoo. (emphasis mine)

Little Green Footballs, the proprietors of and their commenters still haven’t volunteered to go to Iraq yet so they have plenty of time to serve up plenty of hypocrisy, We Won’t Have Mama Moonbat to Kick Around, Mon, May 28, 2007 at 11:19:14 am PST

That’s right, the left’s symbol of absolute moral authority is calling it quits. It’s over, Johnny.

The Right propped M’s Sheehan up as one of their favorite targets and made her into a symbol of “moral authority”. If her faults were that she was a grieving mother rather then a font of cold rational rhetoric then why does the Right worship at the altar of raving loons like Reilly, Coulter, Hannity, Malkin, Cheney, Dubya, James Dobson, Ted Haggard, and countless others. If mental acuity, even temper and calm rational national discourse are the yardsticks by which the Right measures M’s Sheehan or the political opposition one suggests they look in the mirror before they utter a word. Some comments from LGF,

savage_nation 5/28/2007 11:22:11 am PDT

Oh she will be back, the skanky attention whore..

Bill Amos 5/28/2007 11:24:31 am PDT

Man I read the posts I love it when the left eats its own !

Shes upset that she cant critisize democrats as well as republicans.

Of course you cant. That would be free speech on Kos or the DU ! We cant have free speach in their totalitarian little worlds ! ( Poor Bill says that the site that published Cindy’s post doesn’t believe in free speech? He probably thinks the Stalinesque purges at the DOJ were just fine. Nothing like living in an echo chamber)

Golem Akbar 5/28/2007 11:28:00 am PDT

Look, I don’t blame her. She surrounds herself with people who hate America and refuse to defend freedom. What else could she do? ( Did Akbar write that from a foxhole in Iraq?)

Just_A_Grunt 5/28/2007 11:31:46 am PDT

The fact that she has chosen the Kos over the DU aas her blog of choice has the dimwitted underground dwellers all in a lather too. It is amazing how quick they will eat their own. ( He must not be watching the series of GOP debates or heard about what the Bushies did to McCain in 2000)

There were comments that expressed sorrow for Casey, but there seemed somewhat canned and trite even if they were not meant to be. It was as though they were forcing themsleves to say the right thing.

Right-wing blogger geniuses expose another journalistic fraud!

The genius investigators in the right-wing blogosphere — who serve as our Watchdogs over the Corrupt “MSM” — made a major, major discovery this weekend. Last Wednesday, former CIA agent Larry Johnson published a Memo (.pdf) sent from the U.S. Mission in Iraq which advised troops and other military personnel in Iraq of a “theater-wide delay in food delivery” which would likely limit the available food supply.

As has been true for the last four years, right-wing bloggers simply shut their eyes and refused to believe that any news reflecting poorly on the Leader’s War could be real. Just as was true for news reports of civil war and a growing Iraqi insurgency, this Memo just had to be a fake, so they declared it to be such.

I have to agree with Juan Cole that this memo was a relatively small item in the scheme of things and the Right having blown it completely out of proportion and then exposed as a circle jerk of liars are acting like petulant little brats who have been scolded and we all know that brats hate being corrected. Johnson at LGF admits that he was wrong, but ends as he almost inevitably does with the accusation that Greenwald once did some sockpuppetry. The question remains – where’s the proof? He and his right-wing brethren have produced about as much proof of that as they have for the falsity of the food shortage memo. Another aspect of right-wing brattiness is that when their lies have been tracked down and exposed they find some way to lash out – humility and apologies are not part of their arsenal, it clashes with all the foul bile. Not only a sign of brattiness, but wuzzdom.
LGF commenter scooby 5/28/2007 1:14:41 pm PDT: You know, the beauty of the Internet and free and open debate is that the Kos Kidz would do it for us. BTW, our side still has zero (0) lame forgeries to account for.
scooby should take little solace in that. The administration has been caught in what could only be called, the business of manufacturing distortions and lies, Bush Administration’s 237 Misleading Statements on Iraq

“Prior to the war in Iraq, the president and his advisors repeatedly claimed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction that jeopardized the security of the United States. The failure to discover these weapons after the war has led to questions about whether the president and his advisors were candid in describing Iraq’s threat,” the report said.

Most of the statements were misleading because they expressed certainty where none existed or failed to acknowledge the doubts of intelligence officials, according to the report. Ten statements were false, it said.

“Most of the misleading statements about Iraq – 161 statements – were made prior to the start of the war in Iraq. But 76 misleading statements were made by the five administration officials after the start of the war to justify the decision to go to war,” the report said.

According to the report, the misleading statements began at least a year before the start of the war in Iraq, when Cheney stated on March 17, 2002: “We know they have biological and chemical weapons.”

CNN: WASHINGTON (CNN) — Intelligence documents that U.S. and British governments said were strong evidence that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons have been dismissed as forgeries by U.N. weapons inspectors.

On February 5, Powell told the UN Security Council that the Iraqis possessed a drone that could fly 500km, violating UN rules that limit the range of Iraqi weapons to 150km. ” There is no possibility that the design shown on 12 March has the capability to fly anywhere near 500 kilometres,” drones expert Ken Munson said on Jane’s website (http://jdw.janes.com). ” The design looks very primitive, and the engines — which have their pistons exposed — appear to be low-powered,” he said.

Bush Cited Iraq’s Nuclear Threat On At Least Three Separate Occasions. In the fall of 2002, while making the case for war, Bush began to highlight Iraq’s supposed Iraq threat. On September 7, 2002 he cited a non-existent IAEA report that Iraq was “six months away from developing a nuclear weapon.” On September 12, 2002, in front of the United Nations Bush said, “Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon.” Finally, on October 7, 2002, Bush warned, “America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.” [Bush Remarks, 9/12/02; Bush Remarks, 9/7/02; Washington Post, 8/10/03; Bush Remarks, 10/7/02 ]

Does using a nonexistent IAEA document count as a fake. Unacceptable behavior in an average person, abominable behavior in a leader, but Bush is still their hero. Which serves as as a caution against uncritical idolatry.

The Right might chew this guy up like they have every solider that has expressed even the most remote criticism of Bush’s Iraq debacle. On the other hand the Chickenhawk Brigade will likely just put their hands over their ears and pretend they don’t hear anything, A soldier in Iraq asks in despair: Why are we here?

I came here as part of the first wave of this so called “troop surge”, but so far it has effectively done nothing to quell insurgent violence. I have seen the rise in violence between the Sunni and Shiite. This country is in the middle of a civil war that has been on going since the seventh century.

Why are we here when this country still to date does not want us here? Why does our president’s personal agenda consume him so much, that he can not pay attention to what is really going on here?


We teach them to take their patriotism at second-hand; to shout with the largest crowd without examining into the right or wrong of the matter–exactly as boys under monarchies are taught and have always been taught. We teach them to regard as traitors, and hold in aversion and contempt, such as do not shout with the crowd, and so here in our democracy we are cheering a thing which of all things is most foreign to it and out of place–the delivery of our political conscience into somebody else’s keeping. This is patriotism on the Russian plan.

– Mark Twain, a Biography