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Monday, August 29, 2005

A spontaneous well rehearsed Cindy Sheehan

Multiple letters in The Union have praised Cindy Sheehan and her work at Camp Casey. Here is a different perspective from Curt Lostus, a Power Line Reader who writes “From the Belly of the Beast.” (Via Power Line)

Reader Curt Loftis spent two days in Crawford, Texas, carrying out a first-hand reconnaissance of the anti-American forces assembled there. He writes:

I arrived at the original Camp Casey at 2:30 in the afternoon. It was hot and dry and the assembled demonstrators were in a melancholy state. I quickly made friends, stressing “cocktail” conversation, not political discussion. My goal was not confrontation, but a desire to understand what was actually happening here in Crawford…and being incognito was the only way this would happen.

After bonding with several nice ladies from the central coast of California, I drove with these new buddies to the larger, tented camp where Ms. Sheehan and Company was to be found. There I found a well funded, well orchestrated public relations campaign, run by media professionals complete with the highest quality electronic equipment available. From Satellite trucks and cell phone to wireless computer access, every modern convenience to enhance the “message” was there…and being used by left wing, socialist and Marxist (self-described) media representatives and Bloggers.

Most of the Sheehan protesters were either professional (paid staff of Fenton Communications or the radical organization Code Pink or the like), or were long time protesters, some admitting to beginning vigils against the government as early as 1965. I had conversations with approximately 50 of these people over 48 hours, and all seemed like interesting and engaging people. We talked sports, and cars and how wonderful California is, and just about everything that could be discussed without my divulging that I am a conservative. But when “scratched” just a little with some mild political talk, they all responded the same way…”it is America's fault”. No matter what the issue, each and every one of them had the same default…”bad things are America’s fault”.

Toward the end of my time there, I decided to innocently toss into the conversation different issues just to elicit a response. One issue I politely deposited into our talks was of the peasant unrest in rural China, and the brutality shown to the peasants by the government and their hired thugs. There response to this problem was…”well, look how we treated the blacks in America”, or, “gays are being beaten every day in America”.

So the cliché of the “hate America” crowd is indeed true. It is as if the protesters were intellectually bulimic, and having ingested all of the hate America bile, they looked forward to regurgitating it as a show of their steadfastness to their cause of peace and love.
Cindy Sheehan spent most of her time huddled with VIPS in and air-conditioned trailer. When she ventured out it was for a scripted and often televised moment. She was always trailed by her media people, and they were quick to keep her on point. During one conversation I had with her I tried to ask her a pointed question about how much time she would actually be on the bus tour to Washington (I had discovered she would only be on the tour for two days, and would be away giving speeches during the rest of the trip…and I wondered if she were being paid for these speeches) Her media person grabbed her arm and led her back to the trailer, and away from me. The message was protected. I was left standing there…alone, and feeling a little less secure about my status at Camp Casey.

But just a few minutes later, she emerged from the trailer, smiling, and performing for the cameras. Like the chicken at the local carnival that plays tic tac toe, she eagerly performs for any microphone. She is relentless, and professional, well financed and on message.

And the message is “All things bad are America’s fault."
Posted by John at 07:44 PM

UPDATE: Byron York at Natonal Review Online has some more insight in to who is running Camp Casey, In Sheehan's Radical Strategist

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Blogger Sherry said...

John THINKS he's somehow unlike "...the chicken at the local carnival that plays tic tac toe,... as he "...eagerly performs for any microphone..."? In this case, the mic for the right? My "sympathies", my "understanding", my sense of "democracy" are all aligned with Cindy as SHE SEEKS ANSWERS. John, and others who want to support SILENCING CINDY, represent that part of our "GOVERNMENT", (left and right combined), that are willing to suffocate others if their agenda is to be met. Sacrifice? Those willing to PERSONALLY ATTACK Cindy Sheehan don't have any idea of WHAT THAT WORD MEANS.

Wed Aug 31, 09:36:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sherry said...

Regarding UPDATE, Byron York at Natonal Review Online:

Throwing around statements about Fithian, ie:

"...legendary organizer who operates in the world of anti-globalism anarchists, antiwar protesters, and union activists; an advocate of aggressive "direct action"..."; "..not at all a peace-and-love type..."; ".... go to her when you want to make sure there are enough bolt cutters to go around..."; "...sometimes involves breaking things...";

make for "interesting" print, but WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT CINDY? Absolutely nothing! Maybe ROCK THROWERS of the virtual reality type sincerely BELIEVE they can discredit Cindy's motives by this kind of "alignment". Fact is, in all of the "criminal activity" they'd like to ASSOCIATE her with, they fail. When Cindy "runs out of steam" it will be because SHE DIDN'T GET HER ANSWERS. (She'll find them in her heart.) "Bush supporters" and "Bush haters", trying to ride in on her coattails, do little more than provide for more trash from their pulpits. I hope Cindy stays above the temptation to "deviate" from her cause---sticks with the Mom's in their loss and potential for loss---and remains a voice for seeing the MADNESS END.

Wed Aug 31, 10:04:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Is Cindy benefitting from this? Is she getting money? Would you, Russ, trade privacy for the admiration of Marxists? Cindy is facing vitriol and questioning of her ethics and integrity every day. The reason why she gets help from "leftists" (except for the Marxists, a laughable description) is because those people will be there for her. Of course she runs a major PR operation: If I were to have lost a son and become angry, I would want as much impact as possible and would spare no amount of energy doing it. But apparently conviction does not rank high in your books.

Notice how Curt didn't conduct a study or a survey. He simply asked some folks, got some responses, and labelled them "hate America" responses. But how is declaring facts hating America? Unless they're not facts, but no one serious denies slavery or extermination of Native Americans, and that wouldn't prove hate anyways, just different impressions of the world.

Given the right's inability to comprehend truisms, I'm willing to bet "bad things are America's fault" is all Mr. Loftis heard, because the Left, in line with the most basic of ethics, focuses on crimes we are responsible for and can stop, not on what other countries do. Again, an honorable outlook is transmuted to irrationality, perhaps hate or guilt. Do any of you seriously expect these commentaries to be swallowed?

Thu Sep 08, 10:44:00 PM PDT  

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