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Moore useful idiots
Town Hall ^ | 08-30-05 | Mark Alexander

Posted on 08/30/2005 4:17:25 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Moore useful idiots

Mark Alexander

August 30, 2005

"Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families." --Benjamin Rush

V.I. Lenin called Western Leftists who sided with Socialists in political debates "useful idiots." He's been dead for 81 years, but there appears to be no shortage of Michael Mooronic idiots lending aid and comfort to those seeking to destroy the "beacon of liberty" today.

Recently, this column warned that re-emerging anti-American movements were gaining momentum. That essay ["Spitting on The Few, The Proud..."] outlined the Left's anti-war modus operandi between 1968 and 1973, noting how elitist politicos like George McGovern and Ted Kennedy, joined by glitterati like Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden, came together to rally adolescent fervor. The resulting spectacle -- one created by young protesters and promoted by Walter Cronkite and the Left's nightly newscast dezinformatsia machine -- was a major factor in dissuading public support for the defense of South Vietnam.

That spectacle also, by extension, cast a pall over everyone in a military uniform, including those coming home in flag-draped caskets. American military personnel were viewed with seething glares and subject to spitting and name-calling from "enlightened youth" and their protagonists who tagged all military personnel personae non gratae. The entirety of them were even labeled "war criminals" by none other than John Kerry.

Today, Kennedy, Kerry, Fonda and their ilk are still at it, but they have not had much success since 9/11, when America virtually and rightly united behind President George Bush's campaign against asymmetric Jihadi threats and their host nations -- collectively known as Jihadistan.

In recent weeks, support for the Iraq campaign of the Long War has begun to wane in some circles -- not because of 58,000 casualties as in Vietnam, but because, once again, as America's finest are defending liberty at home by fighting for freedom in critical regions abroad, the beleaguered Left has recruited a pawn to pitch (perhaps hurl) its phony anti-war agenda across the nation. For a solid month, the Leftmedia has focused its broadcasts and headlines on Ms. Cindy Sheehan and her well-funded road entourage. The network talkingheads have in fact awarded her "Peace Mom" heroine status -- which provided a big political break for the Left.

Sheehan's 24-year-old son was killed in action in Iraq last year. President Bush met with her shortly after his death at her request, and Sheehan said of that visit, "I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us. I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis. I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss, and I know he's a man of faith."

What a difference a few media lights can make. Now this peacenik poster child says Mr. Bush is an "evil maniac," a "lying bastard," and a "filth spewer and warmonger." In addition, she's asserted that the President and his "band of neo-cons" wanted the 9/11 attack "to get their neo-con agenda through." "We are not waging a war on terror in this country," protests Sheehan, "we're waging a war of terror. The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush!" Sheehan has been hounding the President around the countryside asking for another meeting, but why would President Bush dignify such remarks by meeting with her?

Army Specialist Casey Sheehan enlisted, and then re-enlisted in April of 2004, in order to go to Iraq. Two weeks after arriving there, he volunteered for a rapid-rescue force deployed to help save fellow soldiers from an ambush by Shiite militia outside Baghdad. Casey died valiantly -- heroically serving "the men beside him."

Cindy Sheehan, of course, has every right to free speech, but Ms. Sheehan is also responsible for the exercise of that right. Her crusade is not about "grief," as her Angry Left cronies claim; it is about the arrogance and selfishness that uniformly characterize the Left's causes. Her fallen son deserves the gratitude of all Americans, yet Ms. Sheehan's actions merely minimize his noble sacrifice.

Despite Sheehan's disgracing of her son's sacrifice, the rest of his family issued the following statement: "[We] lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country and our President, silently, with prayer and respect." The statement was signed "sincerely" by "Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins."

Indeed, those closest to the President, and most objective observers, would agree with this assessment of his sense of obligation as Commander in Chief. "I've been with the President of the United States when he has met with the families of those brave young men and women who have sacrificed all," says Senator John McCain. "I have seen his compassion, I have seen his love, I have seen his concern. So any charge of insensitivity or uncaring on the part of this president is absolutely false. ... I'm sure he wouldn't like to hear me say this, but I saw him afterwards. He was very, very grieved."

Objectivity, however, has never been the guiding principle of Leftmedia "journalists." To wit, no headlines have featured or news leads have featured comments from the parents of Army Cpl. Forest Jostes, 22, who served with Casey Sheehan in the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry. On 4 April 2004, Forest died beside Casey in the same battle with Jihadis.

Last week, Forest's parents, Von and Diane Ibbotson, had this to say about his death: "We were at a crossroads, but we decided from the day he died that we were going to honor him, his sacrifice. We support the President, and we have made a conscious effort to not make this political."

Of Ms. Sheehan's behavior, Forest's parents said, "We both lost sons in the same battle, but the similarities pretty much end there. Cindy Sheehan has a right to protest, wave signs, march or whatever, a right she wouldn't have had it not been for men like our sons. My son gave his life for the freedom we enjoy in this country; I hope that the Iraqi people have that someday.

We feel sympathy for Mrs. Sheehan, but we're angry because she presumes to speak for so many. I resent the fact that she says she 'speaks for the millions' and is the face of the Gold Star families. That is not so." President Bush echoed those sentiments on Monday, saying, "She doesn't represent the view of [families of those KIA] I have met with."

Cheers completely overwhelmed the jeers this week as President Bush addressed thousands of military families in Idaho. While there, the President introduced Pocatello resident Tammy Pruett, who now has four sons in Iraq, and whose husband and a fifth son served there last year.

"Tammy says this -- and I want you to hear this: 'I know that if something happens to one of the boys, they would leave this world doing what they believe, what they think is right for our country.' America lives in freedom because of families like the Pruetts."

Of course, so do our nation's anti-war protesters. As was the case three decades ago, the revived anti-war movement is casting its long shadow over our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Nowhere is this more regrettably evident than at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC, where hundreds of Patriots are recovering from severe wounds suffered in Iraq.

This week, protesters marched outside the facility's entrance, chanting amid mock flag-draped caskets with signs reading "Maimed for Lies" and "Enlist here and die for Halliburton." They taunted veterans entering and leaving the facility with angry slogans like "George Bush kills American soldiers." Walter Reed has been a primary treatment facility for American Patriots of all ranks for nearly a century. It's the place where Generals Pershing, MacArthur and Eisenhower died. It certainly should not be defiled by such contemptible rabble.

Protest organizer Medea Benjamin, one of Ms. Sheehan's backers, has also backed communists in Vietnam and Nicaragua and recently said of her visit to Cuba, "It seemed like I died and went to heaven." (Perhaps she should return posthaste!) So, we've come full circle. As was the case decades ago, the so-called "anti-war" movement is really the manipulation of useful idiots like Cindy Sheehan in support of a much larger political agenda -- that inspired by V.I. Lenin.

If Sheehan and her lemmings were really interested in preventing senseless death, their attention is grossly misguided. In the two years since 19 March 2003, there have been approximately 1,450 Patriots killed in action defending our nation as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Consequently -- indeed, since 11 September 2001 -- our Armed Forces have kept the warfront with Jihadistan far away from our homeland. Perhaps Ms. Sheehan should become the spokesperson for the 14,500 men, women and children who died on American highways last year as a result of alcohol abuse.

Editor's Note: We would appreciate comments on the current war protests from our military readers and their families. Please enter your comment at our Opinion Survey Page and note your Service Branch affiliation.

Mark Alexander is Executive Editor and Publisher of The Federalist Patriot, a member group.

©2005 The Federalist Patriot

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cindysheehan; crawford; crawfordprotest; lenin; michaelmoore; reddupes; stalinists; texas; usefulidiots

1 posted on 08/30/2005 4:17:25 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Great read. Thanks for posting!

2 posted on 08/30/2005 4:47:48 PM PDT by SIRTRIS
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I'll bookmark this for later read. Long but let's well worth reading.

3 posted on 08/30/2005 4:49:20 PM PDT by Petey139
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To: smoothsailing
"President Bush said my son died in a noble cause,
and I want to ask him what that noble cause is."

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy : Iraq Freedom is the noble cause.
No longer do I fear the butcher Saddam Hussein murdering my children!

Dallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram 8-28-05 Jack Douglas Jr.
President Bush's supporters poured into Crawford by the thousands Saturday,
for the first time outnumbering war protesters led by Cindy Sheehan,
who began a vigil here three weeks ago,
demanding a personal meeting with the vacationing president
to talk about her son's death in Iraq.

Lame Stream Media : News Flash!

President Bush already met with Cindy Sheehan in June 2004 for 10 minutes.

From The Reporter, Vacaville, CA archive: Bush, Sheehans share moments.

Quit lying!!!!

Anyone who thinks Hanoi Kerry and Hanoi Jane
aren't behind the anti war crowd
needs to get a clue.

4 posted on 08/30/2005 4:52:22 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Never Forget)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

i wish the worst for these people

5 posted on 08/30/2005 5:02:18 PM PDT by wildcatf4f3 (this country could use a good purge)
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To: smoothsailing

I'll be doing my part to win this war during the 2006 elections. My military service ended 30 years ago, but I can still fight on the home front. Specifically, I will be volunteering, campaigning, poll watching, and generally making life tough for leftist politicians who want us to lose the war. SOAP BOX, BALLOT BOX!!

6 posted on 08/30/2005 5:10:12 PM PDT by darth
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Excellent article! Thanks for posting it.

7 posted on 08/30/2005 6:28:07 PM PDT by RyanSBHF
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To: smoothsailing

"Protest organizer Medea Benjamin, one of Ms. Sheehan's backers, has also backed communists in Vietnam and Nicaragua and recently said of her visit to Cuba, "It seemed like I died and went to heaven."

These types always say that, but you notice, they never stay. You can bet she didn't live as the Cubans lived. Probably got the VIP treatment due to the procommunist propaganda she spews.

You really have to wonder about people that could say that Cuba was heaven in any way. Maybe she meant the weather!

8 posted on 08/30/2005 6:44:19 PM PDT by SpinyNorman (The ACLU empowers terrorists and criminals, weakens America, and degrades our society.)
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To: SpinyNorman
Seems even Castro isn't stupid to keep this trouble maker around. He had her deported.

Medea Benjamin lived for some time in Cuba with her first husband, who was the coach of that country's national
basketball team. Because Cuba's Communist social and economic structure satisfied Ms. Benjamin's own political
leanings, her move to that island nation initially made her feel "like I died and went to heaven." She was
deported, however, after writing an anti-government article in the Communist-run newspaper for which she
She moved to San Francisco in 1983 to work for Food First / The Institute for Food and Development
Policy. Soon thereafter, she and her husband separated. : Medea Benjamin

Benjamin is currently married to Kevin Danaher.
9 posted on 08/31/2005 12:12:04 AM PDT by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: smoothsailing

Calling Moore and Sheehan et al "useful idiots" is another thing we have to stop. Calling them "useful idiots" is like calling dangerous bears "teddy bears". It's just wrong and very misleading. These bastards are dangerous quislings bent on bringing about the death our country as certainly as the scummers our brave war fighters are killing everyday.
It's way past time that we started speaking plainly. These are self declared enemies and we can not lose sight of that grim fact.

10 posted on 08/31/2005 10:04:41 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (The quisling ratmedia: always eager to remind us of why we hate them.)
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To: jmaroneps37
Calling them "useful idiots" is like calling dangerous bears "teddy bears"

Agreed, they're no more "useful idiots" than Benedict Arnold was.

The phrase implies a sort of passiveness to the vipers.

11 posted on 08/31/2005 10:34:22 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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