Cindy Sheehan as the Mother of God in "The Assumption of the Virgin" by Anthony van Dyck (1627. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington) and as the Self-Appointed Leader of the Free World being arrested by DC police officers while "the whole world is watching" (Inset photo by Evan Vucci, AP).
"Were we able to psychologically profile the demonstrators, we'd find that most of them have a great deal in common: Disappointing lives, failed relationships and the desperate need for a cause of any kind," writes Ralph Peters in the New York Post [via Lucianne] re why Cindy Sheehan and her fellow anti-Americans -- like the Islamicist terrorists themselves -- hate us. As Mother Sheehan was lifted upward and gently carried off by two virile young members of the
heavenly host DC Police Department yesterday -- arrested, as she had intended, for demonstrating without a permit -- her worshippers intoned the hippie anthem of old, "The whole world is watching." Her beatification was complete.
"Peters describes their acting out behavior as 'Protest Therapy,'" notes Dr. Sanity, "but participating in these protest circuses is far from 'therapeutic,'" she adds:
Unfortunately, the attention the participants receive -- from the media and from other unhappy little souls of the left -- only reinforces their underlying narcissism and encourages exhibitionistic and childish behavior that contributes little or nothing of substance to their own or to other people's lives.
Actually it's much worse. While our military are over there making the world safe for democracy, these self-absorbed remnants of Sixties radicalism are in effect making the world safe for the enemies of democracy. We took heart from the common sense and courage in this email Beth posted today at her blog, My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, from a reader calling himself MGySgt who is serving over in Iraq at Al Asad:
I think you would be amazed at the morale of the young military people here. I know I am. I’ve been in for over 28 years and I have seen good and bad. These youngsters are getting the job done in a way I would never have imagined. They go on convoys, get shot at or have IEDs go off, then they return still in high spirits. The trick here is to convince the bad guys they have been beat. The idiots at the peace rallies are what’s really hurting since the stated goals of the insurgents is to break down public support for the war in the US. I heard the other day that 52% of the people back home think we are losing. I would be worried if it was 1995 and this was the case, but Bush doesn’t govern via polls like Clinton did. That’s one thing we all appreciate about the president; he sticks to the plan.
"Did you get that? Peace rallies serve THE INSURGENTS. Protesting the war is NOT 'supporting the troops,' and no one with a shred of common sense believes it does," exhorts Beth in a rousing salute -- with Marine-style graphics -- to the leadership of our superb troops in harm's way. As we've blogged before, the real issue is, whom do we select as our peers. Whether you're a self-absorbed anti-American protest queen like Mother Sheehan or a self-sacrificing man in uniform like Beth's Marine correspondent or -- like most of us -- something in between, everyone wants to be a worthwhile member of a worthwhile group. If we can't succeed in the mainstream, we seek out what Peter Rowbotham calls a "system of honor that is an alternative to mainstream moral orders."