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A Democrat has been moved from his Democratic perch by the whole Cindy Sheehan spectacle. He's had enough. He's no longer a Democrat.

While the left may be getting energized by Cindy's way, I don't think they saw this coming. More of it is probably on the way. The war is polarizing, and in ways unexpected.

My own two cents: I have no problem with Cindy's protest. She's pissed, she's making it known in a very demonstrable manner, and in this free country, she can protest the president near where he lives. I think hers is a very great example of why this is a great country rather than a tyranny.

I certainly don't agree with her protest. Her son volunteered and he was an adult. That's what happens in the Army - people will die. It's the nature of the job.

She has every right to be upset and speak her mind. I support that right. Likewise, I also support those who disagree with her and call her on her stances. What a country.


Tags: politics
by Brett Rogers, 8/19/2005 5:50:57 PM



I bet she doesn't care. From what I read of Scott's blog, not much of a loss. :-)

'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
Thomas Jefferson



Posted by Bella, 8/19/2005 10:32:27 PM

Turns out that this quote, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism," is an urban legend. Thomas Jefferson said no such thing.

I'd say the highest form of patriotism is sacrificing one's life for the benefit of one's country. To which Thomas Jefferson would seem to agree:

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure.

Casey Sheehan: patriot. He has helped to free millions of Iraqis.



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 8/21/2005 12:09:08 PM

Based on "rudimentary checking" it's a myth. I still stand by the sentiment, regardless of the author.

And I never said the kid wasn't a patriot. Or a hero for that matter. But the woman lost her son...I'm not about to judge her rationality or lack of it in protesting.



Posted by Bella, 8/21/2005 8:30:10 PM

Also, since we're apparently needing to footnote quotes that we just happen to like and hear attributed to somebody, here's a documented quote, that can be attributed to one of Mr. Jefferson's letters to Abigail Adams in 1787 (at least according to Jeeves. Love Jeeves.)

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain
occasions, that I wish it to be
always kept alive."

Not as bumper sticker friendly as the original quote I stated (perhaps mistakenly, I can't be sure), but pretty much the same idea.

Of course, we're both pretty stupid quoting Thomas Jefferson at all since he preached all about freedom and held slaves, but what are ya gonna do?



Posted by Bella, 8/21/2005 9:02:52 PM

Great quote. I completely with Jefferson. Limited, restricted government is always best, and all of us ought to resist it as much as we can. Thanks for bringing that out :)

As for his use of slaves, unfortunate and despicable, but it doesn't reduce the truth of his words. People should be in charge of their own lives and object to the hand of government in their affairs and beliefs. Hopefully, the Iraqis get that opportunity.



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 8/22/2005 7:14:47 AM

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