February 1, 2006
Breaking News: Charges Against Sheehan To Be DroppedCapitol Police said "they screwed up":
WASHINGTON - Charges against antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan, who was arrested after an incident involving a T-shirt she wore to the State of the Union address, will be dropped, officials told NBC News Wednesday.
Cindy's arrest for wearing the "anti-war slogan" t-shirt -- why is acknowledging the number of our dead soldiers immediately tagged "anti-war", anyway? -- is outrageous all by itself, but made even more so by a detail Cindy pointed out in her statement which fellow Blue Voice Marigolds linked to: if her intent was to protest and disrupt the SOTU speech, why did she reveal the t-shirt when Bush wasn't even at the Chamber yet?
I thought about this as well and led me to suspect that her being roughed up and being arrested has more to do with who she is rather than what she has done.
To those who are making an equivalency between what happened to her and Beverly Young, wife of Representative C.W. Bill Young of Florida who was asked to leave because she was wearing a "Support the Troops" shirt, note that Mrs. Young was not arrested and thrown in jail like Cindy was.
Our leaders aren't entitled to reverence and worship and aren't supposed to want it. Criticism, dissent and divergence of opinion are things which the founders did everything possible to foster, and the idea that someone is dragged out of a speech by the President for silently and peacefully wearing an anti-war t-shirt is disgraceful and embarrassing.And these attacks on dissent are particularly ironic given that they occurred in the midst of a speech by a President who loves to lecture the world on the virtues of liberty and who holds himself out as the Chief Crusader for freedom and democracy.
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