A Cross To Bear

We have heard all the noise coming out of Crawford Texas and supporters of Cindy Sheehan tell us that we, as citizens, have no real right to criticize her. You see, we have not experienced the loss that she has. Cindy lost a son in war, a son who volunteered for the duty. It is a shame and the loss is tragic as is the loss of any life in the war. But, we can not criticize a woman who has taken the grieving process to a level that is not addressed in psychiatry textbooks. I imagine that the consensus is that unless you lost a child in the war, you have no right to say anything about Cindy and the band of squatters.

Enter Gary Qualls. He was very upset that Camp Cindy had placed a cross bearing his son’s name in the squatter’s field. He removed it and had to remove two others that were erected there. He then started his own camp, Camp Qualls, named after his son Lance Cpl. Louis Wayne Qualls who died last fall. Mr. Qualls was fed up with the protesters and said they were disrespectful to those who had died. He also said this:

“If I have to sacrifice my whole family for the sake of our country and world, other countries that want freedom, I’ll do that,” said the soldier’s father, Gary Qualls, a friend of the local business owner who started the pro-Bush camp. He said his 16-year-old son now wants to enlist, and he supports that decision.

Keep in mind that this man has lost a son in the war yet he has not lost focus on why we are fighting. He established Camp Qualls as a counter to Camp Cindy. I would imagine that the MSM would be all around Mr. Qualls to get his story, put him in the paper and on all the news programs so that they could present both sides of the story. Like I said, I imagine it because it will not be real. The amazing thing is that only Cindy is afforded the grieving parent with the right to act in any manner she sees fit. Mr. Qualls is not afforded that probably because his story is not what the MSM wants to hear. Mr. Qualls is far from some protester looking for his 15 minutes. He has extended an offer to debate those from Camp Cindy about the war and their motives. It seems though that the whack jobs in her camp are again filling us with the double standard. Here is what one of the arrogant jackasses had to say:

“We’re asking for a meeting with the president, period,” said Michelle DeFord, whose 37-year-old son, Sgt. David W. Johnson, was in the Army National Guard from Oregon when he was killed in Iraq last fall. “We don’t want to debate with people who don’t understand our point of view.” emphasis added

So Cindy can rant because she lost a son and those who are with her can protest because they lost loved ones also. They can not be criticized because no one knows what they are going through and in comes a man who has experienced the exact same thing and they push him aside. In other words they are saying how dare he use his sons death to support the war? What gives him the right? Who does he think he is?

I will tell you who he is whack job. He is a man who understands your point of view and does not agree with it. He is someone who has the same right based upon the same experiences as you yet you refuse to see it that way. I am willing to bet if he walked into their camp and wanted to join them he would be welcomed with open arms. Instead, they used his son’s name to further their cause while shunning the father. Great group of people who really care.

No, instead they told him his son was not worth as much as theirs and that he could not understand what they are going through. His loss was not as important because he still supports and loves his country. The have to have some DNC operative teaching them to blatantly apply a double standard.

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8 Responses to “A Cross To Bear”

  1. N. Mallory says:

    I think this whole thing has gotten out of hand. If the right-wing media had just let it go, the rest of the media and the country would have forgotten about Cindy sitting out there in Crawford.

    But now we have two camps and a caravan on their way. Cindy was sitting off to the side and holding up signs when the President drove by and now the President’s “vacation” really will be a circus. Talk about disturbing poor Laura on her vacation. I guess the Republicans don’t care about that.:wallbash_tb:

  2. Surfside says:

    Sorry, N Mallory. But,with all respect, that’s bull. Sheehan’s been writing a column at Michael Moore’s Web site long before the media latched on to her story. Even her story is a set up. According to the latest reports, Sheehan began her protest with the Afghanistan incursion. So, she was anti-war before her son was killed. Therefore, when she had her first meeting with President Bush, she had the chance to tell him what she thought. There is absolutely no need for a second meeting. It is all a ruse stage for the media — not the “right wing media.”

    O’Reilly reported this in response to the MSM (left-leaning)insisting that Sheehan is being “smeared” by right-leaning media. She said this at a rally, supporting lawyer Lynne Stewart, convicted of aiding terrorists:

    CINDY SHEEHAN: America has been killing people, like my sister over here said, since we first stepped on this continent. And we have been responsible for death and destruction.

    It’s OK for Israel to occupy Palestine, but it’s — Yeah, and it’s OK for Iraq to occupy — I mean, for the United States to occupy Iraq, but it’s not OK for Syria to be in Lebanon. They’re a bunch of f—ing hypocrites. And we need to… We just need to rise up. — Talking Points

    America has been killing people?? What does that even mean? And she takes it all the way back to when we “first stepped foot on this continent? I think she needs a one way to ticket to France. It would solve her problem. She’s clearly a member or the “Hate America First” club.

    She has an agenda. She’s a radical leftist. She wants it to be very public. And, she has offered herself up to the same scrutiny all public figures must accept. You don’t really think it was any quirk of fate that Sheehan showed up in front of Bush’s ranch during his extended August stay — with the media camped out in close proximity. Pah-leeze! Give me a break.

    And, why does it only become a circus when the pro-Bush, pro-military show up? If that’s not a double standard . . . .

  3. Surfside says:

    BTW, it wasn’t O’Reilly reporting the above boxed quote. He should a video clip of Sheehan actually making that speech.

  4. Surfside says:

    Sorry, “showed a video clip”

  5. N. Mallory says:

    Well, I really believe that if she wasn’t attacked by the right-wing media, she would have been forgotten. Instead, left-wingers came out to defend her and she got supporters on the side of the road. Then someone offered up their own yard for them to camp on.

    Yes, she’s gotten the attention of Michael Moore, but not all liberals listen to him or care. Heck, I had to do a google search to find his website the other day because I wanted to see what the big deal was with her blog. I was terribly unimpressed.

    My point is that the right-wingers are making a much bigger deal about her than the liberals. Someone on MSNBC actually implied that the right-winger camp was more “patriotic” than Camp Casey — so much for your liberal-biased media.

    The funny thing is that she does in fact have an agenda. Yes, far-leftists have latched onto her, but as you said, she’s been trying to get attention for years and it wasn’t until she camped out in front of Bush’s house while he was on vacation and no one had anything to talk about political — except the war, which everyone is just tired of hearing about because it’s just all bad news. What better way to distract and entertain in the boring month of August, but to have a liberal “crackpot” to pick on.

    The funny thing is all the people who commented on how Cindy and her “following” have nothing better to do with their time than hang around bothering the President on his vacation and disturbing his wife who doesn’t deserve all this and yet now there’s probably twice as many people getting ready for some sort of political rumble in front of the President’s vacation home. Plus, we have a caravan heading into town?

    So, maybe it was already a little side-show circus, but now it’s a three-ring circus.

  6. Big Dog says:

    Well, I am confused about this right wing media idea. Almost every major news outlet wheter it is TV, radio, or print, is liberal and left supporting. There are very few right wing news outlets. As for your assertion that the right wing media brought the attention, you should look at that again. It was the very left MSM that put her on the air everyday. The right responded by pointing out her phoniness and hypocracy. It was the left that made Cindy. And boo-hoo, she could not get heard except in this fashion. But that was really interesting spin you put on it.

    They ALL need to have something better to do with their lives. There is no need for this. Perhaps a bunch of people should camp out in front of her mother’s house until she agrees to go home and stay there. I’ll bet all the sudden it would be harassment instead of protesting.

    And the only reason that people think nothing good is happening in Iraq is because of that very left wing media we have been discussing. Maybe they should imbed some more reporters so we can actually get the stories that are happening. You turn on the news and all you see is a blown up car. Never all the good that is going on. Tired of the war or not we are in until it is done. If people do not have the stomach for it then they should watch public television.

  7. N. Mallory says:

    Well, I have to say that I don’t think the media is all that liberally-biased anymore, if ever. I’ve been paying attention lately and CNN doesn’t report on a lot of things that reuters and NPR cover — things that liberals are interested in. There have been other little things I’ve noticed lately about the media kind of drooling over Bush. I’m thinking they’ve been smacked back too many times in the last 5 years. Just my not-so-hum

  8. N. Mallory says:

    That should be “Just my not-so-humble opinion.”

    Did I mention that I need a new laptop?