Thursday, February 02, 2006

Police apologize, drop charge against Sheehan


"WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police dropped a charge of unlawful conduct against anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan Wednesday and offered apologies to her as well as a congressman's wife after they were ejected from President Bush's State of the Union address for wearing T-shirts with war messages.

Police removed Sheehan and Beverly Young, the wife of Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, R-Fla., from the visitors gallery Tuesday night. Sheehan was taken away in handcuffs before Bush's arrival at the Capitol and charged with a misdemeanor, while Young was not arrested."

No applause from this peanut gallery. Ok, oK you're going to say that handcuffs are law enforcement protocol for arresting all dangerous middle-aged women, but the intent beyond protocol was to humiliate, intimidate and silence Cindy Sheehan and control the message of the evening. While the good Republican's wife with her probably equally sincere-but-government approved message of supporting the troops was not arrested, only evicted. Although neither should have been arrested, what is wrong with this picture of blind-eyed preferential justice? What has devolved in the area of free speech in this country that either woman could have been arrested or harassed for wearing her opinion?

My grandfather, a rancher and cotton farmer in Granbury, Texas, would have brought out his shotgun and defended his constitutional rights to the death. (Not necessarily a wise decision to jump to the first knee-jerk violent response right off the bat.)

But when, oh when, gentle reader, are Americans going to find their voices, their cajones, or the female version, ovajones.

When did lassez-faire become apathy? When did majority moral outrage turn to, "I quit, It's too hard to change the system?" If you give in and give up, then the controllers and handlers win.

Case in point: when my now-grown son was in middle school, he and his friends wore Doc Martins, a shoe which was then associated with pre-Goth Punk culture. He had a different way of dressing, with lots of black and a funny haircut as well, but he was a thinker and a good student.

When the principal of his school realized that some of the Doc Martins were equipped with metal inserts, he banned the shoes with metal, saying they could be used as a weapon. (I suppose he thought one of the boys might kick someone to death.) One day, he lined up my son and his friends in the hall (publicly) for shoe inspection. Although my son did not have the metal inserts, some of his friends did, and their shoes were confiscated. My son objected, asking the principal why he did not apply the same rule to the "kickers" (slang for cowboys) because some of them had metal tips on their cowboy boots. The principal shook his head, declining to apply the same standard, smiled and replied, "But there's a difference. Those boots are stylish." He lost the last small remnant of my son's respect that day.

Guess the Tshirt with the "Support Our Troops" message was more stylish and certainly less confrontational than the one lamenting the number of troops killed. Perhaps it is best not to bring up the loss of so many of our children. According to my Southern Belle Recovery Group, it's just not polite. Denial is so much more comfortable.

Won't even get started on how many innocent Iraqi's have died.

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