by John Hawkins | August 12, 2005 7:15 am
Cindy Sheehan has gotten an enormous amount of fawning press coverage of late and she’s in heavy demand on the left. They want her to do speeches, appearances; you have to figure that the donations are just pouring into the anti-war group she co-founded, “Gold Star Families For Peace,” and can a book deal be far behind?
Now, given that Mrs. Sheehan is a full-time antiwar activist whose notoriety is based entirely on the fact that she lost a son in Iraq, there is a very basic question that needs to be asked at this point: is she making a profit off of her son’s death?
Maybe the answer to that question is, “no.”
After all, any parent would be heartbroken over the loss of a child and she certainly seems to be sincerely opposed to the war. But then again, most parents don’t use the death of their child, which occurred more than a year ago, as a hook to get media coverage over the protestations of much of the rest of the family:
“The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son’s good name and reputation.”
After reading that, you have to really wonder what’s going on behind the scenes.
For example, does Cindy Sheehan take any money for speeches beyond her expenses? Does she get paid a salary by “Gold Star Families For Peace?” Does she stand to make more money if donations go up?
Some people might think it’s not proper to ask those sort of questions. But, since Ms. Sheehan has chosen to blatantly exploit her son’s death to promote “her own personal agenda and notoriety,” I don’t think it’s unfair to wonder if this is really ultimately about grief or whether perhaps it could be about grief AND being able to afford a bigger house a few months down the road.
Maybe the next time some starstruck left-wingers are comparing her to Rosa Parks or are talking about what an incredible American hero she is for parroting the same anti-war lines they’ve been mouthing since the war started, they can publicly ask her if she’s making any money off of this just to put the whole thing to rest once and for all.
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