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Cindy Sheehan 'Resigns' as Protest Leader (Free Republic mentioned)
AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, May 29, 2007 | Angela K. Brown

Posted on 05/29/2007 8:25:01 AM PDT by kristinn

FORT WORTH, Texas — Cindy Sheehan, the soldier's mother who galvanized an anti-war movement with her monthlong protest outside President Bush's ranch, says she's done being the public face of the movement.

"I've been wondering why I'm killing myself and wondering why the Democrats caved in to George Bush," Sheehan told The Associated Press by phone Tuesday while driving from her property in Crawford to the airport, where she planned to return to her native California.

"I'm going home for awhile to try and be normal," she said.

In what she described as a "resignation letter," Sheehan wrote in her online diary on the "Daily Kos" blog: "Good-bye America ... you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can't make you be that country unless you want it.

"It's up to you now."

Sheehan began a grass roots peace movement in August 2005 when she camped outside Bush's Crawford ranch for 26 days, demanding to talk with the president about her son's death. Army Spc. Casey Sheehan was 24 when he was killed in an ambush in Baghdad in 2004.

Cindy Sheehan's protest started small but swelled to thousands and quickly drew national attention. Over the next two years, she initially drew huge crowds as she spoke at protest events. But she also drew criticism for some actions, such as meeting with Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's leftist president.

"I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called "Face" of the American anti-war movement," Sheehan wrote in the diary.

Kristinn Taylor, spokesman for FreeRepublic.com, which has held pro-troop rallies and counter-protests of anti-war demonstrations, said dwindling crowds at Sheehan's Crawford protests since her initial vigil may have led to her decision. But he also said he hopes she will now be able to heal.

"Her politics have hurt a lot of people, including the troops and their families, but most of us who support the war on terror understand she is hurt very deeply," Taylor said Tuesday. "Those she got involved with in the anti-war movement realize it was to their benefit to keep her in that stage of anger."

When she had first taken on Bush, Sheehan was a darling of the liberal left. "However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the 'left' started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used," she wrote.

Sheehan said she had sacrificed a 29-year marriage and endured threats to put all her energy into stopping the war. What she found, she wrote, was a movement "that often puts personal egos above peace and human life."

But she said the most devastating conclusion she had reached "was that Casey did indeed die for nothing ... killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think."

Sheehan told The Associated Press that she had considered leaving the peace movement since last summer while recovering from surgery.

Then she decided on Memorial Day to step down and spend more time with her three other children. She said she was returning to California on Tuesday because it was Casey's birthday. He would have been 28.

"We've accomplished as much here as we're going to," Sheehan said Tuesday, saying she was leaving to change course. "When we come back it definitely won't be with the peace movement with marches, with rallies and with protests. It will be more humanitarian efforts."

Last year, with $52,500 in insurance money received after her son's death, Sheehan bought 5 acres near downtown Crawford as a permanent site for protests.

"Camp Casey has served its purpose. It's for sale. Anyone want to buy five beautiful acres in Crawford, Texas?" she wrote.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antiwar; cindysheehan; dailykos; frinthenews; leftists; pajamapeoplerule; sheehan; sheehanigans
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Got a call from the AP this morning about Cindy Sheehan quitting the 'peace' movement. I do hope that she takes the time to heal and find peace. She did hurt a lot of people over the past few years by her words, deeds and associations with the anti-American left here and abroad.

With VoteVets coming to the fore with George Soros and Democrat party fundraiser money behind them, Cindy is no longer needed as the 'face' of the so-called antiwar movement.

1 posted on 05/29/2007 8:25:05 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
"I'm going home for awhile to try and be normal," she said.

Well that ought to keep her busy for the rest of her miserable life.

L

2 posted on 05/29/2007 8:26:47 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to plague.)
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To: kristinn
I'd call it the anti-American movement. They're opposed only to wars fought by America. You don't see them get excited at other wars around the world, to which they react with complete indifference, if not outright silence.

Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

3 posted on 05/29/2007 8:27:11 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lurker

Cut and run.....at least she practices what she preaches....


4 posted on 05/29/2007 8:27:24 AM PDT by AmericanGunner
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To: kristinn

She has lost her family from this. She is going home with no family or job. I hope it was worth it Cindy


5 posted on 05/29/2007 8:28:43 AM PDT by 70th Division (If we loose the Republic we have lost it all.)
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To: kristinn

“hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party”

It’s been my experience that either party will sell a person down the river if the action would serve a political purpose.


6 posted on 05/29/2007 8:28:48 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: AmericanGunner

She most likely got word her funds were to be cut off.


7 posted on 05/29/2007 8:29:21 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Satan is working both sides of the street in World Socialism and World Courts.)
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To: kristinn

It was a quagmire, she had to quit as fast as possible......


8 posted on 05/29/2007 8:30:04 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances ? and it advances relentlessly ? freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: kristinn

Excellent thoughts. Your statement to the press was balanced and compassionate.


9 posted on 05/29/2007 8:30:40 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain And Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
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To: kristinn
which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think."

Yup... from their invisible spaceships, where they read our minds and reprogram our thoughts.
10 posted on 05/29/2007 8:30:47 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: kristinn

Kristinn, I think you hit a great balance between condeming her actions but loving her as a person.

And of course noting how the left used her was excellent.


11 posted on 05/29/2007 8:31:49 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: kristinn

Classy comment, kristinn.


12 posted on 05/29/2007 8:32:01 AM PDT by Bahbah (Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: kristinn

“”Those she got involved with in the anti-war movement realize it was to their benefit to keep her in that stage of anger.”

Great taser-shot to the America-haters....shows “mom” how badly she’s been had....by THEM!


13 posted on 05/29/2007 8:32:16 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: kristinn

Very classy quote from you. Kudos.


14 posted on 05/29/2007 8:32:22 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: AmericanGunner
"Cut and run.....at least she practices what she preaches...."

My sentiments exactly.

Apparently, there is absolutely nothing that Cindy Sheehan considers worth fighting for.

15 posted on 05/29/2007 8:32:42 AM PDT by Bob Loblaw
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To: kristinn

Your 15 minutes was up long ago Cindy. Get on with your life.


16 posted on 05/29/2007 8:32:56 AM PDT by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: kristinn

By your remarks, you treated her with a heckuva lot more class and dignity than she ever did. She hurt a lot of people and besmirched not only her son’s good name, but all the others who paid the same price for our freedom...and of course, their loved ones.


17 posted on 05/29/2007 8:33:21 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: xzins

Ditto that.


18 posted on 05/29/2007 8:33:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: kristinn
I do hope that she takes the time to heal and find peace.

You're a better man than I.

I hope the b**** gets hit by a bus....

L

19 posted on 05/29/2007 8:34:05 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to plague.)
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To: kristinn

You are too big for FreeRepublic Kristinn. You have achieved “Statesmanship” status. That was a very gentle and decent thing you did.


20 posted on 05/29/2007 8:34:29 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: kristinn

Classy statement by you (Kristinn)!


21 posted on 05/29/2007 8:34:45 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: kristinn
...when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the 'left' started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used

you were just a tool, now you are just a fool.......

22 posted on 05/29/2007 8:35:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: kristinn

‘Sheehan said she had sacrificed a 29-year marriage and endured threats to put all her energy into stopping the war. What she found, she wrote, was a movement “that often puts personal egos above peace and human life.” ‘

Like your own ego, Momma Wacko?

The Weekly Standard had a great comic bit about Sheehan circa 2008, in which nobody from Daily kos, or moveon.org, or huffington post would return her calls about a year ago.

Seems the ‘time’ came a bit earlier than they expected.

As for her ‘salvaging’ her relationship with her own family, good luck with that. They’ve been humiliated, abused, and also smeared due to her actions, insane assertions, and love of the camera’s.

I don’t think its coincidence the MSM stopped covering her few months ago, and now she feels the need to leave.


23 posted on 05/29/2007 8:35:49 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: kristinn

Gracious comments, my friend....speaks well of you and the cause you represent..kudos..


24 posted on 05/29/2007 8:36:46 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: kristinn
Anyone want to buy five beautiful acres in Crawford, Texas?" she wrote.

I wouldn't consider it without an environmental assessment.

25 posted on 05/29/2007 8:36:48 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Lurker
LOL...Amen, brother. A Train. Stampede of elephants. A herd of venomous sea slugs. Anything.

I'm just not as nice as Kristinn...*shrug*

26 posted on 05/29/2007 8:37:27 AM PDT by Hi Heels (cleverly disguised as a responsible adult....)
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To: Badeye

“Egos above peace”. So, Cindy I see you’ve met Rev. Jackson.


27 posted on 05/29/2007 8:38:00 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

(chuckle)

And Sharpton.


28 posted on 05/29/2007 8:38:34 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: kristinn

Excellent quote, amigo; nailed it while remaining on the high plane.


29 posted on 05/29/2007 8:40:31 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Bahbah
Classy comment, kristinn.

The perfect example of hating the sin but loving the sinner.

30 posted on 05/29/2007 8:41:26 AM PDT by trimom
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To: kristinn

More Cut and Run from the Cut and Run crowd.


31 posted on 05/29/2007 8:41:38 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: kristinn
What she found, she wrote, was a movement "that often puts personal egos above peace and human life."

She figured out something most of the people in the left never do. Therefore, her 15 minutes of fame is up.

I sincerely hope she will get the help and healing she needs now.

32 posted on 05/29/2007 8:43:07 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: kristinn
Many of us have been more than hurt by her angry, anti-American attitude & words/actions/ associations...

..Kristinn, you were gracious and merciful in your response...

..but Sheehan has culpability in what she has done....much culpability!!

Heal?

That's up to God....and whether she repents and asks forgiveness.

She still seems very bitter to me.

Yes, she was used.

So was Norma McCorvey.....but Jane Roe..saw the error of her ways, and repented of her part.

Maybe someday Sheehan will also.

33 posted on 05/29/2007 8:44:22 AM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President, 2008!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Ping to a statement from our Elder Statesman and Goodwill Ambassador, Kristinn Taylor.


34 posted on 05/29/2007 8:44:35 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: kristinn
Nice. A very humane and thoughtful comment on Sheehan, Kristinn.

Well done.

35 posted on 05/29/2007 8:44:43 AM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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To: kristinn

Spoken like a true gentleman. Well done Kristinn


36 posted on 05/29/2007 8:45:41 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Enterprise

Will she now marry Al Sharpton ?


37 posted on 05/29/2007 8:47:03 AM PDT by libscum
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To: kristinn

When she started this she had $ millions dropped on her. Guaranteed that if the $ millions were still flowing she would find a way to rationalize and keep going.


38 posted on 05/29/2007 8:47:14 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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To: kristinn

You’re a far more gracious man than I.


39 posted on 05/29/2007 8:49:00 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Hi Heels
Well I guess I'm off the list as Runner Up for Kristinn.

Dang it all...

L

40 posted on 05/29/2007 8:49:42 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to plague.)
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To: kristinn
"Her politics have hurt a lot of people, including the troops and their families, but most of us who support the war on terror understand she is hurt very deeply," Taylor said Tuesday. "Those she got involved with in the anti-war movement realize it was to their benefit to keep her in that stage of anger."

Perfect response.

41 posted on 05/29/2007 8:50:07 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Red Badger
you were just a tool, now you are just a fool.......

Perhaps now she can find a path to healing and bring honor to her son's efforts

She has been both a fool and a tool
Perhaps she can now become something different

A part of me genuinely wishes for her
healing through repentance
42 posted on 05/29/2007 8:50:12 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: libscum

If nothing else, she can lay her head on Jesse’s broad shoulders again. Or maybe he will pay for a scholarship to some school somewhere.


43 posted on 05/29/2007 8:50:24 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: kristinn

Her 15 minutes were too long.


44 posted on 05/29/2007 8:52:59 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: kristinn

I knew those late night meetings at the Free Republic cave under Bulldog stadium would pay off.


45 posted on 05/29/2007 8:55:09 AM PDT by CAWats
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To: HangnJudge

Given time, she might just come to the realization that her son died to allow Iraqis the freedoms people like her and her former “friends” to do exactly what they did without the fear...............


46 posted on 05/29/2007 8:55:58 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: Enterprise

And another Reality Show comes to an end.


47 posted on 05/29/2007 8:56:48 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

Isn’t THAT the TRUTH!


48 posted on 05/29/2007 8:57:35 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: kristinn

Good for Cindy. Her faith in radical partisan politics has been met with the reality that the aparachniks will use you till they use you up...drop you in the grease and move-on.org to the next useful idiot. Kristinn, you’re words were thoughtful and represent the best of FreeRepublic. Thanks.


49 posted on 05/29/2007 8:59:00 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kristinn
Listen - this poor woman lost her son - her child.

How would that effect any of us - I dare say we would only find out if that tragedy came into our home.

I say Leave her alone !

If she wants to rant and rave - go ahead - give her leave.

and.... pay her no attention if it bothers you.

She lost her child.

50 posted on 05/29/2007 8:59:08 AM PDT by Jake The Goose
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