America Forward"; then Back Ten Steps
What was accomplished?...
[Eric Hogue] 8/29/05
Now that the nation has
experienced the "Battle of the Moms" in Crawford,
Texas, what have the organizers of Move
America Forward (California Congressional hopeful Howard
with this high priced media caravan?
What did they accomplish,
other than boosting Cindy Sheehan's media attention when her
saga was growing old and cold. The folks at Move'on and "Sheehan
Tent and Awning" should send Move America Forward a donation
check...nothing better than 'un-efforted' attention from the
press. Just get the name spelled right.
Has MAF produced a desired
result for the military, for the citizens of this country,
or have the founders of MAF created another attention grabbing
'stunt' for their web site and future political campaigns?
What argument has MAF
funded with this latest stunt?
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What ideological core
value has MAF offered America? That a majority of Americans
are for the war against terrorism, and a little under half
of the citizens are not? Didn't we know this already?
Over the weekend, I heard
numerous anchors recite the same tag line after returning from
a 'live report' from Crawford, Texas. The studio anchor, or
'anchorette', would simple say, "Emotions are running
high on both sides". And they are right.
This latest stunt has
done nothing but create emotions. There is no intelligent debate
or dialogue between these newly found 'warring icons
of motherhood'. In many ways, the advantage actually lands
to Sheehan's side of the dusty Crawford road, due to the fact
that liberals are all about emotions, whereas conservatives
rest inside of the non-emotional, intellectual neighborhood.
What are we doing, acting
like the youth of a generation behind us? Conservatives are
not about 'mobocricy', we represent a form of government
What MAF has produced
is more attention for their fund raising web site,
their endorsed politicians like Howard Kaloogian and their "inner-sanctum
of cliquish media relationships". MAF has done nothing
to help the cause in this war on terrorism, unless you consider
their personal ratings, their endorsed politician's name
recognition inside of focus groups, and the media personalities
that tag along with them like parasites eating off of an emotional
If this benefits the
war on terrorism, someone needs to explain it to me, I'm dumbfounded.
Now it is over, and just
like the previous Move America Forward 'protest rallies' that
featured the Steven Pearcy effigy and 'neighborhood vigil', and
then the protest rally outside of the Attorney General's Office
when the newly recognized icon of protest art (thanks again
MAF) Steven Pearcy's 'T'ank You Mr. Bush' insanity
was displayed in the top cops building downtown, Move America
Forward will leave Crawford, Texas behind.
The MAF organizers will
return home as they arrived, in a jet plane, while the rest
of the lowly caravan will ride through the dust back to California's
resting place. When they get home, MAF will receive pats on
the back and quickly turn their attention to the next rally,
protest, caravan or drill to attach their logo and web site.
All the while, a rejuvenated
Cindy Sheehan dashes off to Washington DC to continue
her newly found purpose in life, aided by the emotions
of well intended conservatives, who were whipped into an emotional frenzy
by the organizers of Move America Foreword.
But not all is lost...In
the end, MAF will have accomplished one thing, exchanging
Cindy Sheehan's and Steven Pearcy's 15-minutes of
fame, for 15 months of worship by the MSM and
the anti-Bush, anti-war liberals of today's culture.
Thanks again, Move America
Forward...two steps forward, and then ten steps back. tRO
2005 Eric Hogue