Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A quick note about the Crawford Crazy

Or at least that's what I'm calling him.

I'm referring to Larry Northern, who, for reasons I can only guess at, decided to run down a large number of the crosses that Cindy Sheehan and her followers had set up around their protest site (see the Reuters story here).

First let me say that I'm not a big fan of the anti-war groups using crosses bearing the names of fallen soldiers as part of their protest, unless that soldier's views against the war were made clear enough as to be certain that they would have been ok with it, but (and this is a big but) they have every right to do it and with the exception of direct family members, such as parents, spouses, children etc.. who directly request their loved ones name be removed, no one should forcibly remove them. Mr. Northern took it upon himself to attempt to destroy this 'memorial' and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for doing so.

Feel free to disagree with Ms. Sheehan and the various other protesters converging on Crawford all you want but no matter what the original intent of these crosses were, they still represent brave men and women who gave their life so that others could enjoy even a partial taste of the freedoms we in the West enjoy in abundance (although that's not exactly what Ms. Sheehan's wants you to think when you look at them).

Angry in the Great White North has a little twist on this story while Michelle Malkin brings up some of the other acts of cross desecration that you won't hear those on the left complain about.

And as always, the regulars at the Daily Kos put their 2 cents in (although I think most of them get back change) and somehow manage to project the acts of one lone nut to the entire GOP, President Bush and of course, Karl Rove. It's always interesting to see them try and give the what they believe will be the conservative response while most admit to having very little exposure to actual conservatives (I've actually debated people who used that as a badge of honor while still telling me what conservatives think). I especially love their views of people like Bill O'Reilly when it's obvious from their comments that they have never watched his program or read anything he's written.

I may not agree with everything O'Reilly says, but he does usually back up his statements with at least some facts and doesn't appear to be afraid of any subject, despite what those from Kos would have you believe. In fact, when Ms. Sheehan cancelled her appearance on his show last week he quickly got another anti-war mother of a soldier killed in Iraq to come and present her case, even going so far as to give her 'the last word'. Now compare that to, say Sheehan herself who only appears on heavily left leaning programs like Hardball where the interviewer will allow her to say anything she wants without the slightest challenge.

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