Our Encore Broadcast on Monday was with Shauna Fleming, the young high school student who began "A Million Thanks" three years ago, who has now collected and sent over 3 million thank you letters and emails from Americans to our troops, with the help of her classmates. It is an amazing story of what just one person can do when they put their dedication into action.
What a contrast to Cindy Sheehan, the media's icon of 'troop support', who, I am sure you have heard, is halting her public anti-war protests.
As MSNBC reports: Cindy Sheehan...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...I’m going home for awhile to try and be normal.”
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.”
MoveAmericaForward.org has a press release regarding Gold Star Family members who have lost a son or daughter in the war on terrorism. They made the following statement in response to Sheehan's announcement...
“We are very pleased to hear that Cindy Sheehan is ending her disgraceful campaign to discredit the United States military and the heroic men and women in harms way in Iraq and Afghanistan. We sympathize with the shared pain from losing a child in the war effort, however, we cannot excuse the fact that Cindy has taken the wrong turn at every corner in assigning blame for the loss of her heroic son, Casey.
“Casey Sheehan was a proud member of the United States Armed Forces. He believed in serving his country faithfully and volunteered for the duty assignment that led to his death at the hands of Islamic extremists. He should have been the example followed by Cindy Sheehan. Instead, she chose to associate with the most virulent anti-American elements in the United States and abroad.
“Throughout her public demonstrations, Cindy Sheehan has repeatedly been dismissive of the majority of Gold Star Parents who disagree with her stance on the war. Cindy Sheehan does not speak for us, nor thankfully does she speak for most Americans. It’s time for Cindy to go home and put her life back together and realize just how fortunate she is to live in the greatest nation on earth.
“We are saddened that Cindy’s withdrawal from political activities is because she was disappointed that more Americans did not accept her distorted worldview that America is the blame for all of the ills of the world. Perhaps off the world stage, she will be able to regain her bearings and see that her son and America were serving the cause of freedom in the world and security at home. God Bless the United States of America, and may God help Cindy Sheehan to heal from the pain and bitterness that have consumed her.”
Do you think it's safe to say that this won't be the end of the spotlight for Cindy Sheehan...maybe a book? A spot on Rosie O'Donnell's new show (whenever that happens)? Who knows what's waiting back stage for her.
Hear my interview with Shauna Fleming here...
Hear the show (See 5/28/07)