Attention Whores Unite

Giving up her anti-war protest, Cindy Sheehan is admitting to Mommy Guilt.

“It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years, and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.”

I like to think of Sheehan as one of the most prominent “naptime activists” of our time. Love her or hate her, she grabbed the anti-war cause by the balls and fought only the way a mother can.

So I ask you- what does it say about our country, the state of our world, that a MOTHER is giving up her fight?

Right or wrong, Sheehan obviously believed in ending the war that claimed her son’s life. Beaten and belittled she has now retreated.

MOTHERS do NOT retreat. MOTHERS fight to the death. Our world is so very fucked up right now, that MOTHERS have had it and are burying their instinct to fade into the shadows. It truly is the end of the world as we know it-our basic, primal instincts can’t take the clusterfuck of this era.
I don’t fault Sheehan for giving up, a person can only take so much heartbreak and pain before becoming numb. I do, however, fault the times we live in-the culture, the ignorance, the ability of our government to ram us up the ass and the ability of our people to bend over and take it. Sheehan said it best, “Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives.”

I’m sure there are those of you who find Sheehan the worst kind of American. While I don’t agree with everything she has done or said, I think she’s the BEST kind of American. She took her pain and fought for what she thought was right. Remember my fellow sheep, you can actually DO that in this country. You can also disagree with her and find her tactics and speech disgusting. Amazing, isn’t it?
However, there is something terribly wrong when a fellow Mamma Bear, who has lost her cub, is beaten down and beaten back until her instinct to protect is nothing more than a faint dream.

Like Sheehan, I admit to being an attention whore. I’m not ashamed. I’m not apologetic. Unlike Sheehan, I am NOT exhausted. This mother can see where this world is headed, and she’s going to point it out and try her best to make others aware.

MOTHERS are giving up, that’s where we are at. Take note, take action, and take care.


  1. Gunfighter says:

    I admire Sheehan for taking her stand and withstanding the beatings that came her way.

    She rocks.

  2. My mother feels sorry for Cindy Sheehan.

    When I asked her why she told me that Cindy Sheehan has every right to grieve. She has every right to question this war and all that it stands for. But she feels Cindy Sheehan exploited Casey’s death for political gain and that it is disrepectful to Casey and to our country.

    Whether or not you agree with our government, America is a far better place to live than many countries. My mother often says to those who don’t agree, “What are you still doing here?”

    My mother’s father served in World War II, and he believed a country worth living in is also worth fighting for. He fought to stop the terrible evil that Hitler caused.

    I’m not going to debate the Iraq war because it conflicts me every single day, and it affects me more than I realized the day my brother came home and talked about his time in Kuwait. (Yes, I know it wasn’t Iraq, but he experienced more than I ever imagined.)

    I don’t know how I feel about Cindy. The fact that she states she’s giving up her fight, makes me wonder if she really was “fighting” for the right reasons. I’ll never know. Only she knows.

  3. No, mothers don’t necessarily “give up” but they do get tired. I don’t agree with Cindy Sheehan, and never have. However, I think she may just be tired, and with good reason. Maybe now she can finally get some peace. Grief does funny things to people. I just wish her peace….

  4. Amen …

  5. I can totally see doing what Cindy Sheehan did, from beginning to protest to giving up. I think her time has run its course and anything else she did would just be looked on as exploitative anyway.

    It was tempting to dismiss her struggle as media-whoring. But on the other hand, it was HER SON. Better to use that pain to try to do something productive than to collapse on the couch.

  6. I hope she hasn’t so much given up, as passed the torch. You just can’t let the entire movement rest on one person’s shoulders…it seems to me that she has inspired a new wave of mothers who will take up the cause now that she has stepped down.

    I hope she grieves, I hope she feels that it was not in vain.

    Most of all, I hope things change.

  7. So every single month we hear about how it’s “the deadliest month” since troops entered Iraq. When the fuck is this going to end? This isn’t just a mom issue, it’s a culture issue. Why are we so willing to turn the other cheek? Thanks for keeping this issue in our minds.

  8. We need a new Cindy. I nominate Rosie O’Donnell.

  9. I think I will just state that Cindy Sheehan must be going thru hell if she is dealing with mommy guilt and mommy grief simultaneously.

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