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Sheehan Admires Chavez

First Belafonte, now Sheehan...

CARACAS (AFP) - Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq, joined more than 10,000 anti-globalization activists in Caracas, where she hailed Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chavez.

"I admire him for his resolve against my government and its meddling," said Sheehan, who gained notoriety when she camped outside US President George W. Bush's ranch last year to protest the Iraq war. She said she hoped to meet Chavez later in the week.

So...can we question Cindy Sheehan's patriotism yet? She is openly taking sides with an enemy of our government, and plans on meeting with him in person no less.

Opposing President Bush and his policies is one thing. Taking sides against your own government with a non-friendly foreign government is quite another.

What's most interesting to me is that while activists like Sheehan bemoan the "lack of democracy" in Bush's elections and America's move toward "toltalitarianism" and "fascism" here at home, they have no problem buddying up with a communist apologist whose civil liberties record is sketchy, at best.

A commenter over on my site adds:

Which state is more repressive? Ask yourself this:

If Sheehan or Belafonte spouted their rhetoric instead against the Venezuelan government (standing in downtown Caracas with a bullhorn), what would happen to them?

My guess would be prison. Or some rough treatment from Venezuealan police, at least.

You can read more from Rob Port at SayAnythingBlog.com


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Comments (11)

I swear, people like Sheeha... (Below threshold)

I swear, people like Sheehan have no sense of irony whatsoever.

People who claim that Bush and Co. are fascists or dictators or totalitarians (or compare him to Hitler), etc., really need to wake up. If Bush is what these people are claiming, do you really think they would be allowed to claim it, much less blog it daily if they so choose?

Idiots, all of them.

I think the preceeding stor... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I think the preceeding story's title (or, the story below this one, to be utterly clear) fits perfectly here.

How dare we question the sacrosanct Cindy Sheehan! That's just unacceptable dissent! Evil neocons!

Yeah, well, have you lost a... (Below threshold)
David Letterman:

Yeah, well, have you lost a son, O'Reilly?
So how can you dare even question her?
She is criticism-proof!

According to an article in ... (Below threshold)

According to an article in Smithsonian magazine I wsa reading in the doctor's waiting room a while back, speaking out publicly against the Chavez regime will get you 30 months in the can.

A small price to pay, Sheehan woud say, to live in such a Utopian paradise.

"speaking out publicly a... (Below threshold)
DDT:

"speaking out publicly against the Chavez regime will get you 30 months in the can."

True!! -Sort of...

The sentencing laws are in response to Venezuelan broadcasts by anti-Chavez factions that openly support his overthrow.

Not unlike US Code, Title 18, Section 871, "Threats against the President and presidential successors," prohibits any offense or threat made against the President of the United States.

..that kind of "speaking out"...

Yeah, that terror juggernaut Venzuela, right up there with Cuba, making the free world poop their pants.

I noticed the story below d... (Below threshold)
nick:

I noticed the story below doens't appear on any convervative blog-sites today - hmmmmm.........

The Bush administration, citing the confidentiality of executive branch communications, said Tuesday that it did not plan to turn over certain documents about Hurricane Katrina or make senior White House officials available for sworn testimony before two Congressional committees investigating the storm response.

The White House this week also formally notified Representative Richard H. Baker, Republican of Louisiana, that it would not support his legislation creating a federally financed reconstruction program for the state that would bail out homeowners and mortgage lenders. Many Louisiana officials consider the bill crucial to recovery, but administration officials said the state would have to use community development money appropriated by Congress.

These people are angry at w... (Below threshold)
srl:

These people are angry at what they see as an erosion of civil rights and rampant corruption, belligerence, and imperialism. They seek as allies those regimes that quite obviously uphold dictators by systematically denying civil rights and fostering an environment of corruption, belligerence, and dreams of imperialism. Ignoring the somewhat skewed perspective at work here, I wonder why they think these regimes are so bitterly opposed? They seem to have much in common. Unless, of course, it's just that Venezeula et alia is their kinda bad. You know, socialism and all that.

Awesome point DDT. It was j... (Below threshold)
srl:

Awesome point DDT. It was just the other day I was remarking to my friend how it's too bad all these people are getting thrown in jail for opposing Bush. What's this country coming to when you can't irrationally oppose every word, action, and meaningless gesture or missrepresent him in print without getting locked up?

Seriously though, there are people calling for Bush's overthrow all over the place and you don't have to go beyond our nations borders to find them. You also do not need to search our prisons. They are more likely sitting in basements lamenting the criminal intrusions on their liberty, waiting for the paint on their latest "Bush=War Criminal" poster to dry and, more importantly, for the joint to makes its way back to them.

I'm not trying to go after you or hippies and I know that wasn't exactly your point, but so too did you miss the point. The Sheehans of the world are trashing their country for the things that are in reality carried out by the regimes they are praising for the simple fact that these regimes are opposed to the USA. So in other words, the reasons they claim to oppose the USA aren't actually all that important to them in principle; and dare I infer from this that, because these principles aren't actual values they hold, their motives are otherwise, if not less than honest? This pretty much demonstrates that their hatred isn't the logical well-reasoned kind, but the bad, irrational, and rabble-rousing kind, which is ultimately why they should never be taken seriously or be the subjects of media attention ever again.

George W. Bush hadn't even ... (Below threshold)

George W. Bush hadn't even taken office yet after the 2000 election before I heard the first overt threat of violence against him, with my own ears. Fortunately for the blowhard making the threat, there was about as much chance of taking him seriously as there is of, say, Cindy Sheehan.

[...]

Hmmmmm...

Aren't her 15 minutes over ... (Below threshold)
k2law:

Aren't her 15 minutes over yet?

And Nick, let me tell you something as a lifelong resident of the State of Louisiana: That whole boondoggle was 100% the responsibility of our local and state officials. I pray to the Lord above that the Feds are very skeptical of what assistance they give here for we don't deserve any at all without someone, somebody being in charge to make certain that the money doesn't get urinated away in a swirl of nasty, twisted politics as our state is so apt to do. I don't give a damn what the President will or will not do to help the "investigation." The investigation can start and stop with the local responders and they should be indicted. It's pitiful.

"That whole boondoggle was ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"That whole boondoggle was 100% the responsibility of our local and state officials."

On the side note...lol

There are a few things Chavez should be admired for, at least by those with true liberal values:

-His fight against poverty, using every resource possible. (When was the last time a candidate won here based only on the votes of the poor?)

-Renegotiation of oil contracts.

-Redistribution of land and more social programs.

Other than that, I'm not so sure on the guy. And to be honest, I don't know the poverty situation in Venezuela, as I've never been there. But it seems pretty bad. Anyways, I certainly don't agree with the extreme right-wing side, advocating assassination.




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