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Sheehan gives up, and who can blame her?

Original post made by Linda, Birdland, on May 29, 2007

Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war protestor whose son died in Iraq, announced yesterday she was giving up. She wrote in her online diary she couldn't deal with a country full of people who cared more about who the next American Idol would be than how many kids would get killed in Iraq.

I wanted to say publicly that this is really disheartening and I for one am saddened. Not that she gave up so much but that she's right. Americans know more about Paris going to jail than what's happening in Paris or anywhere else in the world.

This hedonistic, self-centeredness of so many Americans is pathetic.

Comments (5)

Posted by Santiago
a resident of Siena
on Jun 4, 2007 at 6:06 pm

I am so happy that there are people like you still around in Pleasanton, Linda. I fully agree with you. I can't stand where American culture is. No one votes; no one reads the newspaper. There's a few people around who actually follow the domestic news (whatever they manage to see on CNN anyway) but there's practically no one following foreign affairs. You think they don't know much about what's happening in Paris? Americans can't pick out France on an unlabeled map. How do you argue your cause to a bunch of morons?

Posted by Carl
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 4, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Santiago - I respectfully disagree with your claims. In Nov 2006, 23,271 votes were cast for Mayor of Pleasanton. The latest voter registration shows 36,063 registered voters in Pleasanton, which would be about 64% participation. Over 61% of registered voters in Alameda County exercised their civic duty in that election. A drive around Pleasanton in the morning shows quite a few newspapers in driveways, some with several. Recent statistics show people now getting the majority of their news from internet sources so a count of newspapers is not a fair measure these days. Most people I know understand what is happening in foreign affairs, that Sarkozy was elected president of France, that riots and burning of cars continue in Paris. They can find the land mass that is France on an unlabled map. Which Pleasanton do you live in? Which cause is it that would you like to argue? And exactly where are these so called 'morons'?

Posted by Barbara
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 5, 2007 at 8:35 pm

Cindy Sheehan has been an embarrassment to her son's legacy. Instead of being remembered for his sacrifice for his country, he will always be thought of as "Cindy Sheehan's" son. I, for one, am glad to see her stepping out of the media circus spotlight.

And yes, I have voted in every election in the last 15 years, and yes I read not one but four newspapers a day to get a balanced perspective on the day's local, national, and international news. And yes, not only can I find France on the map, I've visited Paris many times.

Posted by Cindy
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 11, 2007 at 5:34 pm

Cindy Sheehan is right, only in this country people are so wrapped in their own worlds, they don't know or don't care about anything else if it is not directly related to themselves. Blame the media, CNN,Fox- Shameful

Posted by Janna
a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 30, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Casey Sheehan didn't sacrifice for his country, he was SACRIFICED period! There is a huge difference there. All that reading and still no comprehension of what's actually going on. That's a crying shame. Why do you feel the need to ridicule those who speak out against injustice happening around them? You should be so bold and fearless.

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