Many of you have probably noticed that Cindy Sheehan’s protest against the Iraq war is featured very prominently in the news. Either you see footage of the massive camp outside Crawford, Texas or the conservative parrot heads doing everything they can to Swift Boat her out of the news (there is no doubt in my mind that their identical character assassination arguments come from the same faxed talking points memo). The reason why she is getting so much press time while other protests get only brief coverage is simply because she is a normal American.
I went to President Bush’s inauguration this past year and got to witness the most vocal protesters first hand. Most of them are hippie freaks who do not mirror the values of middle class America. They were young white people people with alternative clothing and red hair whose views are so far to the left that the only place they can get food and not hate themselves is from a university co-op. Or it is teenage pyro anarchists whose burning of the flag is for some reason seen as worthy of cheer.
Until middle class America starts to raise their voice and actually give a damn, instead of simply sitting in their office cubicle whining on political blogs while drinking a latte, the conservative power-base will feel it is okay to push misguided agenda, partly sanctioned by religious leaders who were born with the miraculous ability to speak to a magic man in the sky. The people who can do the most by speaking up are more worried about fitting in and keeping up with the Jones, instead of wondering about what type of country their children will grow up in.