Drudge has this photo on his site with the caption “FUN: CINDY ARRESTED AT WHITE HOUSE.” Equally, if not more disturbing, are these photos of Cindy waving, smiling, blowing kisses, and embracing Rev. Jesse Jackson as if the two were at a family reunion instead of a protest demanding that America withdraw its troops from Iraq.
Well, one might say, she can’t wear sackcloth and ashes all her life. Isn’t she entitled to moments of happiness from time to time? That’s a bit problematic, in that she has used the grief of her son’s death as the sole means of her credibility as an anti-war celebrity. She has waved her son’s bloody shirt so often and so vigorously that her name is now known worldwide. That she has allowed herself to become the lightning rod for every far left organization from the Free Mumia Coalition to the Israel out of Palestine terrorism supporters is immaterial here: she has earned the benefit of the doubt that she is serious and has made her own decisions.
Years ago, when I took college courses in Buddhism and other Asian religions, I also underwent the practice of zazen (Zen Buddhist meditation) under the tutelage of a very nice man named S. Nagatomo for about six months. This wasn’t a prerequisite of the academic coursework, but a good friend of mine was also doing zazen with him, and I’d always been curious. This went on through part of the summer and fall, and during this time the actor River Phoenix died from taking way too many drugs. While taking off our shoes in the vestibule and generally getting ready for zazen, one of Nagatomo’s students made a general comment to the effect of, “Why do these stars take all these drugs and die of overdoses all the time? They’ve got all this money and they act like junkies.” I don’t remember the exact wording, but Master Nagatomo told us that most famous people tend to get high on fame, on their own celebrity. Being recognized, respected, and loved, even for petty reasons, is a drug in and of itself. Unfortunately, this false “high” never lasts, and it leaves in its wake a depression and sense of loss that for many can be absolutely crushing. To medicate, the celebrity takes drugs like cocaine and heroin. It’s a self-destructive cycle that takes great effort to withdraw from. Many cannot, and some die young.
i am watching cnn and it is 100 percent rita…even though it is a little wind and a little rain…it is bad, but there are other things going on in this country today…and in the world!!!!
Obviously, Cindy Sheehan resents being pushed out of the limelight, however briefly. What is she going to do when the party’s over in front of the White House, and everyone else goes home?