Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Yeah, what HE said!

Very elegant and well-stated comments by Slublog on the whole Cindy Sheehan kerfuffle.

The Moral Authority of Grief
What bothers me the most about the elevation of grief in general, and specifically in the case of Cindy Sheehan, is the idea that a person who has suffered a loss and uses that loss to advocate for a particular position is immune to criticism of the ideas they communicate from behind the shield of their departed relative.
Read the whole thing.

~> Also, Another good lambasting by Jeff Goldstein over at Protein Wisdom:

Don't tell me I don't give a damn / next stop is Vietnam
In other words, “How dare you! Cindy lost her son!” has, in short order, become the new “RACIST” or “HOMOPHOBE” of progressive poltico speak— loaded signifier whose power rests in its refusal to allow for any but a single signification, a way for leftwing ideologues to strangle debate in the crib and to prevent any discussion on the practical affects of Sheehan’s carefully-orchestrated and increasingly-well funded anti-war media blitz by turning those very questions into an indictment of the questioner.
In short: any but a particular politically-sanctioned use of Cindy Sheehan’s narrative has become, in effect, hate speech.