Thursday, February 02, 2006

Cindy Sheehan: free speech hypocrite

Debra Saunders points out the hypocrisy of Cindy Sheehan whining about freedom of speech after being turfed from the SOTU speech for violating House rules.

If Sheehan wants to fight for First Amendment rights, she might want to stand up for The Respect Life Ministry of the Oakland Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. The group paid to put up billboards on BART that ask the question, "Abortion: Have we gone too far?" Abortion-rights activists defaced and tore down billboards -- squelching the message of a dissent voice in the Bay Area. Suzanne ''Sam'' Joi, a member of Code Pink, which has hosted many Sheehan events, told The Chronicle, ''I couldn't believe BART would allow something like this. Why are they doing this?''

Free speech? Sheehan should take a look at how her buddy Chavez treats dissidents. As Jackson Diehl reported in the Washington Post last year, the Chavez-controlled legislature passed new media laws that included this choice provision: "Anyone who offends with his words or in writing or in any other way disrespects the President of the Republic or whomever is fulfilling his duties will be punished with prison of 6 to 30 months if the offense is serious and half of that if it is light."

Dissidents who stand up to Chavez are courageous. They risk time in a Venezuelan prison. Californians who bash Bush on the war risk being hailed as local heroes and appearing on cable news.

Personally, I wish the Capitol Police had allowed Sheehan to stay for the speech in her T-shirt. I think she would have chased a few moderate voters in the pro-Bush column. But that could happen anyway. Americans have to notice when a friend of Huge Chavez bemoans that she was denied free speech -- when she never seems to stop talking.
Unfortunately, I suspect that there is as much chance of Sheehan giving us a rest from her idiocy, as there is of her discovering the wonders of cosmetics.

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