February 01, 2006

Sheehan Arrested

She caused a disturbanceshe got arrested. Why should that come as a shock to anyone?

Activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested last night after demonstrating in the spectators gallery of the House of Representatives as part of a larger war protest that was held outside the Capitol.

Sheehan, who was apparently given a gallery ticket by a member of Congress, began to attract notice about 30 minutes to an hour before President Bush's State of the Union speech.

Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, opened her jacket to reveal a T-shirt that, according to a supporter, gave the number of U.S. war dead and asked, "How many more?"

She was also vocal, said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer, and after she ignored instructions to close her jacket and quiet down, she was led out and arrested. Demonstrating in the House gallery is prohibited.

Now lest you think this was a politically motivated arrest on the part of Capitol police, consider that Sheehan was not the only spectator removed from the gallery over a “message shirt” regarding the war in Iraq.

The wife of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, told a newspaper that she was ejected during the State of the Union address for wearing a T-shirt that says, "Support the Troops Defending Our Freedom."

Beverly Young told the St. Petersburg Times that she was sitting in the front row of the House gallery Tuesday night when she was approached by someone who told her she needed to leave.

She said she reluctantly agreed, but argued with several officers in an outside hallway.

In a telephone interview with the newspaper, Young said she told them her shirt wasn't a protest but a message of support.

In other words, it was not simply a question of who Sheehan was or the content of her message – it was a broad, general policy respecting time and place. But the moonbats will not mention Mrs. Young’s experience.

Not that this is even a new policy, as Drudge points out, and was used to shield Bill Clinton from criticism in 1999.

The Pennsylvania school teacher was yanked out of a VIP Senate gallery and briefly detained last week during the impeachment trial for wearing a T-shirt with graphic language dissing President Clinton.

Delp, 42, of Carlisle, Pa., and a friend had just settled into their seats when four Capitol security guards approached them. Delp said at the time that he was ordered to button his coat and follow the guards. Outside the chamber, he was told "several people felt threatened by your shirt."

Even after establishing that Delp was a guest of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), the guards wouldn't let him back in and escorted him to a basement security area, where they questioned and photographed him.

After being given one of the photos as a souvenir, Delp said he was banned from the Capitol for the rest of the day. "They were polite and professional," Delp added, "but they really did scare me. I think I should have been given the chance to cover up."

So you see, there really is not much of a story here – a clear and consistent policy was clearly and consistently enforced in an even-handed manner. Sheehan was arrested only because she refused to comply with the directions of those charged with enforcing the policy. Not every location is a public forum.

Michelle Malkin, Say Anything, Generation Why?, GOP and College, The Jawa Report, Oblogatory Anecdotes, A Blog for All, Cam Edwards, Patterico, Tammy Bruce, Sister Toldjah

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In tonight's news, I heard her tell the reporter that she wants to make sure her son did not die in vain.
Did I hear this right? She's protesting the war because she feels her son's death was in vain? His service to our country was in vain? I'm genuinely disappointed.
While I'll be the first to admit that war may not solve our problem with terrorism, any who serve our country, under the banner of genuine freedom and dies in the process, does not die in vain.
My family has served in the military ever since we came to America in the 1850's. Not once did anyone ever say that they believed they served their country in vain.
Each generation of Americans has fought the battle of tyranny to protect freedom. Perhaps it was a tyrant whose constituents did not care, but there were those who did care, and did want to live, or die as free people. Unfortunately, freedom costs dearly. Usually this cost is borne out in the lives of those who fight, on the front lines, with weapons or war.
While I too would prefer that we not have to use violence to prevent/stop violence, we live on a planet ruled by powerful, or pseudo-powerful people who believe they have the right (or perhaps the 'divine' right) to be despots. As such, we must fight against them with greater force than they rule to depose them. This in turn grants freedom to live as we do here in America.

Cindy Sheehan, your son did not die in vain.
He died serving the freedom of those under the opression of a heinous despot. Tens of thousands died under his rule, because they did not believe as he did, or look like he does, or hold his values. While your son may not get to live out a life of 70 +/- years, he did live a full life, and offered it up as a sacrifice for the good of all humanity.

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