Here's the letter she wrote on her blog yesterday after reading Cindy Sheehan's self-pitying Daily Kos goodbye:
My Letter to Cindy SheehanProctor has saved Sheehan's Kos letter in her post, just in case even Moulitsas and his pals come to the conclusion that having Sheehan around was a big mistake (you never know, maybe some of those types over there will wake up and jump the nutroots ship).
I actually agree with you. The Democratic Party used you as long as you slandered George W. Bush and the Republican Party. Their objective has always been the destruction of a political opponent, and the war is Mr. Bush’s most vulnerable political point. I really enjoyed your stay in the Democratic Party, but it’s best for America that you leave. Now.
The problem is that both you and the Democratic Party overestimated yourselves. You both thought that because you believed something to be true, it was, and that it was your job to help the rest of us see it your way. Your mission failed. Indeed you thought you had a mandate and a majority of the American people behind you. With a slim victory in the House and Senate last October, your rhetoric upped the ante declaring what the American people wanted. Of course with the recent (and repeated) defeats of Democrats in the House and Senate it’s clear there is no mandate… if there were, a war funding bill with a troop withdrawal date would have been made law. Instead, it was vetoed and that initiative was unable to garner enough support to override the veto.
If there were an anti-war mandate, Democrats would have cut the war off at the knees and killed funding. Democrats recognized their constituents did not want to end the war…. At least not that way. Democrats doing what Democrats do best, they retreated into acquiescence to the President.
On top of that, the U.S. soldiers whom you claim to support continued to stand up to challenge an aggressive “in your face” anti-war movement that sided with America’s enemies. They did this by enlisting and reenlisting above expectations month after month. You pitted yourself against the best and brightest in America, and that was a battle you could not win.
When we met face to face in September of 2005 at your Bring them Home Now tour stop in Columbia, SC, I had a sign which read, ‘Cindy Doesn’t Speak for Me’. You yelled to me, “You with the ‘Cindy Doesn’t Speak for Me’ sign… I never said I did!” Ah, touche’, but that moment was prophetic, Ms. Sheehan, because you seemed oblivious to the America Stands with Cindy sign posted by your own entourage. You’ll want to be tearing up those America Stands with Cindy posters.
Finally you said:
“Good-bye America …you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.”
YOU sacrificed? No wonder you believe your son’s death is in vain. And thank you, Mother Sheehan, for not making our country into a nirvanaic Sodom and Gomorrah… or rather, thanks to America for not letting you.
Good-bye. It must have been hard being the peace movement’s village idiot, but you did a great job.
I applaud Proctor for her support of American military missions, and her work as a pro-victory activist. We need more bloggers like her!
My earlier post on the Sheehan exit is here.