Using Cindy Sheehan
Framing Cindy Sheehan:
We should call her "Mother Sheehan". We should never call her Cindy; I don't know her. "Mother Sheehan" is her title, and expresses her ceremonial status as a bereaved mother, calling forth over the dead body of her son. She is not a person now, she is a mother, which is not an expression of her individuality, but rather the expression of her eternal character: the mother, the bringer of life who has been wronged by state power.
We should use the word "sacrifice". She has sacrificed the most precious thing a mother has, the life and promise of her child.
We should use the word "useless" frequently. The death of her son is a useless sacrifice, done for the vanity of the ruler.
We should not use the name of her son. Her son is a symbol of all sons who have been sacrificed for this useless and criminal war.
The term "vigil" should be used to describe the persons and their patient petition to the dictatorial ruler. It is a vigil over the body of the dead son, killed by the ruler for his own purposes.
The right will try to INDIVIDUALIZE and SPECIALIZE her complaint. We must try to make her cry the UNIVERSAL and ETERNAL cry of all mothers whose children have died at the whim of the tyrannical and dictatorial ruler, who has made the decision to push children to the front of the army for his own, useless purposes. We must seek to make this like funeral vigils over all time. This is not Mother Sheehan's vigil, this is a vigil over the dead son, killed by the ruler for his own selfish reasons.
If there are any persons who are theatre professionals at the Sheenan vigil, they should arrange things much more theatrically.
If I was there, I would not let Mother Sheehan talk to the press, but I would have her talk only through a spokesperson. In particular, I would not allow her to argue with critics, and would allow no critics to approach her. Her dignity must be preserved. If lesser emissaries from the ruler arrive (C Rice, etc), these should not be allowed to speak to Mother Sheehan.
If there were ever an argument for overturning Skinner v. Oklahoma and allowing the sterilization of idiots, I think dataguy could be the poster boy. I can picture this moron: long hair, a thinly filled-in goatee, sitting in Ann Arbor or Santa Monica in his rent-controlled apartment, a "No Blood For Oil" sticker on a corkboard, recently fired from Kinko's after "speaking truth to power" over the inherent racism of using "black" toner in the copy machines, and just so earnest in his belief that he alone is a Philosopher King. If only stupidity were painful.