So long to poor, sad Cindy Sheehan, whose rantings will apparently no longer be Page 1 news:
I have invested everything I have into trying to bring peace with justice to a country that wants neither.
[. . .]
This is my resignation letter as the "face" of the American anti-war movement . . . I am finished working in, or outside of this system. This system forcefully resists being helped and eats up the people who try to help it. I am getting out before it totally consumes me or anymore people that I love and the rest of my resources.
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.
It is sad, but understandable, that she feels that way about America. She is a mother who lost a son, and her grief has consumed her. What has been unforgiveable is the way she has been used by some Democrats and some in the media to further their own agenda -- just read some of the hundreds of comments appended to her Kos post. Even she has enough rationality left to understand that:
The first conclusion is that I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party. Of course, I was slandered and libeled by the right as a "tool" of the Democratic Party. This label was to marginalize me and my message. How could a woman have an original thought, or be working outside of our "two-party" system?
However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the "left" started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used. I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of "right or left", but "right and wrong."