Melanie Morgan, talk show radio host and Co-chairman of Move America Forward and Deborah Johns, Marine Mom, have organized a caravan called the “You Don’t Speak For Me, Cindy” Tour from San Francisco to Vacaville, home town of Cindy Sheehan, and then to Los Angeles, San Diego, and on to Crawford, Texas by Saturday, August 27th. You can see the itinerary here. Come out and greet the caravan when it comes near you.
Roseville resident Deborah Johns’ son William is a Marine stationed in Iraq. She sympathizes with Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war protester who lost her son to enemy fire 16 months ago. However, Johns believes a pull-out now would negate what troops are fighting for in Iraq. She takes exception to Sheehan’s protest and plans to do something about it.
“It absolutely has mushroomed, but that’s our liberal media,” said Johns. “They continue to like to hear the negative and not the positive that’s going on.” Johns is organizing what could be hundreds of others to participate in a caravan leaving San Francisco on Monday. The caravan is destined for Crawford, Texas, in a gesture of support for President George W. Bush.
Johns believes it’s important to demonstrate her support for the course Bush has chosen. “If God took my son and called him home, I would continue to stand behind our military men and women and I would continue to support our president of the United States,” she said.
Sheehan’s protest has also been fodder for conservative talk radio, which is urging listeners to join a number of caravans being organized by Move America Forward, a conservative Sacramento-based organization that, according to its website, is dedicated to supporting the troops and the fight against terrorism.
I attended a rally today to welcome the caravan to Los Angeles. Deborah Johns was there, along with several mothers of sons and daughters who are currently stationed in Iraq. One Mom on the caravan is a Gold Star Mother who lost a son in the war, and has 4 others serving in the Armed Forces.
These are women who understand how important it is to boost the morale of the troops and to let them know that they have supporters at home. They recognize that the job is not yet done, and we have to finish before we come home. When will we be finished? We will be finished as soon as we can turn the security of Iraq over to the Iraqis, and they are ready to take on that responsiblity. When will that be? We don’t know, but that is when our job is done.
There were 5 or 6 anti-war protesters who came out, and caused a disturbance so that Deborah Johns was unable to speak to the group until someone gave her a megaphone. It was interesting to note that almost all of the supporters had American flags, sang America the Beautiful and God Bless America. The anti-war protesters had no flags, but just had signs saying that “War is not the Answer” and “No more war.” Well, actually there was one flag. One fellow had a flag that had the peace symbol on one side and the gay pride flag on the other. I also noticed that the protesters did not join in the singing. Is that because they don’t think America is beautiful, or don’t want God to bless America?
The liberal media have given extraordinary and disproportionate publicity to Cindy Sheehan. They have tried to give the impression that Cindy Sheehan and her supporters represent the majority of America rather than a small group who are out of mainstream America. Over tne next week, America will hear from the other side, unless the media decides to downplay it.