Two Plugs: Sheehan and Pease
This weekend, famed voice for peace and activist Cindy Sheehan will visit Lexington. She’ll be available at various events and locations this weekend, including a free talk at Transylvania University on Friday, September 12, 7:00 pm, and an appearance at Morris Book Shop on Southland Drive (the next day, Saturday, between 3 and 4 pm). Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in Iraq, and in the years since, she’s been an unrelenting voice for peace and reconciliation. More importantly, she’s made many people aware of the human costs associated with war—costs that our media tries to obscure whenever possible.
My second plug, for those so inclined, is to anticipate a second book, The New American Exceptionalism, by Donald E. Pease. The book will be published toward the end of October, and it examines various state fantasies that uphold our new manifestation of America’s post-Bush regime. I’ve heard and read parts of this book, and I can vouch for its relevance and importance. It includes, among other things, a suggestion that Sheehan has usurped the role of patriotic grieving mother and turned this ideological space on its head.
The violence in Iraq has not ended, nor has United States foreign policy shifted in any substantial way with Barack Obama’s election. Sheehan and Pease demand that we grapple with their message.