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August 30, 2005

Lisa Fithian: Hard-Core Fanatic, Sheehan Puppeteer

In an interesting piece on NRO, Byron York sheds further light not only on how profoundly contrived the Cindy Sheehan phenomenon is, but on who does the contriving. He notes that when Sheehan's website passes around the hat, donors are request to contact Lisa Fithian.

Fithian is a big-time, profession agitator. In York's words:

Fithian is a legendary organizer who operates in the world of anti-globalism anarchists, antiwar protesters, and union activists; an advocate of aggressive "direct action" demonstrations, she protested the first Gulf war, played an important role in the violent shutdown of Seattle during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting, was a key planner in protests at the Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2000 and 2004, and organized demonstrations at trade meetings in Washington, D.C., Prague, and Genoa.

By the way, Sheehan handlers Code Pink were also involved in the anticapitalism riots in Seattle.


Although reporters have discretely failed to notice, Fithian has been a part of the Crawford Carnival since its very inception.

"I came the first day and helped her [Sheehan] set up the initial encampment," Fithian admits. She's been in Crawford pretty much continually ever since.

To give an idea of Fithian's character, York refers to a November 2003 profile in New York Times Magazine — hardly hostile territory for left-wing activists.

"You don't go to Fithian when you want to carry a placard," said the Gray Lady. "You go to her when you want to make sure there are enough bolt cutters to go around."

Violence, nonviolence, what's the difference? There isn't one, according to Fithian:

Nonviolence is a strategy. Civil disobedience is a tactic. Direct action is a strategy. Throwing rocks is a tactic.

Her hostility to our civilization is not something she hides under a bushel:

I guess my biggest thing is that as people who are trying to create a new world, I do believe we have to dismantle or transform the old order to do that. I just fundamentally don't believe it will ever serve our interests as it's currently constructed.

"Dismantle or transform the old order" sounds innocuous enough to some — but probably not to Russians, who will remember the millions who were deliberately starved or died in gulags when Lisa Fithian types helped dismantle the old order and were then able to seize control of their country.

With thanks to V the K.

A contrived spectacle stage-managed by hard-core extremists.

Posted by Van Helsing at August 30, 2005 08:16 AM


Which shows that she did not just show up in Crawford one day as she claims. And the movement she represents has all the spontaneity of an American Idol audition.

NRO has more on the phoniness today.

Cindy Sheehan spent most of her time huddled with VIPS in and air-conditioned trailer. When she ventured out it was for a scripted and often televised moment. She was always trailed by her media people, and they were quick to keep her on point.

But of course, no one is allowed to criticize her because she is supposedly in such deep mourning over her loss.

Posted by: V the K at August 30, 2005 12:43 PM

That photo says it all. I can almost hear them..."Oh, wait Cindy dear, lets add some eye drops so it looks like your crying. My, your forehead is far too shiny - MAKEUP GIRL! Make her look 'grieving' for the cameras, k? Ta ta!"

Posted by: Josh at August 30, 2005 02:49 PM

This woman is absolutely vile. I understand the polls on who actually bought into this load of BS reveal that she's not having much success. They are such extreme liars and morons that anybody who buys into it is either hopelessly retarded or criminally insane. Their lunatic rantings remind me of Charlie Manson's idiocies.

Posted by: Wrangler at September 2, 2005 06:07 AM

I've always believed that the hard Left's use of the word "nonviolent" was more than a little disingenuous. When one promises nonviolent confrontations, that person is much like a man in a darkened alley who aggressively accosts an innocent female pedestrian, but "reassures" her, "I'm not going to hurt you. I'm safe."

Well, I should hope so. It ought to be a given that violence is not on someone's brain upon meeting a stranger. To announce one's commitment to "nonviolence," paradoxically, raises suspicions if the accosted one doesn't cooperate, violence then will be necessary. That's why it is easy to break a promise -- the noviolent philosophy was always more conditional than principled. It was no shock that around 1966-67 Stokely Carmichael of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) advocated looting and killing. Apparently, peaceful persuasion didn't work; more drastic methods were required.
Another example: About a decade and a half ago, I wrote articles exposing the Community for Creative Nonviolence in Washington, D.C. for what it was -- a hobby horse for Mitch Snyder to intimidate people and vandalize property if the targets of his wrath didn't vow to help "the homeless" his way.

Lisa Fithian is cut from exactly the same cloth. And though she preaches effectively to her choir, few outside her orbit care to hum her tune. Which is why Cindy Sheehan's road show is rapidly wearing out its welcome.

Posted by: Carl F. Horowitz at September 10, 2005 01:39 AM