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These Are the Women George Bush Didn't Want America to See

Reported by Marie Therese - February 2, 2006

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What is it about these two women, on opposite sides of the political spectrum, that scares George Bush so much that they were refused entrance to the State of the Union speech?

We all know that they wore T-shirts into the Capitol building.

Cindy Sheehan's had the number of American dead - 2242 - in white letters against black.

Beverly Young's had the words Support the Troops.

On our side of the political spectrum, we know about Cindy Sheehan's tireless effort to get the troops back home.

What we didn't know until yesterday is that Beverly Young, a Republican, has been working equally hard on behalf of the wounded men returning from the front and is not at all happy with the treatment they receive here in the United States.

BETHESDA, Md. - This is not how congressional wives are supposed to act.

They are not supposed to curse at Pentagon officials, write angry letters to President Bush or say that members of Congress take bribes.

But Beverly Young, the wife of Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Indian Shores, doesn't play by those rules. Spend a day with her visiting wounded Marines at the National Naval Medical Center and you'll hear a few expletives. When she sees a photograph of a former hospital official, Beverly says: "See this b----? If she were here, I'd deck her."

But mostly what you hear from Beverly is compassion for the Marines who lie in the surgical ward, wincing from their injuries. Many have had arms or legs amputated. She holds their hands and tells each of them, "We love you, Marine."

She asks one if he needs chewing tobacco or whiskey. She slips $200 to the fiancee of another.

She spends several days a week at the hospital, often bringing pizzas or DVDs. When the Marines have no family, Beverly spends hours in their rooms like a surrogate mother. One Marine says that when he was overmedicated with painkillers, she saved his life by cursing in his ear like a drill instructor.

Laws have been changed thanks to Beverly. She prodded her husband to create a nationwide registry for bone marrow donors. When she discovered the military charged wounded soldiers for hospital meals, she raised such a fuss Congress repealed the law. (Washington Times, December 19, 2005)

Although Mrs. Sheehan and Mrs. Young have differing opinions about the legitimacy of the Iraq conflict, they share one common bond.

They are WOMEN.

One mourns the loss of her son and fights to prevent even more deaths.

The other spends her days alleviating soldiers' suffering and fights for better care.

Since Cain killed Abel, war and its aftermath - pain and desolation - have been the devastating province of the female of the species.

George Bush - who has been sheltered and protected by women all of his life - obviously could not stand to look into the eyes of either Sheehan or Young because, in them, he would have seen not just the pain of today's war, but the shadow of all the tears shed for all the soldiers since time began.

So, it was just easier to have them escorted out of the building.

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