Thursday, September 11, 2008

what 9/11 has become

Wow. I can't believe today is the anniversary. I still remember that day like it was yesterday. The shock. The sadness. The desperation to feel nothing over feeling so sad. The anger. The patriotism.  The ensuing war.

But 9/11 isn't about those brave people whose lives were so tragically cut short anymore. The GOP has succeeded in politicizing such a tragic event and people don't even realize it. They rule by the politics of fear. And they're really good at it. Why? Well, because the American public lets them.

We heard it last week in Minnesota, we’ve heard it off and on since January but Senator McCain said it most concisely in June.

“Look,” he said. “I know the area, I’ve been there, I know wars, I know how to win wars, and I know how to improve our capabilities so that we will capture Osama bin Laden - or put it this way, bring him to justice. We will do it. I know how to do it.”

Sen. McCain seems to be quite serious, that he and he alone, not the CIA, nor the U.S. Military, nor the current President can capture bin Laden.

Thus we must take him at his word, that this is no mere ludicrous campaign boast.

We must assume Sen. McCain truly believes he is capable of doing this, and has been capable of doing this, since last January. “We will capture Osama bin Laden… we will do it. I know how to do it.”

Well then, Senator, you’d better go and do it hadn’t you?

Because, Sir, if a man or woman in this nation, Democrat or Republican, had a clear and effective means of capturing or killing Osama bin Laden…

If that person had been advertising his claim, Senator for eight months.

But if that person not only refused to go to responsible authorities in government and advise them of this plan to catch bin Laden, but further announced he would not even begin to enact this secret plan to corral the world’s most hated man until the end of next January.

What would be your description of such an individual, Senator? Charlatan? Do-nothing? Opportunist?

I'm sorry 9/11 happened.  I'm sorry that many lives were lost.  I'm sorry that people lost their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles.  I'm sorry that these loved ones have left voids that can never be filled.  I'm sorry that children will grow up, not knowing who their mom or dad are because their lives were taken from them on that horrible day.

And I'm sorry that this tragedy has been reduced to a political ploy by the GOP for their own gain.  The victims and their families deserve better than that. 


King of New York Hacks said...

Nice post O.C. , the following are the last lines from "The Grapes Of Wrath" and sometimes in moments like these , I think of these words ......and they help. Maybe for you too. Be safe O.C.

Ma: Scared, ha! I ain't never gonna be scared no more. I was though, for a while it looked as though we was beat, good and beat. Looked like we didn't have nobody in the whole wide world but enemies. Like nobody was friendly no more. Made me feel kind of bad, and scared too. Like we was lost and nobody cared.

Pa: You're the one that keeps us goin', Ma. I ain't no good no more, and I know it. Seems like I spend all my time these days thinkin' how it used to be. Thinkin' of home. I ain't never gonna see it no more.

Ma: Well, Pa. A woman can change better'n a man. A man lives, sorta, well, in jerks. Baby's born and somebody dies, and that's a jerk. He gets a farm or loses it, and that's a jerk. With a woman, it's all in one flow like a stream. Little eddies and waterfalls, but the river it goes right on. A woman looks at it that way.

Pa: Well, maybe, but we sure taken a beatin'.

Ma: I know. That's what makes us tough. Rich fellas come up an' they die an' their kids ain't no good, an' they die out. But we keep a-comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. And we'll go on forever, Pa... 'cause... we're the people.

jOoLz said...

did you see olbermann's special comment about 9/11 the other day?

if not, you should try tracking it down on the you tubes. it got me so fired up i had a hard time getting to sleep that night.

anOCgirl said...

king: you're a man after my own literary heart. i love john steinbeck and you can quote his works any time on this blog. thank you for the comment.

joolz: yes, i did see the special comment. the quoted piece above is actually part of keith olbermann's comment. it struck a chord definitely and was the inspiration for this post.