Monday, September 11, 2006

Let's Turn Back the Clock

By Cassandra D

Remember the feeling we all had back in September, 2001? Remember when we felt unity in our grief and in our anger? Remember that golden hope that perhaps, through this horrible tragedy, the vast majority of the people of the world were united? The hope that we could all work together to make the world a better place? The shameless, honest, humble love of country that we shared? The time when no one would even think to question that all Americans were horrified by the attacks and that all Americans were committed to preventing more attacks? Remember when our flag felt like it belonged to all of us? Remember when the people of the world stood with us?

I despise George W. Bush and his minions for ruining the only good to come of 9/11. I despise them for tearing our nation apart. Osama bin Laden tried to do it but succeeded only in bringing us together. Bush is the one who has turned American against American, and who has turned the nations of the world against ours.

I wish we could turn back the clock. I wish our leaders had taken hold of that moment in history and had made something great of us, and of our nation.

My hope and my prayer is that this black time in our country's history will pass, and that we will be the stronger and the wiser for having lived through it.

This hope that we would remember the unity we felt on 9/11 as the most fitting memorial for that day, and that that remembrance would help heal the terrible rifts among our countrymen, will not be a hope made manifest without a struggle, unfortunately. Seeing that hope dashed is what makes me so terribly angry at ABC/Disney for airing their divisive partisan spin. My hope today is that we can all brush aside their show and the nasty anti-American tendencies it represents, and instead remember the people of our nation coming together in the best of ways.

Let's remember that.

David Letterman comments attack on the U.S. ( 9/11 WTC )


At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Dr. Pants said...

At least we've gotten past the fourteen-flags-on-a-car stage. I mean, I wish the unity would have lasted, or at least been used to accomplish more than the Patriot Act and an invasion we didn't need.

But those flags, man. They were everywhere. I had nightmares about them.

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

We would have been better off had we walked around with The Constitution in our pocket instead of flags on our cars.

Let's also not forget that our President did not want to form the 9/11 Commission.

At 7:12 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Cassandra, I share your sentiment but do not agree with the overweighted comments about Bush. Seems like you are airbrushing some things -- like "the divisive partisan spin" of Fahrenheit 9/11 as just one small example (I could throw out many others) the Washington D.C. premiere of which was attended by DNC luminaries and praised as a masterwork. Or the calls of "quagmire" by Kennedy and his ilk after we had been in Afghanistan a bare few months. If you want to blame anyone for driving a wedge into this nation's psyche, how about the anti-American leftists who held hundreds of disrespectful demonstrations across this nation in the first few weeks after 9/11 -- well before a foreign policy response had even been formulated? How about the leftist partisans who insisted on never giving Bush a chance, when he was still weeping and grieving with the rest of us and just trying to figure out how to respond? I remember one leftist, in particular, I personally knew who denied that Bush had tears in his eyes when he addressed reporters from the oval office, even though this was plainly the case for all to see. This person was deranged by his hatred of Bush. After the anti-American demonstrations, snide statements from the Sontags of the world and more, this comment from a blinded person set myself and other Americans on a definite course. There was a time when Bush did try to bring us together; maybe he just got tired of trying in the face of such animosity. I think there's plenty of blame to go around, and widely shared by all sides.

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Pants, do you remember when Harry Reid was grinning ear to ear during the signing of the Patriot Act? Seems to me that it was he who decided this would be a useful political football rather than the other way around.

At 7:25 PM, Blogger BlueDreamer said...

Thank you, Cassandra. I appreciate your sentiments about 9-11 and the state of our nation-then and now. Sadly, I have to agree with you. History will frown upon Mr. Bush and his pre-emptive wars, torture, and secret prisons. My hope is that we, as a nation, wake up from this nightmare and move back towards a time when we despised regimes with secret prisons and the use of torture.

At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Dirt: If you are against war does that imply that you are anti-American? Do you think all conscientious objectors are leftist? Who's doing a bit of their own airbrushing? This is a criminal issue: Americans have the right to see Osama Bin Laden do his perp walk. Even one of the many "Number Two" guys that we have already nabbed would be a good start.

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

RedDirt, President Bush had 90% approval after 9/11. There will always be extremists on both sides, but if Bush used them as an excuse to call half of the people of this country terrorist supporters, he should get no sympathy from you or anyone else. Every politician is disliked, even the most popular. If he couldn't take it he should have stayed in baseball.

At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure wish we could turn off the partisan crap for at least a day, this day.

Cassandra.. thanks for posting the Letterman tape. It's been awhile since I watched it. Dave's cool.

At 8:15 AM, Blogger RedDirt said...

I would love to turn off the partisan crap for one day, but I simply couldn't let such a one-sided post pass without comment.

Cassandra, let me ask you in the interest of fair-minded discussion, you didn't address any of the rest my points ... does that mean they stand?

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

All sorts of good replies are on Hullabaloo ( I particularly liked "Won't Get Fooled Again" and the Kevin Drum article it links to.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

One last comment from me.
The 9/11 anniversary is painful not only for the events of that day, but it also because it reminds us of the lost unity and hope of those early days.

If you haven't seen Jon Stewart's Daily Show return after 9/11, it is posted on Crooks and Liars. He is so choked up he can barely speak at times. And he is a patriot. You can see that so clearly. And so the fact that so many on the Right in our country consider him a traitor now, and un-American, is incredibly disheartening.

One of the posts I read, on Hullabaloo I think, talks about Bush's cynical partisan political use of 9/11 as the reason why so many of us have found it difficult to heal. So we are angry and sad about not only the people who were lost that day, but about what we as a nation have lost since then. And expressing that grief may be "partisan crap" but it feels, unfortunately, that speaking out on it may be the only way that we can wrest 9/11 out of the hands of those who still spin that day, so that someday it and we can rest in peace.

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Cassandra.

At 3:11 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Anonymous said: "If you are against war does that imply that you are anti-American?"

That's kind of a "do you still beat your wife" question, but I'll give it a try anyway.

No, I think anti-Americans are anti-American. People who hold up signs at rallies calling for officers to be fragged are anti-American. People who hold up signs saying they love New York more without the World Trade Center are anti-American. People who call the innocents who died in the Twin Towers "little Eichmanns" are anti-American. And people who can't condemn such statements and behavior or rub shoulders with the organizers are by fiat anti-American.

And please don't try to sell me on the notion that these are exceptions or extremes.

I received my QPB mailer last month and the book-of-the-month selection was Chomsky's latest. I once held up Chomsky as an example of the left's mindset and the progressive I was debating said, "That's just cheap," as in, not even he would accept Chomsky's extreme views. Now he's been mainstreamed, not marginalized as he should be. That doesn't excuse those on the right like Coulter. I'm just sayin'

Dissent can be patriotic, but not all dissent is. And even New Republic writer Peter Beinart has bemoaned the excesses on the left over the past five years.

Like I said, there's plenty of blame to go around.


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