This is just wrong. (Written on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.)
The Years of Shame
Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?
Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te (sic) atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.
“…for obvious reasons.”
What would those reasons be, Paul?
That the people who read this might have the audacity to disagree with your elitist musings?
That people may voice their utter disgust at your lack of decorum on this day of solemn reflection?
That people will call you out for your unparalleled narcissism? For your selfish belief that your perverted thoughts are so important to the world that, no matter the occasion, they need to be heard?
Or are you just a coward?
We all know you view the world through an ultra-partisan, rabidly-liberal prism, where thoughts from your vaunted mind roll to your tongue and drop out like sour gumballs. Your usual propaganda, whether written in the Liberal Talking Points of Record (The New York Times) or irately stammered during one of your bizarre rants on (what else?) MSNBC, can be dismissed and forgiven as contemplations of a honeycombed brain.
But, this is different.
With this screed, you have transcended even your own level of hyper-ideology.
What, exactly, did you expect to accomplish with this? Thoughtful debate? Are you so blinded by your hatred of others, and love of your own opinion, that you really don’t see the insensitivity of this? Does it make you feel good about yourself to satisfy your self-absorbed thirst by speaking your “conscience” on this day?
You should be denounced, renounced and terminated from every professional entity which employs you: The New York Times, Princeton University, MSNBC, your book publishers. All of them.
You should be shunned by those in your personal life who give you love, respect, and joy (If you have any).
We all have the right of free speech. We also have the ability to temper that right with a modicum of class and dignity.
With this outburst, you have elected to disgrace that freedom.
You are a small, miserable man. You have shown the world that, for all of your supposed brilliance and intellect, you lack a simple sense of common decency.
Know what else you lack?