No American will ever forget where they were on the morning of September 11th ten years ago. Many of us lost people we knew, but the tragedy showed the world how America could put aside race, religion and gender and come together as a people. We saw what real heroes looked like that day, and it’s a shame that the unselfish and giving spirit that came out of tragedy could not have lasted longer than it did. I hope people reflect on that today, while we bow our heads and remember those whose lives were lost and whose families will never be the same.
One of the best things the leaders of the time said was for all of us to get back to our lives; refusing to do so would only mean the terrorists had won. And with the 10th anniversary coming on the opening of the 2011 NFL season (sorry, NFL – Thursday doesn’t count) I plan to spend the afternoon and evening doing something quintessentially American.
What better way to rub the terrorists’ noses in it than to celebrate our freedom?
So fire up the grill, pop open a cold one, put the game on and give those terrorist bastards a twin tower salute of your own.
’Kathy, I’m lost,’ I said, though I knew she was sleeping.
I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all gone to look for America…
Happy Independence Day.
Let’s take a moment today to remember those who give us that gift…
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Maybe the way to defeat a stupid idea is with a stupider idea.
That’s what the Tea Party seems like to me. Hey, I’m no fan of lame politicians who get free lifetime health care benefits yet can’t seem to understand that affordable healthcare for the rest of us is an important issue. Or the radio zealots who twist and turn everything into an urgent problem because that’s what gets ratings and lines their pockets. I’m an Independent; I think the function of the Republican and Democrat parties has devolved to the point where they exist just to battle each other. Both have forgotten who they work for – you and me.
So the premise of flushing out lazy incumbents is a good one, but unfortunately the Tea Party is not ambivalent in their cause; they’re simply focused upon a hardcore right-wing agenda. These are the people who think Ronald Reagan was the greatest President in American history rather than an emasculated B-movie actor who consulted psychics but succeeded only because he was an actor who could read the cue cards. (The Republicans apparently forgot the value of this gimmick in recent years.)
I just can’t believe so many people take the drivel they’re given and follow it like sheep. But no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American Public.
America has a long legacy of brilliant, inventive women leaders, yet the first female presidential candidate might be one of the most ill-informed pinheads ever to walk the Earth. And I’m not sure what’s more frightening – the fact that she could actually win or that a large percentage of the population doesn’t realize that she is as dumb as a rock when it comes to foreign policy, economics, world culture or any critical issue facing our country.
So if I’m going to wallow in political hysteria, at least I’m going to get some laughs out of it. Enter Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who (along with a staff or crack writers and performers) probably bring more sanity to the whole damned thing despite the comedy than Glenn Beck or Keith Olbermann do with their passionate yet slanted perspectives.
So I’m going to side with what I will refer to as the Teabag Party. See you on October 30th in Washington DC! If all else fails, and we don’t restore sanity to the masses, at least the day after the rally is Halloween. Then we’ll have two reasons to have the shit scared out of us.
And as for America and the elections? We’ll get what we deserve. To paraphrase Tiny Tim…”God help us, every one“.
Jon Stewart’s Rally To Restore Sanity
Stephen Colbert’s March To Keep Fear Alive