Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11 Remembered...


As I sit down and start this entry, I'd like to thank roshelle for inspiring me to write what follows.  I wasn't about to but, after I checked my twitter page and read her blog...I felt compelled to write what follows...
  It's September 11th.  I, like so many other of us remember what I was doing 7 years ago today.  I remember getting the call @ school from a friend of mine.  I remember him telling me, "they flew a plane into the World Trade Center!"  I told him to "quit playing, I'm busy teaching."  He continued and told me to get to a TV and see for myself.  I walked down the hall to our school's library and turned on the TV.  I stood there with my mouth wide open as we watched, the 2nd plane hit the towers.  I rushed back to my classroom and pulled up a news website to try and get some understanding about what could possibly be going on.  It was just 6 days before my son's 2nd birthday, and life as I knew it was great!  I found it almost impossible to comprehend what I was reading on the computer and what they were reporting on the news.

It's September 11th.  I, like so many others of us have become engulfed in what has been arguably the most intense and exciting presidential campaign in American history.  Because of how "connected" many of us have become, I've heard all day about  "lipstick on a pig."  It's the day before the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on US soil and all the news media is analyzing, commentating, dissecting, and re-contorting what exactly putting make-up on a pork chop has to do with the price of tea in China...or more accurately, the price of oil in Iraq. 

It's September 10th.  I'm watching Count Down with Keith Olbermann and he ends his program with the most stunning and clear picture of John McCain I myself have truly wished could not possibly be true.  And yet, as I've been watching and listening to the news all day, and thinking about "why" we've been talking about "lip-stick on a pig" I am reminded of Occam's Razor and am saddened.  Below is his initial response.


3 comments:

Blog Queen said...

Great post! Glad I could inspire...

Peace
Roschelle

Shakedown Crews said...

I can't disagree more with Olberman. Why should the Republicans NOT remind us about 9/11? Why should those images be hidden away? They are "painful"?! No kidding. That's why every child in America should sit down and watch and hear what foreign terrorists did to us. And we should recommit every year to fighting against those murderous scum.

My question is: why don't liberals feel the outrage? Why do they instead try to invent conspiracies about how "the US did it to us, it's all a fraud!"? Why can't H. Clinton go with Palin to the pro-Israel, anti-Ahmedinijad rally?

We should not forget what happened that day and we need to keep up the fight, not hide from the images and the memory.

Thed-litical said...

My question is: why don't liberals feel the outrage? Why do they instead try to invent conspiracies about how "the US did it to us, it's all a fraud!"? Why can't H. Clinton go with Palin to the pro-Israel, anti-Ahmedinijad rally?

I DO feel outraged about 9/11! Very much so. As far as the conspiracies go about how the "US did it to us" i don't agree with. i do think that the 9/11 Commission found evidence that a few people "dropped the ball" before and after 9/11 happened.

As far as Clinton & Palin both going to the rally... I think that everything is becoming a "political event" and some of that is the fault of the media. I think it would have been a great thing if both Clinton and Palin had gone to the rally. I also think that "we" should have found out about it "after" they both went and not in the days leading up to it. That way it could have be "politicized" less.

And as far as "remembering 9/11" I almost couldn't agree with you more. I have a 9 year old who I explain every year why it's important to remember this day. i tell him what happened and why it was terrible. I also explain to him about slavery and how horrible it was. I don't find the most gruesome and disturbing images to go along with my stories of slavery because of what "negative" scars such vivid images can have on a child. In time, the older he gets, i think he'll be able to handle more but not now. Likewise, i think the point that Olberman was trying to make (how ever over the top it may have come across) is all of the actual "death" they showed. Images of the planes hitting and people jumping to their deaths. There were people on those plans and some of their families may have been watching and without warning, they have to watch their loved ones die all over again. Some may think this shows little tack.