Friday, September 15, 2006

A quick Political dip

Most of my regular readers know that I'm not big on politics. I've always used the quote that in this country we've come up with the perfect name for them: Poli (the latin word for Many) + Tics (an blood sucking disease carrying parasite). But I recently got sent this in an e-mail (thanks Midget) and in many ways I agree with it so I'm posting it.

Tonight, broadcasting live from above a desolate and still demolished Ground Zero, Keith Olbermann (reporter from MSNBC's Countdown) delivered a stirring eight minute commentary indicting the Bush Administration's shameful and tragic response to 9/11. The entire speech is worth watching and reading, so I'm posting the full text below.

Half a lifetime ago, I worked in this now-empty space. And for 40 days after the attacks, I worked here again, trying to make sense of what happened, and was yet to happen, as a reporter.
All the time, I knew that the very air I breathed contained the remains of thousands of people, including four of my friends, two in the planes and -- as I discovered from those "missing posters" seared still into my soul -- two more in the Towers.
And I knew too, that this was the pyre for hundreds of New York policemen and firemen, of whom my family can claim half a dozen or more, as our ancestors.
I belabor this to emphasize that, for me this was, and is, and always shall be, personal.
And anyone who claims that I and others like me are "soft,"or have "forgotten" the lessons of what happened here is at best a grasping, opportunistic, dilettante and at worst, an idiot whether he is a commentator, or a Vice President, or a President.
However, of all the things those of us who were here five years ago could have forecast -- of all the nightmares that unfolded before our eyes, and the others that unfolded only in our minds -- none of us could have predicted this.
Five years later this space is still empty.
Five years later there is no memorial to the dead.
Five years later there is no building rising to show with proud defiance that we would not have our America wrung from us, by cowards and criminals.
Five years later this country's wound is still open.
Five years later this country's mass grave is still unmarked.
Five years later this is still just a background for a photo-op.
It is beyond shameful.
At the dedication of the Gettysburg Memorial -- barely four months after the last soldier staggered from another Pennsylvania field -- Mr. Lincoln said, "we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."
Lincoln used those words to immortalize their sacrifice.
Today our leaders could use those same words to rationalize their reprehensible inaction. "We cannot dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground." So we won't.
Instead they bicker and buck pass. They thwart private efforts, and jostle to claim credit for initiatives that go nowhere. They spend the money on irrelevant wars, and elaborate self-congratulations, and buying off columnists to write how good a job they're doing instead of doing any job at all.
Five years later, Mr. Bush, we are still fighting the terrorists on these streets. And look carefully, sir, on these 16 empty acres. The terrorists are clearly, still winning.
And, in a crime against every victim here and every patriotic sentiment you mouthed but did not enact, you have done nothing about it.
And there is something worse still than this vast gaping hole in this city, and in the fabric of our nation. There is its symbolism of the promise unfulfilled, the urgent oath, reduced to lazy execution.
The only positive on 9/11 and the days and weeks that so slowly and painfully followed it was the unanimous humanity, here, and throughout the country. The government, the President in particular, was given every possible measure of support.
Those who did not belong to his party -- tabled that.
Those who doubted the mechanics of his election -- ignored that.
Those who wondered of his qualifications -- forgot that.
History teaches us that nearly unanimous support of a government cannot be taken away from that government by its critics. It can only be squandered by those who use it not to heal a nation's wounds, but to take political advantage.
Terrorists did not come and steal our newly-regained sense of being American first, and political, fiftieth. Nor did the Democrats. Nor did the media. Nor did the people.
The President -- and those around him -- did that.
They promised bi-partisanship, and then showed that to them, "bi-partisanship" meant that their party would rule and the rest would have to follow, or be branded, with ever-escalating hysteria, as morally or intellectually confused, as appeasers, as those who, in the Vice President's words yesterday, "validate the strategy of the terrorists."
They promised protection, and then showed that to them "protection" meant going to war against a despot whose hand they had once shaken, a despot who we now learn from our own Senate Intelligence Committee, hated al-Qaida as much as we did.
The polite phrase for how so many of us were duped into supporting a war, on the false premise that it had 'something to do' with 9/11 is "lying by implication."
The impolite phrase is "impeachable offense."
Not once in now five years has this President ever offered to assume responsibility for the failures that led to this empty space, and to this, the current, curdled, version of our beloved country.
Still, there is a last snapping flame from a final candle of respect and fairness: even his most virulent critics have never suggested he alone bears the full brunt of the blame for 9/11.
Half the time, in fact, this President has been so gently treated, that he has seemed not even to be the man most responsible for anything in his own administration.
Yet what is happening this very night?
A mini-series, created, influenced -- possibly financed by -- the most radical and cold of domestic political Machiavellis, continues to be televised into our homes.
The documented truths of the last fifteen years are replaced by bald-faced lies; the talking points of the current regime parroted; the whole sorry story blurred, by spin, to make the party out of office seem vacillating and impotent, and the party in office, seem like the only option.
How dare you, Mr. President, after taking cynical advantage of the unanimity and love, and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death, after monstrously transforming it into fear and suspicion and turning that fear into the campaign slogan of three elections? How dare you -- or those around you -- ever "spin" 9/11?
Just as the terrorists have succeeded -- are still succeeding -- as long as there is no memorial and no construction here at Ground Zero.
So, too, have they succeeded, and are still succeeding as long as this government uses 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans.
This is an odd point to cite a television program, especially one from March of 1960. But as Disney's continuing sell-out of the truth (and this country) suggests, even television programs can be powerful things.
And long ago, a series called "The Twilight Zone" broadcast a riveting episode entitled "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street."
In brief: a meteor sparks rumors of an invasion by extra-terrestrials disguised as humans. The electricity goes out. A neighbor pleads for calm. Suddenly his car -- and only his car -- starts. Someone suggests he must be the alien. Then another man's lights go on. As charges and suspicion and panic overtake the street, guns are inevitably produced. An "alien" is shot -- but he turns out to be just another neighbor, returning from going for help. The camera pulls back to a near-by hill, where two extra-terrestrials are seen manipulating a small device that can jam electricity. The veteran tells his novice that there's no need to actually attack, that you just turn off a few of the human machines and then, "they pick the most dangerous enemy they can find, and it's themselves."
And then, in perhaps his finest piece of writing, Rod Serling sums it up with words of remarkable prescience, given where we find ourselves tonight: "The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men.
"For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own -- for the children, and the children yet unborn."
When those who dissent are told time and time again -- as we will be, if not tonight by the President, then tomorrow by his portable public chorus -- that he is preserving our freedom, but that if we use any of it, we are somehow un-American...When we are scolded, that if we merely question, we have "forgotten the lessons of 9/11"... look into this empty space behind me and the bi-partisanship upon which this administration also did not build, and tell me:
Who has left this hole in the ground?
We have not forgotten, Mr. President.
You have.
May this country forgive you.

10 Voices In The Darkness:

Blogger Dream Screams...

Love it!!!

More truthful words have never been spoken...

8:16 PM  
Blogger Joy Screams...

Fabulous post, brutally honest.

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous Screams...

Yepzzzzz, Back 4 good, and much well 2 hear from ya! Hope u didnt miss me too much!?! lol, well take care. MuCh LuV <3

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Midget Screams...

Thanks for posting that Jeff..

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous Screams...

hahaha, I know I'm smart but aint it funny how I only found 2 outta six O_o
LOL, well I still can't believe ya found 6 in 1 try! hahaha, and u are sure ur not a genious???
lol. well take care. MuCh LuV <3

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Midget Screams...

Wtf is Quz Boss talking about. Does anybody else have difficulty understanding what she/he is saying?
Am I just old and cranky?

Flight 93 was shot down, btw. Just so's ya know.

remember 911, just lets not let it happen again eh?

maybe I'll hitch a ride to Canada next time aza Goes, and maybe just stay there.

2:11 AM  
Blogger gundum_shenlong Screams...

hehehehe, sweet. I may not understand politics, but i like it.

3:21 PM  
Blogger statichead Screams...

AZ, Thanks, you just reminded me why I don't watch MSNBC.
The reason there is still a large gaping hole in New york City has nothing to do with the Bush administration and everything to do with the decades old bickering between the city of New York and the Port Authority of New Jersey which controls the land. Throw in the fact that we as A society just can't seem to cooperate on anything anymore (let alone design and build a memorial to honor the thousands of people MURDERED by Islamic Fascists) and the reason becomes painfully obvious.
Political correctness, fear and selfishness have led this country down a road of self destruction which pleases not only our enimies but some of our own countrymen as well. All great empires have defeated themselves, why should this one be any different.
We did nothing wrong. We don't deserve to be treated this way. We are hated around the world for the very fact that we exhist the way we do.
I'm not saying the war in Iraq is right or wrong. I'm not saying weather i agree with the President or not. All i'm saying is that five years ago we were attacked for just being us. I am still mad as hell about this and i don't care how many countries we have to strike or how many islamo fascist terrorists we have to kill/capture/torture to keep it from happening again. I've had friends go off to fight in these wars and seen them come back and go back again. I thank God that each one of them has come home physically whole.
It's not over yet. It's going to get a whole lot worse. If we as a nation (as a people) can't find some way to cross party lines and come together our worst enimies will turn out to be ourselves.
I'm sorry for taking up so much room on your blog when i never comment 0n anything else but i just couldn't help it.

2:34 PM  
Blogger boneman Screams...

Thanks, Az.
My own head is too small sometimes t'come up with a clean response.

I read this and then, copied it and dropt it into a comment box at my blog. (hope ya don't mind)

It said eloquently what I growl at when I write. I am more artist than writer, and when words come from m'fingers. I can't always put on gloves, can't pull the punches, as it were.
But, I usually resort t'just not capitalizing "bush" and "reagan" and "bin laden" and then capitolize "POS" because, it deserves more respect.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Azathoth Screams...

Ok, one or 2 quick things.

Midget...Quz Boss is refering to a comment I left on her blog. Thats why it makes no sense to you, your only getting half the conversation.

Statichead... No worries old friend. I'm always open to differant opinions and you are always welcome to comment and speak your mind no matter the subject and no matter if we agree or not. Nice to know you still check in.

To everyone else, glad you all agree and that I didn't piss off too many folks with my unchararistic dip into the political waters.

12:43 AM  

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