Truth, Justice And The American Way
I wanted to write about 9/11 yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of that awful day, but I just couldn’t do it. What should be a day of unity, of remembrance, free from politics, can never be such because our President has sullied the memory of those who died five years and one day ago by turning 9/11 into an event used solely for political gain. What Americans learned on that day, and what the President learned are two different things. As Keith Olbermann pointed out beautifully yesterday on his show Countdown, “We have not forgotten Mr. President. You have. May this country forgive you.” I encourage you to watch the whole segment at Crooks & Liars if you haven’t already. This kind of truth rarely makes it onto television these days.
The opportunity that this President was handed (whether accidentally by Osama bin Laden or purposefully by shadier elements of our own secret government) five years ago was simply squandered. What should have been the opportunity of a lifetime for this President has turned out to prove our worst fears that this man is not up for the job he has been handed. No President has worked harder than this one at dividing the American people, and never has fear been peddled so relentlessly. Power gained in such a way cannot be sustained and Bush’s power is steadily eroding as he has nothing but fear to bolster him up.
Jonathan Alter wrote “An Alternate 9/11 History” in which he explores the fictional America where George Bush did everything right once the country was united behind him. It’s not so much funny as it is sad. As much as I believe it was never possible for George Bush, with his limited knowledge and damaged character, to behave in any other way, it is sad that at this critical time in our history, we have been cursed with a leader that can only inflict harm, incite violence and through his incompetence and willful neglect, leave chaos and destruction in his wake. History will judge him harshly, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t also. Keith Olbermann last night used the term “impeachable offence” and that is where we are. The only way that 9/11 can become a truly unifying day, is to rid the country of the biggest wedge separating us from one another, George Bush.