9/11. America’s latter day of infamy. The towers, the deaths and injuries, of course. Images seared into memory. Plumes of acrid smoke. New Yorkers, coated with ash, scrambling to get out of the way without knowing what the way might be. “My Pet Goat.” Bull-horn speeches at Ground Zero. A wall of photos. And the Statue of Liberty overseeing the whole chaotic drama.
9/12, 9/13, etc. Days so fraught with anguish and uncertainty that I actually dug my TV out of the downstairs closet to watch some of it unfold. That little screen was as much as I could manage. And like everyone else, I didn’t have a clue that 9/11 launched America’s abrupt right turn away from representative democracy and ultimately away from the Constitution upon which our nation is built.
Our one nation under George had absolutely no idea how far-reaching and horrifying the events of 9/11 would be for America and for the world. But George knew. >>Read on.
The rest of us hadn’t detected the diabolical dot-to-dot game that was already in progress when 9/11 gave it a jump start. I’ll not go so far as to say that BushCo celebrated 9/11. But 9/11 was a presumably unexpected tool for their oil-drenched agenda. I say “presumably unexpected” not to further conspiracy theories, but to wonder yet again about the warnings that were there for serious consideration. Warnings of pending terrorism, disregarded and dismissed. Most of us did not yet understand that our attention should have been riveted less on the gaping hole in New York than on the cabal in the White House.
It’s a sad day all right. The deaths of all those Americans gave birth to BushCo in full bloom. It was a blank check. And they wasted not one second in cashing it. They capitalized on the good will and collective anguish of America and the international community. While we were distracted – more so than usual – BushCo began its relentless drive to control American government and, by extension, the American people. For starters.
What have we lost since 9/11? We seem to have lost our moral compass. Some days, I wonder if we have lost our national soul. Is anybody tending it? Hard to gauge when this sound and fury thing dominates the stage. We seem to have lost our capacity for reason, as noted by Al Gore. We do not talk, we shout. We do not communicate. We exchange vitriolic sound bites. Worst of all, we have become a war-mongering bully nation. Is that what the memorial at Ground Zero symbolizes? Is it our own version of the Saddam statue, built on the bones of slaughtered citizens?
You know, it’s easy to fall prey to hyperbole when 9/11 rolls around. It’s a day steeped in emotional history and appalling consequence. I’m guilty of it, too. But look at us. Really look. Can we reclaim at least a part of the essential decency that used to be America’s hallmark? Is it possible to re-establish some measure of the trust that has been BushCo’d?
9/11. One of the most tragic days in America’s history. And the terrorists haven’t had to do much since. Under the “leadership” of BushCo, we have terrorized ourselves. In that regard, 9/11 was a huge success for terrorists, an immense gift to BushCo and an ongoing tragedy for the rest of us. That is the legacy of 9/11. That is the legacy of BushCo.