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And the Winner of this Year’s Most Tasteless 9/11 Commemorative Message is: ALIPAC

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“The illegals are trying to hijack the cockpit of America’s government! Let’s roll! —William Gheen and The ALIPAC Team”

Isn’t that just lovely? Let’s use the most terrible crime in American history to compare immigrants to mass murderers.  Yes that’s the message of the anti-immigrant group ALIPAC. Lovely, just lovely. It’s bad enough that 9/11 has been used to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment, strip us of our rights, support overseas wars, and the creation of a vast mind-numbingly wasteful and counterproductive police and security state … now it’s being used to foment racism in the USA! Merika!

Sigh. This is an example of why I’m having trouble blogging lately. The Religious Right in the USA is going further off the rails every day. If you aren’t a white, Evangelical Christian, heterosexual, male American … you aren’t really an American. That’s the platform of the Religious Right now, it scares me, it should scare any decent person. I’d write more posts about it, but it would just upset me more. People who want to keep up on the brain-dead antics of this formerly fringe movement should follow Right Wing Watch. A lot of it is the usual crap, trying to get religious teachings back into school, etc. Some of it is a lot worse. Tell gay couples to die on their wedding day, gays wear special rings to infect non-gays with HIV, Obamacare is designed to kill conservatives. The sort of stuff that used to be limited to flyers stuck under windshields is now mainstream fare. Jesus wept.

What does this have to do with 9/11? A lot, 9/11 really seems to have pushed a lot of right wingers over the edge. A friend of mine was calling for the USA to blanket Afghanistan with neutron bombs after 9/11. He came back and later admitted it’s a good thing he wasn’t in charge of the country that day. Many kept right on going as evidenced by the Religious Right’s every widening gap between themselves and reality. The rest of the country is trying to move forward to an America with justice and fairness for all Americans, the Right wants to return to a day (that never existed) when American was synonymous with white Evangelical Christian. And I am most definitely talking about Republicans and the Tea Party, though there are plenty of conservatives who think it’s gone too far. They are being purged from the Republican party from what I can tell. This is the legacy of 9/11, Republicans have turned into a party of hatred and divisiveness.

Then there’s the whole war monger thing. Sigh. 9/11 was indeed blow-back from our murderous foreign policy, but few if Americans know that. The propaganda that 9/11 was purely caused by America hating religious nuts who only understand violence and can’t be negotiated with is pretty much stock-in-trade for most Americans. With the full and enthusiastic cooperation of most of America’s atheists too. Sigh. Again. Yes, 9/11 was a terrible thing. And we’ve used it to justify endless 9/11s against Muslim lands. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan as we set our military loose to “protect” America by murdering foreigners. And we wonder why foreigners hate our foreign policy, if “kill as you please” can even be described as a foreign policy.

The there’s the other 9/11, one that I didn’t even realize was a 9/11 event until recently. Yes, 40 years ago today with the full backing and aid of the CIA and USA government the democratically elected government of Chile was overthrown by a military coup, ushering in nearly two decades of repressive military dictatorship. I guess it’s only fitting that we used our own 9/11 to strip Americans of their rights and energize our efforts to overthrow governments overseas. It’s an American tradition now, like football, mom, and apple pie. And now due to Obama’s beneficent influence, even the Democrats are the party of foreign wars!

To me this is the greatest sadness and shame of 9/11. A terrible event that could have triggered a national debate and reflection on the role America plays in the world was hijacked by war mongers, war profiteers, and haters from the beginning; and we now have a country that wages war constantly abroad and spies on and restricts its citizens at home. We could have followed the Prince of Peace, instead we pledged our souls to Satan. To commemorate the loss of loved ones by killing foreigners and stripping Americans of their rights isn’t commemoration, it’s sick. America lost its way in 2001and went enthusiastically down the dark path Bin Laden wanted us to follow. Maybe someday we will wake up from the dystopian police state nightmare that has been evolving in the USA since then, but I’m not seeing many bright spots on the horizon.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit, its use here in no conceivable way interferes with the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image, and it is the best image I could find to illustrate my feelings about 9/11. I have no idea who to attribute it too. “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” —John Lennon)

Written by unitedcats

September 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

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  1. I have said since the reaction to 9/11 that the terrorists won that day. They terrified Americans into giving up our liberty and turned us into a seething mass of hatred and fear. That is what they wanted and they won. The whole rant about gun rights has ratcheted up ten fold because of 9/11. The far right has become a focused and hate filled terror group here is America. President Obama has gone too far in drone strikes even though I do believe he thinks that is better than boots on the ground. I don’t think he wanted to bomb Syria and has played a masterful game with the Republicans over it. The right wing is playing a game of twister falling all over themselves trying to find Obama at fault no matter what he does. The strikes they chided and criticized him for not making, they now criticize him for suggesting. But the moment there is a possibility of a solution, they complain he is weak in foreign policy. The Republican right has lost it’s proverbial mind. They are like feral dogs nipping and biting at each others heals. I am not afraid of external terrorists as much as I am terrified of home grown terrorists. The hatred and no longer veiled racism against anyone who is not a white christian male is the biggest threat to freedom in this country that we have ever faced,

    Lee Whittaker

    September 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    • It is funny watching Obama setting the Repubs up to fail since their platform consists of “If Obama is for it, we are against it.” It’s rare for ideologues to really understand politics, and all else aside, I think Obama is going to leave the Republicans in a state of historic disarray going into the 2016 elections. —Doug

      unitedcats

      September 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

  2. The WW3 Project pretty much sums it up:

    John Galt

    September 12, 2013 at 8:17 am

  3. “A terrible event that could have triggered a national debate and reflection on the role America plays in the world was hijacked by war mongers, war profiteers, and haters from the beginning”

    Just stumbled across your site and want to say how refreshing it is to hear an American publicly articulate this view. The most disappointing aspect of 9/11 is the seemingly almost universal refusal of Americans to try understand the root causes of what motivated the terrorists to strike.

    There’s no doubt that the hardcore of the jihadist movement are driven by a fascist desire to force their archaic, xenophobic world view on everyone else. But what makes their actions resonate to varying degrees with the broader Muslim world (and beyond) has everything to do with longstanding American foreign policy.

    The great paradox of this era is that in the Muslim world virulent anti-Americanism exists in terms of foreign policy at the same time as an unparalleled love of all kinds of aspects of American popular culture and ideals. Yet, this has all been characterized as “they” hate America, “they” hate freedom. Nonsense.

    What “they” hate, for the most part anyway, is America behaving badly abroad, America denying the rights and freedoms it enjoys to others by propping up bad governments, America heralding democracy but then casting it aside elsewhere when it doesn’t like the results, and on and on.

    Anyway, you obviously understand all this, but it’s a real tragedy that a decade after 9/11, most Americans do not. Or at least not most of those that are willing to speak up about it. Those that do understand have been a very silent minority, and seemingly a quite small one at that. It’s sad.

    jabalong

    November 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm


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