Ah, the yearly self-aggrandizing circle jerk known as the ‘anniversary of September 11th’. It’s over, for another year, at least. Yet I’ll still see plenty of bumper stickers that say:
“We will never forget”
Just another, trite, empty, meaningless blurb from our ever-hollowing, birdbath-deep ‘wellspring’ of current cultural ‘wisdom’. More mindless fodder for bumper sticker sales and gun sales. It really is amazing, though, just how much really has been forgotten. Did ‘we’ remember the efforts of our first responders? Not likely, because as I type this, healthcare claims of many of those first responders are getting ignored by bureaucracy after bureaucracy of govt and insurance companies 12 years later. Here’s a story about this: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/10/us/september-11-zadroga-act/index.html (OK, so this is from 11 years after the attack) I think the spirit of these peoples’ efforts is forgotten too. If I’m not mistaken, families of the 19 firefighters killed by that recent wildfire out west (I think it was AZ) were having their claims denied by insurance companies due to either part-time status, or some other bullshit technicality. Here’s a story about that: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/08/19917073-yarnell-hill-firefighters-kin-say-theyre-being-cheated-out-of-benefits?lite
Did we remember the servicemen & women that were injured in the military conflicts started as a result of (but were really planned ahead of time anyway) the 9/11 terrorist acts? Not so much… Funding and logistics to care for these injured veterans is continually under the chopping block and is amazingly deplorable and gutwrenchingly terrible for the soldiers and families of our fallen heroes.
As evidenced by discussions that can be seen on thousands of message-boards and blogs and such, among things that we apparently can’t remember is who was even at the helm, or was responsible for allowing that days’ events to unfold as they did. Who was it, again, who had a national security memo placed on their desk on August 6 (interesting anniversary that day is already), 2001 that read “Bin Laden determined to strike the US…use of planes as bombs flown into key targets yadda yadda” That same dolt was then later quoted saying something to the effect of “we never imagined that they would hijack commercial airliners and fly them into buildings” Who was that idiot again? Isn’t it the same guy that millions of racist cracker ‘Amurikans’ would rather see in the White House now than ‘blackie mcblackman’ (to quote a Bill Maher phrase that cracks me up). ‘2001 A Spacehead Odyssey’ I digress, I just thought of that and I had to get it out there.
Now, I don’t even wanna get into the whole conspiracy theory thing here, because even if the ‘official story’ (an epic tale of preposterous coincidence after ludicrous circumstance that strains every last fiber of credibility) is ‘true’, it’s incredibly damning for a lot of people who still get to be pundits on mainstream media and point fingers at 0-dawg & da boyz….& Hilly C. The corporate state megaphone (mainstream media) may not have ‘forgotten’ (conveniently remembering for ratings and further propaganda blasting to reinforce pro-corporate state memes), but they sure have no shame in giving those responsible for being asleep at the switch (or worse) platforms in which to pontificate about everything that’s currently wrong about our current govt which just isn’t quite right-wing fascist enough for their tastes.
Anything, though, about 9/11 that could be at all beneficial for the population of the USA to remember; lessons like ‘blowback’ or inter-agency cooperation, or ‘catching more flies with honey than vinegar’, or anything at all to stem the will of dissidents and/or ‘terrorists’ (people whose whole families were killed by drone bombs) to do us harm, those lessons, are all surely forgotten. They’re all swept under the rugs of further xenophobia and hatred of everything that’s not wealthy and white. Not only that, but the surveillance state creep facilitated by the ‘memory’ of 9/11 continues to grow in it’s scope and malicious intent to quell dissent, and that brings me to something else.
Another lesson that surely has not been heeded, a lesson stated by Benjamin Franklin (you know, that nutball that was out flying kites in his pajamas). Those willing to sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.
I’m not gonna say that 9/11/01 was the day that America died, because it was surely being chipped away prior to that. Even a trip in the ‘way-back machine’ would show that dissent could be criminalized when John Adams pushed through the Alien & Sedition Act (seems like a creation of today’s times, doesn’t it?) in 1798. A govt should fear its people, not the other way around like it currently stands. Unfortunately, our people fear our people. Terrorism is all around and happens every day, like when a mfg plant closes and moves to a slave-labor country, or when a retail outlet closes and an Amazon logistics center becomes the only job-site for 500 square miles, or when a chemical plant blows up due to the negligence of its owners and weakened regulation capabilities to enforce currently existing EPA or OSHA laws. You know, REAL terrorism. Some other terrorism includes banks foreclosing on peoples houses even though they’ve never even missed a payment (sure happens more frequently than planes getting flown into buildings), or people getting fired for wearing a shirt that a boss didn’t like, or rape victims getting ‘slut-shamed’ into suicide. How about a one-word terrorist act: Detroit?
Anyway, every one of the examples that I’ve used can be written about in great lengths, and has been. I’m just sickened by the trivial ways the events of 9/11/01 have been remembered and forgotten. Every day, in every way, we walk in the shadow of that and the palpable undercurrent carries off into a sea of shit unless we take the time to grab a hold of meaning and value and big-picture reality. Contrary to popular wisdom, 1+1 actually does = 2, no matter how much money is spent trying to convince us otherwise. Take some time today and moving forward to account for all things that you know are REAL and have real value and meaning to you and society at large. Draw clear lines to differentiate the pure, unadulterated truths in life from the rest of the stimulus you receive from our culture, the flashing noisy boxes and everything else designed to confuse, confound, disarm, disable and destroy you and the ones you love.
Then, if you’re bored, one day and have some time….: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsRm8M-qOjQ
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