September 19, 2007

Find the cost of freedom revisited...

Good questions deserve answers...

A recent response to one of my posts has been niggling away at me until I am at last inclined to post a rebuttal. First off let me begin by saying that I do not “celebrate” the holiday known as Patriot Day. Personally, I thought we already had a day for patriots called, Fourth of July. The events that occurred six years ago on 0/9/11 will never be forgotten by me as long as I live. It was a horrendous day and the images of that terrible morning will are indelibly etched in my memory.

George W. Bush, in my mind, is the most incompetent and criminal individual ever to hold the office of the presidency. Creating a new day to honor our armed forces and recognize patriotism when we already have two such holidays is nothing more than another of his efforts to politicize and polarize the country in defense of his indefensible policies since that terrible day. Every time 0/9/11 rolls around it simply reminds me of the failures of the Bush administration for the past six years. Osama Bin Laden is still a free man releasing his messages of death to the world’s media. Afghanistan is still a quagmire and Iraq is a pool of quicksand to which George Bush would like to commit our troops indefinitely.

Quite frankly I am sick of the celebration of death that has sprung up around this day. 0/9/11 is a day to remember but it is not a day to commemorate. It is a day that should live on in infamy and not celebration. There is nothing noble, glorious or patriotic about the events of that day. There is only horror, tragedy and evil. Unfortunately, the policies of the Bush administration have reflected those same three aspects and failed to produce anything noble, glorious or patriotic in the Middle East Theater with the sacrifice of nearly five thousand of our sons and daughters who served in our military and died in vain. No sir, I don’t find anything to be reminded of or to commemorate in “Patriot Day” except the continued failure of the Bush Presidency. Again, this is something I will never forget but it is nothing I care to commemorate each year for the rest of my life.

As to the anti-war movement and why I did not focus on the “big” protest in Washington. It seems that every time I see any news story about the anti-war demonstrations, whether it is in print or on the televised news programs, there is always something important missing and that is participation by those most at risk, the young people. Oh I see plenty of forty, fifty and sixty year old marchers and protesters, but where are the young people whose lives are in danger? When the generation that has so much to lose begins to stand up for themselves and do something about the war then I will add my voice to theirs and do whatever I can do to help. In the meantime, I did my part for my generation during the Vietnam War. We stood up for ourselves and did not sit around coffee houses sucking down Lattes while others did the job for us. The war continues because of false patriotism and apathy among those whose voices should be ringing the loudest.

As for me, I’ll continue to speak my mind as an individual and leave both of those bandwagons to their own designs.


Blogger Betty said...

I agree. Good post. Patriots Day-what a joke.

September 19, 2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

" It seems that every time I see any news story about the anti-war demonstrations, whether it is in print or on the televised news programs, there is always something important missing and that is participation by those most at risk, the young people."

Strangely enough, the only reason I even knew about this protest is because of THIS blog, wherein a mother proudly doumented her young daughter's participation in said event.

Here are some "direct links" -




I found this mother's pride inspirational.

I guess the goofy comment I made here was more a reply to the sport-centric comments you left over at my crib than an slam at your personal integrity. Hope you didn't take it that way.

One final thing. I don't think the idea is that we're supposed th "celebrate" 9/11 as much as "observe" it. Patriots Day is the worst possible name for 9/11, but I guess Hallmark had to have a name for it.

Keep on doin' that dirk_star thang you do!

September 19, 2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

The biggest problem with all 9/11 memorials is that 9/11 comes barely two months before US elections. So, every two years during congressional elections and every 4 years during Presidential elections there is going to be a lot of posturing and "I'm a better American than you" going on from the politicians who set up these memorials to give themselves a place to go and make their "I'm a better American than you speech".

Patriots Day was created not to honor those who died on that horrible day, but as a political football for politicians to kick around.

If those attacks had happened on 3/11 then there wouldn't be nearly as many memorial services for it as there is for 9/11. As it is they basically ignore both the pentagon and the site in PA where the fourth plane crashed. They just go to ground zero because it is the best background for the cameras and creates the best political theater.

You notice how nobody outside of Oklahoma City observes the anniversary of the bombing of the Murahh building? That's because a white Christian fundamentalist blew that building up and killed all those people. Hell, people around here actually get defensive if you bring that bombing up. We're supposed to just try to forget that one.

September 19, 2007 9:06 PM  
Blogger Pepper said...

I am expecting a new addition to the Halmark line of cards. Maxine does 9-11.

Everything is commemorated now days from the ridiculous to the horror of 9-11. Everybody is a hero. I long for days of old.

I just read craig's post... where are the younger generation? That is a good question. One worth investigating.

Great Post

September 19, 2007 9:56 PM  
Blogger DirkStar said...

Don't worry craig, no offense taken.

You simply inspired me to voice an opinion.

Your humor was understood but at the same time it raised a valid question of someone who is known for addressing serious issues.

Jays comment is awesome, everyone should read it...

September 19, 2007 11:43 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Yeah, I'd say Jay nailed it...

September 20, 2007 9:14 AM  
Blogger Kati said...

Very fairly put! I find it ironic when folks say "you can't be a TRUE patriot without supporting the president" when in reality, that's what our country was about in the first place..... The right to choose who you support, and to support the COUNTRY without supporting one hardline view.

My hubby got a unique view on things in the last presidential election when he stated to me that he felt those who voted for somebody other than Bush were traitors to this country because Bush is already president and should get to serve his two terms un-challenged. I asked him that if this was the case, than why bother with elections in the first place, and oh, who did he vote for in Clinton's second presidential election? If he voted against Clinton, then wasn't he a traitor (don't get me wrong, I think Clinton was scum too). If anybody who voted against the incumbent was a traitor, then what is the point in holding elections???

It's continually shocking to me about how insanely skewed the meaning of patriotism & traitorism, and love of country have become. I do not think my generation (because I AM the generation of which you speak) will rise up & protest en-masse until a draft is reinstated. We have no pressure until then. Until a draft is reinstated, we can sit back and let the volunteer military do their job & sacrifice their lives for "us" and not feel like we have to give up a thing. And heck, we don't even have to stop shopping for this war, unlike the first & second world-wars. So we really aren't being threatened yet. Until there is a VISIBLE, EASILY FELT threat to our home-lives, my generation will continue to calmly accept this war and all it brings upon us. And this is what we're teaching our children as well, unfortunately. That until it affects us directly, we should go about drinking our lattes, buying new Mary Kat & Ashbury clothes, and down-loading as many free-i-toons as possible.

*sigh* Dirk, I'm sorry. Maybe I'm getting somewhat cynical before my time, but even at 28, I can see that this is how my generation is thinking. I'm sorry that we're not rising up en-masse yet. Unfortunately we're too far removed from your generation to see clearly what we should be protesting this filth. And we've got a combination of parents (no offense, but you're not too much younger than my dad if you remember Vietnam vividly) like you who were protestors back then OR my dad who was air-force support staff in Thailand during vietnam. Folks like my dad are claiming that this ISN'T just like vietnam, but that like vietnam our boys (and girls, this time) should be proud to be over there serving their country & sacrificing their lives. And he's made it easy for my generation (by working his tail off for a consumer-minded society) to put on blinders about the whole Iraq/Afghanistan thing.

Wish I had a answer. I really do. Because _I_ can see that my daughter will be paying for this herself. And I hate that. But I'm just one in an ocean of blind late Gen x'ers and Gen y'ers. I've joined such online communities as MoveOn.Org and TrueMajority to do what I can, but one can only speak so loudly. I'll continue holding my candle out to others in my generation, and hoping and praying that they'll be led to it to light their own candles.


September 20, 2007 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

has the day you called "patriots day" became a federal holiday? i don't think so?

September 20, 2007 8:24 PM  
Blogger Kati said...


Just thought you might be interested in this article. Not a protest about the war, but a protest by the young for equal rights. Now, if only something will spark a grass-fire in regards to my generation & the war. *shrug* Fingers crossed!

September 20, 2007 10:15 PM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

I agree and then again not. I have friends/ young and old who went to dc. I have friends whos kids are out there fighting right now, doing their job--- It's tough to say what you want today--- so many of rights, we are just giving them away.... arrrgggg....

and what the hell is this new holiday? is it about a football team...ok ill go reread...

September 21, 2007 11:05 AM  
Blogger DirkStar said...

Okay, boys and girls.

Patriots Day.

Your government at work politicizing a tragedy.

Republicans are sneaky bastards...

September 21, 2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger Bardouble29 said...

Barb stopping by to say a huge HI!!! Hope that handsome boy of your is getting big and strong!

September 22, 2007 11:36 AM  
Blogger notfearingchange said...

two points:
point 1:
Youth are disengaged with their rights as citizens. They are disengaged with politics. Unfortunately, much of society forgets to critically analyze, and those who do are given looks of non-conformity. Where will the future generation lead us? Have we empowered them to recognize that they have the ability to change society and their own future and their children's futures.

point 2:
I wish the USA luck in its future. Currently, it is not looking so good those of us who look at the country from the outside - I hope that in the future there will be changes to your federal government, changes which will be more than superficial icing on the cake -

September 22, 2007 3:24 PM  
Blogger Aileen said...

I'm clipping and sharing something Tom posted on our local website. Just a snippet to add to the discussion. Not the most original name for a holiday.
Last week was Constitution week. Maybe Bush and the rest of the bunch need to bone up on that document.

Posted Tue, September 11, 2007 at 7:15 PM

I remember there was(is) Patriots' Day on April 19th that commemorates the "shot heard 'round the world" and the battles of Lexington and Concord. It is meant to celebrate those brave patriots that fought that initial fight for independence from the King of England and gave us all a chance for freedom and liberty. See link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriots_Day

We now have September 11th which President Bush designates as Patriot Day to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks of six years ago. See link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Day

September 23, 2007 3:00 PM  

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