Liberal Hero of the Day: Paul Krugman, Post 9/11™ Edition

Awarded to Paul Krugman, who will probably not be impressed since he has a Nobel already and my awards are precisely .00001% as prestigious, but still! Now that 9/11™ is, literally, yesterday’s news I have to say, I agree with Mr. Krugman’s September 11 column, “The Years Of Shame,” in which he states:

Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.

That’s the entire column. It’s short, to the point and absolutely correct. 9/11™ was taken over by the Right Wing and used as a bludgeon to smash any and all criticism while we started war after war and civil liberty after civil liberty was stripped and discarded.

Even back then, in my political ignorance and indifference, I knew something was wrong when I first heard the phrase “If you don’t support our wartime President, you’re an un-American traitor!” Says who?

And then there was a steady stream of propaganda like this crap. I threw up a little in my mouth just now.

Unlike Mr. Krugman, I will not be shutting down my comments section because, honestly, I don’t give a damn. I expect that most, if not all, of the possible criticism will come in the form of “You’re disecrating the memory of 9/11™!” “Why are you supporting the terrorists?” Blah blah blah.


If you can’t understand that the Right used abused 9/11™ to enact a wish list of neoconservative violence and corruption unlike anything seen before in this country, go back to sucking on your teabags, this page isn’t for you.

If, on the other hand, you are capable of separating the memory of 9/11™ from the political, legal, economic and wartime atrocities committed in the name of 9/11™, you’ll know exactly what Mr. Krugman is speaking of.

It takes a brave man to say it out loud on the anniversary itself (I had to wait a day). 9/11™ has been rendered as a separate entity from the events of September 11, 2001. “9/11” might as well be trademarked by the GOP because 9/11™ is just a tool to them. A tool to be used to win elections, scare people and wrap themselves in a patriotism so fake as to be laughable if it weren’t so intensely disrespectful to the people who died ten years ago.

For being such a man, Congratulations, Paul Krugman!! You’re my hero!!

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