Whoa. And they had the chutzpah to label it a "tribute" when it was just straight up naked fearmongering. A rah-rah for the firefighters, police, and those who were killed would be one thing, but this was something else entirely.
I'm not surprised they went there; I AM surprised they went there THAT HARD. Footage of the impact, the fires, and the collapse? Olbermann was right, any TV network running that now would get their asses handed to them, and the Republicans now should too. I just hope someone from their own side of the aisle has the integrity to call them out for this.
*sigh* I don't like it when my cynicism is reinforced.
Kind of a different tone for the RNC than the DNC this year, huh? First election I've ever seen as an adult where there was a substantial, demonstrable difference between how the two conventions were conducted.
Just who exactly is going to hand the Republicans their own asses? They have alienated the center, and now they are a self-contained unit. They do not shame over any but their own values. They look at the naysayers like those in this thread and sneer, "How soon you forget."
The left cannot even excoriate the Republicans for racism or sexism when so many liberal blogs are pumping out their own brands of racism, sexism, ableism and ageism.
Haha, that's funny, Ardiril! For a second there, I thought you were equating the casual bigotry of various bloggers who may or may not be associated in any way with anyone to the intentional, institutional bigotry inherent in the platform of an entire party!
I regret that McKinney isn't even on the Texas ballot.
That video was boldly, nakedly exploitive. A new low.
The phrase "lest we forget" is often used in war remembrances in Canada and commonwealth countries. And I feel like I hear a lot of "never forget"-type exhortations coming from American politicians... but they miss the point entirely. The point of remembering the horror of war is to prevent the conditions that cause war. It's to live in peace, and to create and foster peace in the world.
Saying "never forget" is, in their hearts, a way to fire up dormant bitterness -- to stir up old fears -- to cultivate the culture of militarism. And it makes me positively sick.