september 11 2010, the day is almost over here where I am. the ninth anniversary of *that* day. that day at the time we thought we’d never get over, never forget. yet we got over it, we let some of it recede.
one moment hasn’t lost its power, its punch to the gut – crowded around a TV on the breakroom, watching live video of one smoking tower and seeing the second plane hit.

changes of the last nine years, so much has changed, so little accomplished. Guantanamo, Abu Ghreib, rendition, extraordinary circumstances, homeland, Patriot Act, two wars without meaning, end, or winners. worst have been the effect in our psyches; we no longer dare to question, to stand out, to refuse.

the good doctor felt this change, the chill down the spine, earlier. from 2003: “We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear—fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a Terrorist sympathizer.”


6 thoughts on “20100911

  1. Dr. Thompson also wrote, on ESPN of all places:
    This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now. He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won’t hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.
    He really called it. And it’s why I get so mad when I see people raving about a “mosque” being built three blocks from the Twin Towers site. It reminds me so much of what happened to Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor, it makes me physically sick.
    One way I commemorate 9/11 was to give money to the Cordoba Initiative, which will help to fund the cost of remodeling the building. Michael Moore said if $10,000 was raised he would match it. The last time I looked, he was getting his checkbook out: people all over the country gave. It makes me have some hope for this country.

  2. The Good Doctor was a genius, and I miss him. Lovely post, Mariser, and sad, mainly because you’re so right.

  3. He was right. I was lurking around the Fark comments last week because there was one article regarding the uproar over latest scanners being used at the airports. One person said that 9/11 was the day the terrorists won..and ya know, in a way, they were right on with that comment. This nation has regressed enormously and it’s sad

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