Times when I love the internet:
- Right now
Greatest scene in television history.
wait…wait a…what? No like fucking what? I mean why is she throwing her support behind a racist? I mean, I know plenty (well some) of conservative/republican folks and they find Dr Laura revolting so, I mean, as this patriotic Republican person…like why would you? why…what….why would that be your political angle?
I mean, that’s … what?
Waaaait. Is this a Werner Herzog production?
AND…NO ONE OBSTRUCTED YOUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, YOU PSYCHO LADY!!!!
No one’s trying to arrest Dr. Laura. She hasn’t been indicted. The FBI isn’t parked out in some creepy looking Ford Taurus on her street.
She’s like the lovechild of Regina George, Ned Flanders, and Voldemort.
wait…is THIS the onion?
It wasn’t “isnt American, not fair”, it was “holy SHIT did she just say the n-word six times on the radio?
Sarah Palin’s PR person must want to throw that Blackberry under a bus.
Ladies and gentlemen, your next president of the united states.
One of these things is not like the other.
One is a mosque. One is the home of a proposed community center that will feature a Muslim prayer room.
My issue with the opponents of the mosque is not just an issue of first amendment rights. Nor is it just an issue of being bigoted, full of bloated outrage or purporting to speak for all Americans when they go off on their misinformed rants.
My issue is also about being uninformed. People love a good rallying point. There are some people who will be more than happy to take out their American flags and wave them around while spouting lies, generalizations and stereotypes about anyone who is not just like them because it makes them feel good. It makes them feel patriotic. And just like they confuse mosque and community center, they confuse patriotism and jingoism. They’re quick to rally around the flag and take up the mantle in any battle that pits Us vs. Them, where Us is American and Them is anyone who is not. Pre 9/11, their rally caps were made of stars and stripes. In the post 9/11 world, the rally caps now have decals of the Twin Towers with “never forget” stitched underneath. It’s as if those burning buildings have given some people the idea that they have the right to forget the ideals that makes this country so free as long as they invoke the magic spell of “Never Forget.”
I’ve been trying to talk to people about the community center. People who have made their Facebook status a copy/paste mishmash of right wing propaganda about the “mosque.” I talk to them in person. I send them messages on Facebook. I email them. I ask them pointed questions about the “mosque.” And in their minds, the picture on the left is what they think is being built. They think that type of mosque is being built practically at the foot of ground zero. They think there is going to be some grand opening celebration on September 11. They think they know. But all they know is what they repeat. And all they repeat is all they know. It’s a vicious cycle of ignorance, built on the willingness to believe anything that lets them feel as if they are part of the political process, even if that process is flawed, wrong and built on fallacies. They want to wave their flags and shout “USA! USA!”
They want to gather en masse and feel that unity again that bound them in the days after 9/11. And that’s why this is a rallying point. I’m going to go ahead and say it. Some people miss those days. Some people miss the moments when it seemed like everyone was on the same page, when the anger and wounds were fresh, when the wreckage was still smoldering, when bodies were still being found and the whole world was mourning with us. Tragedy brought us unity.
Nine years later, many things have happened that tore that unity apart. We’ve become more divided than ever. Wars have been waged, wars that have proved to be frustrating and nearly fruitless. Lines have been drawn. People feel lost, like there’s nothing binding us together anymore. Nothing binding Americans together anymore. All those flags on the car antennas are withered and torn. All the “Never Forget” stickers are reminders of the halcyon days of when Americans bound together for some intangible cause.
So here’s a chance for the people who miss that to join together again, to bring out their “Never Forget” mantra, to use 9/11 as a rallying point. They cry about the symbolism of having a “mosque” so close to ground zero, but they’ve let ground zero become some kind of icon for them, an unholy icon that’s used like a war wound to say “Remember what they did to us! Never forget and never heal!” It’s hard to move forward when you keep looking for reasons to look back.
So I talk to these people and when I try to inform them, when I try to give them facts and show them pictures of the Burlington Coat Factory and explain what is going into that community center, they turn away. They don’t want to hear it. Because they are having their moment. They are waving their flags and putting their rally caps on because while uniting for a cause is always nice, uniting against something where they can use 9/11 as their rallying point is even better. That they’re not even willing to become informed is sadder than their worn stickers of Calvin pissing on the rest of the world.
[this is an early morning conglomeration of thoughts that may be edited for clarity later. or not]
Read this. All of this. And take it to heart.
Nine Inch Nails - Discipline
i still don’t believe that this is official.
Most amazing cover of a song EVER.
TR + Justin Bieber = Trent Bieber
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