Wednesday, November 9, 2011

As usual, I am late on this, and it probably won't have the impact it would have had if I had written this shit in September, but here goes nothing.

I feel a need to say something about this past 9/11 anniversary. I noticed something that really disturbed me about people's attitudes during that period of time. I think a lot of folks have let what happened in New York City at the Twin Towers become more about what George W. Bush and his cronies did with the opportunity afforded to them to twist things and to invade Iraq, than about the heroism of the rescue workers, and particularly the NYFD, on that awful bitch of a day.

The firemen who died that day would NOT have hesitated to save anyone who needed rescuing. Their heroism should be what this nation and the world remember and honor, NOT how that cocksucker Bush and his cronies bastardized and used the opportunity to profit from it.

I sat in a restaurant, before a football game on this past September 11th, and during the remembrance ceremony for the fallen rescue workers, watched countless people actually TALK over the ceremony. I was astounded and deeply angered. The thing is, those firemen would have rescued those same thoughtless assholes without hesitation. They didn't give two shits what a person's race or politics or income level was. They would have laid down their lives, because when other people run out of a burning building, their sheer balls and desire to help, overrides the impulse to run, and instead they go in. They do it every damn day, routinely.

Let's make 9/11 about the rescue workers who lost their lives that day, and not the shitty dirty politics of the Bush administration in the aftermath, okay?

The NYFD and other rescue workers lost that day deserve to be remembered and honored. I know I will NEVER EVER forget them. I am, and always will be, in total awe of them. I admire these men so deeply, that I regret my words here are wholly inadequate to express my feelings. They deserve something written by Lincoln or Walt Whitman. No eulogy is good enough. They were the best of us, the best of America. 


Steph(anie) said...

You are so right and this is very moving.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Thank you so much. It is so appreciated.

Lo said...

Dearest SB....This is so beautifully written, thought out and felt tht is has brought me to tears.

I I am so glad you wrote this.....and II am with you every step. Applause!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Thank you for your kind thoughts and comments. I appreciate them so.

Mel's Way or No Way said...

They deserve more than one day a year to be honored anyway. It's sad that all the loss and sacrifices that day always seem to be over-shadowed by the politics.

Omgrrrl said...

Yes. You are Late in this post.

But, as usual you are dead-nuts on.

There is a WHOLE lot of flag waving that goes on these days on September 11th.
There was a shit-load of humanity that was lost that day.

Ms. Moon said...

You are right to have such passion about the rescue workers. You are right about this whole deal.

Jeannie said...

9/11 was shocking for us here in Canada too. But not so personal.

The media had to keep digging and screaming to out-do each other. And demanding vengeance. Bush was eager to comply. They played off each other until the house of cards fell.

Forgotten in the wreckage were the real people involved - both the victims and those who stepped in to rescue them. Your thoughts are fitting and probably heard best when the air has quietened. Good timing I think. Your words aren't lost in the deluge.

Natascha said...

Beautifully said! I'm not even from the US, but i felt the same back then and still do. Those brave firemen and rescue workers, who didn't think of their own lives for a second and went above and beyond to save lives...

Then i was so very sickened that it was used for stupid war mongering.

Now that they need help, because a lot of them are very sick from that toxic shit they've inhaled back then, they have to battle bureaucracy to get aid and treatment.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

They DO deserve more than a day. For sure.

Thanks for your words. Thanks for reading, as always. It means a lot to me. My readers really ARE my family.

Ms. Moon,
If only the group here and at your blog ran the world. It would be so much more beautiful. I love you.

Thanks for your perspective. It's always interesting to hear how things were perceived across the borders.

Yes, the whole thing angers me. The government owe the rescue workers such a debt, and they keep hedging on it. It's shameful.

We treat our heroes like crap in America. Sometimes, we even shoot them. Meanwhile, we pay our basketball stars millions of dollars. It's sickening.

Love to all,


Big Mark 243 said...

Had to share this on my FB page because I think everyone should read it... I would shoot a rocket with a banner attached with these words on it dropping leaflets with this entry scrolled on it...

Great stuff...

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Big Mark,
Thank you for putting it out there. I appreciate it much.