Tuesday, September 12, 2006

My Nightly Middle Finger to the White House

I'm forgoing the music video tonight to put up something far more significant.

If you haven't seen this already, clear the next nine minutes of your schedule and watch and listen in awe to Keith Olbermann's scathing commentary regarding yesterday's 9/11 anniversary.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then maybe the humble willingness to admit that someone is far beyond your skills of pretense can work as an even more consummate endorsement.

I hope it can.


VOTAR said...

As rich and satisfying the chills are that I get each time I hear Olberman say "may this country forgive you," I'm compelled to shed a little light on this from another angle.

Within only a few months following 9/11, a call for entries was announced for the design of the collection of structures and spaces that are to replace the "twin towers." I remember looking at the nine finalists and pointing to the one by Daniel Liebsken, and said, knowingly, "that one will win." Liebsken's vision of lower Manhattan looked like what we see in movies like Bladrunner, truly audacious and magnificent buildings like the sliced crystals of Superman's Fortress, rising out of a multi-tiered garden that was to contain -- among other things -- a museum dedicated to the event itself.

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Unfortunately, almost immediately the winning design was dissected by every conceivable special interest and government authority. A small, vocal, and truly narrow-minded minority of people objected to, for example, any reference to any exhibit in the proposed museum that attempted to help people understand the motivations of radical fundamental Islam, and the attitudes of those whose resentment of the West led directly to the catastrophic event on which the museum was to be founded. Unable to reach a compromise with those who would not allow such an examination -- for fear it would suggest that "America brought this on herself" -- the entire museum concept has been, last I heard, scrapped altogether. No one can yet agree on what the actual memorial to the victims should look like on the site. Not very long after winning the competition, Liebskin walked away from the project; the design has been rendered unrecognizable from his original scheme.

I'm certain we will get a magnificent and monumental new landmark there eventually. The point I wanted to make, is that although I wholeheartedly subscribe to the spirit of Olberman's editorial, unfortunately there are a great many influences jockeying for significance that are shaping -- and corrupting -- the progress of the new WTC, that perpetuates the 16 acre hole in New York City to this day.

But as a metaphor, as a symbol to serve as the rallying point on which to look at the giant wound we were dealt, where we said to our government, "take this righteous anger, we're giving it to you, do what you have to do to help us stand tall again," and where we can now look at what was done with that unanymous trust, Mr. Olberman hit a dead-on bullseye. Mr. President, how dare you?

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soaringhawk71 said...

All I can say is "oh my" and wish with all my heart that someone, somewhere is listening to his frustration and realizes that he speaks for many of us. I fought and argued in vain when I was told by my peers that I was unpatriotic and weak for not supporting the president after 9/11. Most of these people were either draft dodgers, or had never served while I had been in the Gulf War. Don't assume that because I'm not swallowing whatever is spurting out of his pie hole that I'm either unqualified, or ignorant. Thank you Keith, and thank you Chez. I don't watch much TV, so I never seem to be able to catch this kind of stuff. Maybe there is hope for America after all.

Michael said...

All I can say to that was Bravo.