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September 11th, 2013

The PC Squad: How to Screw Up a Memorial

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

 

            Some people felt that after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans would finally come together for the common good and work out their differences.

            But most of us knew better.

            I wonder how long it took after the Pearl Harbor attack before people started forgetting its significance, or even complained when others continued to honor the memory of those lost? I’ll bet some people were getting tired of it before World War II was even over, and that took “just” four years, for Americans. Here we are now, twelve years after 9/11 … we’re still at war, but most of us don’t even know it.

            At least there was one plan to remember, by the city most directly affected by the attacks on 9/11. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation was put in charge of a museum that would commemorate the attacks. Victims wanted something simple, and respectful, and other stuff that never happens when politicians and bureaucrats get involved. Let’s take a look at some things that have gone on with the 9/11 Memorial Museum:

            One of the most iconic photos of 9/11, the raising of the American flag by FDNY firefighters, was almost excluded from the museum. Why? Because it was “too rah-rah American”. According to a book, the museum’s creative director said “The way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently”.

            Um … are we not Americans? Besides, isn’t not being vigilant one of the things that got us into trouble in the first place?

            That guy, the museum director, is making a six figure income, but doesn’t seem to understand the whole point of his museum.

            Meanwhile, the politician who should have cared the most is the same guy who wanted to stop the reading of 9/11 victim names on the anniversary.  “Some people have said change is good,” Mayor Bloomberg said of it on the radio.

            I agree, but good change doesn’t always happen – after all, he’s still the mayor.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he of the notorious desire to control everything that goes into his city’s residents (and maybe out of them, who knows?) also banned first responders from being able to attend the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

 

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