So I was watching the re-run of the Colbert Report last night and they were playing this bit thatScout linked to earlier:
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|The 10/31 Project|
From the siteof the crazy:
were on September 12, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were
not obsessed with Red States, Blue States or political parties. We were
united as Americans, standing together to protect the greatest nation
That same feeling – that commitment to country is what we are hoping
to foster with this idea. We want to get everyone thinking like it is
September 12th, 2001 again.
You do? Really? God, I know it shouldn’t surprise me at this point but thenarcissism, honestly. It took 3,000 dead people to make Glenn Beck and his fellow freaks feel like they had a purpose in life and were I his or their therapist I might feel inclined to explore that further but as someone who was walking around on Sept. 12, 2001 all I can say is it’scompletely fucking sick.
How self-involved do you have to be to make a terrorist attack about how you felt about your inner Republican? How tiny and selfish and pathetic do you have to be to need a national disaster, a terrorist attack, to give your life meaning? What on EARTH are you doing all day every day if it takes THAT to wake you up? We heard this over and over starting about two weeks after, a parade of jackoffs on the local news autowittering on about how 9/11 made them go back to church or love their families more, and all I could think then and now was what the chocolate croissantfuck is the matter with you that you don’t love your family now?
(And hey, maybe your family sucks. Should all their suckitude go away because somebody else’s family got dead? Is that how it works?)
Tragedies that happen to othe people can be wake-up calls to us all, sure, but to cant about it in public, to make that tragedy out to be some kind of benefit to you and thus make it okay? To talk about the silver lining of a mass murder? Think, people, reason. Is that ever something anyone should do? In front of the people who actually did suffer? That’s fucking parasitic. Take your neediness elsewhere. To your shrink’s couch, maybe. That’s the only person obligated to give a shit.
If your life doesn’t have meaning, if you don’t value the people who love you, if you lack purpose in the world and a sense of dedication and direction, Glenn Beck can’t fix that for you and 9/11 sure as shit can’t. And if you need reminding what you are all about, you need to carve out some space in your schedule to figure it out without picking up a burning Twin Towers T-shirt at Ground Zero.
More than that, I really do dispute the idea that we’ve all lost our way here somehow. News to the north, but a pretty healthy portion of Americans have always valued their lives and their work and the people who loved them, have always loved their country and always felt closely tied to its purpose and their own. The critical assumption Beck and his mouthbreathing followers are making is that everybody sucks as much as they do, and I think I can speak for the rest of America when I say thanks for your concern but we’re doing just fine with our sense of self-worth out here.
ps. Oh, and some of us, on 9/12?Were fucking assholes.