That Day

There is no logic and no reason: 

The current president has been accused by his detractors of many of the same sins as he tries to lead the nation through a time when “political acerbations” are profitable drivers of political rewards. (What is John McCain now but a walking political acerbation?) Last night, he called on those detractors to actually make the war they so loudly recommend. He called on the governments in the region most directly affected to do their part to protect themselves, and to try and stop their people from butchering each other. He is groping, still, to find logic to the derangement that broke out on this day, 13 years ago. He is groping, still, for a way out of the profitable trauma.

There isn’t reason to remembering a war, which is what that day was. A one-day war, which we lost. And you don’t remember a war the way it happened. You remember it the way you have to remember it, to survive the next one.

So we remember a day that frightened us, and then united us, and we long for that unity, in no small part because it never existed: 

And in Bridgeview, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, police stopped 300 marchers as they tried to march on a mosque. Marcher Colin Zaremba, 19, told The Associated Press, “I’m proud to be American and I hate Arabs and I always have.”

We have made up a pretty story about who we are, to keep us alive until tomorrow. That it isn’t true doesn’t matter so much as that it isn’t working.

I said last night that it seemed like Obama was just phoning in his performance as George W. Bush, which is understandable. He doesn’t want to be in the middle of this, and tried to get us out of the middle of it, and bowed to pressure to “do something.” Nobody has ever gotten anywhere just “doing something” but this isn’t about him or us anymore.

This is about the next war, and what we’ll have to tell ourselves about this one, to get us through it.


One thought on “That Day

  1. shame on the gnewz not pointing out how we got here. and we have our new national holiday of 9/11 memorials. how dare they roll out darth cheeney. obama has more shit to deal with. OF COURSE he is black. our janitor president.

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