America, f*** yeah
Republican, Van Halen fan, and fellow Long Islander (an area that suffered heavy losses from the destruction of the World Trade Center), Michelle is just a little disturbed at the prospect of a Pentagon-sponsored, country music jamboree in remembrance of 9/11. I've reposted a bunch here because it's such a sincere and powerful reaction from a Republican who's "leaning independent":
"The word 'crass' immediately comes to mind. Call me crazy, but I just don't think that a commemoration of 9/11 should be mixed in with a 'support the troops' march. You know what this is? A thinly veiled pro-war rally. And concert!"
"...The purpose of the event is 'to remember the victims of September 11, honor our troops and celebrate our freedom.' I don't think it's right to do those things together. It's an opportunistic move designed to make people feel good about a war that a lot of people don't feel good about it. Mixing the 'let freedom ring' chorus in with the funeral dirge that is still ringing in the hearts of the victims' families is just shy of vile."
"I do support the troops. I do cherish my freedom. And I do like a good concert. But how those things fit in with remembering those who died on September 11, 2001 is beyond me. I think that at this point, the administration has chosen to remember the event, not the people. They've chosen to celebrate the start of a time of war rather than memorialize the end of nearly 3,000 lives."
"That's a shame."(A Small Victory via Rox Populi)