We’ve suffered enormously since the events of 9/11. Certainly none more than the families and loved ones of those who perished in the attacks, but as a nation, we have seen ourselves divided and have allowed ourselves to be brought to live in fear fueled by the lies, propaganda, and outright illegal acts of a tyrannical regime. Thousands of brave soldiers have lost their lives fighting unnecessary wars, and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have lost theirs as well. We have accepted torture of our enemies and domestic spying as needed practices.
Some of the wounds will never heal. Nothing will bring back lost lives, and the abhorrent acts of that day should never, and will never, be forgotten. But we’ve made many mistakes since then, and many are in our power to resolve.
It is my sincere belief that in 8 days, the world will breathe a sigh of relief (though not quite unclenching its collective teeth until 1/20/2009), and we will begin a slow process of rebuilding our stature in the world as a beacon of hope and an example of how a nation can treat its most unfortunate with dignity and respect.
This will not be a quick recovery, and evidence of progress will not be immediate. There is, however, one thing that can be done right now, that virtually every American will rejoice over. There was one knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 that may have seemed right, and even patriotic, at the time, but can only be looked back upon with horrible revulsion. It is a shame upon us all that it persists to this day. And yet, it will take the action of only one man to remedy it – one man making a decision, one phone call, one email … it’s really that simple. He can restore lost dignity to something that is universally acknowledged to be the embodiment of America itself, rivaled perhaps only by apple pie and the love we have for our mothers.
So I beg of you, sir, with every fiber of my soul, with my very essence … please, PLEASE, for all that is good and right and just, for this generation and all that follow: Mr. Selig, PLEASE STOP THEM FROM SINGING “GOD BLESS AMERICA” DURING THE STRETCH. Please, sir ... please ... make it stop. We've suffered enough.
Just … just … just buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Please.
6 months ago