It’s hard for me to write about today, and it’s not for any of the reasons you might expect. It’s amazing what different camps people fall into over the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and I’m not really one to tow the line, so I can’t just wave a flag or say it’s all George Bush’s fault and immediately fall into place on this. I guess it’s best to explain what things currently piss me off, and we’ll go from there.
First, it pisses me off that the media is running non-stop building collapse footage. I think everyone is saying this, but they are still doing it. And it’s not that I feel a need to honor the dead or whatever. The problem is that TV is a virus, and it hypnotizes you. I accidentally watched about five minutes of New York 1 last night and felt just as bad as I did last year on the 11th. It’s not good. They should cut that shit out. I applaud the Game Show Network for showing nothing but reruns of old 70s game shows all day long instead of 9/11 bullshit. I wish more networks would do the same.
Second, all of the people who are protesting against the government piss me off. Yes, I really just said that. These people think this is all a game or something. As a person who actually watched the buildings burn and collapse, I can tell you this wasn’t some kind of publicity stunt. If you are concerned about your freedom of speech, do something more compelling with it than spitting on cops. Write a book. Create something. Build a fucking pirate radio station. But don’t stand around saying the pentagon wasn’t even really hit or all of the Jews got an email the night before and got to leave work early. If you’re concerned that politicians are going to take away your rights and you have a better idea of how we can make things better, then why don’t you run for office? Or why don’t you become a lobbyist or work for the government or do something to change things?
Third, firemen are not heroes. (Maybe some were, but not every single one.) People on planes that got hijacked and crashed are not heroes. People who work in office buildings that collapse are not heroes. A lot of people were victims, not heroes. And that’s really, really bad, but it doesn’t make them heroes. Here’s go above and beyond the call of duty. Go read about the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients at cmohs.org. Jumping on a grenade to save a platoon, that’s a hero. Trying to rescue wounded after being hit by a rocket, that’s a hero. Jumping out of a burning building – probably not a hero. I’m in no way a hero, but read this story about someone who was more of a hero than all of the firemen I’ve ever seen in my life. I know that this will piss pretty much everyone off for me to say that not all firemen are heroes, but the more people you call a hero, the more you cheapen the word.
Fourth, I’m sick of the professional widows on TV. They married their high school sweetheart ten years ago. They bought a big house, they had two or three kids they sent to private school. The vacationed in Aruba and bought two giant SUVs to drive to Eddie Bauer and soccer practice with. They had seven figures of stock in the bank. Then the guy dies in the building. OK, that’s bad. But why should I feel sorry for someone who had ten years of happiness, when I don’t have anything they had? They say over and over and over “I lost everything! I lost everything!” WHAT ABOUT YOUR FUCKING KIDS? And your $500,000 house, and your $40,000 cars and everything else. Money may not buy happiness, but it buys therapy. And it pays bills.
Fifth, I’m sick of people from the Midwest trying to personally cash in on this tragedy by implying that I was there and blah blah blah. Your house in the middle of Indiana was in no danger. And I don’t like when people latch onto the experience to somehow feel victimized because they knew someone that knew someone that knew someone that once bought a model of the World Trade Center. Now this whole country has turned into a bunch of victims (as if we weren’t already). It’s pathetic.
Meanwhile, New York is alive and well. Nothing has changed anywhere. I’ve flown all over the country, drove around all three states hit by planes, and it’s pretty much same old same old. My money spends the same, Vegas hasn’t changed their Blackjack rules, there aren’t roadblocks and I don’t have a computer chip implant. People need to stop freaking out and get back to their lives – there is a reason consumer confidence is so low. So turn off your TV, stop thinking about the conspiracy theories, and do something with your life, ok?