Thursday, September 11, 2014

As Americans, We Totally Give In To Fear

My fellow countrymen:

This morning your president lied to you. At a ceremony honoring the victims and survivors of 9/11 he repeated an insidious and harmful fable. I don't blame the man. Honestly. He's only repeating something people in the political and media class have been telling you for more than a decade. But I have to confront the lie. We have to face the truth.

Here's what the president said:

We carry on, because, as Americans, we do not give in to fear.

That's ridiculous. What contemptible nonsense. Who the hell told him to say that? And what country does he think he's talking about?

Americans almost always give in to fear. Giving in to fear is what we do first, before we've tried anything else. Even things that might actually work. You don't have a military bigger than the next dozen militaries in the world unless you're literally scared of everyone else on the planet. On September 11 we witnessed countless acts of heroism, of course. Don't misunderstand me. But the vast majority of people in this country collectively crapped our pants, abandoned our core values, allowed our government to shred the parts of the Constitution it didn't like, and stuffed everyone with an accent into a detention facility. Then we began a campaign of invading all the countries on our to-do list and launching night raids and rocket attacks from flying killer robots. Does any of this sound like refusing to give in to fear?

Getting jumpy and hysterical about threats is what we do as a people. In the past few years we've repeatedly given in to our fear of - and this list is not comprehensive at all - drugs, gay people, African Americans, Mexicans, Iranians, Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, atheists, socialists, the UN, FEMA, Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, the war against Christmas, the knockout game, the feminist agenda, vaccinations, rainbow parties, and sexting. Unless you are a white man who has just shot a crowd of people in a school, we are ready to overreact to you.

We have a global surveillance program to collect the data on your phone, police forces that look like the bad guys in a GI Joe cartoon, and a foreign policy that involves killing civilians in numbers that dwarf the death toll of 9/11.

We're cowards, we've betrayed our principles, displayed a complete lack of concern for foreign lives, and we should be ashamed of ourselves.

Ah, but that's just it. What we refuse to do, is give in to shame. Or guilt. Or moral compunction. Or whatever you want to call the little voice in our heads telling us we're being jackasses, and that none of this will end well unless we get some control over ourselves and act like adults.

Neighbors and citizens: It's time, okay? It's past time. We've never done it before, but let's really consider the option of not giving in to fear, just this once, just to see what it feels like.

We have nothing left to lose. I mean that.


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  1. This is not addressed directly to me - I live in the UK - but I have to say it's very well written.


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