18 June, 2008

Hijacking takes on a whole new meaning

Location: 9/11
Mood: ongoing disgust

The "terrorists" hijacked airplanes on 9/11/2001. Remember? And it has brought so many shitty things to our existence, and the existence of so many others in the world, in terms of wars, economic disasters, lost civil liberties, lost respect, and whatever else can be lost.

Jump to another topic.

Boston, Massachusetts... third Monday in April every year... punctuated by a few special events...

1. Boston Red Sox play a home day game on a weekday

2. Boston Marathon is run, from Hopkinton to Downtown Boston, 26.2 miles of glory and gruel

3. Bostonians celebrate a holiday

Do you know what holiday it is? Maybe not, if you're from Seattle. The holiday is called Patriot's Day. And it's kind of a nice holiday, and is commemorating, presumably, the many so-called heroes of American history related to our birth as a nation. Probably people like Paul Revere, and that sort. If you want to read about it, go look at the Wikipedia article on the topic. There you will see that it relates to the Revolutionary War and the battles of Lexington and Concord... so I was close! And technically it is April 19th, but is celebrated on the Monday closest. Heck, the article even mentions the marathon and the Red Sox game, so I hit all the high points of the story. Good for me! I am historically correct. The question remains, am I anatomically correct? That one, I reserve for only a select subset of the audience.

Why am I writing this?

Flash forward to this evening, looking at Google Calendar. Entering some things on there about upcoming shows. I had recently added a cool new feature to my Google Calendar that will show me all of the national holidays, which can be useful for whatever reason you might desire. And what I saw, inadvertently caught my eye, and pissed me off.

This is what I saw:

Do you see what I see?

"PatrioT Day" (no "s" or apostrophe-S)

And do you see when it is?

Fucking September 11th.

This is an abomination on so many fucking levels that I cannot even begin to spout forth my disgust with this backwards government. What about 9/11 relates to Patriotism? There was a bombing of a major business center on that day. That is not an event in our history where we demonstrated patriotism. I don't even know if I understand what patriotism is. I think it means something about demonstrating attributes that would be categorized as being in service of, or support of a nation. Nothing happened on September 11th that would uniquely constitute patriotism in a manner that deserves a special title. Maybe the city of New York could have their own Patriot Day, since one could argue that many people in that city performed acts that were in service and/or support of the well-being of people in the city of New York. But on a national level? Come on... Why don't they designate the day of Hurricane Katrina as Patriot Day? There was a disaster, and then a bunch of people rescued other people. How is that any more or less patriotic?

What is patriotism? Now I feel compelled to give you the dictionary definition, since perhaps I am getting it wrong here.
Main Entry:
\ˈpā-trē-ə-ˌti-zəm, chiefly British ˈpa-\
circa 1726
: love for or devotion to one's country

So, again, I am not far off. And I still do not see how the holiday fits the day.

The worst part is that much like Mohammed Atta et al (allegedly) hijacked four 757/767 jets (they were never tried, convicted, or positively identified last I checked), our government has hijacked a completely good holiday name, with a completely valid holiday cause, and slapped it (albeit with a token modification by dropping the ending "s") on an event that was doing perfectly well being called "9/11" everywhere else in the media.

But for the big neo-con agenda, we needed to tie everything to do with 9/11 into patriotism. The Homeland Security, the Guantanamo, the Iraq, the Afghanistan, the US government sanctioned murder of Saddam Hussein, the loss of civil liberties... it's all about patriotism.

I thought it was about a bunch of Kenyans running sub-5-minute miles through the hilly streets of Eastern Massachusetts.

Silly me.

1 comment:

  1. Inman Wheelright19 June, 2008 07:31

    Get with the program. Don't you love your country? No true patriot would question putting that moniker on 9/11. I suppose you'd like to call it "National Terror Day" or "National Fly-Planes-Into-Buildings Day" or "National It's-All-Downhill-From-Here Day." You are just sooooo defeatist.