Turning 9/11 into State Worship

John Glaser, September 08, 2011

The 9/11 attacks are being corrupted into ideological propaganda to serve the nationalistic fervor so cherished by those who want to crowd out dissent and sober thinking. There are lots of reasons for it, but one of the consequences is that people are not able to have an accurate understanding of what happened that day.

Senator Chuck Schumer – among the most rabid, seething fiends in Congress – was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today grumbling self-righteously about how we lost the unity and brotherhood  in Washington that prevailed after the attacks. We [Congress] “forged a solidarity and resolve within our government,” he wrote in Politico, that was “pragmatic and nonideological.” Now partisanship reigns, we a more divided than ever, and “too many in Congress think that paralysis will actually lead to success for them.” Congress “can’t get anything done.” Where is the unity, he asks?

The unity he so dramatically yearns for is actually called fear and conformity. The fear and conformity was almost fundamentalist in its deference to authority, its unquestioning obedience, its chest-beating rally cries for war. It was the basis for the swift passing of the PATRIOT Act, an assault on the first and fourth amendments. It was grounded in the authorization for the use of force in Iraq – a deadly war of aggression. “People came together in a whole lot of different ways”, Schumer said, “and in ways that, you know, made the country stronger and better.”

Chuck actually mentions these himself. He transparently pretends that he discarded his reservations for both actions for the sake of unity and togetherness. “During the Iraq war [he voted for it], many of us came to be very much opposed,” he said, “but we rooted for American to win.” This would translate, if his little story were true, which it isn’t, into abandoning your principles and beliefs to serve the directors of an unjust, criminal war. Oh, praise unity.

“Despite wishing the PATRIOT Act erred more on the side of civil liberties,” Chuck writes, “most Democrats pledged to improve the law over time, rather than scuttling it.” Again, same principle (or lack thereof). This is what we’re supposed to be longing for in government? Consensus for the sake of it? Jettisoning debate and dissent in favor of goose-stepping along towards tyranny?

There are two fundamental fallacies in what this jerk and his MSNBC sycophants moaned about this morning. First, that, as Chuck said, “it’s hard to imagine a time that our political system has been more dysfunctional.” Please. The history of American politics from Independence has bee one of shooting political foes, beating fellow representatives with canes inside the Chamber of Congress, libelous name-calling, etc. The second fallacy is that unity is at all a good thing.

This is a political ploy by Schumer to single out his war party colleagues and push through legislation his party wants with a guilt trip. Using the tragedy of 3,000 dead souls from 9/11 to do that is pathetic and serves only to perpetuate the lie that Americans somehow transcended the natural tendencies of mankind to join together and overcome blah, blah, blah. And then it gets taught in our schools.

These poor kids, too young to know what happened that day, too innocent to have already had their minds poisoned by the nationalistic Chuck-Schumer-BS about unity and patriotism, are being indoctrinated by our government-run schools to respond to a terrorist attack by rallying around the flag, singing the national anthem, country pride, and idolizing the rescuers instead of criticizing the imperial policies that motivated the attacks. 9/11 is fast becoming another historical event treated with thoughtless, uncritical nation-worship, instead of an opportunity to learn the truth about the horrors of our own governing authorities.

The kids are already forced to pledge allegiance to the flag. Which seems mundane to most Americans, until they see the original intended ritual for honoring the flag during the pledge, which was written by Francis Bellamy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, it’s like that.

Update: The Washing Post’s Dana Priest was on NPR today talking about her Top Secret America series, which is a Frontline documentary and now a book. Her very first sentence illustrates perfectly the kind of trouble Schumer’s unity gets us into. Do listen.




17 Responses to “Turning 9/11 into State Worship”

  1. 9/11/01 spawned an entirely new 'pledge of allegiance' –
    "We here are like mushrooms.
    Kept in the dark and
    fed bulls*@t!"
    Amen.

  2. Schumer, probably NYs foremost "drug warrior" (those evil bath salts!!), has arranged/or is still in the process of pushing for the use of military radar assets and miltary drone aircraft (under the guise of "training"), to watch the NY-Canada border. Not to worry, the public has been told, these will not be used to snoop on the people of New York.

  3. The most sickening thing about this coming Sunday will be the state-worship services, dressed up as "remembrance" services, that will take place in thousands of so-called "Christian churches" all over Amerika.

  4. Let’s make August 24 a holiday ! ( August 24 1814 the British burned the White House )

  5. Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. Government has sunk to the depths of lawless depravity. That's why this country will inevitably fall.

    Anyway, keep nullification and secession in mind. . . .

  6. 9/11 is better delivered as an international crime. The children will ask why US was attacked by such bombing. And if they know that root cause was Iraq war…then that's the problem. Why did US government attack Iraq without any right reason?

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  8. Schumer ( D – Israel ) is a phony neocon douche warmonger who will sacrifice thousands of goy in the defense of Israel

  9. Schumer is also a noted gun banner. I guess the lessons of his kinsmen in 1930s Europe didn't sink into his thick skull.

  10. [...] Jason Ditz blogged about another media attempt to tie Iran to al-Qaeda. Jeremy Sapienza explained how the war on terror is not a uniquely American response and how much worse the battered country of Iraq is as a result of the U.S. war. Matt Barganier posted on the left’s commitment to American exceptionalism, the pro-war response to 9/11 at the New York Times, and the questionable judgment of those who supported the Iraq War. Brian Beyer wrote about the strange U.S. policy of allying with al-Qaeda. John Glaser blogged about the U.S. crimes against Libya the first time around, escalating violence in the drug war, the myth that America is drawing down the empire, the escape from the rule of law in occupied Palestine, and how ideological propaganda is turning 9/11 into state-worship. [...]

  11. [...] John Glaser writes for Antiwar.com about the way that the Federal elites have used the tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to promote their agenda of consolidated power and public worship of statist power. The 9/11 attacks are being corrupted into ideological propaganda to serve the nationalistic fervor so cherished by those who want to crowd out dissent and sober thinking. There are lots of reasons for it, but one of the consequences is that people are not able to have an accurate understanding of what happened that day. [...]

  12. To make matters worse, the 'Pledge of Allegiance' was published in a magazine as part of a merchandising campaign to sell flags (and magazine subscriptions) to schoolchildren in the run-up to Columbus Day in 1892. That's right- it was pretty much the old-school equivalent of an advertising jingle. And yes, the 'Bellamy Salute' was in use for decades until Congress changed it officially in '42 for obvious reasons- I wonder who is game to renew that original salute?

  13. Who benefited from the alleged attack on 911? The federal government was the primary benificiary of the events that occured on 911. Since 911 the scope and power of the federal government has increased at an exponential rate. Torture, warrantless spying, lifetime detention without due process of law by presidential fiat, and also capital punishment (again without due process of law) for those who the president suspects of participating in terrorist activites against the United States. When this is coupled with the mysterious collapse of WTC building 7 I do not think it can be so easily dismissed that 911 was an inside job.
    If you do not think the criminals running the US government are capable of such an atrocity. Google operation northwoods. I assume everything that comes out of the mouth of a US government official (with the exception of Ron Paul) is a lie unless proven otherwise.

  14. The imperial government in DC is the problem. Secession is the anwser.

  15. [...] the partisan hugs with a misty picture, but he at least acknowledges their rarity. Al-Jazeera and Antiwar.com seem a little less than excited (the latter used Reason.tv's video on 19th century political [...]

  16. [...] ignorant public which is – on the whole – quite taken with nationalism, big government, and militaristic state-worship. With this, these (again, not stupid) individuals seem to swim with the tide and maintain their [...]

  17. Why 9/11 converted into state worship ..I am unable to understand this situations.Please update it more info…:)