Thanks to Radio Equalizer for this. Here’s Mitt’s successor, Deval Patrick, transparently ducking the hard lessons of 9/11 by generalizing the attacks to a point of such pure, “tolerant” abstraction as to make what he says both totally indisputable and totally meaningless. Quote:
“Among many other things, 9/11 was a failure of human understanding,” Patrick said. “It was a mean and nasty and bitter attack on the United States. But it was also a failure of human beings to understand each other, to learn to love each other.”
He’s right, 9/11 was a failure of understanding. So was the argument I had with the barista the other day at Starbucks when he gave me the wrong change. So was, and ever will be, every conflict, large or small, between human beings until the end of time. If you can’t distill anything more concrete about the attacks than the lesson plan for day one of Psych 101, I dare say it’s time to hire a new speechwriter. Which is not to say I’m accusing Patrick’s staff of being stupid; they understand the lessons well enough, they’re just afraid to say anything that might “offend” the perpetually aggrieved. Hence this oatmeal, which tacitly blames Americans as much as it does Osama for the circumstances that led to people nosediving off the top of the Trade Center that morning.
Click the image and skip ahead to about 3:00 to watch. If nothing else, a speechwriter who can’t do better than “mean” isn’t fit for high school debate, let alone the governor’s office. As an antidote, both substantively and stylistically, today’s Hitchens piece at Slate is must reading. Quote: “Only six years on, and already the soft mainstreaming of Islamic imperialism is under way.”
Update: In fairness to Patrick, this is really just par for the course for Massachusetts.
Update: Same party, same office, same gutless, worthless, meaningless non-message. They won’t judge, not even on 9/11.