Ten years later….all there is, is a hole in the ground, with a collection of construction workers and a handful of pieces of heavy equipment.
We’re just a few weeks shy of the tenth anniversary (or, as too many in the media will say, “ten-year anniversary”) of the 9-11 attacks.
Many of those media folks, particularly the ones who sit in for El Rushbo while the blowhard is vacationing with fabulous people at some exotic resort smoking expensive cigars and drinking pricey Scots Whisky, are pointing to this shameful hole in the ground in lower Manhattan as evidence of the current mediocrity of the American spirit. (Though this assertion, which originated, I believe, with Mark Steyn, flies in the face of the “American Exceptionalism” which is a keystone of the Limbaugh doctrine.)
Thing is, these hard right-wingers have a point here.
I think it is shameful and disgusting that in a decade, we have nothing but a hole in the ground to show for our pledge to “never forget”. For heaven’s sake, John Kennedy got us to the moon in a decade! (Albeit with a lot of help from Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and NASA.)
Nothing but petty arguments have surrounded this whole “9-11 Memorial” thing. Every sub-set of the people directly and indirectly impacted by the events of that horrible day have wrangled, bickered, whined, and belly-ached about every aspect of the “plan”. Every mewling had to be placated. Everyone’s ego had to be massaged.
And what you see above is what we have to show for it.
This is a disgusting failure of leadership on many levels.