Thoughts On The September 12th Meeting
by Chris Bowers, Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 04:01:22 PM EDT
I did not write anything on September 11th about the attacks of September 11th, but somehow to me now it seems more fitting to celebrate the day after the attacks than the day of the attacks. Immediately after we were attacked, we began to rise back up as a nation. Even in the face of conservative exploitation of the attacks to enact a radical agenda we have continued to progress. For example, the people-powered progressive movement has also grown to maturity since the attacks on September 11th, 2001, largely as a response to the conservative exploitation of that day. In the future, when our country is once again back on the right track, when we are tapping our full potential instead of cowering in fear from it, and when we are looking forward to the greatness we can achieve in the future rather than trying to merely replicate the accomplishments of our past, one of the main reasons for our success will be that millions of patriotic Americans were willing to stand up. They were willing to stand up to the mendacious sycophants that were distributing our information, the corporatist oligarchs that were tearing down our social investment, the anti-modernist theocons that were propelling the conservative movement forward, and the psychotic cultural supremacists who would rather set fire to the entire world rather than see time continue to inexorably move forward. Conservatives have endlessly tried to situate the "heartland" of America in a romanticized, bucolic past that never existed, but with every last remaining gasp of air in body, I will argue that I found that heartland beating in Harlem, the day after September 11th, 2006.
And yes, in the picture below, that is me in the back standing next to President Clinton. That is pretty darn cool in and of itself.