by ihaveseenenough, Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 09:49:42 PM EDT
It's all on the table with that ridiculous comment. We've been thinking it since 2002, and America sort of crossed their fingers and hoped it wasn't the case in 2004. But that despicable quote sums the whole thing up.
Another terrorist attack on U.S. soul would "certainly be a big advantage" to John McCain. Well, as someone who's lived in New York City for years, I'd like to remind Mr. McCain about the last big terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Remind him of the video played endlessly as an American Airlines jet, no different from the American Airlines jets I've boarded at least ten times this year. Next time you're on a public plane, Mr. McCain (which isn't often, I understand), take a look around. Peek from behind the first class curtain at the families, babies, children, husbands and wifes, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. Now imagine them incinerated in less than 3 seconds as the plane you're on plows into steel and glass and desks and water coolers and computers and phones and PEOPLE. Is that an advantage?
Remind him of how it must have felt to be in those buildings- one minute you're checking email, or sneaking a peek at the sports scores before your meeting, or finishing up a big presentation. Maybe working up the nerve to ask for a raise. And then the building shakes, and then ten minutes later you're hanging out of a 93rd story window, gasping for oxygen that's not coming, and making a decision to jump rather than get burned alive. Is that an advantage?
Remind him about what those of us that were lucky enough not to be in the buildings that day felt. About how every time we went outside for the next month, we had to inhale the stinging scent of chemicals, electrical fire, and death. About the coughing a lot of us developed, even though the EPA told us the air was "totally safe". About those of us who lost friends, family, loved ones. Is that an advantage?
These are the people we are up against. This ultimate cynicism, where tragedy is a political tool to be wielded. These are the people that, on September 11th, began plotting how to spin the situation to use it to invade Iraq. These are the people that callously put the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, and moved it to early September, solely to tie into the memory of the attacks three years before- holding the convention so late it took a special resolution from the Illinois legislature to even allow Bush to be on the ballot. These are the people who would have you believe that only the Republicans can keep America safe from the big, bad terrorists.
Let's show McCain that we're not falling for that line of thinking anymore. Donate a few bucks to Barack Obama or The DNC to mark this unfortunate, bullshit quote from an "aide" that's actually one of his top advisers (still). It's not 2001, and it's not 2004, and what we didn't fall for then only strengthens our resolve now.