I know I’m as guilty as the next person for being partisan. Anybody who denies it is lying.
So I guess it should come to no surprise that the local GOP is bitch-slapping Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick for his speech commemorating 9/11. At one point in the speech, Governor Patrick said “It was a mean and nasty and bitter attack on the United States. But it was also the failure of human beings to understand each other and to learn to love each other.”
Maybe I’m being loyal to my party (D), but that seems true to me. The terrorists who conducted the attacks never tried to understand our cultures and beliefs. It’s a result of this ignorance that the attacks to place. I’m not saying we could have sat down for tea with the terrorists and finished the meeting off with a group hug, thus preventing an attack. But if there was more understanding, more acceptance (of difference cultures, faiths, religions, beliefs), and more love, then there wouldn’t be so much anger.
But the GOP is now twisting Patrick’s words saying it was “inappropriate.” What the terrorists did on 9/11 is inappropriate – and despicable, unacceptable, rephrehensible, offensive, disgusting, unwarranted, devastating, and flat-out murder. What Patrick said was true: Those terrorists did not understand us. They didn’t bother trying to understand us. And if the human race, in general, could just be more tolerant, accepting, and understanding, then events like 9/11 wouldn’t happen. Is that realistic? Not as long as organized religion plays such a significant role in the world. But would that make for a better world? You bet.
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