Obama has declared that September 11th from now on shall be known as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Not a bad idea if you are honoring the firemen, police officers and the passengers on Flight 93 who gave their lives trying to save Americans.
But.... like the Kennedy funeral which couldn't help but use a religious moment to support a partisan political agenda, Obama's idea of service and remembrance is a bit different from that of ordinary Americans.
This editorial in the New York Daily News puts it well:
The Obama administration supports creating clean energy jobs in cities through a campaign called Green the Block, started by the groups Green For All and the Hip Hop Caucus. After cabinet officials met with leaders of the organizations in the West Wing, aides posted a video and a statement on the White House blog.This is just another in a sad and lengthening list of how Obama and his lib cronies are corrupting American values for partisan political purposes.
Van Jones, an Obama environmental adviser, said 9/11 would be an opportunity to "connect, to find other people in your peer group who are also passionate about repowering America but also greening up America and cleaning up America."
And the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, head of the Hip Hop Caucus said:
"The first milestone for Green the Block will be on our National Day of Service, Sept. 11, 2009, where we will organize Green the Block service events around the country in coordination with the President's initiative, United We Serve."
No. Wrong. Entirely wrong.
9/11 is not about green jobs or health care or bank bailouts or about the ideologies and egos of celebrities who are planning concerts and other performances this year. To them, hands off.
And "remembrance" must not, must never, be forgotten.
It would be sacrilege to smother 3,000 murders under gauzy and fleeting good feelings.
It would be a gross betrayal to gloss the evil that targeted - and still targets - America.