Friday, September 10

My September 9-11.

So here's the obligatory 9-11 post. I decided to save you the hassle of reliving the moment again, like I'm sure you'll have to a hundred times today anyways.

I wrote a 3 page post about today. 3 pages. I wrote it over the course of the week at work. It was a detailed account of what I had done that day. It was emotional, innocent and insightful. I'm very proud of it, but I decided not to stoop to that level. I tore it up 5 minutes ago, like I've done with so many of my writings. If you're curious as to what it was I was doing that day, here's a stripped-down version:

I was 19, and working at the Larsen Co-Op. We saw the attacks on the television in the auto repair waiting room. Some people cried, others just left. Celia had spent the day home from school because she was sick, so she slept through most of it. That night, I went to get gas for my car, and saw a line going down the street from the Co-Op. I went in and helped my manager check people out until we ran out of gas. I then went home, where I didn't sleep for 2 days. The End.

We were all effected by this, and there's no need for me to kick it around. I've been thinking about it for a week now, and I don't need to mourn another day.

I need to fight.



Here are just 10 facts:

1. The events of September 11 could have been prevented.
2. George W Bush is using the events of September 11 to his political gain this election year.
3. George W Bush is telling people not to focus on the economy, and to focus more on the war in Iraq, which is responsible for the deaths of over a thousand US soldiers.
4. The war in Iraq has nothing to do with September 11.
5. There are no ties between Iraq and the terrorists who perpetuated the attacks.
6. George W Bush came into office with the war in Iraq in mind. In 2000, he referred to himself as a "war president".
7. George W Bush is trying to convince people that the state of the economy doesn't matter until he has captured all of the terrorists in the world.
8. George W Bush also said that he "wasn't too worried" about Osama Bin Laden, and was not actively pursuing him.
9. In a recent interview, George W Bush said he "couldn't think of 1 mistake he has made while in office".
10. I want to punch George W Bush right in the ballbag.

Since George W Bush took office, we have lost at least four thousand innocent lives. Do you know what four thousand looks like? Here's an idea:

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Every one of those is an innocent dead body. Or better yet, imagine if the entire combined populations of Winneconne, Larsen and Winchester just dropped dead. Then add a few hundred more. Add this to the almost 13,000 people we've killed in Iraq, and you've got a whole lot of blood on your hands. I had nothing to do with it, and I still couldn't sleep for days. I wonder how the President feels about being responsible for that many fresh graves. I wonder if he thinks at all about it. The notion that he's using this as a PLATFORM for his campaign is the lowest thing I've ever seen a person do. It's amazing that a man can make so many mistakes, seeing as how he's basically taking all of his orders from Jesus, or at least that's what he tells everyone.



He must be talking about a different Jesus, because the Jesus I know wouldn't stand for this shit for a second. He'd go off on this heathen Old Testament-style. Well, maybe not Jesus, but I know for sure that his Dad would. Bring on the locusts! We deserve nothing less.

Frankly, I don't know what I'm driving at anymore. I'm just angry, and I wish I had some way to turn it into something positive today. I can't. Nobody can. We happen to be living in a nation that's more messed up right now than it's been in a long time.

3 years ago today, the world changed, like it or not. We lost a lot of things that we had taken for granted, and had many more stolen from us. It doesn't have to be that way. Here's just a few things you can do that can make a huge difference:

1. Register to vote, for God's sake! It takes a minute, and you can do it on Yahoo.
2. Vote!
3. Look for your news and information, don't let it come to you through the television. Find it as unfiltered as you can get it. I recommend the BBC, Disinformation and Communist Dance Party.
4. Have you registered to vote yet?

The best part about 9/11 was the way that people acted towards each other for the first week. There was a unity nobody had ever seen before. It shouldn't take something horrible to get us all on the same page. I'm old enough to realize that complete unity is impossible, but it still doesn't mean you should be an ass. This is a great country. I can say whatever I want here, it can be read by a billion people, and I'm not afraid the Government will saw my hands off. We need to make sure it stays this way. It's closer to changing than you think.

People always tell me, "I don't understand Politics, so I just ignore it." You don't need to understand Politics to realize that something is seriously going wrong. Find a candidate that agrees with what you believe in, and do what you can to make sure they get into office. Simple as that. There's no more room or time to be ignorant.

As jaded as I was about it then, I can say with certainty that September 11, 2001 was one of the single worst days of my entire life.

I'm going to do something about it.

Comments:
As a person who works for a municipality and is dealing daily with voter registration, I urge you all to fill out the proper voter registration form. All of these groups that are out there "rocking the vote" and "filling out forms" are not all doing it properly and it makes it an absolute mess for us town clerks. You must have your full middle name on form, not just your middle initial and you must have your drivers license number on it. You can only use the last four digits of your social security number if you DO NOT have a valid drivers license. Also, if you have not ever voted in your municipalty, please bring a form of identification with your current address to the polls with you. If your drivers license is not updated with your current address take a current electric bill with the proper address on it. We are constanly getting incomplete forms that we end up tracking down the proper information for. Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer, but if you want to vote that is what you must do!
 
Okay, this only takes place in some areas. I registered to vote online, and Sun Prairie sent me an index card telling me I was registered, and when voting hours are. Just give a current name and address, and bring your wallet. That's all it usually takes, unless you're some sort of alien.

Thanks for the information, Towne Clerk!
 
That was a great post Ryan! Bravo! I know that I'm telling everyone around me to vote, but I don't know if that's enough. I should start putting up posters or something, or get a mega-phone (or whatever they're called) and start shouting things at people on campus.
 
Sherry, you should definitely get a megaphone and start shouting things at people on campus. That would be awesome.

*a*
 
Sherry, you bunghole, go to my page and laugh at pictures of Mr. Lange! That's far more important than these politics...haha.
 
Thanks for the kind words Sherry, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Keep getting people to register to vote, that's what I'm doing. My goal is to make this election the highest 18-25 year old voter turnout ever. It will happen, I'm sure of it. Who wins is a different story.

This is the most important election in our lifetime. It's one of the most important elections ever. The nation is split in a way we've never seen before. I love it. This is why America can be great. We are allowed to hate our leaders, or blindly follow them. It's up to us.

Keep doing what you can, and we'll make a difference, I promise.

Now go look at pictures of Mr. Lange.
 
I cannot believe I am actually going to comment on this subject; I hate politics and politicians. When you get right down to it, they are all liars and cheats. However, your words lead me to believe that you do not agree with how Georgie has handled the terrorist problem. I believe there only two ways to deal with this problem. The first would be Bush's way. Counteract these terrorists with brute force. The second would be, in my opinion, the way a particular Bush opponent would have handled it. I think this would include something such as this...I would also have retaliated against terrorism! But I would not actually have done anything rash! I thought maybe we could just wear a yellow ribbon or hold a fundraiser to make anti-terrorism posters. Jeesh, are you kidding me? Holding candles at midnight and singing Kum-ba-yah will not stop these spineless jerkoffs from attacking again; firing a SAM missile up there camel lovin' asses might. As far as the 4000 innocent people that have been killed, yes, it is a tragedy. But does that include the over 2000 that died in the World Trade Center? Does it include the 400 Marines that died in Beirut? Yes, a lot of innocent people have died, and a lot more probably will. Remember also, that our armed forces are strictly voluntary. When young men and women voluntarily enlist, they know full well that they may be put into a combat situation. It is unfortunate for GW that it came during his watch and he had to make the decision; and who came blame him for using it as a re-election platform; so would anyone else. Maybe it just makes everyone feel a little uneasy in knowing that if they were President when 9/11 happened, they would have also pulled the trigger. It is human nature to react that way. If not, we may have had several more attacks since 9/11. For all out there who are going to vote, just remember, a passive nation, is France. Is that what we want to be?
 
Sorry...previous post by Tinman.
 
As always, I respect your opinion and am glad that you keep checking out the page.

I don't like our President for a few reasons. Mainly because he stole the election, he's an agenda-based liar and he brought us to war under false principles. I am NOT, on the other hand, a peacenik.

I believe in the idea of war; but we should only go to war when it's absolutely necessary. The pretenses and reasons for our current war were completely false, and have been proven so. Iraq had nothing to do with September 11, but GWB was looking for a perfect time to start a war he had been thinking about for a decade. Now that we're in this mess, we have to get out of it. Pulling our troops and running would be a disaster. We have to stay and fight, lose more innocent lives and destroy our status in the eyes of the rest of the world.

This war was a mistake. We went after the wrong people for the wrong reasons, and we're stuck. Iraq had never attacked our country, and never planned to. I agree completely that we need to target the terrorists and make sure this never happens again, but that's not what we're doing. The private terrorist groups continue to grow while we bomb another innocent city.

John Kerry knows that we need to keep fighting, he just has a different plan to handle it. I know that if elected, Kerry would have to spend his entire term correcting mistakes and getting constant criticism about the ongoing war. I think he's crazy to fight for the role of President at this time in our nation. The unfortunate truth is that I'll vote for him solely because GWB is dangerous and doesn't deserve a second chance.

I know you're not endorsing GWB in what you said, because you don't really dig the idea of politics. (Believe me, neither do I.) I know that you're looking out for the security of our nation by making sure we take care of the sadistic bastards who changed our lives. And we should. But we're not. It sucks. We need a change, albeit a tiny one, to see if it will make a difference. It might, it might not, but we have to see.

Political discussion is ALWAYS welcome here.
 
I hope know one wants to bomb me, because I REALLY like camels.
 
You mean "no one".
 
You don't no what I meant...haha.
 

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