The seriousness of what I am about to say cannot be over emphasized. The commemoration of the tragedy of 911 is akin to an American “Good Friday.” It may be “good,” good times and good politics, but don’t forget it is also like a time for mourning.
This emerging national political holiday is a time to gather with family and friends. It is a time to remember. And never forget. It is not because we want to commemorate the hijackers, but rather the evil they accomplished and how it changed everything. But while we’re at it, it is a wonderful time for Midstream women to demonstrate their organizational and social skills to accomplish our political goals.
I’m quite certain that the 911 holiday will gradually develop its own cultural traditions. Christmas has its tree and presents, Easter has its eggs, and Halloween its costumes and debauchery; and 911 will, of course, do the same even before it is officially recognized and adds a postal and bank “day off” to our calendar. So we suggest some things here, observances and items of decor that may become traditions for your family and circle of influence or even for all of us. A good political hostess will, through all her preparations, remember the whole point of the holiday. Try some of these accessories and configurations see what works for you.
Of course, 911, as a tragedy, was a day on which a lot of people died and that can present a very real challenge for festive decor. You want guests to have a good time, of course, and be in the mood to talk and drink a lot, and eventually end with moistened eyes, but not too soon and there shouldn’t be any intense grief prematurely. Everything must be done tastefully.
I like to wake in the wee hours of the morning on 9/11 each year and quickly turn on Fox to get video of the most recent violence. It could be Egypt or Libya or Gaza or any hotspot, even replays of old “Twin Towers” tapes, but if it’s non-violent news I turn the channel til I get deaths. I’ll even settle for a natural disaster. It gets the old juices flowing for the day.
Every year we decorate the house with scale model emergency vehicles like the ones driven by the heroic men and women who gave their lives offering fire and police and medical help and, of course, news coverage to the victims of 911. All the vehicles we display have “Dial 911” prominently displayed on the side. It’s subtle but effective. It is almost eerie how the date of the tragedy was already emblazoned on the vehicles that answered the call to duty. They are a mild memoir of metropolitan mayhem. There are many commemorative models available. A little “googling” will turn up a veritable motor pool of 911 vehicles.
I put up a little “emergency village” on the mantel with a police and fire station on both sides of a scale model “city hall” to honor Rudy Giuliani. Rudy is one of my prize decorations and each year it is a new challenge to decide where in the house his presence will be the center of a “shrine.” There are lots of Rudy dolls and action figures so be sure to use one that has him dressed as a male.
One of my other cherished items, each year, is the coffee table ground zero, where an adorable George Bush action figure climbs onto my exact-scale model twin towers wreckage to deliver a speech promising retaliation. It’s just as inspiring every time!
Once your guests have dined and had a few drinks in an atmosphere of remembrance, the stage will be set for your real 911 event. It can be done with film or either a sound recording or a reading with suitable visuals, but it does NOT require great skill. If you have a “Twin Tower Tree” set up, now would be the time to gather around it. Turn on the simulated jet fuel fires if your Towers are so equipped.
You must simply take them back to that day in New York and begin by evoking the horror of the event, how we were all awakened by the planes hitting the towers and the shock to everyone. Then our amazement as the buildings simply and inexplicably collapsed, remember? If you have those new, collapsible towers, now’s the time to push the button. Then talk about the grief of the children for the lost parents, the families forever separated, the temporary financial sector job losses. Your guests will be in tears. Give them a moment to recover.
Then on to describe the villains. No one cares what their names were! It was Muslims! Arab, Middle Eastern Muslims! And they are all guilty! They all cheered! They all hate us! They want us to feel terror. They want to kill us all. We have to kill them first! It does not matter that more children die from abortions every day than have died by terrorism in America in the last ten years. Those were unwanted people! Those babies were so worthless their mothers threw them away! The 9/11 dead were important people. These were New Yorkers! In a matter of no more than three minutes you can create enough anger and hatred to fuel the war. Anyone who wants to stop the war has FORGOTTEN 9/11! When will the murder of 3,000 innocent family members be acceptable? NEVER! When will the war end? NEVER!
You’ll be amazed at how easy this is. Your guests will literally compete to be the most aggressive advocates of retributive, even peremptory war (that is war against people that have never done anything against us but might). They’ll talk about leveling the Middle East, about nuking every nation except Israel, killing everyone.
Now, you and I both know that seriously hunting down and killing every Muslim in the world would make the Holocaust seem like a picnic. But no one’s actually going to do that. What you will have actually just facilitated is jobs. Jobs in government for patronage party people like you and me. In virtual perpetuity. Your guests and all those they influence will pay any amount of money to avenge the innocent, will give up any amount of privacy to secure their travel and venues, and will sacrifice any liberty to purge society of Islamist Terrorists. And the power that flows from that to you and me in government has already been a literal wellspring. We have a virtual blank check. This is trillions and trillions of dollars. The 9/11 ritual is more than a remembrance, more than a celebration. It is the ongoing incantation of power in the hands of government. I can feel my temperature rising.
Think of it when we get the Presidency back from Obama! We’ll be like little gods wielding dictatorial power. Those who oppose us are appeasers! “Cut taxes? Cut spending? You must be working for Al Queada, you little weasel!”
LOL! ROTFL!Doris Grupa is Executive Director of Midstream Republicans of Washington