Scott on September 12, 2011 at 9:33 am
This is Paul Krugman. You may or may not know who he is. If you read this blog, you should have passing familiarity with Mr K, as John frequently takes him to task for the times Mr K talks out of his other end. Yesterday, on the anniversary of 9/11, Mr Krugman put up a post on his blog titled “The Years of Shame.” In it he writes:
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons….The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
For the record, I love it when people like Krugman decide they can read the minds of conservatives and/or know what those conservatives think/know/believe. And I enjoy it even more when someone (anyone, actually) claims to know the heart of the nation. I guess in Krugman’s world, he is God.
I think in many ways the days, weeks, months and years after 9/11 were unifying…and in some ways they weren’t. And the reason why they weren’t as unifying as they could be wasn’t a conservative thing, or a liberal thing. The reasons were a people thing. BOTH sides have tried to highjack the atrocity of 9/11 over the years. Both sides tried to exploit the tragedy, and as time has gone by the sad events of that day have been easier to exploit…again, by BOTH sides. I think that’s called “politics.” It frustrates me and makes me sick at times…but that’s the nature of the game of politics…a game that Krugman himself plays quite regularly.
His characterization of various people as “fake heroes” was interesting in that he doesn’t establish what these people did that was fake, nor does he establish what they did to “cash in on the horror,” but most of all, he doesn’t ever explain what “real heroes” would have done in the place of Bush, Giuliani, et al. What did these guys NOT do that Krugman thinks they should have in the days, weeks and months after 9/11? What would “real heroes” have done (in Krugman’s world)?
I titled this post “The Face of a Coward” for a reason. The reason: Mr Krugman decided that for this post on his blog he would not allow comments. In fact, he ends his post by saying, “I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.”
What are those obvious reasons, Paul? That you took several unfounded, ridiculous, snarky cheap shots on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and now you don’t want to take the heat for your words?
I looked back over Krugman’s blog posts going back six months and couldn’t find one other post where he disallowed comments.
Interesting that this single post is when he decides to try out that method of communication. He’s like a spoiled little kid who shouts out mean things at others and then plugs his ears and begins to repeat, “I’m not listening to you. I’m not listening to you. I can’t hear you. I’m not listening to you. Blah, blah, blah, blah.”
I’m rubber and you’re glue…
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