OK, the obligatory post about 9/11: The Kid called as I watched, live, the second plane hit the Trade Center building. Here's what I said:
Now, that was not meant to show disrespect for the dead & dying in those buildings, but was just a true assessment of my feelings about consequences for the actions of the USA. It had nothing to do with America deserving the attack. it was just a realization that we, as a country, have a lot to atone for & since we're not particularly good at atoning, things like the destruction of the buildings & the deaths of over 2,000 people ought to surprise no one. Since that day, we have seen a great decline in the "greatness" of our country. Our individual liberties have been greatly curtailed, our communications have been compromised, our belief in ourselves as a moral good have been proven false (rendition, torture, Guantanamo), it's not much fun being an American these days, or being a parent or teacher.