Of course 9/11 was a tremendously important event in our nation's history.
But our reaction to it is important as well. Such adversity can make us stronger, or it can make us weaker.
Some people seem to want to see 9/11 make us weaker. I'm not just talking about the people with a professional and political interest in making our liberties weaker. I'm talking about people who use 9/11 for the general wussification of our discourse.
Commenter Icemanchills said: “Do not like photo, and that should not require explaining. The plane in the background of the monument is insensitive and needlessly evocative of a horrible day in contemporary American history.”
I know that bullying is extremely unpopular right now, but don't you think that America is a weaker place because no one is pushing Icemanchills down, stealing his lunch money, kicking sand in his face, and generally deterring him from breeding?
A nation full of people like Icemanchills is a nation full of people who agree that we ought to censor speech that doesn't make weaklings feel welcome, safe and secure. A nation full of Icemanchills never accomplished anything, except possibly the growth of the freshwater-pearl and fainting-couch industry.
Edited to add: Is it perhaps irrationally curmudgeonly to make a point based on one comment on a paper's blog? Maybe. Curmudgeonliness makes America great. Don't make me go Google other examples, damn you. (Or, for that matter, cite the far more incendiary one I was thinking of.)
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