I know it probably is a few days too late for the anniversary of the 9/11 incident, but it’s not everyday that I suddenly jump to a commentary that just blew my mind away. Now I might not be an American, I don’t care for politics and I can’t care about things I can’t change in the rest of the world, but what Keith Olbermann said to mark the 5 year anniversary of 9/11 sent shivers down my spine. Here are some of my favourite lines from the commentary.
History teaches us that nearly unanimous support of a government cannot be taken away from that government by its critics. It can only be squandered by those who use it not to heal a nation’s wounds, but to take political advantage.
The polite phrase for how so many of us were duped into supporting a war, on the false premise that it had ‘something to do’ with 9/11 is “lying by implication.”
The impolite phrase is “impeachable offense.”
How dare you, Mr. President, after taking cynical advantage of the unanimity and love, and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death, after monstrously transforming it into fear and suspicion and turning that fear into the campaign slogan of three elections? How dare you — or those around you — ever “spin” 9/11?
Though reading the transcripts of the commentary is mind blowing enough, if you got 8 minutes to spare, I would suggest you take the time to watch the commentary because that’s the part that sent the shivers down my spine. I’ve always seen words, whether in writing or something you mouth as an instrument in which the world can change and I believe that because I have seen that happen before me. People say I have a way with words, I just think that Olbermann takes it to a whole new level I don’t think I’ll ever reach.
The eloquency in which Keith expresses his disappointment, frustration and anger towards the governing regime that probably has betrayed every American that first put their faith in it is intense and powerful. If I could write as well as that, if I could express myself as deeply as that, I would think I would be a completely different person altogether.
Either way, whether you care for the incidents of 9/11 or not, you should at least give Olbermann’s commentary a view. If not as a person with some humanity left, but as a blogger who wants to know just what good really is. Because at the end of it, words do have the power to change the world, and we all do have that gift…we just have to find a way to put it all together, and maybe one day we could be half as good as people like Keith Olbermann.