Thursday, May 22, 2008

A “book learnin’” vs. Common Sense Look at Just One 9/11 Incident

(Originally published at OpEdNews)

I know you’ve all heard it before, mostly from conservatives.

“Yeah, he or she got lots of book learnin’, but they don’t got no common sense. Why in the hell would the American government kill its own people?

Besides, what do we look like? Cambodia under Pol Pot? North Korea under Kim Jong Il? Germany under Hitler? China under Mao Tse-Tung?

No, boy, you’re way out there with your tin hat. This here is the good ole US of A and we’re a free country and we elect our leaders and there ain’t no way that we’re gonna elect a crazy person that would do somethin’ really mean like kill his own people.

I mean you’re nuts, son. Like I says, this here is a free country and if you want it to stay that way, you better stop sayin’ such unpatriotic stuff!

The worse things our presidents do is have sex there in that there White House and, of course, wouldn’t ya know it was a liberl that done that.”

“Book learnin’ vs. common sense.” If I had a bucket of vomit for every time I heard that ridiculous phrase, my house would reek.

However, we can “appease” those who want to look at, say, what happened on 9/11 from a common sense point of view.

The first thing that has to happen is for those who say that, this being the “good ole US of A”, it couldn’t happen here to somehow let go of their emotional jingoism long enough to read with an open mind what I’m about to write. That, in itself, could present a problem. But let’s say that they’re able to do it.

Secondly, those who entertain the possibility of an alternative explanation which does not agree with the official explanation have got to put aside any emotional feelings towards George Bush, Dick Cheney and the rest of The Bush Administration. No preconceived love for country or hate of its leaders must enter into it.

I’m not going to rewrite Griffin’s books here and give each and every example which, in the light of common sense, might help people to look at what happened on 9/11 in a manner which differs from the way they look at it now.

In fact, I’m going to give only one example. My example doesn’t prove that 9/11 was an inside job. What my example should do, looked at in the light of common sense, is to help those who believe that “the good old US of A” could never be lead by people who would harm American citizens think twice about that.

The President Of The United States is getting ready to enter a second grade classroom in Florida. His plans are to use the progress of the students in that classroom to prove that one of his programs, “No Child Left Behind”, is working perfectly.

While standing outside the classroom, waiting to enter, George W. Bush looks at a television which happens to be on and in his line of sight and sees the first plane crash into The World Trade Center.

I know, I know, you that have done any research at all know that this is impossible since no one saw the first plane crash into the World Trade Center as it happened. The video of that sight wasn’t released until much later.

But, you know what I’m going to do? I’m going, for the sake of my common sense argument, to pretend that somehow, as President Of The United States Of America, George W. Bush has so many surveillance cameras throughout the nation that he actually did see what he said he saw. I’m trying to be as fair as possible here.

OK. The President Of The United States Of America sees one of the largest commercial jetliners in service crash into one of the most important buildings in the world. In fact, the building is part of what we call The World Trade CENTER.

Add to that the fact that this happens in New York City, one of the most populous cities in the United States Of America.

Here’s how The President Of The United States Of America responds to what he sees:

“I saw an airplane hit the tower – the TV was obviously on – and I used to fly myself and I said, ‘Well, there’s one terrible pilot and, uh, well it must have been a horrible accident.’”

“I saw an airplane hit the tower?”

“…it must have been a horrible accident?”

Let’s pretend that no other airliner hit any other building on that day. The only thing that happened, and The President Of The United States Of America saw it live, was that one huge airliner hit an extremely important building in an extremely populous and important city in The United States Of America and all he can do is to make the casual remarks shown above.

Not only does he make remarks that are casual, but he proceeds with his original plan to go into the classroom to sell his program!

I don’t know how anyone else describes “common sense”, but this is what my common sense tells me.

One huge airliner crashes into The World Trade Center and The President knows about it because he sees it happen in real time. At the very least, any president who I would be proud to refer to as my president says, “My God. One hell of a lot of Americans must have been injured and maybe many may have been killed!

And The World Trade Center is where a good deal of “world trade” takes place. What kind of consequences could this “horrible accident” have on world economic systems, especially the American economy?

Oh, I just realized that, when I projected that many Americans might have been seriously injured or might have died, I discounted the fact that this took place in New York City. Oh my God, that means that the number of Americans that may have been injured or killed is possibly even larger than what I first calculated!

I’m sorry fellas, we gotta get outta here. I gotta speak to Mineta (Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta) and Garvey (Federal Aviation Administrator Jane Garvey)! This is horrible! How could this have happened? Get me to Air Force One ASAP!”

Secret Service Agent to second grade teacher: “Ma’am, I’m afraid The President’s got some serious business to take care of. We’ll reschedule this event, though, don’t you worry about that.”

And off he goes to find out more about this “horrible accident” as soon as he can.

Quite possibly, the “common sense” of some people may still not lead them to believe that The President Of The United States Of America should have reacted this way to such a “horrible accident” involving so many Americans, such an important structure and such a populous and important city. Maybe I only think that it’s common sense because of all my “liberl, unpatriotic ‘book learnin’”. But I’m thinking, “Nah, it’s common sense.”

As I implied in the beginning of this article, I think we can go through Griffin’s books and books and videos written and produced by others and find many, many, many more instances of just plain common sense explanations for what happened on 9/11.

However, I don’t think the “my country right or wrong and, damn it, it’s never wrong” people removed their hubristic armor long enough to even look at this one, single case with an open mind.

To friendship,

“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.” - Leo Rosten

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