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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I still want my country back

Seven years ago, the big cities of New York and Washington were under attack and the nation rallied to the cause.

Today, those same cities and values are under assault from a different direction, mocked as somehow un-American locations that fail to share in the values of the Republican Party whose leader has lived Washington's most prominent address all that time.

American history is littered with demagogues who have used people and symbols to attack and denigrate: Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy; President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew; Vice President Richard Cheney among the most prominent of the last 50-plus years.

You may notice a trend here -- one of political party.

Now we have the latest assault, from a war hero and a politically ambitious small town mayor. Truth has been cast to the wind for partisan gain.

We heard this last when the current occupant of the White House (born in a Connecticut suburb of New York but fancying himself a small town cowboy) promised to be a "uniter not a divider," then used the attack on the nation's largest city as an opportunity to do just the opposite.

These fear and smear tactics, this sneering at the supposed lack of values, has been at the heart of the divisions that equate flag pins with patriotism, rigid and specific religious beliefs with morality.

At its root, it uses the cynicism of destroying one person's reputation and life story in an effort to win political office.

I went back and looked at what I wrote three years ago today. I'm saddened how little has changed.

I still want my country back.

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Blogger dan bosley said...

It becomes embarrassing when a newly naturalized citizen has to remind citizens that they need to vote in order to shape their country.

September 11, 2008 7:14 PM  

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