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    I’m glad Krugman gave voice to it on this day

    I’m glad Krugman gave voice to it on this day

    Paul Krugman has a shameful column today, shameful even by Krugman standards.

    Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

    Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.

    What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

    A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

    The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it…

    Of course, if the commemorations were not “subdued” Krugman would be saying the same thing, except using the “oddly not subdued” commemorations as proof.  It doesn’t matter what the facts are, it’s Krugman’s world view in which conservatives and Republican always are the culprits, which is the problem.  Tellingly, the last sentence in Krugman’s post is “I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.”

    Don’t think this is just Krugman.  It’s the way they really feel about 9/11, as expressed in this post by a blogger I quoted over a year ago, 9/11 Was “Right-Wing Christmas”:

    Really, Mr. President, don’t you know that right-wingers love 9/11, and hold it sacred? It’s their favorite day of the year, their favorite day in living history; every year, 9/11 fills them with the unsurpassable bliss of self-righteousness. It’s a day that provided so many grievance points to them (and, as far as they’re concerned, to them alone, although those of us who, y’know, lived where the attacks took place might beg to differ) that they know they can’t possibly ever run out.

    Right-wingers love 9/11 because it’s a day when they felt they became extraordinarily virtuous just for slathering their homes with flags, their vehicles with “Terrorist Hunting License” bumper stickers, their homepages with sentimental video of property destruction in a city they otherwise despise. They use 9/11 to justify hatred of Muslims, liberals — even Mexicans.

    That’s how they feel, so in a sense I’m glad Krugman gave voice to it on this day.  They can’t stand the fact that the attacks on 9/11 proved that their world view was wrong, and every mention of 9/11 is like a thorn in their political sides.

    Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue to remember 9/11 in an “oddly subdued” manner.


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    BannedbytheGuardian | September 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    in early 2008 I read a vicious article on Hillary Clinton in the NYT. The overwhelming ferocity of the 1100 (they stopped them then ) comments led me to never read that thing again & never want to go to where those horrible people went or ever sight their opinions.

    But Krugman followed me everywhere . On a “Big Ideas’ forum he declared that MaoTse did a great thing in the cultural revolution by (along with a few mistakes ) destroyed the traditional society & thus allowed China of today to emerge. . It was not his idea but that of fellow debator & Krugman then indulgently proceeded to write this down whilst still on stage & on camera.

    I believe Krugman is more of a nihilist who wants to scorch America & israel of values & practices he finds old fashioned , more dangerous than just useless, & restrictions on a new & better society.

    All from the pulpit of his wife’s inherited money & Maryland mansion .

    In Jewish history how common is the Trojan horse analogy? He reminds me of a moneyed privileged Trotskyite . The Russians have a complex view of Jews but one which understands this & is the bases of the alternate programs./we love you thing.

    […] (Will “te atrocity” become a lasting Krugman meme?) Anyway, don’t be angry. Just be glad Krugman illustrated exactly what lies behind the have-you-no-decency schtick he sometimes affects. […]

    Right-wingers love 9/11 because it’s a day when they felt they became extraordinarily virtuous just for slathering their homes with flags[.]

    The thing liberals hate the most is political dissent. The second thing they hate the most is the American flag.

    What perplexes me is why the NY Times continues to support points of view like Krugman’s? Are they doing it because they are duty-bound to give the leftist (mentally disturbed?) mindset a platform on which they can be viewed by all? Purely from an economics point of view, I would think the business side of the house would for purposes of survival want him out the door: I canceled my Times subscription back in 1991 but there must be many more current subscribers that wonder why they are supporting the paper. Maybe this is one of the “obvious reasons” why Krugman disallowed comments on his blog post: he doesn’t want his employer to know how clueless he and his paper come across to us folks out here in America!

    Krugman is an old-fashioned Soviet commissar whose writing and “thinking,” if you can call it that, is hopelessly stained with hypocrisy and self-serving special pleading for his one and only interest in life—the advancement of a third-rate economic nag and pseudo-pundit to become a first-class pain in the tush. His so-called Nobel in economics was as well-earned as that of O’Bozo and, before that Yasser Arafat. were for advancing peace.

    The Upper West Side neighborhood where he is popular represents the values of true Americans as much as those “habitants” of the 16th Arrondissement in Paris. He loves Paris and France because, like himself, it is hopelessly overrated and siuperficial.

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