On May 2, 2011 the country learned that Osama Bin Laden was dead. The next day I went to work at my office in NYC, just like any other day. A few of us began discussing the news. I felt like celebrating the death of a monster and began to talk excitedly. A coworker within earshot leaned in to squash any excitement over his death, condemning it as indecent and disgusting.
Today, at work, I learned that Andrew Breitbart had died. As I looked around the office, I was surprised to see some gleeful looks on the faces of coworkers as they heard the news and spread it. It was then that I began to realize how much Breitbart was reviled.
Have we come to the point in this country where we demand respect toward a sworn enemy and murderer while smugly celebrating the death of an American who has committed no crime?
Might Mr. Wilders have a point?
One need only look as far as Newsweek’s own homepage. Further down the page is an article covering Iran, an openly anti-Western Islamic state, as it prepares to arm itself with nuclear weapons in defiance of world opinion. Another article chronicles Muslims slaughtering Christians in Nigeria.
We might be tempted to infer from the prominence of the Geert Wilders article relative to the other two that Mr. Wilders has been found guilty of some horrific act. And while author Christopher Dickey struggles valiantly to paint a gruesome scene, the truth is Geert hasn’t done anything actually violent.
Our own sense of proportion compels us to suggest some alternate marquee titles to Newsweek: “Ahmadinejad Must Stop” and “The Butchers of Nigeria Must Stop”.
Apparently being a Liberal isn’t enough anymore. According to Bill Maher, this country needs a whole new point of view, one modeled after none other than the NFL. In this rant, Maher sings the praises of the NFL’s “socialist” policies. We’d like to remind Bill that the NFL is a corporation forged in the cauldron of the world’s largest economy, and a free market one at that. Also, we’d like to suggest that Bill test the merit of socialist economic policies in a few other places before closing the book for good. For starters there’s Greece, Italy, Spain, Cuba, the former USSR…
Boston radio host Michael Graham reports that a staff member at Suffolk Law School sent out an email soliciting donations to send care packages to deployed soldiers, including one student from the law school who is currently in Afghanistan. A professor named Michael Avery sent this response:
I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings. I understand that there is a residual sympathy for service members, perhaps engendered by support for troops in World War II, or perhaps from when there was a draft and people with few resources to resist were involuntarily sent to battle. That sympathy is not particularly rational in today’s world, however.