September 11, 2007 Patriotism on "Patriot Day"
Tue Sep 11, 2007 15:04

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Subject: [Green-Dog] Patriotism on "Patriot Day"
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 15:44:05 -0400
From: Edward Pickersgill

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September 11, 2007 Patriotism on "Patriot Day"

Hello from the Green Dog --

Did you know that September 11, in addition to being the anniversary of the infamous 9/11 al-Queda terrorist attacks on the United States, is "Patriot Day"?

Yep. By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001, Congress designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day." This occurred, of course, during the time of intense national -- even international -- emotions and flag-waving following the 9/11 tragedy.

Actually, it would seem that several important anniversaries in the history of the United States might better have been designated "Patriot Day" -- for instance, January 2 (1776 date that the first Revolutionary flag was displayed) -- February 4 (1783 date of King George III issuing the Proclamation of Cessation of Hostilities, ending British resistance to the Revolution -- March 23 (1775 date of Patrick Henry's "give me liberty" speech -- June 6 (1945 date of the Normandy invasion in World War Two) -- June 22 (1944 date that the World War Two GI Bill was signed into law) -- September 3 (date in 1783 that the Treaty of Paris was signed, formally ending the Revolutionary War).

On September 4, 2007 George W. Bush again formally proclaimed September 11 as Patriot Day, issuing a written proclamation to that effect. [1] It was his fourth proclamation in recognition of "Patriot Day." None was made in 2004, accidentally or purposely overlooked in the midst of Bush's reelection campaign. During September of that year presidential proclamations were made, however, recognizing such worthy endeavors as "Minority Enterprise Development Week" -- "National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month" -- and "National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month." Patriotism was left out.

Bush's first proclamation on the first observance of Patriot Day in 2002 was itself patriotic without being jingoistic or nationalistic or militaristic. [2] Subsequent proclamations -- all after the Bush administration ordered the invasion and occupation of Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11 [3-5] -- have language that crosses over from pretty much pure patriotism, as this from the 2007 proclamation: "After the attacks on 9/11, America resolved that we would go on the offense against our enemies, and we would not distinguish between the terrorists and those who harbor and support them."

A cynic might observe that Bush's "Patriot Day" proclamations since the start of his Iraq adventure have been designed to elicit support for and to justify that adventure, suggesting that the invasion and occupation themselves are patriotic actions and that support of them is patriotic, opposition unpatriotic. Opposition has actually been termed unpatriotic by Bush, members of his administration, and right-wing followers in Congress and the media, such as Pills Limbaugh, Bully O'Reilly, Anus Coulter, and Shame Hannity.

"Patriot Day" seems a good time to take a brief look at patriotism, so that's what this Green Dog does. There's good food for thought in the commentaries -- most are not new, but then neither is patriotism -- that follow. And there's good dessert in the postscript. Don't miss it.


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