What's Your Opinion on the GOP Convention "Tribute" to 9/11?

@anniepa (27238)
United States
September 15, 2008 12:25am CST
Now that some time has passed and you've had a chance to think about it, what did you really think about the 9/11 tribute, complete with bodies falling from the Twin Towers, at the GOP Convention last week? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5KkFvGsgQk You can even watch it again to refresh your memory, but in case you hadn't seen it during the RNC Convention telecast I should warn you that some images may be quite disturbing. Immediately after this "tribute", which in my opinion was more of what I've come to expect from the GOP and that's playing the fear card, Keith Olbermann apologized for his network for airing it, correctly noting (again, in my opinion) that this was done during the "family hour" when young children were likely watching. Keith gave one of his "Special Comments" a few days later on this same subject and while I'm well aware that most of the conservatives here aren't particular fans of Olbermann I sure couldn't find fault with what he had to say about this! Now it's our turn - what did YOU think? I hope to hear from people from both parties and from both sides of the political aisle. Do you believe this was appropriate or very offensive and cruel to family members of victims on that horrible day seven years ago? Annie
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
15 Sep 08
I have to be honest annie, I am on the fence. I rreally am. On one hand, we have horriffic images of that day on our screens. The apparent shock value of it all. And on the other, you have a convention with the theme "country first". I don't think anythng personifies that than the way people came together hat day, no matter what side you were on in the political spectrum. We are left only with being able to assume whether or not there were motives to the showing other than that. We are left only to come to the conclusion either way using what ever we in our own hearts want to believe. I would very much like to believe that someone would be loathed to use that day for political gain or personal furthering, especialy someone who's near entire life has been in the service of this country, any more than I want to believe Obama, a man who as well seems to be genuine in his love for this country and desire to serve it, would use the assasination of Martin Luthor king or the riots and violence in the south or racial lynchings to further his. As to whether or not they should have showed it, I am really at a moral delema.
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@theonow (126)
• United States
15 Sep 08
To be honest my jaw dropped when the RNC played that video. Once again the work of fear mongering was put into use. There are so many fears in this world that no one should ignore. Fear of a dying economy with the fear of losing your home. Fear of devastation brought by these terrible storms. Fear of impending wars with powers like Russia and China. People want to mock "hope." Hope is the only thing getting some people through the day. I am an Obama Supporter and the funniest thing that they mocked him for was being a "community organizer." To tell you the truth, why not have a community organizer organize this great community known as The United States of America.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
16 Sep 08
Excellent response and excellent idea about having a community organize organize our national community, which really is what it is, after all. I also couldn't agree more about "hope" being the only thing keeping some people going. I'll take hope over fear any day. Annie
@liscampll (124)
• United States
15 Sep 08
I agree with Keith Olbermann. I'm also thankful my son was already in bed that day. I visited ground zero less than 4 weeks after the attack and it's something I will never forget. The patriotism we all felt will never be forgotten. I don't need bodies falling to remind me. They could have chosen a tasteful way to honor those who lost their lives that day. They could choose to offer aid to the rescue workers who are now sick and dying and not able to get healthcare. This whole thing makes me sick. It's typical Republican scare tactics and proof once again that they feel they can't win this election on issues. I agree completely that if McCain can capture Bin Laden, he had better do it! If he can't why say it? Although, the Bush administration is now saying it wasn't Bin Laden after all and the real mastermind behind 9/11 has already been caught. Yeah, right.
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@evanslf (485)
15 Sep 08
Well the Republicans want to focus on terrorism as they believe that is their strong suit. So anything that reminds people of 9/11 they want us to focus on. What they don't want us to focus on is Iraq, Bush, Cheney and the economy. Because if the election focuses on these issues, they lose.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
15 Sep 08
I'm glad you told me that was a tribute to 9/11 I thought when it was played it was just used as fear to play the American people. I don't really know if it was offensive to the families and victims of 9/11 since I didn't personally know any of them but, do you think that the victims and families were thought of when this video was put together. Do you think that there are many on the side that lends to the right that think of things as being offensive? I don't think that there are many and the ones that do have respect do not appear to be in active politics I mean look at the Obama waffles, that is really offensive in many different ways. I think that the television stations should have not shown that but, thankfully my children were in bed that night. My son had a lot of issues after 9/11 and was so afraid of everything.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
16 Sep 08
That's how I feel too about my grandkids. They're 11 and 13 now so they're not "little" by any means but they're very sensitive and while they would probably seem to handle seeing something like that well enough I have no doubt it would be quite disturbing to them. When it happened they were 4 and 6 and they also had a lot of issues and were very afraid of everything. Annie