Paul Krugman is Not Allowing Comments

For what he calls obvious reasons.

I keep hoping that the Times will issue a note that their site has been hacked.  I hope because I saw a typo, a Te for a The, that the whole thing is a scam to yank the chains of Red State America, a prank by some lowlife who will use a Columnist with a history of being liberal, to promote an agenda that is hatefully so. 

But so far, it is a benefit of the doubt that I have a hard time extending.  This is the New York Times after all, and even if it was a prank, there is the possibility that the tenor and sentiment expressed is not disagreed with, that those with the power to pull such a piece, do not find the entire piece disagreeable.  After all, he called President George W. Bush a fake hero and declare that the neo-cons wanted to fight an unrelated war that September 11th gave opportunity to begin. That’s classic NYT boiler plate.

The spaghetti slam of others without names, “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?” and the demand that we agree that this day is now a day of shame followed by the duck and cover of not allowing comments make me wonder what he actually believes happened on that sunny Tuesday that became so other than the morning had promised. 

By contrast, President Bush spoke yesterday at Shanksville. (I guess Krugman thinks he was cashing in by being there). He said, “One of the lessons of 9-11 is that evil is real and so is courage.”  That for me is the take away knowledge from that day, the reality that must be kept in our hearts along with the names and stories of those lost.

Mayor Guiliani and President Bush both acted as leaders on that day, whatever the avant guards of fashionable thought in Hollywood or New York might think or have come to think afterwards.  Krugman also throws in Bernie Kerik into the mix as as one of those who made September 11th about them.   What any of these three men did beyond September 11th, good, bad and otherwise, does not change what they did On September 11th, which was brave, hard and good.  

Maybe Krugman needs to get out of the city a bit more often, but most recognize September 11th was not about these three men, not even close.  I would submit that even most New York Times reading New Yorkers know that as well. 

Looking at the nation, Red, Blue or otherwise, the people on the streets, in the parades and even on the televison don’t seem to be politicizing September 11th.  They seem to be recalling the events of that day, not packing it with politics that came afterwards.

Most of us remember the day for what it was, and not as Krugman demands that we acknowledge. There is no shame, no atrocity in recalling that day, whatever mistakes, human, political, personal, public, nationally and internationally that may or may not have followed.    

As for falseness and phoniness, Paul Krugman may consider himself courageous for posting this piece but I don’t.  Throwing that emotional molotov cocktail of trash out onto the internet and running off to congratulate himself, he may feel secure because no one can talk back.  Most people call such tactics those of a coward and a bully.  On the internet, it is the standard operating procedure of a troll.  

Krugman may well consider September 11, 2011 a day of shame, when the conscience of a Liberal at least in his case, was shown to be so very small.  He has used the date to batter his readers who cannot respond because of his choices, to advance a rage that has nothing to do with the celebrations and memorials of the day. 

But I will give him one point.  He claims the events are subdued.  He’s correct in that, no First Responders or Clergy that might remind us of the reality of that day,(rather than the ideological wars that have begun since then), were invited.  If he is complaining about no “real heroes,” perhaps he should stop looking across the political aisle and offer up some food for thought to the powers that be that organized the Ground Zero event.  Perhaps he should save some of that vitriol for those trying to use today’s services to advance their future career, (Hello Bloomberg?) rather than politicians that are not currently in charge, much less proclaiming themselves heroes of September 11th.

For the rest of us, September 11, 2011 is a time to remember September 11, 2001.  Ten years or twenty years, fourty or 100, September 11th, 2001 was a day America was attacked, 2,819 people were killed and all of us became linked by the pain, the reality, the scars of that day.  It is a day we set aside to remember those that died fighting those who plan such things as September 11th, and those who died because of those who planned September 11th.  

If Krugman truely wants to honor those hurt by September 11th, perhaps he should practice in his own life, what he has demanded of his readers of this column, and in the future, Not allow himself to comment for obvious reasons.