As most readers to this column know, I am a liberal. The column is titled “Liberal and Proud,” but I don’t like it when I perceive people have gone off the ranch.
Last week Joe Scarborough went off the ranch with an op-ed in the Washington Post. For those of you who don’t pay attention to modern culture or television, Joe Scarborough is a morning host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He was a former member of Congress from Florida for six years.
His comments the day before 9/11 are quite amazing and awful. He said: “Endless wars abroad and reckless policies at home have produced annual deficits approaching $1 trillion.”
He refers to the Iraq War as the “excesses of Bush’s military adventurism,” highlighting how the war took 5,000 American lives and led President George W. Bush’s successor, President Barack Obama, to live by the idea: “Don’t do stupid [stuff].”
He went on to say in his op-ed:
Sixteen years of strategic missteps have been followed by the maniacal moves of a man who has savaged America’s vital alliances, provided comfort to hostile foreign powers, attacked our intelligence and military communities, and lent a sympathetic ear to neo-Nazis and white supremacists across the globe. [Referring to Trump]
For those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image.
To conflate 9/11 with Donald Trump is even worse. As I have said in this column, I am not a Trumper; but 9/11 is a sacred day, and to use that day as a way to get to President Trump is unconscionable. I knew two people directly murdered on 9/11 and the brother of a friend was also murdered that day, although I did not know him.
Sept. 11 was and is a day of prayer and solitude as we pay our respects to innocents who were killed. It is not something — especially someone on television — should be using for an op-ed or to say something about Donald Trump. I am frankly horrified that the “Morning Joe” host would write this.
I didn’t like the war in Iraq either, and President George W. Bush was very misguided when he began the war and used 9/11 as the excuse. That was not right then, and it certainly has not stood the test of time. Sept. 11 is a sacred day to all Americans and to many people around the world. It was a person-made disaster. Unlike a hurricane or bad storm, it was the result of evil actions.
No television host or president should have anything negative to say about that day that meant so much to many of us. Lives were ended that should not have. One person I knew who died was “nice guy Dan,” who graduated with an MBA from Georgetown just a few months before. He may or may not have liked President Trump, but he would never have approved of anyone — let alone a former congressman and now TV commentator in the form of Joe Scarborough — using that day to make a point about President Trump and the Iraq war. It is simply not appropriate.
It is important to honor the lives that were sacrificed on Sept. 11.