Whose Fault?

Filed under:9/11,Jerks,Television — posted by Anwyn on December 28, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

Allah got a Christmas wish answered when The View re-aired James Brolin coming thiiis close to espousing truthernut conspiracies. To me, the link is less important for that than for this quote of Brolin’s:

We were Americans. Now we’re split and arguing. So whose fault is that, and what’s going wrong, and think about the issues.

The main trouble with people like Brolin, and it gives rise to their willingness to swallow crap like 9/11 truthernut salad, is that they know absolutely no history and nothing whatsoever about human nature. Splits and arguments among Americans, nasty ones about heavy, anguishing issues, date right back to 1776 and the argument over whether we should even become Americans or not.

This is not new. It is not new to our era. There is vicious infighting over every major issue that comes our way, and we are pushed to the point of being “all Americans” only when the evil of the day and its danger to us are so clearly delineated that even the doviest among us can clearly see the choice between fighting and being subjugated, as in WWII, presumably the start date of that elusive “we were Americans” period Brolin burbled about. It’s all well and good to say now that Britain had no right to rule us and the Revolution was correct even at the price, but it wasn’t so clear at the time. Ditto the preservation of the Union, 1861-1865, ditto the 1930s run-up to WWII. Evils are frequently not so clearly delineated as Hitler was eventually revealed to be. People of Brolin’s ilk would apparently prefer that nothing controversial were done until a few millions had been shoveled into furnaces so that they would not have to whine about splits and arguments at home. Or they would rather find the evil at home, spreading the monstrous idea that the freely elected president of a modern republic killed 3K of his own citizens, than believe that either saving or stopping anybody outside our borders could be worth those 3K lives twice over.

It’s your fault, Brolin. It’s your fault for lacking even basic realism, any common decency, or a smidge more than the “little learning” that we’ve always been warned is so dangerous. Pick up a book like Modern Times or John Adams and then tell me whose fault it is. You prig.

Cross-posted at Electric Venom.


  1. Remember the days back when we all got along and thought exactly the same things as Americans? No? Remember when we used to walk three miles in the snow (uphill both ways) to school and we liked it? Remember? No one told a lie. Food tasted better. The moon was fuller. Remember?

    Ah, good times…

    Now get off of my lawn!

    Comment by Allen — December 28, 2006 @ 7:24 pm

  2. Hey, cut the guy some slack. Born and raised in the LA area, theater major in college. If that ain’t enough to render you a drooling moron I don’t know what is ;->

    Comment by Purple Avenger — December 31, 2006 @ 3:18 am

  3. Well, there is that, Avenger. :)

    Comment by Anwyn — December 31, 2006 @ 11:12 am

  4. A couple years ago I read a fairly long political history of first 12 years after the Constitution (The Age of Federalism).

    The way that Jefferson and friends slandered Washington and his administration was worse than the hate the moonbats spew today about George W. Bush. A real eye-opener that I recommend if early US history interests you.

    Comment by LagunaDave — December 31, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

  5. It does, more and more. Thanks for the recommendation, LagunaDave. Those authors might also be useful to me in one of my other areas of interest–the Civil War.

    Comment by Anwyn — December 31, 2006 @ 5:10 pm

  6. Happy New Year Anwyn! Drop an e-mail note and we’ll chat about flying or anything exciting for 2007 or in general…Best regards, Entelechy

    Comment by Entelechy — January 1, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

  7. Hey Entelechy, glad to see you here. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Anwyn — January 2, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

  8. anwyn, can you pick up my e-mail address from these posts and drop a note? I don’t know how to reach you, except by posting here, and I don’t want to bore everyone about flying…Regards, E

    Comment by Entelechy — January 4, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

  9. Heh. Will do, Entelechy–I’ve just been snowed under with holiday stuff.

    Comment by Anwyn — January 5, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

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