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I’m all for memorializing this very important moment in our history, but the following scenario smells an awful lot like propaganda. I’m going to need some more information, but here are some thoughts after reading a story from The Age.

First off, the announcement was “tucked into an Iraq war briefing.” Is that the appropriate place for of a massive march and memorial concert such as this? I hope we get a bigger announcement, especially since I first heard about this from an Australian newspaper.

Also, and more importantly, is it up to the government to hold marches in the vein of Million Man March? Especially ones entitled “America Supports Your Freedom”? Who’s freedom? The Iraqi’s? Ours? The world’s?

And why just country music? I’d say a good majority of our population doesn’t listen to the stuff. Is this truly representative of our nation and those who died in 9/11?

Yes, yes, I’m naysaying, but consider my points for for a moment. This march/concert seems to be designed to be some sort of government sponsored “Million Republican March”. In other words a rally for war supporters that’s paid for by the government. Doesn’t exactly sound like what I would consider a very “uniting” type of event.

By the way I HOPE I’m wrong about this. Let’s wait and see how it shapes up.

  • Alan Winship

    So only republicins listen to country music? I know that isn’t what you said, but it does come across that way. But I will say you underestimate the amount of people that listen to country music, I mean they have radio station completely devoted to playing the stuff. I don’t listen it, but I do know quite a few people that do.

    On the main point, if it is a republican freedom march sponsered by the government, that would be stupid.

  • http://www.kozoru.com Justin Gardner

    So only republicins listen to country music? I know that isn’t what you said, but it does come across that way. But I will say you underestimate the amount of people that listen to country music, I mean they have radio station completely devoted to playing the stuff. I don’t listen it, but I do know quite a few people that do.

    Actually, I love certain types of country music. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Sr., Junior Brown, Boxcar Willie and more in that vein.

    And you’re right, that wasn’t what I was saying. I’m saying it’s doesn’t feel very representative of our nation and if you were to poll Republicans and Democrats, I’m guessing that Republicans would say they listen to country music more. I’m just looking for a little balance, since it appears that a certain type of music is bound to attract a certain type of crowd. No bias against country music here, just a bias against what appears to be the makings of a government sponsored Republican march/concert event commemorating an event that should be inviting to all of us.

  • Joshua

    I wonder, did the Pentagon take into account that if they hold this rally on 9/11 they’ll be directly competing with the opening Sunday of the NFL regular season? If the idea is to rally public support behind the Bush administration’s terror-related policies, it’s probably doomed to fail anyway due to the phenomenally bad timing.

  • http://www.kozoru.com Justin Gardner

    Good point and I didn’t even consider that. However, I bet a lot of people will forgo that to attend this. You only need a few hundred thousand people. I’m sure there will be plenty of church groups willing to forsake the pigskin for Clint Black.

  • Joshua

    You only need a few hundred thousand people. I’m sure there will be plenty of church groups willing to forsake the pigskin for Clint Black.

    But how many other Americans across the country will be paying attention? That was actually my point. Evidently the whole purpose of this rally is to drum up support for Bush adminstration policies to the general public, not to preach to the already-converted. Staging a rally like this on a day when many, if not most, Americans are sure to be preoccupied with pro football defeats that purpose. (Not to mention the likelihood that the NFL and/or the various home teams will also pay some sort of homage to 9/11/2001 as part of the pregame festivities.)

  • http://nmallory.exit-23.net N. Mallory

    Traditionally Country music has quite a few patriotic songs. In the aftermath of 9-11 and the pre-Iraqi War, Country rallied behind Bush with the exception of the Dixie Chicks. I suppose this is their reward.

    Meanwhile, I always turn the station when that pro-Iraq War song comes on. Better to listen to NPR anyway.

  • http://nmallory.exit-23.net N. Mallory

    Oh, and one more thing. I think having something more akin to and subdued such as Memorial Day would be more appropriate. I think it’s disrespectful.