Grow Up America!

I agree with Josh Marshall in his opinion that America should Grow Up, stop acting like a petulant infant, and cut “the dingbat brouhaha over Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s attempt to visit Ground Zero to lay a wreath”. Josh concludes elsewhere that

The most common argument advanced as to why we shouldn’t allow Ahmadinejad at Ground Zero was, ‘How could we allow him such a huge propaganda victory?’ Either vis a vis his own people or on the world stage.

Josh goes on to say that

Many readers put this argument forward in good faith. So I don’t want to disrespect that. But when did we become such moral weaklings? And how brittle do we think our national reputation is that it’s going to be damaged by Ahmadinejad going down to Ground Zero and at worst spouting off about whatever he wants to spout off about. To put to succinctly, who cares? Why should we care what he says? If there are any propaganda victories to be had I think the spectacle of our national overreaction has provided him with quite a nice one. But again, who cares? Am I alone in thinking that our national greatness and stature is best displayed by our indifference to these things? Especially when free speech and letting even the obnoxious have their say are supposedly central to who we are? But again, indifference. Who cares what he says?

So why do we act like babies? Is it because we’re afraid of being called unpatriotic? What has this country come to?


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