Rep [r.Texas] callously and gleefully and without respect or regard for the dead… misused the truly heroic and desperate and heartbreaking cri de couer of Todd Beamer’s “Let’s roll” as Beamer and others attempted to physically overcome the terrorists who had hijacked their passenger plane on 9-11. Beamer and the other heroes, true heroes, not fat cats ‘standing on vacuous words as Culberson does, charged the armed terrorists and gave it everything they had, muscle and bone, to try to save the plane of screaming passengers. Todd Beamer and his brave compadres were unable to save others and themselves. The plane crashed in a field forest in Pennsylvania, all the innocents killed, as well as the murderers.
Todd Beamer had an open phone during the highjacking and that’s how his cri “let’s roll’ to defend the passengers, was heard.
That Culberson dares, DARES to call on the words of a true hero, to rally his well-heeled, cushy housed, food feasting, servant and support staffed peers who are all busy shutting down a government and HARMING millions and millions of citizens who are NOT in their home districts– is beyond base, beyond blasphemy, beyond desecration of the memory of the dead.
from New Republic “Yes, in Culberson’s mind, holding hostage the federal government for the sake of denying health insurance to millions of the working poor (a disproportionate share of them Texans) is apparently sorta like heroically attempting to overcome terrorist hijackers armed with boxcutters, as the passengers aboard Flight 93 did on September 11, 2001 after one of them, Todd Beamer, uttered that succinct call to action.”
Just mentioning the grotesque irony that Culberson chose to use Scott’s epithet– and that despite all actual and real heroics, Scott and his peers were unable to save anyone from anything. Yet Culberson grinning like the Queen’s second son, crassly and purposely climbed on the starry coattails of Beamer’s ‘let’s roll’ — even though in context, just using ‘let’s roll’ is already an indictment of failure despite true heroics by those on Flight 93. By using ‘let’s roll’ with amazing cavalier attitude, Culberson calls to drive the now and future, GOP into the ground. If Culberson had any knowledge of history and wanted to quote someone who’d been in hard fight, and won, he’d have quoted Eisenhower. But then, he’d have to know history, and that Eisenhower existed, and he’d have to know the difference between doing what is right for yourself and adversely impacting others who are not you. And care about the difference. .
Rep. Culberson owes an apology for taking a literal cry, drenched in bloodshed of actual heroes, as his faux-unmedaled copyist utterance. Scott Beamer’s words have context for us. 9-11 is sacred time. The words by the victims of that time are not to be used by loose-association politicians, and especially not lauded and laughed along with.
But it’s not the first time Culberson has intruded on others’ sacred space that he has no right to. Just a couple years ago he tried to prevent grieving military families from choosing the prayers of their choice at gravesite. He insisted that rote Christian prayers should be said. No, Culberson has no regard for others who are not himself or like himself, which would be 99.99% of the populace.
Sanctity of others’ lives is mere lip service to him apparently. Could be because he has never served in the military, somehow managed not to serve. He was 18 year old –four years before the Viet Nam war ended. The men and women who served in that war too, know as Scott Beamer did, the preciousness of life, the vulnerability of the human environs, the fragility of the thin armor of the body. Many from that war bend over backward to help anyone in need. They earned their creds by face to face heartbreak and true valor.
Rep. Culberson did not serve. That may say it all. There is a phenom in psychology that men who avoided service in war, or played up their frailties so they would not be drafted [whilst others with various health challenges kept quiet about them for they wanted to serve their country…] often enough carry a compensatory need to ‘make up for’ the fact they risked nothing during wartime. Some turn that to sincere and loving dedicated service to others who have little. But some try to ‘act’ heroic in civilian matters, to climb on the backs of real heroes, inflate their own personal importance, try to be near the military in some faux-functionary way that never puts their own skin in the game… wanting the honors, the medals, that others won by real wounds, real heroics, real brotherhood, real sisterhood. Like soldiers do. Like Scott Beamer did.
Like Culberson didnt and hasnt.
Apologies perhaps for many transgressions by Culberson, are long overdue.