TCA (my initials)

September 11, 2008

Ground Zero

Filed under: journal — TCA @ 6:16 pm

If I were President of the United States, I would declare eminent domain on Ground Zero. By executive order if necessary. Ground Zero would be declared a National Monument.

I’d cancel the Freedom Tower project. The World Trade Center’s foundation would be the site of a memorial with a museum and small park nearby. Nothing else.

I’d make the two lights pointed skyward a permanent feature of the memorial. They’d be lit every night.

Freedom Tower is a symbol of opportunism and profiteering. Bumper crops of heroin in Afghanistan and record profits for Exxon Mobil. Halliburton and planeloads of cash.

It dawned on me that Freedom Tower might be sold to financiers in Saudi Arabia someday.

The young mother serving in the National Guard doing a tour of duty in Iraq deserves a better memorial than that.

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