More thoughts on 9/11

people and relationships, politics

I’m faced with a balancing act here.

I have strong feelings about 9/11… about our government’s reactions… and about individual responses. However, I also want to be sensitive to others who may feel that excessive questioning or cynicism about patriotism and similar issues are inappropriate at this time.

Let me just say, though, that I find it highly ironic that there’s seemingly a nationwide push now for companies to go ‘dark’ on 9/11. Most recently, I read about how many telemarketing companies have pledged not to interrupt us on this Wednesday.

How strange. Wasn’t it our very own president who suggested that there was nothing better we could do than SHOP after 9/11? Remember all those American-flag-as-shopping-bag stickers all around the place that proudly trumpted “America — Open for Business”?

Okay, so most folks would agree that the telemarketing scum aren’t self-imposing this moratorium out of the goodness of their hearts; they simply don’t want the bad PR from selling Florida timeshare units and getting screamed at by indignant Americans.

But wouldn’t it have made more sense to have the telemarketers not just go home and loaf around, but instead make telemarketing calls on behalf of bonafide charitable organizations for free?

Imagine this… you get a phone call from someone asking for donations to the Red Cross or for — this’d be wild but sweet justice — aid for International Terrorism victims (not just US folks!).

While I hate all telemarketing in general, at least this’d be for a good cause… and might even actually even raise MORE money than usual with people in a somber or reflective or giving mood!

What do you think?

2 comments… add one
  • Harald Sep 10, 2002

    If people just worried a bit more about their PR, the world would be a better place.

  • Erynn Sep 10, 2002

    It’s a free country, providing free speech to its citizens.

    Don’t waste your time trying to placate people who can’t see the vast conceptual difference between saying “this aspect/element of our culture needs to be examined and perhaps modified” and saying “America should be rocketed into space.”

    If everyone pandered to the lowest common denominator we’d never get anything done.

What do you think?