October 25, 2006

Last week I mentioned that one of the reasons I became motivated to vote early and often (well, at least early…) in this year’s mid-term elections was the disgraceful “official” state 9/11 Memorial erected near our state capitol. The design, which includes inscriptions that criticize the United States and the Bush Administration – for example, “Erroneous US air strike kills 46 Uruzgan civilians,” “You don’t win battles of terrorism with more battles”, “Foreign-born Americans afraid”, and “Congress questions why CIA and FBI didn’t prevent attacks” – has been praised by our liberal moonbat governor Janet Napolitano, but has faced increasingly hostile criticism in the weeks since its design was unveiled.

(Note: If you haven’t been following the controversy, Michelle Malkin has it covered from just about every angle, both here and here.)

Yesterday, on KKNT’s “Liddy and Hill” show, I heard it announced that the Arizona Legislative Governmental Mall Commission (which oversees the grounds upon which the 9/11 Memorial has been erected), after a push by commission member and former Marine Corps Col. Tom Smith, would have the memorial either covered up and/or dismantled until a formal decision could be made on its final design.

I haven’t seen anything about a formal decision in the local or national news yet, but this article from the October 20 Arizona Republic provides ample evidence of Smith’s intentions:

Arizona Capitol Mall Commission chairman Tom Smith is calling for the state’s 9/11 Memorial to be covered up until the group that OK’d it meets again and revises its controversial etchings.

Smith said at a mall commission hearing Wednesday he would send his recommendation to the state Department of Administration, which recently took over the deed to the donor-funded monument. Wednesday’s commission meeting was for discussion only and no action was taken.

“If it were up to me, I’d cover up all 54 (statements) until they convene and come up with new ones,” said Smith, a former state senator and a retired Marine lieutenant colonel.

Flopping Aces also has more on this, including first-hand coverage of the commission meeting mentioned above and word of a planned October 28 rally to have the memorial (or at least the inflammatory inscriptions on it) taken down. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs)

Hopefully, we are starting to see some much-needed commmon sense brought to an ill-advised and controversial design that, rather than bringing people together (as it should have done), has divided them politically for no good reason whatsoever. And the fact that Governor Napolitano not only allowed such tasteless and inappropriate inscriptions to be placed on a memorial constructed on her watch, but has both praised its design and chided those who would complain about it, shows just how out of touch and clueless she is, and why she needs to be defeated in the elections two week’s hence.

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