July 29, 2009, - 6:16 pm
Hmmm . . . maybe Lee Greenwood needs to sing a new song in honor of our bone-headed friends in the federal government, who are dismantling a “United States” sign at the border: “Embarrassed to be American.”
I’ve written before about how the wimps running the New York/New Jersey Port Authority dumped the name “Freedom Tower” from the planned new World Trade Center building because they felt the name would make it a target for terrorists. But apparently, the “Embarrassed to be American” movement has stepped it up a notch. Authorities are removing a large “United States” sign at a northern New York border crossing because it might be a target for terrorists.
Talk about cowering to terrorists:
MASSENA, N.Y. – It has been nearly eight years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the fears and anxieties they gave rise to continue to take a toll on the design of public buildings. Even the words “United States,” it seems — when spelled out in the wrong size and color — can be an unacceptable security risk.
Four years ago, when the federal General Services Administration unveiled its plans for a new border-crossing station here in northeastern New York State, the design was presented as part of the agency’s campaign to raise the dismal standards of government architecture. Even many in the famously fractious architectural community celebrated the complex — particularly its main building, emblazoned with glossy yellow, 21-foot-high letters spelling “United States” — as a rare project the government could point to with pride.
The Customs and Border Protection agency of the Department of Homeland Security seemed to like it too. After years of working closely with the architects, the New York firm of Smith-Miller & Hawkinson, the agency signed off on the final version of the project in 2007.
Yet three weeks ago, less than a month after the station opened, workers began prying the big yellow letters off the building’s facade on orders from Customs and Border Protection. The plan is to dismantle the rest of the sign this week.
“At the end of the day, I think they were somewhat surprised at how bold and how bright it was,” said Les Shepherd, the chief architect of the General Services Administration, referring to the customs agency’s sudden turnaround.
“There were security concerns,” said Kelly Ivahnenko, a spokeswoman for the customs agency. “The sign could be a huge target and attract undue attention. Anything that would place our officers at risk we need to avoid.”
Even more disgusting is this New York Times anti-American apologism:
Unlike the Freedom Tower, whose name could be interpreted as a jingoistic expression of America’s post-Sept. 11 arrogance, Smith-Miller & Hawkinson’s “United States” sign is politically neutral. Its meaning is constantly changing for the viewer. It communicates openness and possibility, not aggression.
Yes, us ugly, jingoistic, arrogant Americans. We must bow down and bend over backward . . . and forward to show that we are open, not “aggressive.”
Sadly, one day these idiotic peaceniks will see that giving our enemies the impression of “aggressiveness” is what keeps them at bay, not the opposite approach.
Nah, they’ll never get it.
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