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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Most Patriotic Man In America

Fifty-year-old Ephrata Washington middle school teacher Gary Weddle shaved his beard Sunday night. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, Mr. Weddle vowed not to shave his beard until Osama bin Laden was captured or killed. I'm sure ten years ago he made his most sacred vow out of a wellspring of emotion caused by those tragic events.

SpeakForChange dot org called Mr. Weddle "the most patriotic man in America." I don't know what SpeakForChange's politics are, and I'm not even sure they do because they're not listed anywhere, but this quote alone gives you some idea about who they are.

Mr. Weddle himself said, "I'm still very emotional about this. About all the death and destruction. I'm finally getting closure on this."

The principal of the school he teaches at said she was proud of Mr. Weddle because his beard reminded students everyday for ten years about the horrific events of September 11.

Mr. Weddle is a media darling of sorts.

This is all very silly and childish, and I have some questions.
  1. Other than remind his students of all the "death and destruction" by bringing attention to himself by wearing a 15" beard, what did Mr. Weddle do to educate his students about the attacks?
  2. What did Mr. Weddle do in his personal life to honor the victims or help prevent future attacks?
  3. What did Mr. Weddle do to help support the soldiers who have been fighting for our security while his beard has been growing?
  4. Other than bring attention to himself, what did Mr. Weddle do to empathize with the families of the 3,000 victims, and with the families of all the wounded and dead soldiers since?
  5. If Mr. Weddle was sincere about his vow, why did he alert the media that he had shaved?
People like Mr. Weddle should not be lauded for their silly attempts to bring attention to themselves by leeching on to the suffering of others. Most patriotic man in America? I think not. Giant media whore who perfectly represents a vacuous society that worships style over substance? Yup, that one.

And before Mr. Weddle's supporters take me to task here, let me just say I didn't invite Mr. Weddle into my home and consciousness, he just sort of showed up.

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