Background here, with commentary here and here – the short version is that the administration is in the process of rebranding 9/11 as a National Day of Service. Like one of Hot Air’s commenters, I note that 9/12 makes a good deal more thematic sense, but then everything that you really need to know about the actual intent can be seen, as usual, by some of the players involved:
A coalition including the unsavory left-wing pressure group Color of Change and about 60 far-left, environmentalist, labor, and corporate shakedown groups participated in the call. Groups on the call included: ACORN, AFL-CIO, Apollo Alliance, Community Action Partnership, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, 80 Million Strong for Young American Jobs, Friends of the Earth, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Mobilize.org, National Black Police Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Council of Negro Women, National Wildlife Federation, RainbowPUSH Coalition, Urban League, and Young Democrats of America.
Like Allahpundit over at HA, I have a somewhat less immediate reaction to this than either Michelle Malkin or Matthew Vadum, and it’s for this reason:
If the White House wants to try to institute at 52% the policy it hashed out at 53.3% and probably conceived of somewhere around 60%, it is welcome to do so: the five points or so of support that it will immediately lose from doing so will be very useful when it comes to fighting health care rationing and the cap-and-trade bill.
PS: Just because I didn’t go into much detail about what schemes like these reveal about the fundamental lack of self-confidence that the head groups of the Activist Left have about their own motivations and quote-unquote ‘ideals’ doesn’t mean that said lack isn’t blatantly obvious.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.