It has been clearly established that I am a history dork, recently I went to the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum because it is about 20 minutes from my house and figured it would be interesting to go see. I have to say I enjoyed it because you got to see a lot of little pieces of history, which was interesting, including a retired version of Air Force One. However, there were two thing that kind of struck me as funny.
The first thing that cracked me up was the hall of portraits, they have a room with a portrait of every President up, from Washington to Reagan and then pictures of the Presidents who were in office after “Dutch”. In checking everything out, my mom noticed something, the picture of Clinton was one of the worst photos she has ever seen of him. She looked at it for a second and then commented, “My god I think they looked for worst possible picture of him.”
All I could think about was the curator going, “Do you have the picture of him banging underage chicks will drinking newborn blood out of a human skull? No? Hmmmm… well give me the one he looks the fattest and most pale in.”
That was mildly entertaining to me, there wasn’t any impartiality here at all… But the thing that killed me was a display they had of George Washington. They had a letter on loan that Washington wrote to a commander in the Army, they were preparing a Frigate to take to South Africa to defend against Pirates that had been attacking shipping boats and raiding them. It was cool to check out the letter and some of the other artifacts around it, however I noticed something in the description written about the letter. You know the little sign that tells you what it is, it talked about the pirates and then referred to them as “these early versions of terrorists.”
Give me a fucking break. Talk about stretching definitions… Have we recessed that much as a country that we need to 9/11 everything? It wasn’t like they needed to use the terrorism comparison for people to understand what a pirate is. The more I thought about this the more I got pissed off, not really because of the obvious political undertones they were trying to lay at this museum but I felt this denigrated the good name of pirates.
What if this started a wave and the new politically correct term for pirate was “early day terrorist”…
Terrorists of the Caribbean- that movie would never get made… (after seeing the second one that might not be a bad thing)
The Pittsburgh Terrorists- You think anyone would go to those games? Wait, okay, nobody goes to Pirates games now… but…
Would gang bangers still be rocking Raiders stuff if they had a suicide bomber on the side of their helmet? Think of all the poor kids in Compton.
and even worse…
Would anyone watch a porn movie called “Terrorists”? I can’t jerk off to Jesse Jane thinking I was supporting Al Qaeda, it would just be so damn un-American of me.
So please, I beg you, let pirates be pirates. I would hate to have to start referring to my gay friends as “Ass Terrorists”.
Do you think they stretched the definitions of both words a tad far? Are you insulted as fans of Pirates?