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This odd and troubling video is just another example of how disconnected GOP Representative Nan Hayworth (NY-19) is with her constituency and American culture. In it, Hayworth inappropriately discusses how foolishly America acted in the weeks's leading to the 9/11 terror attacks, even citing the movie American Beauty as an ironic example of commentary in regards to our societal decadence.

"I remember thinking at the time," says Hayworth during a YouTube address, "that we had had a summer that was marked by foolish and selfish behavior that was really beneath the dignity of this nation."

"I remember watching a film, actually the night before the attacks called American Beauty," she continues."That film takes a rather dismal view of American character. And strange coincidence indeed that the very next morning we discover in the most brutal possible way that we had reached a crossroads in our history."

And why does Hayworth find this film and the 9/11 attacks to constitute a "strange coincidence?" Is Hayworth implying that our behavior as a society was a contributing factor to the terrorist attacks?

American Beauty was released in 1999 and starred Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Mina Suvari. For those who have not seen it, it is a twisted morality play critical of suburban America. It does take a dim view of American gun culture, homophobia, and mindless ambition.

When constituents were outraged by Hayworth's statements on her official YouTube page, ratings and comments were disabled and removed, presumably by staff members. However, you can watch and comment on the pertinent clip from the video here:

This diary is cross-posted on Left of the Hudson.

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  •  I would say (2+ / 0-)
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    milkbone, Maverick80229

    that Americans have been foolish and selfish since 9/11, especially in the sense that on a large scale Americans have gladly traded civil liberties for perceived security.

    •  is the security really just 'perceived'? (1+ / 0-)
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      Great Lakes Liberal

      Yes, it is true that when you tell our national security industry to make us safer that they will go overboard and try to enrich themselves.

      But it is also true that terrorism is an actual threat to our nation (root causes can be discussed separately) and that our national security industry is top-notch.

      Who really believes that the lack of a major terror attack on the US homeland on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was because of the benevolence of the terrorists?

    •  The essence of crime is the deprivation (2+ / 0-)
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      stlsophos, tacet

      of human rights.  When that deprivation is perpetrated by our agents of government, it manifests as legal crime.  Just because it is lawful (like DADT, slavery and segregation) doesn't make it less of a crime.  Not only that, but deprivation under cover of law serves to denigrate justice itself.

      Punishment is supposed to come after crime, not before.

      by hannah on Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 12:50:37 PM PDT

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  •  Didn't we have Jersey Shore during Bush's term? (0+ / 0-)

    Does the idiot rep think we have had high culture in the post 911 world?

    you can call me praveen.

    by pravin on Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 12:43:25 PM PDT

  •  Nan Hayworth has already been (2+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter, milkbone

    nominated to the Barney Fife Brigade

    Good opportunity to mention it again:

    Louie Gohmert(TX-01)
    Joe Wilson(SC-02)
    Michele Bachmann(MN-06)
    Paul Broun(GA-10)
    John Culberson(TX-07)
    Phil Gingrey(GA-11)
    Clif Stearns(FL-06)
    Frank Guinta(NH-01)
    Charles Bass(NH-02)
    Allen West(FL-22)
    Daniel Webster(FL-08)
    Tom Graves(GA-09)
    Austin Scott(GA-08)
    Lou Barletta(PA-11)
    Patrick McHenry(NC-10)
    Chip Cravaack(MN-08)
    Thaddeus McCotter(MI-11)
    Sean Duffy(WI-07)
    Eric Cantor(VA-07)
    Jeff Denham(CA-19)
    Steve Womack(AR-03)
    Steve Southerland(FL-02)
    Virginia Foxx(NC-05)
    Joe Heck(NV-03)
    John Campbell(CA-48)
    Andy Harris (MD-01)
    Peter King (NY-03)
    Frank Lobiondo(NJ-02)
    Nan Hayworth (NY-19)

    by hannah on Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 12:45:31 PM PDT

  •  So the 2700 people killed that day (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    deserved it because she didn't like American Beauty?

    I mean, hell, I thought the movie was crap, too, but because it was a series of middlebrow cliches shot through with sexism, not because it denigrated the greatness that is Amurka.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 12:58:31 PM PDT

  •  Variant of "is humor after 9/11 possible?" (0+ / 0-)
    Is Hayworth implying that our behavior as a society was a contributing factor to the terrorist attacks?

    No, she's doing the standard / stupid "will we ever laugh again after 9/11" thing, which is itself a variant of "is poetry possible after the holocaust"
  •  I am confused as to what hayworth thinks.. (0+ / 0-)

    It is always very difficult to analyze the deep thoughts of a republican, but let me give several options.

    Option A
    1)The summer of 2011 was "a summer that was marked by foolish and selfish behavior that was really beneath the dignity of this nation."
    2)She saw a film called "American Beauty" that accurately depicted the foolish and selfish behavior.
    3) 9/11 occurs

    Option B
    1)The summer of 2011 was "a summer that was marked by foolish and selfish behavior that was really beneath the dignity of this nation."
    2)She saw a film called "American Beauty" that contributed somehow to the foolish and selfish behavior.
    3)9/11 occurs

    I don't know which one she believes, probably option B, but who knows?

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