In December 2001, Congress by joint resolution designated each September 11th as Patriot Day in honor of those killed by terrorists on 09/11/01. This recognition involved an event that was not a “tragedy,” “unfortunate,” “misunderstanding,” “accident,” or any other pacifist description one wants to label it with in order to avoid offending those who are already sympathetic with the terrorists. Each of these terrorists committed mass murder based upon their interpretation of Islam. To pretend otherwise is as equally absurd as to paint all Muslims as holding the beliefs of Osama bin Laden.
Clearly, most do not. Yet we are supposed to pretend that religion had nothing to do with the event, politics had nothing to do with it, and that somehow planes were used as missiles to kill thousands was beyond the control of the humans who did it. Are we to impose a soft bigotry of low expectations on the Islamic world rather than treat them as equals as to rights and responsibilities?
An Act of God? Hardly.
Just eight years after 9/11, we face an even greater enemy from within. Like Rome, the United States is slowly deteriorating from internal decay. We have met the enemy – and it is us. In exchange for hope, change, and audacity, we have thrown away our national security and individual liberties. Today, the debate isn’t about protecting individual civil liberties. Instead, a nation of dolts sits on the couch watching reality shows and occasionally tunes in to instructions about how we should serve the “greater good” and the “community”
In April of this year, the term “patriot” was bastardized when Congress declared September 11 was now “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.” Think about that. Community organizing and recycling projects are now lumped in with being a “patriot.”
I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost… – President Barack Hussein Obama (Sept. 10, 2009).
With all due respect, both Congress and the President have hijacked an act of mass murder and corrupted it to fit a political agenda…
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, we did not honor the dead by enacting socialized medicine, start a “green” program to protect the environment, or pretend that the attack was an unfortunate event beyond the control of those who committed the atrocities.
The politicians are forgetting one word in their twisted new holiday: “Remembrance.”
- Remember what happened on September 11, 2001.*
- Remember who was responsible (and who was not).
- Remember that the United States was founded upon the principles of individual liberty. Government is to serve at the direction of its citizens. Not vice versa.
- Remember that community service projects are not the way to honor those who have sacrificed their lives to terrorism.
When any politician, Democrat or Republican, asks you to sacrifice on behalf of the state in memory of September 11, vote him out of office in the next election. That will be doing your community and the nation an invaluable service.
Remember the names of those who died eight years ago. R.I.P.
* If you’re a 9/11 “truther” who believes what happened was a government conspiracy rather than a terrorist act, I’m not going to debate the issue. Regardless of what happened on September 11, 2001, the day can never justify creating a holiday designed to promote state control over the individual under the guise of “national service.”