Patriot Day and lessons yet to be learned

How sharp a contrast from the days after the terrorist attacks, when Americans honored the police, firefighters, and first responders – especially those who gave their lives for the sake of innocent people. Only one election or two can make such a drastic difference in the manner in which Americans view the men and women in uniform.

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SAN JOSE, September 11, 2016 — Today, Americans, who are paying attention will honor the memory of American patriots who rose to the occasion to respond to the terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has been 15 years since this insidious attack upon America and upon citizens from all over the world. The specter still haunts many Americans. The attacks left a scar upon the United States, not only externally, but also within the minds and hearts of the people.

Since the days of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have been affected in direct or indirect ways by the terrorist attacks upon the nation, upon property, and upon the American way of life.

But since 2009, terrorists have made deadly strikes into American soil on a regular basis; yet the current Obama Administration would rather mitigate the importance of terrorist attacks by calling them “workplace violence,” or lash out, not at the perpetrators of the violence, but at Americans who own guns. Additionally, the current Obama Administration has attempted repeatedly to downplay ISIS as a serious Islamist terrorist organization. The current Obama Administration has permitted, and in some cases, has exacerbated hatred towards men and women in uniform.

Eleven years from the day of Sept. 11, 2001, militant Islamists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and murdered U.S. Ambassador Stevens, another diplomat, and the two Navy Seals. A U.S. Embassy anywhere in the world is considered American soil; so, although the terrorist attack occurred in Libya, it is just as horrendous as if they happened in Ft. Hood, Orlando, or San Bernardino. Facts were hard to uncover from the Obama Administration after the attack in Benghazi, as top officials from the Obama Administration had a hard time with the truth of what had happened. Currently, the Obama Administration continues to have a hard time with the truth of most of the militant Islamists’ terrorist attacks upon American soil.


Fifteen years from the day of September 11, 2001, the Obama Administration, from the President of the United States on down the chain of command, has demonstrated a near criminal disregard for the protection of the American public, and an underlying animosity toward law enforcement personnel tasked with protecting the public. How sharp a contrast from the days after the terrorist attacks, when Americans honored the police, firefighters, and first responders – especially those who gave their lives for the sake of innocent people. Only one election or two can make such a drastic difference in the manner in which Americans view the men and women in uniform.

Americans should think deeply upon the value they place upon those who are charged with protecting them from the criminal elements within a civil society. The Black Lives Matter effort is a sanitized method of destroying the citizen’s respect and trust of those in the law enforcement community. Only criminals, with criminal intent, would want to destroy citizen’s respect and trust of those in the law enforcement community.

Fifteen years from the day of September 11, 2001, the Obama Administration, as well as the candidate that the Democratic Party has chosen to run for POTUS, strongly support the aims of the Black Lives Matter efforts.

Such high level political support from President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Al Sharpton is a mockery of the efforts of the majority of the men and women who put their lives on the line on a regular basis to serve and protect American citizens. Certainly, they are not out to serve and protect the American criminals, and just fifteen years from September 11, 2001, any serious citizen would wonder whether those at such high levels of political stature truly care about the protection of all people, or only black people. In reality, there is a unifying thread that binds all of these politically active people, and the tie that binds is that they all believe in a Socialist worldview.

While Labor Day was just celebrated last week, many Americans, especially young people under the age of 30, may not really understand the growth of Socialism in the United States, but it got a jump start with the days of violence that swept through the nation in the hot summer months of 1893. Police and U.S. Marshalls were gunned down in those days as well. Yet the Democrat who was President of the United States at the time decided a civil society and the protection of American citizens was important. That president was a former sheriff, so he understood about law and order.

Is it that hard to believe in 2016 that Donald Trump, despite all of his faults, is the only true candidate who is genuinely concerned about maintaining law and order and protecting the lives of citizens?

On September 11, 2001, a horrific display of unprecedented global terrorism struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and revealed to the world how helpless a free and open society and can be victimized by destruction, death, and the despair it evokes.

Fifteen years later, on this Patriot Day, it should not only be a day of remembrance for those men and women in uniform who went into the danger zone to help save and serve their fellow human beings caught in harm’s way, it should also be a day to consider the future. All Americans should reflect upon why brave men and women are willing to risk their lives for the sake of others.

The bedrock of the nation is found in the Declaration of Declaration of Independence which proclaimed the fundamental premise that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” created with its “foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…”

The Declaration of Independence proclaimed the fundamental precept that all are created equal, which can be extended to the basis for the nation as it was founded – that America was to be a government of the people in a land of freedom. Even to many Americans today that still resonates within their hearts and minds. It translates into a simple reality: that All lives matter, and that living a life of freedom in a civil society is a noble pursuit.

In essence, if one is completely honest, and uses common sense as a basis for assessment it is not hard to realize that the terrorists who are coming into the country from outside the borders, and those promoting violence from within the country have the same intent – to disrupt and destroy the civil society, to undermine the safety and happiness of the people, or eliminate the people who treasure freedom altogether, and to destroy life and liberty. This is antithetical to the cornerstone of a free and civil society.

A great many Americans are uncertain whether the current Obama Administration is helping to deflate urban violence or amplify it, or whether the current Democratic Party is helping in the fight against terrorism or it is in support of the migration of terrorists to America. Such genuine concern and uncertainty perplexes people, as it is no longer clear that the federal government itself is concerned much with the people’s “Safety and Happiness.” It is all the more reason why Americans should appreciate those brave souls who put on a uniform of service, and to honor those who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of others.

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Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member at West Valley College in California. He currently writes a column on US history and one on American freedom for the Communities Digital News, as well as writing for other online publications. During the 2016 presidential primaries, he worked as the leader of a network of writers, bloggers, and editors who promoted the candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson. He founded the “We the People” Network of writers and the Citizen Sentinels Project to pro-actively promote the values and principles established at the founding of the United States, and to discover and support more morally centered citizen-candidates who sincerely seek election as public servants, not politicians.