SAN JOSE, CA Sept. 11, 2019 – In the days following September 11, 2001, America changed dramatically. We speak of post-September 11 as it is a demarcation line between the “old” America and America we occupy today. The events of that day left permanent scars. The attacks on the Twin Towers, Pentagon and the bucolic field in Pennsylvania were upon the nation, people, and the American way of life. September 11 is now known as Patriot Day for those who were thrust into the roles of hero.
Americans are affected by the attacks of 9/11, and the subsequent terrorist attacks over the years.
A new generation has grown in the last 18 years. The children of the fallen on September 11 are now in high school, college or raising families without a grandparent to share their new generations with. They have grown up with terrorism at our door. For them, they do not remember what America was like before 9/11/2001.
Part of the Make America Great Again maybe resurrecting the memories of America before September 11, 2001.
Prior to 9/11, the American people, as a whole, had a different perspective or attitude toward the Muslims in this country and throughout the world. The political parties, the news media, and the American people have grown increasingly divided regarding Islam.
Many regard radical or extremist religious terrorism as madness. To a large extent, the 9/11 attacks ostensibly created a “us vs. them” mentality. The result is that a large number of Americans began viewing Muslims with a pervasive suspicion. In How 9/11 Changed These Muslim Americans’ Lives Forever – For most American Muslims, many of us categorize our lives as pre-9/11 and post-9/11,
“Suddenly, Muslim Americans went from being one of the least targeted religious groups in the U.S. to seeing hate crimes against those associated with Islam jump 1,600 percent, an FBI report in 2002 found. Today, Islamophobic hate crimes remain five times more common than they were before 9/11.”
September 11 destroys lives, buildings and American values
Post-September 11, political parties, the news media, and the American people, are all divided regarding the basis of the fundamental values of America. We do not look at extremist terrorism through a single lens.
Democrats and their primary support base of the mainstream media tend to diminish the threat from real criminal-based terrorism åon American soil. Yet, terrorism is worsening rather than being eliminated as a serious threat. It is an endangerment to the American people.
Democrats and the mainstream media would seemingly welcome future terrorists in the name of “tolerance.” Yet in the same time frames, they would politically attack Americans who’d prefer to protect themselves from potential terror attacks.
Until Donald Trump, the GOP had been rendered impotent most of the time.
Weak coverage of religiously inspired terrorism compared to the full-blown coverage of “white extremist” terror is a two-sided street. It demonstrates media bias in whether mainstream media moguls will admit it or not. Destruction of life through a premeditated and planned attack is immoral no matter who commits the atrocities.
Democrat double standards show up as homegrown hypocrisy.
The United States is now the Divided States of America.
Severe divisions have erupted like gigantic earthquake-like fissures between the core of the two major political parties. The divisions today are different, thrust like wedges where seemingly minor differences previously existed.
Differences between people such as race and class have been exacerbated and seemingly exploited during this time.
Confusion permits chaos. Clarity brings forth the ability to decide and to act. In this time in history, Americans should remember 9/11 and those days since. In this time, Americans refer to this day as Patriot Day as a way to remember those brave men and women who put aside their confusion to enter into chaos, into the danger zone to help save and serve their fellow human beings caught in harm’s way.
These were the heroes who sacrificed themselves for the sake of others.
Some of those people who risked their lives worked for the local or national government and some of those patriots were simply attempting to secure safety and well-being for their fellow citizens. In his remarks this morning, the President spoke of those who gave their lives savings others. The citizen and first responder heroes that ran into burning wreckage, that fought back against the terrorists heading toward the White House.
One such person is Rick Rescorla, who Trump will posthumously award the President’s Citizens Medal. Rescorla was was vice president of security at Morgan Stanley in the Twin Towers.
“Rick died while leading countless others to safety,” Trump said at a ceremony at the Pentagon. “We will ensure the memory of his deeds will never ever be forgotten; his memory will forever endure.”
Rescorla’s efforts saved 2,700 on September 11. One man fighting back against the terrorists who killed 3,000 souls of all races and religions on that day. Rescorla died that day. And it is fitting to remember him. And the many others who risked everything to save others.
At that moment in history, we were all Americans.
As the planes hit the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. As the stories of Flight 93’s bravery were broadcast. At that moment there was little division in America. At that moment a people united.
The police, who risked their lives, were there because they were sworn to protect and serve their fellow citizens. They were not viewed as thugs in uniforms, as they are seen by some today. The people were displaying the best that was within them in that time.
Yet, on the other end of the spectrum, the terrorists continue to show they are willing to destroy lives, innocent lives, for their ends. However, Democrats and the mainstream media continually portray the police as terrorists. The same police that ran into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon to save lives. Not viewing those they saved as black or Asian or Hispanic or Jewish or Muslim.
Yet, the real differences do not seem to exist between the Democrats and Republicans, black and white, women and men, it is more a fundamental difference between “We the People” and those who have been running the United States government. Those who want control of the levers of power.
As the 2016 elections did, and still are, revealing, the Deep State, the elitists in the federal government are out of the shadows.
A great many Americans are now more aware than before 2001 that there is this aspect of the federal government that is not in alignment with basic adherence to the Constitution of the United States. Law and order is no longer something adhered to or promulgated by our governments – state or federal.
Especially when the Constitution seems to be so easily violated at the highest levels of government.
Yet, the nation was founded upon the very precept that
“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” constructed 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…”
Are America’s fundamental values irrelevant today?
Has the general populace accepted that this nation is no different from any other. That America’s values do not make us exceptional?
Patriot Day is a day of remembrance.
It should be a day, not only for remembering and honoring the brave patriots who sacrificed for others but for remembering why they did what they did. They were Americans who loved their lives, loved their families and their way of life.
However, when tragedy struck, they felt it was necessary to do something and they did it. At the risk of their lives. In that time of chaos, the representatives of the government took direct action to help the victims to secure the best way “to effect their Safety and Happiness…”
This is what the Founders had in mind for government – not the way the elected representatives currently operate — or do not operate.
The lives of others, their safety, and happiness were the focus of those patriots on that day. We were united in that moment.
Americans need to look past the scars and reignite the unity and move beyond the calculated and contrived divisiveness that the powers on high seem to be content with.
This is America – the land of the free and the home of the brave!