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September 11, 2001 Remembered

September 11, 2011 - Never Forget! - RF CafeTwelve years ago on this date Americans had their worlds turned upside-down with the news of hijacked airliners crashing into the two World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. For a myriad of reasons ranging from political correctness to incompetence, the many indicators of such an attack being perpetrated were ignored. Then, as now, news agencies and government offices refuse to identify the terrorists as extremist Muslims.

As you remember that horrific day, keep in mind all of the American and ally servicemen who have died or have been gravely wounded in following years, and think of the multitude of freedoms you have lost since then. The same type of politicians that prevented victory and caused maiming and death to our troops in Korea and Vietnam have been responsible for similar heartbreak since 9-11-2001. Lap dog news media people have abetted their agenda by refusing to properly cover events involving or identifying suspects with an Arabic-sounding name (who's a good boy?). Keep in mind as you have your "junk" touched, your grandfather's pocket knife confiscated, or you missed your flight at the airport, just who is responsible for the imposition on your existence.

Unreasonable search and seizure is a way of life nowadays. Your personal Right to free speech is curtailed when attempting to speak out or simply remind people of who the criminals are; you will surely be accused of hate speech. The same people who decried wiretapping, mail reading, and omnipresent surveillance are now doing it as a matter of course to every citizen (and illegal immigrant) while assuring us that the innocent have nothing to fear. Maybe you have been held at a traffic stop or bus or train station in violation of your Constitutional (remember that document?) promise of due process and of not being held without charge. How about equal protection under the law? Is having your fourth-generation grandmother singled out by a TSA agent for "random" search while other people who fit a known potential terrorist profile walk right through the screening area considered being equal? Is calling the mass murder of unarmed U.S. troops at Ft. Hood an instance of workplace violence rather than a terrorist attack protecting you or protecting Major Malik Nidal Hasan? The answers are obvious.

Meanwhile the Federal Reserve floods the stock market and banks with e-money to keep population satiated with ever-increasing amounts of food stamps, unemployment benefits, free health care, invented rights to other people's things, freedom to enter the country illegally and then demand their "rights" along with access to the full bounty of American success, protection against punishment and even preferred treatment if you are the right color, religion, national origin, etc., etc., etc.

Those who have struggled to build America into what it is (or was) and desire to remember and dare to even - gasp! - celebrate our accomplishments are demonized for resenting the insult.  Is there any hope for change? I used to think so, but not anymore. There is no longer any effective opposition in positions of power. The enemy of America has won in my view. We are a defeated country. The death blow was probably a couple days ago when Russia trumped the U.S. on the Syrian chemical weapons issue.

Congratulations to all who have encouraged America's defeat and to all who sat by and did nothing to prevent it. Enjoy this week's editions of Honey BooBoo and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Sorry, Mr. President, but it has perished.

Posted  September 11, 2013


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