Thirteen years ago America lost her innocence and her citizens have run scared since that tragic morning. Author Meg Cabot wrote a moving and eloquent piece about what it was like to be in New York City that morning, it will bring you to tears.
In the thirteen years since is the world a safer place? There is no question that the answer is no, in fact the world is a much more dangerous place. Terrorism is more prevalent than before, the world is in constant turmoil, and Americans have given up far too much of our freedoms and liberties in exchange for very little in return.
What do Americans have to show for thirteen years of fear? A government that spies on its citizens, local and state police departments that are militarized beyond comprehension, personal privacy is a thing of the past, and America’s place on the world stage is at an all-time low.
Was it worth it? Do you miss what we so blindly and trustingly relinquished to the government in the wake of the terror attacks that extinguished so many innocent lives? Do you miss the privacy we had once before emails were collected and catalogued by the government? Do you remember when a warrant was required to intercept and listen to phone call by citizens by the government? When police were helpful and protectors that we could turn to for assistance?
I miss those big picture things. I mourn for America’s lost innocence and our lost liberties. I miss my lost privacy and my lost confidence and trust in my government. I want Americans to awaken from their terror filled slumber and demand that our government respect the Constitution. Americans are stronger than any terrorist organization.
It is time to honor the innocent victims of that horrible morning thirteen years ago by stopping blind faith in what the media and politicians spout. It is time to honor the memory of the dead by refusing to live in fear if a terror attack. It is time to stop bargaining with terrorist for the release of an AWOL soldier for the release high ranking terror officials from Guantanamo Bay.
We are a country that the world has looked to for strength and leadership but that stature has declined in the thirteen years since the world has changed immensely. Countries waffle, looking for leadership and finding none. America retreats into an isolationist mentality while leaving the southern border open unchecked. Who knows how many terrorists and their vile intentions have poured across the border waiting to carry out their nefarious plans?
However, the answer to porous borders and potential nefarious plans isn’t to give the government more power at the expense of our liberty. The cold truth is that you can’t prevent a religious zealot from carrying out an act of terror, no matter the precautions taken. It can be made more difficult but it is impossible to prevent every potential act of terror. The cost is living in a police state afraid to do or say what you think. The cost is a generation brought up to be fearful and scared of anything new. The cost is simply too high to be acceptable.
So, today this household honors the memories of the men and women who were murdered by terrorists on 9 September 2011, the men and women who fought terrorism in the Middle East to make the rest of us safer, and our forbearers is by standing up and remembering the Shining City on the Hill that we once were and hoping and praying that one day in the near future we return to the America we once were and can be again. The world at large needs us, our children need us to return, and saner heads and voices need to prevail.