September 11, 2013

9/11: We Will Never Ever Forget

On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, we will never ever forget (pictured: the freedom tower in new york city).


On the tenth anniversary of September 11th, I marked the occasion with an essay about how the terrorist attacks that day have fueled a political attack on our civil liberties. After reading the piece again today, little has changed, and my sentiments remain the same.

September 11th is a day that will forever be etched in the conscience of our nation, and the world. I truly hope that no matter where you live on our planet, that you will take the time to think about what this day means to you. How did the the terrorist attack on 9/11 affect your life? 
Whether you’re a kid in Kenya, or a university student in Udaipur, a Dad in Dar es Salaam, or a Grandmother in Geneva, September 11th has affected you, and every living human being on this planet.
While the terrorists attacked 3 iconic buildings that they believed were representations of American hubris, we know their real target that day was our liberty and freedom.  
As Americans, we are free to speak our mind in any forum we choose. Whether we are Muslim, Christian, Atheist, or Jew, we are free to worship and believe in any God or deity we wish. We are free to express our opinions about faith, politics, and religion, without fear of reprisals - whether we're an active participant in our democracy - or merely an apathetic observer. 
As a nation, we can NEVER reach our full potential, as long as we discriminate against our own citizens. 
Remember that the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness, is what informs the American spirit, and defines the American dream. If discriminatory laws are keeping a large segment of the population away from realizing their American dream - the match that ignites new ideas, progress, and innovation, which fuels our economic security and prosperity - is greatly diminished. 
On the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, I think of our friends and neighbors, nieces and nephews, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins, sons, mothers, daughters, aunts and uncles - and think about the impact that this tragedy has had on those we love and care about, as well as ourselves. The tragedy altered our psyche, and destroyed much of our collective idealism, and my great wish is that we could restore that as soon as possible. 
Is it ironic or lost on you that the GOP and right-wing extremists who are  obsessed with conspiracy theories, and guns, and school prayer, are endlessly hawking the notion that government is the bad guy, as they scheme to capture and take over the very political institutions they claim to despise. 
We have to remember where we've been, so we learn from the mistakes of our past history, and make the changes in tenor, tone, and attitudes, that will heal our nation's wounds, and reignite the American dream, and place it within reach of everyone. 
In memory of 9/11/01 please stand up and be counted. The next time you are groped at a security checkpoint, or informed what you can and cannot do with your own body, or you’re asked for an identity card because of your accent, or the color of your skin, remember that freedom has lost and the terrorists have won. It's time we take back our government by the people, and for the people, and rid ourselves of the Republicans and Tea Party individuals who are assaulting our principles. 
We cannot be stagnant, nor linger long in our grief. Let's celebrate the lives of those we lost, and love fully with our gladdened heart, those who are still near and dear. 
We Remember. We will always remember and honor the victims of 9/11, and the first responder heroes. And we will never forget this act of aggression that took place 10 years ago today. Terrorists will never defeat us, our ideals, or our nation. 
We will mark this day for eternity, to remember those who are gone, and  show reverence and appreciation to those who assisted and offered a helping hand, and to honor the brave young men and women who still fight in the name of freedom, in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
And the fight to reclaim our country must begin today.



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