From the Point of View of a Red State American
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Remembering 9/11 Again
It has been seven years since the attacks on 9/11/2001. I can remember feeling so unsafe for so long after the attacks, wondering if another attack were imminent. I am thankful that President Bush made the tough choices, regardless of the political ramifications. While the liberal left continues to rail against President Bush, I am confident that honest history will, at least on this issue, write positively about our 43rd President. I for one am proud to have voted for him twice.
Jack Nicholson's character in A Few Good Men said, "You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall." President Bush has stood on "that wall" for seven years. He has made the tough choices regardless of the political consequences. He has had the personal fortitude necessary to maintain his vigil despite the fact that his political allies have left his side.
I remember a poster that a grocery store chain gave away following 9/11 that had a picture of the World Trade Center towers and a headline stating, "We Will Never Forget." So many of us have forgotten. We have forgotten how unsafe we all felt following those attacks. We have forgotten because those who have been entrusted with our saftey have kept us safe. As we forget, and diminish the threat of terrorism that is still very real, we diminish the gravity of the loss of innocent life that occured on this day seven years ago.
On the anniversary of this solemn day I am reminded of those who gave their life by bringing down their own plane in that field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They were the first heros to give their life in the War on Terror. To echo John McCain's scripture reference today in his remarks, in John 15:13, the Savior said, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Those people on United flight 93 gave their lives that morning for their "friends" that they never met. True Americans honor you on this day. God Speed.
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