I remember it as the world remembers it. Mr. McConnell, my middle school principal, made his rounds to each classroom. A stern man of discipline, silver hair and wrinkled skin, the terror quite literally screamed out from his eyes. The school phones rang off the walls. Parents were terrified. The TVs were turned on, and I saw the Statute of Liberty standing before the two smoking towers.
Lady Liberty chocked in smoke and debris. As she wept, the world wept. Our national anthem played at Buckingham Palace, in the streets of Paris and at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Children in South Korea assembled outside of the American embassy in Seoul. Prayers and cries of support flooded out from a mosque in Cairo. The Prime Minister of Great Britain came to America to join George Bush in his address to Congress. Moment of silence and mourning were held in Latin America, Africa and Australia. Souls from more than 80 nations died in the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Muslims, Christians, Jews- it didn’t matter. The terror knew no sociopolitical bounds.
A generation of millennials have been shaped by that tragic day. When George Bush addressed Congress he said, “On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country.” We were told by every news outlet in the country that the newly introduced Al Qaeda hated us because we were free. And so, we are no longer.
Drones now kill American citizens without due process. Through HR 347 our rights to assemble and free speech have been diluted and bureaucratized. American citizens can now be detained and held indefinitely through an NDAA provision. The NSA spies on every aspect of our lives at all times. There is no hiding from them. The IRS probes into your businesses deeper than a gastroenterologist. The Patriot Act, named so in typical propaganda fashion, created a sea of unconstitutional, far-reaching “laws”. The TSA sexually harasses children, men and women every day. All of this in the name of our safety and as result of 9/11.
Those who look to the Supreme Court for salvation will not find it. The SCOTUS has not been in the business of restraining the federal government within the Constitution since judicial review was established with Marbury v. Madison, and when Justice Marshall defined for a nation the Necessary and Proper Clause in McCullogh v. Maryland, and also when Marshall expanded national powers through interstate commerce in Gibbons v. Ogden. Some states fight with all their might. You’ll also find little help from the legislative and executive branches. Our federal officials now run free. They grow their creature ever faster holding high the Supremacy Clause with complete disregard for the Tenth Amendment. No worry to reach their brow of a writ of mandamus landing upon their desk. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal delegated $630 billion to the “Global War on Terrorism” in 2012. Did you know we were involved in a global war that will last until at least 2021? According to Paul Ryan, we are. You see, perhaps there is no plan to actually end the “war”. Perhaps the “war on terrorism” is now little more than a Keynesian, fascist stronghold on the American people.
It’s been twelve years. Children who were in the first grade on 9/11 are now holding guns and boot straps in the military. The question is begged. Do they fight for, or against their country? Do not twist my words to be ones not in support of our armed forces. A soldier is never to blame for where his leaders may send him or her. Only the leadership can be blamed. We now have men and women claiming they did not join the military to support Al Qaeda in Obama’s war against Syria’s Assad. Twelve years later and our President is looking to give the Al Qaeda backed rebels the upper hand in Syria by striking Assad. No matter that the entire world has turned their back on Obama’s conquest. Our trajectory as a country is off course at best.
Approximately 3,000 souls were lost on 9/11. However, if we trade our liberty for the fallacy of security those souls stare down on us in vain. The America we live in today pays no memorial to their lives as free Americans. They, like so many of us found themselves in America because of a singular paradigm that is liberty. Freedom is a word of absolute resolve. There can exist no ambiguity in its root, or it is null. It is time the country realize that the war on terrorism is also a domestic war on the soul of America. She must reach deep within her soul to rediscover the voracious spirit that will allow her to defeat her creature. Where is salvation? It is in revolution, which is at the soul of America, and if we wish to keep our soul then we must fight for it. If they truly hate us because we are free- then hater, hate on.
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