Sept 11 – Sept 12 – Today – The Future

>There are some who are trying to make Sept 12 a day to divide America along ideological lines. I suppose by making it Sept 12, they think they are avoiding charges of trying to exploit Sept 11. And they pretend their Sept 12 events are about uniting ‘patriotic’ Americans, as opposed to the rest of us slobs who support our elected president.

Funny, I remember how the same folks were foaming at the mouth with charges of ‘treason’ when anyone dared criticize George W. Bush for anything — including starting a war based on lies; spying on Americans; torture; and outing our own intelligence officers for political purposes, thereby endangering not only their lives, but the lives of all those in their networks and threatening to undo years of hard work at preventing future terrorist attacks — small stuff like that.

But we should not be trying to make the infamous day of Sept 11, 2001 about Sept 12th, or today, or any other day. Remembering that tragic day should be about the future — who do we want to be. Do we want to be a paranoid society that codifies into law the taking of our liberties — liberties enshrined in the constitution, upon which this nation was built? This is what the Orwellian “Patriot Act” was about, and that’s why it’s important to pressure Congress to let those provisions expire when they come up for renewal at the end of this year.

Or do we want to be a nation of sane laws, laws that protect our precious liberties, laws that protect our fragile democracy and the most vulnerable among us, laws no man can be above, no matter how rich or what office they hold?

James Israel
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