The Day America Stood Still

The Day America Stood Still

It has been eight years since the Twin Towers fell, Flight 93 plowed the field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon was sideswiped by a flying terrorist-piloted bomb.  “We will never forget,” echoed the outrage as New Yorkers rebuilt their city and citizens across this country rebuilt their patriotism and pride in what it means to be an American.

I was reminded again of the horror this past week, when Scotland freed Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the man held responsible for blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.  How could the Scots do that?  I would feel the same revulsion if our government let out Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the suicide bombers on 9/11.

I will never forget . . . but somehow this is becoming a tired, outdated mantra that labels its believers as right-wing Republican loons.  When did being a patriot and wanting justice for the victims become just a Republican agenda?

Keith Olbermann, MSNBC’s foremost biased left-wing pundit, set the tone for this liberal strategy:

But 9/11 has become a brand name, a Republican campaign slogan, propaganda of the lowest form.  9/11 has become 9/11 with a trademark logo.  ‘9/11™’ has sustained a president who long ago should have been dismissed, or impeached. It has kept him and his gang of financial and constitutional crooks in office without — literally — any visible means of support.  ‘9/11™’ has made possible the greatest sleight-of-hand in our nation’s history.”

In April, President Obama signed into law a measure that designated September 11 as a National Day of Service.  By using the term, “service,” does the president intend to recognize the men and women that keep this nation safe from the radical powers that struck on 9/11?  Or to honor their kind as Winston Churchill did when he observed, “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”  Hardly, the White House is behind a covert political effort to erase the meaning of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American memory and convert 9/11 into a day of leftist celebration and “green” indoctrination.

A teleconference call was hosted by the White House on August, 11 to outline plans for the day’s events.  Groups on the call included: ACORN, AFL-CIO, Apollo Alliance, Color of Change, Community Action Partnership, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, 80 Million Strong for Young American Jobs, Friends of the Earth, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Mobilize.org, National Black Police Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Council of Negro Women, National Wildlife Federation, RainbowPUSH Coalition, Urban League, and Young Democrats of America.  Do these groups, in any way, bring to mind an agenda that fosters the remembrance of the tragic events of 9/11?

Van Jones, the self-described “communist” and founder of Color of Change (an extremist racial grievance group), who just resigned as the president’s green-jobs czar, was involved in the call.  The resignation followed the public release of Jones’ 2004 signature on a “9/11 truth” petition.  This document alleged that Bush and Chaney were behind the deaths of nearly 3,000 U.S. citizens on that tragic day. You may also remember that he was on the board of the Apollo Alliance, a hard-left environmentalist group, which has claimed authorship of most of the February stimulus package for Congress.

A 33-minute video was posted on the official blog of the White House featuring Jones to discuss the administration’s plan to re-invent the 9/11 experience.  The event is, as Jones alludes to it, “for people to connect, to find other people in your peer group who are also passionate about repowering America but also greening up America and cleaning up America.”

What was wrong with the America we had right after 9/11, when people from all walks of life came together and declared, “We will never forget!”  America . . . Is this the change you wanted?