by Shorty Dawkins
9-11, Twelve Years After
On this, the twelfth anniversary of 9-11, we pause in silence to remember those who lost their lives as a result of that heinous terrorist act. Our hearts go out to those who still suffer the loss of loved ones. We remember the courage and dedication of the First Responders who entered the burning structures in an attempt to save the lives of those within. They were the true heroes of the day.
We also pause to consider the loss of our freedom, as a result of the passage of the Patriot Act, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and further loss of the Constitutional Rights, (those unalienable Rights known as the Bill of Rights), along with the NDAA provisions passed by a compliant Congress, have taken away.
Franklin Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” How true, for it is fear of terrorism that has caused Congress and the President, to take away our Freedoms. It is fear that has made the public willingly give up those Rights; Rights fought for by many Patriots throughout our brief History. On this day we honor those who fought for America’s freedom, not for those who, through fear, blithely throw those freedoms away.
If we live our lives in fear, then the terrorists have won, and those who died on that fateful day in New York City, and at the Pentagon, and in Shankesville, PA, have died in vain. We should be proudly celebrating our freedoms, not shrinking in fear and relinquishing what has made the United States a beacon of freedom to the World.
As I contemplate 9-11 and its aftermath, my heart grieves, for those who have died in an effort to preserve those freedoms, those true Patriots. Surely they are turning over in their graves, aghast at what is happening to their beloved Country, the United States of America, the home of the free and the brave.
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