~ Where the Sun Will Never Set on Our liberty ~
Surreal. That’s the only way to describe the feeling over the past week or so.
I mean, is it just me… or does it feel like we’re in a movie?
Then I look at my three little girls and I realize that we are very much not in a movie. We are in a fight for our lives. A fight for our country. And arguably, a fight for our souls.
Many of us who lived through September 11, 2001 now have children who didn’t. It’s bizarre to think about the fact that there’s an entire generation with no memory of it.
But sometimes I wonder… does MY generation really remember it? After all, we slapped bumper stickers on our cars that said “never forget”. But sometimes I think we DID forget.
We’ve gotten fat, lazy, comfortable and complacent.
We get into daily pissing matches with each other daily over politics. We’ve lost friends and family over elections.
We have “social media influencers” charging companies millions of dollars to post pictures of them holding up their products.
We have kids literally slipping into depression because of the amount of “likes” that they didn’t get on their picture.
And we have generations that lack basic survival skills. Forget something as simple as knowing how to change a tire or (gasp) hunt – we have people who don’t even know how to stock their own home to survive for a couple of weeks in the event of a shutdown.
Case in point: when I went to Costco today, the entire freezer section of cheesecake, ice cream, chicken nuggets, etc. was completely and totally empty. But there was plenty of canned tuna, chicken, rice, peanut butter, etc.
This is where we are in society. We’ve failed at teaching hard skills and soft skills.
So how exactly are we going to get through this? We’re going to have to learn how to do it together. We’re going to have to go back to 9/12.
On 9/11 every year, we honor the lives lost to the senseless violence unleashed on our country. Friends, fathers and mothers, doctors and lawyers, emergency responders and innocent bystanders were suddenly ripped from our lives. We went numb.
We were attacked by an enemy we couldn’t see. We didn’t know what tomorrow was going to look like. Where that enemy would strike next.
Does that sound familiar? Does it sound a lot like what we’re experiencing now?
But flash forward one day. Just one day. Because that day is crucial to our survival as a nation.
Do you remember September 12? How you felt that day? The fire? The drive? The hurt … but also the unity? We woke up feeling whole. Together. Ready.
That’s what we want to – NEED TO – remember. Not the sucker punch – but the return to our feet – united, armed to fight evil together.
Countless men and women dropped out of school on that day and joined the military. We weren’t Democrats or Republicans …. Liberals or Conservatives. We were Americans. Flags lined the streets. The Freedom Bell started ringing again and the Statue of Liberty damn near cracked her foundation to lead us into battle.
We unleashed holy hell on our enemies and we let the world know that if you mess with the red, white and blue … we will annihilate you.
What happened to that America? The America that stood hand in hand ready to do anything to defend the nation that we love? Now, nearly 20 years later we are at odds with our neighbors, our co-workers and our families. We label each other. We put false information online and spread hate in the streets.
The flag has somehow become a symbol of hatred. We’re removing statues from America that remind us of our history so that we don’t repeat it. We have groups that declare RESIST and promise to fight against and actively disrupt the very democracy that has made America great.
In the weeks and months following 9/11, people thanked police officers for their service to the communities. Now? They are convicted in the court of court of public opinion of crimes that include just being a cop.
I want to take America back to that moment, the moment we were ready to stand against any evil that tried to take us down. In that moment we weren’t black or white, straight or gay, conservative or liberal, man or woman. We were simply Americans. And now … today … somehow the biggest enemy we face… is ourselves.
The enemy is no longer just those hijacking planes. The enemy is wearing masks and causing violence and anarchy in the streets in the name of ANTIFA and BLM.
The enemy is assassinating our police officers. The enemy is putting illegals ahead of our homeless veterans. The enemy is calling MS13 “poor lost souls” while they terrorize our population and claim lives.
The enemy is quite literally inside of us in the form of microscopic bacteria we can’t see.
How do we fight for unity again? How do we overcome these grave threats that our democracy faces?
Perhaps the only way to do that is to make sure we never forget 9/11 … but fight together to return to 9/12.
I came around the corner of Target today and I saw two people at the same time reach for the last container of toddler fever reducer.
I braced myself for the war. They were both dads and they were big dudes.
“I’m sorry, brother – I wasn’t trying to take it from you.”
“No worries,” said the second guy. “You have kids too?”
“Yeah, thank God they aren’t sick. But you never know. Go ahead man – you take it.”
“Mine aren’t sick either… hopefully they won’t be.”
“Hey – just a thought – if neither of our kids are sick right now… why don’t we just split it? It’s just a backup for both of us anyway, right?”
“I’m game. That’s a great idea, brother.
This catastrophe – let’s call it what it is – is really going to be a test of our resolve. Which will win out… the need for companionship, or the need for safety?
Will people be able to refrain themselves from leaving their houses for 14 days when society has them completely accustomed to always be on the move?
Here’s what’s been particularly interesting – I’ve seen a massive rise in the number of people willing to put differences aside and truly help each other. Men and women… Democrats and Republicans… standing side by side to make sure their neighbor has meals and is “ok”.
And I have to wonder… in all of this horror… in this movie we now find ourselves living in… in this “glitch in the Matrix”…. is there a silver lining?
Is flipping the “off” switch on society for two weeks what we needed to remind us of who we are as Americans? As people?
First and foremost – I’m a Christian. A father. A husband. An American. And when we take away all of the noise… the job titles, the rush for business, the travel, the gym, the showmanship… will we be once again able to focus on what’s important?
Jesus, take the wheel. That’s all I’ve got. And that’s all I need.
Excellent article Robin! In our small town, there have been those that have taken and those that have been willing to share. Remembering how united we were on 9/12, and seeing how divided we have become today is astounding! Maybe, this will wake people up. I have no doubt that God has a plan and will get us through this.
I pray and have hope that this will wake people up, Kwic! God will get us through this! Hugs to you!
WATCH: Japanese Deputy Prime Minister explain how the Chinese Communist government covered up the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic, endangering millions. Says the World Health Organization should be renamed the “China Health Organization” bc they parrot CCP propaganda.
Outstanding article! I see people coming together all over the country!!! Especially for our 1st responders. Thank you for posting it.