9/11 belongs to us

9/11 belongs to us

Back in 2009, President Barack Obama tried to appropriate 9/11 as a “national day of service.”  The effort plods along to this day, resulting in this year’s detailed list of official White House instructions for how 9/11 should be observed.  Among them are orders to “minimize references to al-Qaeda,” on the grounds they have become “increasingly irrelevant” ever since their leader, Osama bin Laden, died from an acute case of Navy SEAL.

“I call upon all Americans to join in service and honor the lives we lost, the heroes who responded in our hour of need, and the brave men and women in uniform who continue to protect our country at home and abroad,” read the President’s proclamation.  “Working together, we can usher in a new era in which volunteering and more service is a way of life for all Americans. Deriving strength from tragedy, we can write the next great chapter in our Nation’s history and ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the promise of America.”

The Americans who died on September 11, 2001, were not engaged in “volunteering and service.”  They had jobs.  His attempt to turn 9/11 into another day to worship the government is not just an innocent mistake.  It completely subverts the meaning of that terrible day.

Many of the passengers aboard those jets were businesspeople.  The planes were commercial airliners, piloted and crewed by people who had just punched into work for the day.  When the terrorist animals pulled out their box cutters, they lunged at flight attendants who were trying to get through one more shift of a demanding job.

Todd Beamer, who delivered America’s battle cry for the War on Terror, was an account executive for Oracle.  Those who rose with him to defeat al-Qaeda aboard United 93 were ordinary people on their way to visit families or take care of business.  Their actions made them war heroes, not community service volunteers. 

The buildings torn out of the New York skyline were known as the World Trade Center.  They were attacked precisely because of their prominent role in commerce, and the Western affluence they represented.  The towers were filled with thousands of working people.  It was just another weekday for them, until they found themselves racing down smoke-filled stairwells, or falling thousands of feet past flaming wreckage.  Some of the people who got out ran back into the collapsing buildings to rescue others… and never came out again.  They were not “volunteering for community service.” 

The Pentagon was likewise staffed by professionals, not community activists.  The fighting Americans who took the battle to the enemy – from Afghanistan and Iraq, to bin Laden’s ugly den in Pakistan – were professional soldiers, who dedicated great portions of their lives to training and deployment.  Their salaries, and the weapons they wield with such courage and skill, are furnished through taxes paid by working men and women.  It is our industry that provided the tools for their gallantry. 

A military that can operate within highly restrictive rules of engagement, with limited manpower, to complete objectives with minimal collateral damage, is an expensive proposition.  The quality of troops and technology required are beyond the reach of basket-case collectivist economies.  Our veterans honor us by accepting a difficult and dangerous job with horrible hours and terrifying work environments.  It is in no way comparable to Obama’s notion of “volunteering and service,” not even at a symbolic level.

The valiant first responders who charged into the flaming hell of al-Qaeda’s murderous atrocity were also highly skilled and dedicated professionals.  Their fearful trade is not something to be mastered through a couple of days of “community service” every now and then.  Their equipment and training are an expression of American economic strength… and thank God we can afford them. 

Tuesday, we will solemnly observe the eleventh anniversary of a day that belongs to all of America, not just politicians and community activists.  The reasons for the attack, and the power of our response, have nothing to do with the weak and inadequate philosophy behind President Obama’s attempt to transform the day into a celebration of socialism.

Do you really want to help “write the next great chapter in our Nation’s history and ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the promise of America?” Do you want to commemorate those who died, and help your nation prepare its defense against the next brutal attack?  Then do your job, and do it well.  That’s what everyone was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001, in the moments before we found ourselves at war.

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  • chuckinva

    Like most Americans, I remember the tragedies of that day very well. I live in the suburbs of Washington.DC and this morning reminded me all to clearly of that beautiful morning of bright blue skies and a slight chill in the air when all hell broke loose. This was our generations Pearl Harbor.

    We as a nation were very much united and all felt pride in our country and a resolve to punish those that perpetrated the attack. In eleven short years we are now far from being united. We have been divided by race, class, political party and even sexual preferences. Much of this has been due to complacency and a lack of leadership. The president promised to unite us, but has done his best to divide us for political gain.

    I will always remember 9/11/2001 and I will forever deplore Barack Obama for the way he has divided my countrymen.

  • Henry Ford

    What upsets me the most is that when disaster strikes, Americans are the FIRST to respond. In my town, when severe weather goes through, a house burns down, whatever, our neighbors and community come together to help. When someone has cancer and is unable to pay the bills, we give. It is this way all over America. Back when the tsunami hit India or Indonesia a few years ago, private American citizens gave more than the government. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY.

    We don’t need the leaches in government to tell us to give or how to give, we already do! The American politician is a leech. They aren’t servants, and they don’t know how to serve. They take pay for their “service”, make around $168K per year, have the best pension plan (their pay for life), best health care (EXEMPT from obamacare), vote themselves raises at midnight when it won’t be noticed, they fly in private jets, stay in the best hotels, eat in the best restaurants, take vacations all over the world, and all that on our dime. Now, Obama is going to tell US about service!? How about serving us by taking a hike in November? Nobama 2012!!!

  • conservative61

    Sending this to the WH is not the same as saying the idiots-in-residence will read it. Nice though, however.

  • Steven Chavez

    “When the Wall fell, we cheered, they cried. When the Twins fell, we cried, they cheered.” (S.Chavez)

    “They” saw Lady Liberty bend at her knees but they wanted her to fall.

    Who are “They?” “They” are OUR AMERICANS who were the most bitter when the Soviet Union, a system and country “they” loved more than their own, fell along with the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. “They” believed Soviet KGB propaganda and spread it in a massive misinformation campaign in the 1980′s with help from the COMMUNIST PARTY USA which funded by the KGB “active measures” department. The base of operations was at every major university. Students were recruited by the Utopian ideal of “peace” but the CPUSA’s “United States Peace Council,” an affiliate of the World Peace Council run by the SOVIET KGB, used “peace as a weapon of war” in the takeover of Central America and eventually to the ZAPATISTAS in Chiapas, Mexico where students are still visiting on “fact-finding missions.”

    When Reagan said, “We need to stop the Communists before they cross the Rio Grande,” I wrote him back and said “They’re already here. OURS!” During this same time frame, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and Iran was taken over by Mullahs which we are still dealing with today and who could start WW III and all under JIMMY CARTER, a man of “peace” and a smile.

    A 1980′s student recruited by the Soviet KGB and CPUSA DUPE, and another man with a smile and a man of “peace,” was BARACK OBAMA and many of his “CIRCLE OF COMMUNISTS” that he has appointed to White House, CIA and FBI, State Department, and DOJ positions who too were 80′s KGB RECRUITS.

    “THEY” are now creating the condition$$$ for our downfall. In order to save our country, “they” need to be filtered out by voting out EVERY DEMOCRAT in the whole United States! Too many are Communist Party sympathizers; speakers at their conventions; have meetings with them to plan strategy; members of their fronts; were 80′s dupes; but “they” can’t dare meet with Republicans or those “Tea Party sons-a-bit*hes.

    Ironic that now “THEY” are speaking LIVE at the 9-11 Memorial. “See I care. Vote for me.” Every event by Obama is to be used as a campaign photo-op. Didn’t Obama want to close Gitmo in one of his first actions? Didn’t Holder want to try the 9-11 masterminds in the shadows of the Twins? Did Obama outlaw water-boarding and torture even with the intel provided by detainees here and abroad that eventually led to the killing of Osama?

    “THEY” WANT THE DOWNFALL OF THE UNITED STATES! Obama will be seen as a hero to the majority of the world for all time. “The man who brought down the mighty United States Empire.” FROM WITHIN and voted in to do it!

  • http://profiles.google.com/biomedbill4561 Bill Smith

    Let me try this…. al qaeda, al qaeda, al qaeda did this to US. never forget who did it. That, and remembrance of the PEOPLE who gave their all(not government) should be the focus of today. Not some BS service day. To all our protectors in the U.S. Military—-THANK YOU!!!!!

  • rgolich

    Remember in 2009, our Marxist-Mooooslim Boy in Chief proclaimed that 9/11 would be known as a “day of service”. Just like Moooooslim / jihadi terror attacks are now called “domestic violence” or “workplace violence”. All designed to mask the real reasons and our real enemies, chiefly fundamentalist /Sharia lovin’ / jihadist Islam.

  • http://kathleen-trotter.myopenid.com/ Kathleen Trotter

    They were not volunteers who ran into danger and adversity to help , they are HEROS...WinforGoDaddy.webs.com

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  • 1Mojo_Risin9

    The NY Times publishes a column, 10 September by [Kurt Eichenwald], that is still blaming Bush for what happened that day, making the argument that all the signals were ignored, as if, with all the Intel that has to be analyzed, that Bush and his team are suppose to miraculously connect dots that Clinton wasn’t able to do in 8 years, but in only 8/9 months, how convenient!!! And if I’m not mistaken, I have never heard Bush lay blame on his predecessors for failures!!!

    It’s amazing/ironic that Bush gets the blame for that event after only 9 months in office, while Obuckethead will go down in history as not having a thing to do with an abysmal economy after 4 years as president and yeah, don’t forget — it’s Bush’s fault!!!

    The mission: Never vote for a democrat again — NEVER!!!

  • Rick_Kalifornication

    Don’t forget, The Path to 9/11 the movie, was shut down and not released to video by Clinton because it made the case that it was entirely his fault.

  • Amy Rowell

    I have tears streaming down my face after reading this beautifully articulated article.

    “Todd Beamer, who delivered America’s battle cry for the War on Terror, was an account executive for Oracle. Those
    who rose with him to defeat al-Qaeda aboard United 93 were ordinary
    people on their way to visit families or take care of business. Their actions made them war heroes, not community service volunteers.”

    Do you HEAR THAT, Mr. President?? WAR HEROES. Because they stood up to DEFEND those around them, with no thought to their own lives against a threat that YOU, in your own oily words, STAND WITH AS A BROTHER.

    You, Barack Obama, are a traitor. How dare you say ANYTHING about the Americans who died that day?

  • Amy Rowell

    And excellent Scripture reference.

  • Amy Rowell

    testify! I’m with ya!

  • Amy Rowell

    Indeed, why pay heed to the truth…or even an opposing opinion for that matter, if they can out-blab everyone else via their propaganda machine…er…I mean the major networks? *cough*

  • Bill_in_NC

    Over the past few decades, I’ve noticed that as the influence of Christianity has decreased in the American culture, people have had to conjure up new motivations to do the old things that used to come naturally to our society.
    For instance, church was a community organization, and through it we helped one another; and when church involvement declined, politicans responded with “It takes a village to raise a child.”
    So I appreciate your references to the “old” motivations–the ones that helped build the American society. Peace to you.

  • Amy Rowell

    Obama will NEVER acknowledge that radical ISLAMIC jihadists want to see this country on its knees. If he were ANY KIND OF PRESIDENT he would SAY it, MEAN it, and rally the country on this day of commemoration of the lives lost eleven years ago. Instead he blathers on about volunteering. Whatever. He’s a socialist and NEVER should have been allowed to even RUN for president.

  • http://twitter.com/states37 The Pundit

    What is wrong with the idea of volunteering and helping in the community. I work two jobs and still find time to volunteer to help public school children with their reading. I do this not because I have to, but because I want to. This article is in such poor taste, using a national tragedy to preach this “me first” mentality. But what else should I expect from Republicans?

  • YERMOM182

    Dearest Dear Leader…

    Go Fuck Yourself. You can take your Day of Service and shove it up your Bigfoot’s ass.

  • Brian_in_VA

    John, I was going to berate you for not standing up for life like you stand for American solidarity in this article but I see that you are firing on all cylinders today. Don’t want to knock you when you’re doing something right.

  • HomesickExWasillan

    On this day, I remember that I was NOT grieving, though our media “betters” said that was what we should be doing.

    I was angry.

    I stayed angry for many months.

    Now, 11 years later, I am no longer angry. But I know who my enemy is, and I know he is not defeated. Eleven years is a long time to fight a war without a victory.

    Perhaps we should quit defining victory to include democracy or even basic human rights in places like Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.

    Perhaps we should define victory as that condition in which those who constitute themselves America’s enemies fear to antagonize us.

    To do that, we should fight a scorched-earth war in Afghanistan, against all Taliban. We should tell Pakistan that we are not amused at their alignment with the Anti-American militant Islamists.

    At home, we should require a loyalty oath of all employees of the federal government and all immigrants who wish to obtain citizenship. This is not aimed at Muslims, per se, however, they will feel most uncomfortable about the oath, since their religion requires them to fight against the rest of us.

    I know that many Muslims just want to get along in America. A loyalty oath will make it harder for the militants to bully them. And those who don’t want to be Americans can go where the government is more congenial to their views.

    We should be more attuned to the populations and governments that do not seek the downfall of America, and give them what aid and succor is consistent with America’s interests.

    At home, we should fly the flag, and recognize that we are still at war. Our enemy has not conceded defeat. And we should change the truth of that last sentence.

  • Leroy_Whitby

    Thanks Bill.

  • wakeupmorons

    Just when you think the far right nutjobs of Human Events couldn’t stoop any lower…

    Since I know the zombies on the right do not read or take in any news or information that is not certified by Rush Limbaugh, no matter how easy it is to verify with 5 minutes and Google, let me fill you morons in on something – even though I know it will just get thrown into the trash heap of your minds along with all the other “liberal facts”, ie, facts.

    In 2009 Congress (NOT President Obama) designated September 11th as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance”. This resolution by Congress was passed bipartisanly (that means by both Republicans and Democrats).

    Furthermore, it was the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor 9/11 victims, survivors, and others who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

    FURTHERMORE, it’s actually called the “National Day of Service and Remembrance”….you see, your propagandist took out “and remembrance” because that might make it seem like Obama cared about the victims of 9-11. So they do what the right does, they lied, bold faced, even though a quick google search would show otherwise in an instant. You see, they know they can do this beause THEY KNOW that right wing zombies don’t know any better, and worse, don’t WANT to know any better.

    So in short, Human Events made up this giant lie and published it for nothing more then to rile up only the most uninformed and unread far right readers of this website. They took a giant dump on the families of the victims of 9-11 just to get some people who already hate Obama to maybe hate him a little more.

    They couldn’t even let the country have this single day of patriotic solidarity, nope.

    The truth is I don’t blame you people, you don’t know any better. You’re not particularly bright, and you’ve been indoctrinated most likely by right wing parents and media for most of your lives. It’s the people of media outlets like Human Events that are the true scum of the earth, the worst of the worst scum on earth, peddling hate and fear to the unread and unwashed masses for personal gain.

  • wakeupmorons

    Wow, amazing that your vote is equal to mine.

  • wakeupmorons

    LMAO, wow, if you only you knew how much this lying article and those who are behind it are what is dividing America. And it’s no one’s fault but our own, 2 minutes of research would show you the entire premise of this article is a giant lie. But the right knows they can lie freely, you right wing zombies won’t look it up….if you were the type of people who looked things up, you wouldn’t be right wingers. They’ve figured this out.

  • wakeupmorons

    Tell that to the 9-11 families, they are the ones who created the “National Day of Service and Remembrance”. (sorry, didn’t mean to throw facts into the conversation)

  • wakeupmorons

    God you are tough

  • wakeupmorons

    It’s a shame, all that rage could have been avoided if you just did 2 mins of research. Then you would have found out that like most right wing propaganda, it’s a totally baseless lie. But that’s ok, it’s easier to just hate isn’t it….

  • wakeupmorons

    Maybe because it’s not from the “White House”, the “National Day of Service and Remembrance” was started by the 9-11 families 10 years ago, and in 2009 Congress (both the right and left) named the day that for them. After you do 2 mins of research and find this to be true, one would think you would question outlets such as Human Events for lying to you so blatantly, using such a tragedy to stoke hate….but you won’t, you’ll find a way to ignore it, and you’ll continue to believe what you hear and read on such right wing media, because thats easier. It’s a shame you don’t ever realize that the reason these far right media outlets are out of the mainstream is because their lies and propaganda are so laughable they could never survive. They exist only in the shadows, in places where they will never be called out for their lies – Fox News, AM radio, etc… This article is a perfect example of that – an absurd lie that a 5th grader could see.

  • wakeupmorons

    John, you’re a sick, sad, hate filled man. You’re everything that’s wrong with politics today, not because of your opinions, there have always been nuts like you. No, because the creation of Fox News and the internet has given a voice to people like yourself. 30 years ago you’d be wearing pee-soaked jogging pants and holding a cardboard sign on a street corner. Today, you are a “conservative journalist”. I’d laugh at it, but it’s far too sad and dangerous.

  • Dustoff

    LOL…. So John… You’re the truth teller.

  • GomeznSA

    And exactly what have you ever done for even your local community, much less for the country as a whole?

  • GomeznSA

    John – this type of individual always forgets one ‘minor’ detail – barry wasn’t really on scene (or of any real importance – wait a minute – he isn’t really as important as he thinks he is even now) when the concept for a national day of service and/or remembrance was thought up. Yet is all to willing to take credit for it and try to turn it into something it probably was not intended to be.

  • Concerned4America

    There is a lot of history that is no longer relevant but we remember lest we forget.

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

    Of course there are those who would draw a parallel between Obama’s “don’t mention Al Queda” and the Wizard of Oz who said “ignore the man behind the curtain”.

  • Concerned4America

    Ever heard the term “man up”. Real men take responsibility and don’t blame other for all their problems.

    Did you ever notice that Reagan and the two Bushs rode off into the sunset when their terms were over and kept their opinions of the succesors to themselves and people put their lives at risk if they get between Carter, Clinton and Obama and a camera. Their ego knows no bounds.

  • wakeupmorons

    So Al Queda is “the man behind the curtain” running the US? Have you checked your bushes for muslims tonight?

  • wakeupmorons

    What does my community service have to do with Human Events taking a dump on the families of the 9-11 victims by taking their “National Day of Service and Remembrance” and twisting it somehow into Obama’s call for socialism? Wake up brother….wake up….you are a sheep getting willfully led to the slaughter.

  • wakeupmorons

    I wrote to the author of this article, pointed out his lies, and he did not respond. This is why all right wing media must be controlled 24/7 by the right. Like any cult, it can only exist in an information vacuum. The slightest infusion of facts and reality will cause it to implode.
    People like John know this all too well.

  • Concerned4America

    Please provide a point by point rebuttal with sources.

  • wakeupmorons

    Well how about for one the entire premise of this article is based on a lie. First, Obama didn’t proclaim this day anything, Congress (both Repubs and Dems alike) did in 2009. Second, what Congress called this day was the “National Day of Service and Remembrance”. Notice that the author purposely left out the “and remembrance” part. He did so because he didn’t want to make it look like Obama cared about the victims, and because he knew right wing zombies don’t ever look this shit up. Third, Congress only passed this law naming 9-11 as such as a tribute to the 9-11 families, who had created the name and calling some 10 years ago.
    In short, this entire article is a giant lie. The real question is, are you willing to accept that they did because they will even use 9-11 to foment hate for Obama, or will you just make an excuse?

  • wakeupmorons

    LOL, and here’s the thing….even though it is without question that this whole article is a lie, none of you will stop and think, “wow, how could they so blatantly lie about this, what else have they lied about?” Instead, you will find a way to ignore and/or justify it, and continue to listen to the corporate propogandist who keep leading you like sheep to the slaughter.

  • Concerned4America

    This is in the same vein as replacing Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday with a generic Presidents day. Totally destroys the point of honoring two exceptional men. Similar also to labeling the victims of 9/11 heroes giving them the same status as the real heroes who made a conscious decision to, at considerable risk, enter the buildings to try to save people.

  • wakeupmorons

    Has it ever occured to you that the reason you have been taught to hate and not trust everyone from scientists to historians to economists to professors and everyone in between….is because you are a member of a cult? Think about it, what they are teaching you is that the entire educated world can not be trusted, only a few fringe voices on am radio or unaccountable entertainment news channels or obscure websites, who are never held to any journalistic standards, who’s facts will never be challenged in any real manner. And coincidentally, all of the views espoused on these mediums just HAPPEN to be the policies that every billionaire on the planet would like to have in place.
    Wake up sweetie, wake up.

  • wakeupmorons

    And convince you that it’s the poor that are the cause of all our problems. Think about it….

  • cabensg

    I’m very thankful we had Bush as president. He knew what was right and went into Afghanistan while the press and everyone ridiculed and reviled him and showed them What America does when it’s attacked.

    We can only contemplate what an Obama administration would have done. I think an apology would have been the first order of business followed by peace talks with the Taliban. Then his impeachment.

  • cabensg

    Obama has no sympathy or understanding about what Americans feel about 9/11 because he is not an American in his heart. It was natural for him to try to minimize and remove the meaning it has for us.

  • platapapin

    Wow. A time traveling troll. I feel like Spock from the latest Star Trek reboot…
    Sorry dude, but a year later Hayward is still right. Do all the research you want, the “Day of Service” stuff was started in 2009 by the Obama administration and their congressional allies. Perhaps you have a link to share with us to illustrate how that is not a factual statement?
    Tem years ago we were all thinking more along the lines of a “national day of vengance”. Got it, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Mark-Pilling/662233082 Steven Mark Pilling

    Good comments, Steve.

  • http://twitter.com/winshin Win Shin

    OK all you Libtards, let’s get a few of things straight:

    1.) Mr. Hayward was NOT claiming in this article that Obama invented the “National Day of Service and Remembrance”. We’re all well aware of the history of the Serve America Act and the CNCS (yet another federal government agency created to do at great taxpayer cost what Americans already do more efficiently and effectively on their own). None of us real Conservatives appreciated the GOP jumping on the bandwagon to pass Ted Kennedy’s useless bill.

    2.) What Mr. Hayward does take exception to (as he clearly indicates) are the words from Obama’s 2009 Presidential Proclamation (which he clearly cites). I didn’t think the points he made were too subtle for even a Liberal to grasp, but here’s a restatement that I hope will be helpful: You don’t honor the heroes of 9/11 by “join[ing] in service”. You honor them by recognizing that they were casualties of war who were killed for being Americans. You honor them by fighting back. We fight back not by apologizing to the world and doing volunteer work, but by boldly and proudly continuing to be who we are – an exceptional people who because of our unique American virtues are the freest and most prosperous in the world. Despite what Obama says, “volunteering and service” will not “ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the promise of America.” What it takes is a strong belief in this country and what it stands for, a strong economy, and a strong military. Mr. Hayward is absolutely right. At the most fundamental level, the best way to really make a difference is to do our jobs and do them well.

    3.) Obama’s White House guidelines for 9/11 observance are equally ridiculous. His instructions to “minimize references to Al Qaeda” and attempt to convince us that “Al Qaeda and its adherents have become increasingly irrelevant” are a prime example of his arrogance and cynicism. How stupid does Obama think we are? Al Qaeda is NOT irrelevant. They will never be irrelevant until all those evil men are dead (won’t happen in my lifetime) or undergo a change of heart (won’t happen in anyone’s lifetime). If Al Qaeda really has become that irrelevant why did they change the name of the Freedom Tower to “One World Trade Center”?

  • BostonMary

    Beacht (Perfect), Irish!

  • Amy Rowell

    I know, shocking isn’t it? Venomous elitist liberals like you who swallow everything MSNBC and the New York Times vomit out should only get one vote for every hundred of you.