Seventeen years ago, Islamic extremists launched an attack on America. Nearly 3,000 people were killed and over 6,000 injured when the terrorists commandeered commercial passenger airlines and flew them into both of the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and one aimed at the Capital, which was crashed by brave passengers into a field in Pennsylvania.
The horrific act of terrorism launched America on a wave of patriotism. Hundreds of thousands of Americans began flying American flags at their homes. American flags were flown from automobile windows and antenna. Patriotic clothing flew off store shelves.
An acquaintance of mine at the time, who was in the military, told me that enlistments for every branch of the US military skyrocketed. Everyone stood at the playing of the National Anthem and many schools once again began reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
September 11, 2001, like December 7, 1941 is a day that should live in infamy, but sadly, the impact and meaning of 9/11, a mere 17 years later, is largely a forgotten event.
It’s as if the American people have developed a form of dementia that has become contagious, spreading among many like any other serious disease or pathogen.
How has 9/11 been forgotten?
Let’s start with the open and blind acceptance of Muslims. Since 9/11, voters have begun electing Muslims to local and national office. They forget that Muslims were the ones that attacked us. Obama and his fellow Democrats wanted to allow tens of thousands of Muslim refugees into the United States without their being fully vetted.
When will America learn? A number of European counties did accept many thousands of Muslim refugees from the Middle East and northern Africa. Now they are faced with high crime rates and economic problems trying to provide for the refugees. In many European locations, it’s no longer safe for any non-Muslim female to be in public without someone to protect her.
I have British friends who continue to tell me the horror stories of what’s happened to some areas of England that accepted numerous Muslim immigrants. They say it has changed the entire culture, education, business and government of those areas, in addition to the increases in crimes. My friends point to the election of a Muslim mayor of London.
Some of these European countries regret opening their borders to the refugees and have started taking action to close borders and even deport some of the refugees.
Then we have the rampant unpatriotic act that was publicly manifested by the shameful and disrespectful display of Colin Kaepernick and other professional football players. Their kneeling and protesting during the playing of the National Anthem would never have been tolerated in the immediate years after 9/11.
Remember how so many people flew American flags from their homes after 9/11? Over the past decade, we’ve heard of numerous instances where people, including military veterans, were told to remove their flags because they violated the codes that were obviously enacted by anti-American liberals.
The America we see today in 2018 is far different than the America we saw after the 9/11 attack and it’s all because too many Americans have either forgotten what really happened on 9/11 or they have some form of patriotic dementia that has clouded their minds with some unreality.
For those of us who have lived for a few decades, it tears at our hearts to see what is happening to our beloved country and how so many have forgotten so quickly.
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