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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yes; I Remember

9/11/2001
I remember the day quite well
But my thoughts, my feelings and my memories of that day are often more personal than patriotic.
I am bombarded with messages from Christian friends demanding that we never forget, but making no mention of when. if ever, we shall forgive - even though forgiving is a fundamental pillar of their religion.

I will never forget, may never forgive, but that is just me.
America has a much bigger future to consider than I do, and much, much more to remember.
Do I remember Pearl Harbor?
No, I was not yet born.
But America does.
I remember other things though and some of them come to mind now amid this flurry of almost angry patriotism.

I remember that there were no weapons of mass destruction.
I remember that Saddam Hussein swung at the end of a rope while Osama Binladen laughed at us from a cave.
I remember Bhopal.
I remember My Lai.
I remember Kent State.
I remember Oklahoma City.
I remember the smirk on George Bush's face whenever he was confronted with any of his blundering atrocities.
I remember the bodies coming home from Vietnam.
I remember that I was not allowed to see the bodies coming home from Iraq.
I remember that we did not count Iraqi civilian casualties.
I remember that we once fought a Civil War, amended the Constitution, and freed the slaves; and then went on to disenfranchise, corral, and eradicate the Native Americans.
I remember that in my lifetime, more Americans have died from gun violence than in all American wars combined.
I remember that 44,000 Americans die every year due to lack of health insurance.
I remember Nixon claiming that he was NOT a crook, then resigning from office because he was.
I remember that Ronald Regan couldn't remember.
I remember Steven Biko.
I remember the funerals of JFK, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
I remember the kindness and support the world showed us on 9/12/2001.
I remember how quickly we squandered that support with our arrogance.
I remember Challenger.
I remember Columbia.
I remember Apollo One.

I remember learning that when the founders of this nation wanted to justify their reasons for breaking from the empire, they sent a declaration to King George.
I remember learning that first and foremost it read: " We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

All men are created equal...

I remember realizing that in all the thousands of years of recorded civilized history that this was the first time someone had thought to write that down as part of a national doctrine...

First time...