How far we have fallen

Trump 9-11

Trump arriving at a somber September 11 Memorial Service remembrance of innocent lives lost

I received an email alert from my AOL news feed around 8:55 am on September 11, 2001, a plane had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC). In my conference room I had a small television that I turned on to the Today Show. Watching Matt Lauer and Katie Couric cover what appeared, at the time, to be just a horrible accident I prepared for an appointment I had at 10 am on the conference room table. As the camera focused on the burning North Tower I watched, in real-time, the second plane strike the South Tower of the WTC at 9:03 am.

Seeing that image of the second plane I remember my exact thought at the time, I need to go pick-up my children from school. I called my wife and she told me her office, a state agency, was closing and she would drive to the school and let me know what was going on. In a matter of minutes the world, America changed but sadly it wasn’t a change that would survive.

In the weeks, and months after September 11, 2001 the citizens of this country put aside their differences, their parties, and their politics and came together. For a brief period no one talked about being a Republican or Democrat, a liberal or conservative we were simply one Nation under God, indivisible. We are no longer indivisible.

In my mind today is a very solemn day. One of those days that will be etched in my memory until I take my last breath. Yes, since that day 17 years ago we, this country has fallen far. Far from united. Far from together. Far from indivisible. Out of respect for the victims and the families of 9-11 that is where I will leave it for now.

The Eleventh Of September
by Roger J. Robicheau

We mourn their loss this day this year
Those now with God, no danger near

So many loved ones left do stand
Confronting loss throughout our land

My heart goes out to those who do
No one can fathom what they view

I firmly pray for peace of mind
Dear God please help each one to find

And to our soldiers now at war
God guide above, at sea, on shore

They are the best, I have no doubt
Our country’s pride, complete, devout

The finest force you’ll ever see
All freedom grown through liberty

One final thought comes clear to me
For what must live in infamy

Absolutely – We’ll Remember
The Eleventh – Of September

 

About ends and beginnings blog

I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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12 Responses to How far we have fallen

  1. Swarn Gill says:

    Personally I think 9/11 was just an interruption to a trend that was continuing, and in the end the attack allowed for a more prescient and aggressive fear mongering campaign by Republicans who since the Reagan era had developed this strategy to win religious southern states in each general election. The unity after 9/11 was bound not to last, especially since true causes for this horrible disaster were never discussed honestly. The party in charge had to double down on lying for justifying a war, and the other side never acted as a proper voice of reason as many voted to go to war. This cost us trillions of dollars, and no meaningful changes in our imperialistic foreign policy at a time when jobs were moving overseas and technological advances were putting people out of work. I’d say the terrorists won at this point.

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  2. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    Sadly, very, very far …
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
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    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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  3. Infidel753 says:

    I wonder why Robicheau chose to throw in so many references to God and being “devout”? That in itself seems intentionally divisive in a largely secular society. Evidently I’m not part of the “indivisibility” being celebrated.

    The nineteen hijackers, of course, were very devout indeed. They sacrificed their very lives for their religious beliefs. Few can claim such piety.

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