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Remember… by American Elephant

September 11 is not a day for “national service”. It is not a day to pick up litter, it is not a day to install compact fluorescent light bulbs, it is not a day to register illegal aliens to vote. September 11 is a day to remember with absolute clarity that which many on the left are trying to obfuscate — that our nation withstood cunning, painstakingly planned attacks that were designed to destroy our economy, our defenses, and our very government all at the same time. It is a day to be acutely aware that others like them are plotting ways to launch even more devastating attacks on us.

It is a day to remember.

And in addition to remembering what happened that day, we should all remember that one of the reasons it happened is because our federal government got so big, and so corrupt, so distracted with things it should not be doing, that it utterly failed in the most important thing it is supposed to do — protect the American people.

In that vein, I re-post the following with very minor changes:

Remember the right things

Remember those who lost family, friends and loved ones. Remember them. They still grieve.

Be there for them, but let them do the grieving. It’s time for the rest of us to stop focusing on grief and remember.

Remember those who looked up at towering infernos, smelled the burning fuel, felt the heat, heard the girders buckle and groan — then gathered their courage and charged inside. Remember, especially, those who never made it back out.

But most importantly, remember what those bastards did to us:

Second Plane Hits Twin Towers

Remember airliners full of terrified men, women and children. Remember flight attendants with knives pressed to their throats.

Remember those trapped above the flames with no way out. Remember their calls to 911 operators. “Oh my God, I’m going to die!”

Remember the unfathomable choice forced on them, do they wait and burn alive, or do they jump 110 stories to their deaths?

Remember the bastards who did this to us.

Falling Man

Falling Man

Remember the passengers who knew. Remember telephone calls and last goodbyes. “I love you! …I’ve got to go now.” Remember how they fought back and sacrificed themselves — most likely saving the United States Congress in the process.

Remember the sound of the second plane full of people roaring in — so very low — and the explosive smack as it hit. Remember that split-second when you and I, and everyone across the country realized as one — this was no accident.

Remember everything those God-damned bastards did to us.

9-11 towers

Remember 2,873 savage murders.

Remember, but for the grace of God, there could have been 50,000 souls in the Trade Center had it been just a little later in the morning. Remember there were to have been more hijacked flights aimed at Chicago and Los Angeles and other cities across the country. Remember the anthrax.

Remember how close they came.

They chose their targets ruthlessly. They weren’t aiming only to kill Americans — to them, death was a fortunate consequence of their plan — they were aiming to destroy America itself.

They struck at heart of American commerce in order to destroy the economy:

9-11

They struck at the heart of American defense in order to destroy the military infrastructure:

9-11 pentagon

And they tried to strike the capitol, hoping to kill as much of Congress as possible, to destroy our government’s ability to recover. Thank God they were thwarted:

9-11 Shanksville

What would have happened to the economy with Wall Street and the financial district destroyed and congress dead? What would have happened to the military with its leadership dead? What would have happened throughout the country with Wall Street destroyed, the military command obliterated and no federal government to put things back together?

And what would have happened when additional attacks followed — as they were meant to?

Too many people think September 11th was only about killing. It was about killing — but it was about much more than that. It was about utterly destroying the entire nation. It was about bringing down America.

Remember it all. Remember everything they did. Remember how close those evil sons of bitches came.

Remember that they are working to attack us again.

[Originally published 9/11/2007]

Update: Michelle Malkin remembers.
Ed Morrissey looks ahead.
President Bush addresses Congress, September 20, 2001.
Gay Patriot remembers his friend, James Joe Ferguson.
Ace of Spades has the live on-air coverage from CNN that day.



The Feel Good Story of the Week by The Elephant's Child

Obama never understood economics. He was sure that adding more government jobs helped the economy because more people were working. He added over 105 new federal regulations+ 46 billion in costs, and it took all those new government jobs to enforce and administer the regulations.

So the feel good story of the week is simply not anything he would understand. Steven Hayward was going to suggest that the best news was that the ratings for CNN have fallen more than 20 percent over the past year, and have continued to fall over the summer so it now ranks behind the Discovery Channel and HGTV. But here’s the real good news:

EPA lost more than 1,500 workers in first 18 months of Trump administration: report

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly lost 8 percent of its staff in the first 18 months of President Trump‘s administration due to high numbers of departing staffers and a low number of new hires.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that nearly 1,600 workers left the EPA during that time, while fewer than 400 were hired. The agency’s employment has shrunk to its lowest levels since the Reagan administration, the Post noted.

Overall U.S. nonfarm payroll employment went up by 201,000 in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, government employment fell by 3,000, to 22.3 million. That’s governments across the country, not just the federal government.

The regulations imposed by the Obama administration meant often huge costs to the industries upon which they were imposed. Just the simple requirement that fast food restaurants list the calories of the ingredients in their offerings has meant redoing the big signs behind the counter or changing their methods so that people order from paper menus. And think of all the ingredients in the selection of pizzas at your friendly neighborhood pizza parlor. Regulations cost a business a lot, and many sound helpful, but in the real world are not. Anyone ordering a hamburger and fries is there because they want a hamburger and fries. They know it’s a lot of calories, but they don’t care—that’s why they are there.




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