Last week on the 14th anniversary of 9/11 the hash tag “never forget” was trending. However, if the current direction of the country is any indication, forgetting is actually quite trendy these days.
Unless the (wrong) lesson we seemed to learn from 9/11 is how the very idea of American Exceptionalism is an affront to world peace. Or that the politically correct response to Islamo-fascism is to create a perpetual nanny state that chokes our Constitutional freedoms and economic prosperity in order to purge us of our micro-aggression.
Perhaps the hash tag “doing it wrong” should’ve been trending instead.
Sadly, this is pretty much where we are as we remember the bloody stain Islamo-fascism inflicted on our nation 14 years ago. With each passing year, our ‘never forgets’ become more and more insulting to the ear as President Obama’s Marxist reign takes us deeper into cultural and Constitutional oblivion.
Perhaps we need to start redirecting some of our annual melancholy toward a more regularly scheduled hazing of the homegrown fascists doing a much better job than the terrorists of gutting this nation? Build all the beautiful memorials and play all the video tape footage of planes crashing into buildings that you want, but what are those triggers intended to make us think and feel about who we are and where we live?
Permit me to point out five examples.
1) Are we meant to remember that our nation was fashioned by a people who believed they were endowed by their creator with unalienable rights? If so, how does throwing an elected official named Kim Davis in jail square with that? She was representing the will of 75 percent of Kentucky voters by standing for marriage – an institution that precedes the collective wisdom of our Founding Fathers and every form of government created by man — yet we are to believe that a 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court supersedes all of that?
Despite the clear dictates of the 10th Amendment and the U.S. Constitution’s enumerated powers clause? Despite the obvious implication that such a belief not only makes unelected judges the superior voice of the federal government, but also the high priests governing the direction of our society’s entire moral compass? Despite the fact such thinking automatically makes you a fan of the Dred Scott, Plessey v. Ferguson and Roe v. Wade travesties?
Shouldn’t the lesson we take away from less than two dozen terrorists inflicting pain and suffering on an entire nation be this: That we won’t let an even smaller band of oligarchs known as the Supreme Court usurp our God-given claim on true liberty?
2) Are we meant to remember that the lives lost on 9-11 and during the wars that followed are precious because they were created in the image and likeness of God? If so, how is the death by the thousands that plays out daily at Planned Parenthood allowed to continue? The dark heart of man was projected into our living rooms when we watched planes-turned-bombs hurl themselves into the Twin Towers. When we watched people plummet from windows rather than burn alive. When both towers fell and turned a disaster into an apocalypse.
The reality of the murderous mayhem was unavoidable for anyone with the technology to see it, and nothing less than that is true regarding the child-killing industry. We have the ultrasounds that show not only fingers and toes, but beating hearts and emotional reactions. That’s the bright side. But we also have the play-by-play accounts of how abortion’s loaded weapons – the scientific and technological knowledge that is being perverted for evil’s sake much like the 9-11 airplanes were – are being used to pull babies limb from limb. And then, of course, we have the laughing hyenas of Planned Parenthood, who talk about selling baby parts for profit like terrorists talk about being awarded heavenly virgins for their so-called martyrdom.
Shouldn’t the lesson we take away from the insane version of justice levied on us by jihadists be that no such wickedness and barbarism will be allowed to enter the sanctity of a mother’s womb?
3) Are we meant to remember that the heroism displayed by the citizen soldiers aboard the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania is something everyone should aspire to? So when cake bakers and florists are being called bigots and having their businesses shut down in the name of pagan justice, do we speak up in their defense and draw others to the vanguard that dutifully protects the First Amendment? How about when other businesses like Office Depot and Planet Fitness are given a free pass to harass their clients because the only standard they care about is ‘you will be made to care’?
Yes, we all wish to avoid the fear and discomfort that often come with life’s highest callings, but as Gandalf the Grey once said, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Are we constantly avoiding the tough battles because our default position is to cloak ourselves in comfort at all costs?
Shouldn’t the lesson we take away from Americans who gave their last full measure of devotion to a cause they didn’t choose be this: to show a little more spine in preserving the treasured institutions and values being spat upon in this country at every turn?
4) Every American is illegally spied upon under the presumption of guilt, meanwhile we double our immigration from Muslim lands without batting an eye. Oh, and then there’s the prostate exam we all receive each time we try to take a domestic flight.
5) And are we meant to remember that our national debt is the toxic symptom of a disease 9/11 should have convinced us must be rooted out? That we are not too big to fail? Yet Congress remains paralyzed year after year in the face of a growing threat they can’t wrap their scant amount of courage and resolve around.
As reported earlier this summer in The Washington Times, just keeping the debt level at its current level of 75 percent of the economy would require middle-class families to pay $750 a year more in taxes. Now try to return to the debt levels of most of the past five decades. Do you prefer a $1,700 annual tax increase per middle-class household or an across-the-board spending cut that would shave the average new retiree’s first-year Social Security payments by $2,400?
Neither? Let’s ignore it then and give China (our landlords) another call. We are those fools in the movie “Wall-E” who are simultaneous the last hope of humanity and its cancer. What level of danger must arise before the best part of us awakens from its slumber and says enough is enough. No more gluttonous chains for us.
Bottom line—it’s going to take a lot more than some social media hashtag do-gooderism to inspire us to return to what makes America exceptional in the first place. But let me take a crack at it nonetheless.
(Steve Deace is a nationally syndicated talk show host and also the author of the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” You can “like” him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.)