Tags: 9/11, freedom, life, security
I recall a few years back, politicians accusing each other of having a “September tenth mentality” toward homeland security. The imagery of such a statement is powerful, intense, and interestingly revealing.
Twelve years ago, we sat in fear and uncertainty after the events of only one day prior. I intend not to further illuminate that day that most of us conscious today remember vividly. I intend not to focus on 9/11 but rather that day after, a day after that I would argue that we have yet to begin.
The events of 9/11 lasted one day. But their effect has yet to end. We are still at war; indeed there are many Americans who do not remember peacetime. We take our shoes off at airports and cannot bring liquids aboard. We have untried prisoners sitting in Guantanamo Bay and who knows where else. We allow our government to spy on us, to threaten other nations, to endanger our civil liberties. We do all of this in the name of security, in the name of protecting our nation from the evils that we saw twelve years and a day ago.
We have allowed our America to decay from the inside. We have allowed those liberties upon which this nation was built to be stripped away, almost in an instant. In twelve years, we have seen ourselves become a nation ruled by fear.
And I believe it’s at least partially because every year, we focus on yesterday. Every year, the “never forget” statements ring, as we find it more important to focus on 9/11 than on the evils that have occurred since then.
We don’t have to relive the attacks each year to see that the terrorism has yet to stop. We are still prisoners of September 11, and it’s time for a new day. It’s time to welcome September 12.
September 12 is not a day of forgetting, or any of the other horrors implied by the phrase “move on.” But it is a day of rebirth. It’s a day of growth, of assessing the damages and seeing what work needs to be done to repair them.
Today is September 12. Today we need to realize that 9/11 is in the past, behind us, and that allowing the damage to continue cannot help us or heal us. It’s only been twelve years, a blink of an eye, but we must move on.
Some people think it’s awful that Memorial Day is a day for parades and sales. They think that celebration is not an appropriate way to mourn and memorialize. But it’s the American way. We memorialize by living. And in America, we do that by living free, happy, innocent, and unfortunately, by being a target. September 12 may look very similar to September 10. But what’s important is that it looks nothing like September 11.Be the first to comment