Today is September 11th and in honor of those who died in this horrific event, I have removed my political garb as a show of solidarity, because at the end of the day, we all are just Americans. Our hearts go back to that day when everything changed. To me everything did indeed change. I believe there is a war on terror, and that war continues. There is but one issue for me in this election and it is the same as it was in 2004. There are too many Americans who have moved on, forgotten and dismissed this day as something of naught. The resoluteness of our President has been criticized by many as too isolating and aggressive. I find it to be courageous. His tenacity in this cause will prove to be one of extreme valor. He has not faltered and he has not failed. The "you are with us or against us" rhetoric has taken on a face of imperialism instead of a steadfast commitment to defeating evil. Where has our commitment gone? When did we begin to lose sight of the fight?
On this day I remember the lives that were lost and the many who have been fighting relentlessly for this just cause. "Then conquer we must, when our cause is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust". God Bless America and thank you my blogging friends of all political persuasions for speaking your minds freely and without fear! You are all great Americans and you have my utmost respect.
September 21, 2001
"Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of Congress, and fellow Americans, in the normal course of events, presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the union. Tonight, no such report is needed; it has already been delivered by the American people."
"Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done."
"Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated."
"We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies."
"Now, this war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat. Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime. Our nation has been put on notice, we're not immune from attack. We will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect Americans."
"This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom. We ask every nation to join us."
"After all that has just passed, all the lives taken and all the possibilities and hopes that died with them, it is natural to wonder if America's future is one of fear. Some speak of an age of terror. I know there are struggles ahead and dangers to face. But this country will define our times, not be defined by them."
"Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail."
"But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire or story or rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever. And I will carry this. It is the police shield of a man named George Howard who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others. It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. It is my reminder of lives that ended and a task that does not end."
I believe you Mr. President. You have not forgotten, but so many American's have. I stand with you...