Today is the seventh anniversary of the worst day in modern American history. I'll never forget where I was that day.
I was sitting in my car at the library, having gotten an unexpected day off from work. I was waiting for the library to open. Other people were standing in front of the library's doors and I heard snippets of their conversation. New York...closed down...attack. What the heck was going on? I turned on my car radio and was stunned by what I heard. I couldn't believe it. As soon as the library opened I made a bee line for the computers and promptly pulled up Yahoo! News. What I'd heard on my car radio was true. America was under attack. Again, I couldn't believe it. I suddenly understood what the Greatest Generation felt like on December 7th, 1941. My generation, and the ones immediately below it, were suddenly, terrifyingly faced with our own Pearl Harbor. Sadly, in the weeks, months and years since September 11, 2001 we have not lived up to the gallantry and heroism of the Pearl Harbor generation.
After Japan's attack on our base in Hawaii the nation responded not only with outrage but with a steely determination to utterly defeat our enemy. Men eagerly enlisted in the armed forces and boys as young as 12 lied about their age to enlist, too. Hollywood actors such as Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart left their lives of wealth and comfort to become warriors for their native land. Stateside Hollywood celebrities enthusiastically supported the war effort with unapologetically pro-American and anti-enemy movies and documentaries.
Elsewhere on the homefront people bought millions of dollars worth of war bonds to finance America's war machine. Americans endured rationing and grew victory gardens so our fighting men would have the resources they needed to stay strong. Women who never expected to work outside the home took jobs in factories to make the bombs and bullets, tanks and planes, ships and rifles needed for victory. And there was no doubt in anyone's mind that victory was the ONLY option in that war and that America was entitled to it. How different from America today!
Today, we are a nation plagued by fifth columnists convinced of our wickedness and committed to our defeat. Yes, there was an outburst of truly inspiring and heady patriotism immediately after the dastardly deeds on 9/11, but it lasted only a year at most. Even in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy the traitor contigent within our country brazenly showed off. Only a few days after the horror Jeremiah Wright, presidential candidate Barack Obama's pastor, was shouting "God damn America!" from his pulpit. And Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the left-wing magazine The Nation, forbid her daughter to fly Old Glory outside her bedroom window, saying the flag stood for fascism.
Some liberals, to be fair, did join real Americans in a show of patriotism and righteous rage. They proudly flew the flag from their homes and vehicles and clearly understood who the enemy was. But that was just a reaction to the shock of 9/11; it was not an expression of their true selves. As soon as the shock wore off those flag waving progressives quickly snapped out of what, for them, was temporary insanity and reverted to their hate America nature.
The further we've gotten from the events of that horrific day in 2001 the bolder the traitor contigent has become. Ask a progressive whom they hate and 9 out of 10 will say George W. Bush, not Osama ben Laden. The man who orchestrated the slaughter of 3000 of their fellow countrymen barely registers on most liberals' radar screens. But the man who's protected us from Osama and those like him is hated with a virulence and irrationality resembling the Nazis' hatred for the Jews. Just as the Nazis blamed the Jews for every evil under the sun, so leftists blame Bush the same way. It would be hilarious if the haters weren't deadly serious.
To bolster their disconnected-from-reality hatred of Bush and America, the traitor contingent invented the 9/11 conspiracy industry. Now their hatred could be made to seem lucid by claiming that 9/11 was an inside job, perpetrated by a cosmically evil president bent on destruction of the Constitution and world domination. This is something straight out of the Islamofascists' handbook. Again, it would be funny if it weren't so serious. And there's more.
Not content to stew in their hatred for America, liberals are compelled to work for this country's defeat. They expose our tactics against the terrorists in their newspapers, claiming that Americans have a right to know what's going on. They oppose every anti-terror measure proposed or enacted by the Bush administration. And they push for the release of terrorists from Gitmo so they can fight us again. Liberals claim that they're doing this to protect America. They say that if Americans would oppose the Bush administration and release terrorists the world will love us and terrorism will cease. Yeah, right. The real reason liberals have worked tirelessly to undermine the war on terror is because they don't believe America is worth defending.
Progressives are wedded to a pernicious narrative that casts America as uniquely guilty and therefore deserving of any violent blowback that occurs. The terrorists are just reacting to the injustices we've inflicted on them. We have no right to fight back because their violence is really our fault. This is the self-hating reasoning that liberals are captive to. This, not a genuine revulsion against war, is the real motive behind their "anti-war" activism. And this is why our reation to 9/11 pales in comparison to our reaction to Pearl Harbor. There were liberals in America on December 7th, 1941 but they were not corrupted by the treasonous ideology that grips the left today.
As we remember the horror of September 11, 2001 we must understand that we're now fighting two wars, one foreign and one domestic. We must beware of the internal enemy who would serve our nation on a silver platter to our external foes. The fifth columnists may look like us, talk like us, dress like us, and even pray like us, but they are not for us; they are not on our side. On this day of all days we must grasp that unpleasant fact and deal with it. Our nation and our lives depend on it.
God bless America and God bless Victory!