Nine years ago today, in the span of two hours, our nation was irrevocably changed. Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second. Friends were lost. Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out. A group of modern day warriors in the sky fought back and saved countless lives on the ground. Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken. The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.
Nine years later, we are in the midst of political and idealogical battles one would not have thought imaginable in those days of unity. Imagine if someone had told you that the next administration would try the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, in a civilian court in lower Manhattan? How about a mosque at Ground Zero supported by same said administration? You would have been indignant. Welcome to 9/11/1o. Welcome to our new reality where, for so many, this year feels more raw; as though a scab has been ripped off and the unhealed wound has been left exposed anew.
I, for one, will not be lectured by my government or members of the media about tolerance. My resolve is only strengtehned by their preaching. My commitment to never forget is renewed.
First, he says the U.S. is an accessory to 9/11, then he refuses to call Hamas a terrorist organization and now this:
New audio has surfaced of the imam behind the controversial mosque near Ground Zero allegedly telling an audience overseas that the United States has been far more deadly than al-Qaeda. “We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non Muslims,” Feisal Abdul Rauf said at a 2005 lecture sponsored by the University of South Australia.
This is what passes as a moderate in the left’s warped world.
I, for one, welcome it.
Washington (CNN) — President Obama’s comments on a plan to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero are not only giving opponents an opportunity to attack him but also reveal a messaging problem from the White House, a communications expert said.
“The danger here is an incoherent presidency,” said David Morey, vice chairman of the Core Strategy Group, who provided communications advice to Obama’s 2008 campaign. “Simpler is better, and rising above these issues and leading by controlling the dialogue is what the presidency is all about. So I think that’s the job they have to do more effectively as they have in the past [in the campaign].”
Obama has faced a torrent of criticism for what was called mixed messages on the controversial plan. On Friday, Obama said Muslims “have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country … That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”
The following day, Obama told Ed Henry, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, that he was “not commenting on the wisdom” of the project, just the broader principle that the government should treat “everyone equal, regardless” of religion. Then a White House spokesman clarified those comments.
“There is no question they are having messaging problems at the White House,” Morey said. “They’ve lost control of the dialogue, and they’ve gotten pulled down by the extremes on the left and right. They’ve just not had a coherent set of themes.”
But Obama has the ability to sharpen his messaging skills by being less of a law professor and more of a communicator in chief, Morey said.
“Communicating as a law professor does not work as president. It’s not worked,” he said. “You’re drawing fine distinctions and speaking in long enough paragraphs that they can be misconstrued and taken out of context and frankly, handed to your opposition to exploit. And that’s clearly what’s going on here [with the Islamic center/mosque comments].”
What these Democrat strategists don’t seem to realize is that Obama just does not have it in his DNA to not lecture the American people – no matter the topic. At a time when these people are already in a sour mood, the last thing they need is for the Elitist In Chief to tell them how unenlightened they are for opposing a mosque in such close proximity to the hallowed ground where 3,000 were murdered in the name of Islam.
Remember in November.
CNN Via Riehl World View
Color me unsurprised. This is the same fool who called the 9/11 attacks “a failure of human understanding” – on the anniversary of Islamic terrorists murdering 3,000 of his fellow citizens.
“The sooner we separate the peaceful teaching of Islam from the behavior of terrorists, the better for all of us,’’ Patrick said on WTKK-FM 96.9.
The 15-story mosque and cultural center are poised for approval after the New York City Landmarks Commission refused Tuesday to block redevelopment of the site.
“It’s poor taste to put it where they’re putting it,’’ said C. Lee Hanson of Easton, Conn., whose son, Peter, daughter-in-law, Sue Kim, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Christine Lee, all of Groton, died on United Airlines Flight 175. “They should just build it a mile away. There would be no problems.’’
The issue has caused bitter divisions in New York and has provoked strong emotions in Massachusetts, where the two planes involved in the attacks took off. Some local families of victims of the attacks have embraced the proposal for a mosque in Lower Manhattan as a symbol of religious tolerance, while others consider it unthinkably insensitive.
Remember in November, Mass readers.