It almost feel traitorous when I say that 9/11 annoys me.

A nation of pride was turned into a nation of hate.

9/11 makes me want to hide and hibernate.  I don’t want to hear or see all the news articles.   All the stuff that happens on this date pisses me off more every year.

While I remember the shock when it happened, the disbelief.  Everyone pulled out every t.v. that could be found at work.  It was like the Challenger all over again.  The feeling in the pit of your stomach was just the same.  The sense of walking through a cloud of unreality.  Even though I am old enough to have had that same experience with the Space Shuttle Challenger, and the experience felt exactly like it, it didn’t cushion the blow in any way.  In the following weeks it felt unreal.  But in the months that followed, the sense if disbelief gave way to a sense of horror at what our own government was going to do in response. 

To this day, 9/11 isn’t about the people who were lost.  It is about what those who were left have lost.

To me, 9/11 represents the day America gave up its ideals of freedom.  It’s the day the government started going backwards.  It is the day the government started doing thing that we fought a war with England in order to stop.  It is the most anti-American date in the year.  The antithesis of the Fourth of July.

It is the day that America, as a nation, became a huge hypocrite on a grand scale.  It is the day that people started to embrace isolationism and reject diversity.  It is the day that everything America claims to believe in became a lie.

Protest, the right to gather and express opinions that were contrary to what the government believed, one of the most American forms of patriotism and expression and idealism became something that people labeled Unpatriotic.

The things that go on in airports now are proof that the terrorist won and we lost.  Every person who says it is better to give up freedom for a perception of safety is proof that terror won the day on 9/11.

I know that all these things didn’t happen on that one day.  But it was the response to that day, the aftermath, the culminating climax of 9/11 that led this nation to do the most un-American things and people turned away from American ideals and lose all sense of what America was really about. 

The kids who were born after 9/11 will never know the America I knew.  They will never know what American Freedom really meant.  The police have become more like para-military units.  We have taken the first steps into a police state with government control of our more and more of our daily lives.  And if the Republicans win in this election it will just go even farther as they determine who can and cannot marry, who can and can’t have access to the American dream, and who can and cannot control the reproductive functions of this country.

I can’t decide if we are turning into 1984 or a Brave New World or even The Handmaiden’s Tale.  Maybe some bizarre blend of all three.  Either way, we are less than we once were and the children growing up with this as normal will never really know what they lost.  All they will know is a growing dystopian version of America and they will be part of that conditioning and world view.

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One Response to “It almost feel traitorous when I say that 9/11 annoys me.”

  1. Well obviously I hope you’re wrong about America going down that road, but that’s basically because I agree with your assessment. I didn’t want to bring any of this up on my post, but I agreed with what Sean Penn said about 9/11 when he claimed that one of the worst tragedies was how all attempts to do something positive about it ended up being usurped.

    I also didn’t want to mention how Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the virtiol about “this is us against them” or how it was now a war between west and east was precisely what men like Osama were looking for. The one purpose of terrorism is to force your opponent to over-react and commit to something foolhardy in response, thus making them look like the bad guy and sending recruits to you.

    I was very enthused that Obama won and the “war on terror” rhetoric was dropped, even if not all vestiges or practices have been stopped yet. But here’s hoping four more years of him will do something with that, right? Meh, better than the alternative…

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