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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:20 am    Post subject: Written by a friend of mine. Reply with quote

First posted on the Trailer Sailor Forum.

Hit the buildings, Missed America.

An open letter to a terrorist:

Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America. You hit the Pentagon, but you missed America. You used helpless American bodies, to take out other American bodies, but like a poor marksman, you STILL missed America.

Why? Because of something you guys will never understand. America isn't about a building or two, not about financial centers, not about military centers, America isn't about a place, America isn't even about a bunch of bodies. America is about an IDEA. An idea, that you can go someplace where you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the most part, like you envisioned living, and pursue Happiness. (No guarantees that you'll reach it, but you can sure try!)

Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine, and chant your terrorist litany: "If you can not see my point, then feel my pain." This concept is alien to Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point. But you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to your speech. But you're free to say one. Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone has to agree with you. We don't agree with each other in this country, almost as a matter of pride. We're a collection of guys that don't agree, called States. We united our individual states to protect ourselves from tyranny in the world.
Another idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make it up as you go, when it's your country.

If you're free enough.

Yeah, we're fat, sloppy, easy-going goofs most of the time. That's an unfortunate image to project to the world, but it comes of feeling free and easy about the world you live in. It's unfortunate too, because people start to forget that when you attack Americans, they tend to fight like a cornered badger. The first we knew of the War of 1812, was when England burned Washington D.C. to the ground. Didn't turn out like England thought it was going to, and it's not going to turn out like you think, either. Sorry, but you're not the first bully on our shores, just the most recent.

No Marquis of Queensbury rules for Americans, either. We were the FIRST and so far, only country in the world to use nuclear weapons in anger.
Horrific idea, nowadays? News for you bucko, it was back then too, but we used it anyway. Only had two of them in the whole world and we used 'em both. Grandpa Jones worked on the Manhattan Project. Told me once, that right up until they threw the switch, the physicists were still arguing over whether the Uranium alone would fission, or whether it would start a fissioning chain reaction that would eat everything. But they threw the switch anyway, because we had a War to win. Does that tell you something about American Resolve?

So who just declared War on us? It would be nice to point to some real estate, like the good old days. Unfortunately, we're probably at war with random camps, in far-flung places. Who think they're safe. Just like the Barbary Pirates did, IIRC. Better start sleeping with one eye open.

There's a spirit that tends to take over people who come to this country, looking for opportunity, looking for liberty, looking for freedom. Even if they misuse it. The Marielistas that Castro emptied out of his prisons, were overjoyed to find out how much freedom there was. First thing they did when they hit our shores, was run out and buy guns. The ones that didn't end up dead, ended up in prisons. It was a big PITA then (especially in south Florida), but you're only the newest PITA, not the first.

You guys seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live in America, America lives in US! American Spirit is what it's called. And killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it. Most of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit. Until we're crossed in a cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of Spirit.

Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit, this time.
Sleep tight, if you can. We're coming.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AMEN

And it is time for Americans to stand tall, and be proud of our country. Time to support Americans who put their lives on the line to ensure our Freedoms continue. 19 years ago every Fireman, Police Officer, Medic were heros. Everyone was wearing or wanted an FDNY shirt or cap. When everyone was running -- away -- from the Towers, these First Responders were running to the scene.

It's time to show them we still support them, still respect them and honor them for what they do. It is time for America to wake up again.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:40 am    Post subject: Woke Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well written, thank you!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are so many types of Americans to honor and appreciate:
    Coal miners who risk mine collapses every day
    Single mothers who work 2 jobs to get their kids thru college
    Taxi drivers in the middle of the night when you need one
    Doctors without Borders
    Life guards
    Mountain rescue teams
    Immigrants who risk everything to find a better life for their kids
    Teachers.....all teachers
    People who pick up trash in public places without being asked
I suspect the Germans, Spaniards, Jordanians, and Sri Lankians all feel the same way regarding pride for all these types of people in their country.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course I agree with the above.

Of course you know there is another side of the coin as Americans are not "all"
of the above which delineates mostly our bravest and best.

Enter David Bently Hart (DOB 1965), an American philosopher/theologian, who
prolifically shows you another side.

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Passively Indoctrinated and Ignorant
Americans are, of course, the most thoroughly and passively indoctrinated people on earth. They know next to nothing as a rule about their own history, or the histories of other nations, or the histories of the various social movements that have risen and fallen in the past, and they certainly know little or nothing of the complexities and contradictions comprised within words like “socialism” and “capitalism.”
Chiefly, what they have been trained not to know or even suspect is that, in many ways, they enjoy far fewer freedoms, and suffer under a more intrusive centralized state, than do the citizens of countries with more vigorous social-democratic institutions.
This is at once the most comic and most tragic aspect of the excitable alarm that talk of social democracy or democratic socialism can elicit on these shores. An enormous number of Americans have been persuaded to believe that they are freer in the abstract than, say, Germans or Danes precisely because they possess far fewer freedoms in the concrete.
They are far more vulnerable to medical and financial crisis, far more likely to receive inadequate health coverage, far more prone to irreparable insolvency, far more unprotected against predatory creditors, far more subject to income inequality, and so forth, while effectively paying more in tax (when one figures in federal, state, local, and sales taxes, and then compounds those by all the expenditures that in this country, as almost nowhere else, their taxes do not cover).
One might think that a people who once rebelled against the mightiest empire on earth on the principle of no taxation without representation would not meekly accept taxation without adequate government services. But we accept what we have become used to, I suppose.
Even so, one has to ask, what state apparatus in the “free” world could be more powerful and tyrannical than the one that taxes its citizens while providing no substantial civic benefits in return, solely in order to enrich a piratically overinflated military-industrial complex and to ease the tax burdens of the immensely wealthy?

~ David Bentley Hart: A Different Class of the Imprisoned
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgmqJ97Gc-4


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smckean (Tosca) wrote:
There are so many types of Americans to honor and appreciate:
    Coal miners who risk mine collapses every day
    Single mothers who work 2 jobs to get their kids thru college
    Taxi drivers in the middle of the night when you need one
    Doctors without Borders
    Life guards
    Mountain rescue teams
    Immigrants who risk everything to find a better life for their kids
    Teachers.....all teachers
    People who pick up trash in public places without being asked
I suspect the Germans, Spaniards, Jordanians, and Sri Lankians all feel the same way regarding pride for all these types of people in their country.


Sandy, I agree, in part, but every American Service man or woman, no matter what branch of the armed service, signed a check, "payable with my life", as well as every law enforcement officer, knowing full well, they may not come home from work tonight.

Unfortunately, in our world now, that same trueth is far to real for the checker at the 7-11, the Uber driver, or the pedestrian walking home from the Post Office. Even the grandma sitting on her porch in thr suburb.

What is our world coming to. We have lost respect for each other, ourselves, and the law and those whose job it is to enforce it.

Harvey
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