I am writing this on the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001. I have been watching some of the news coverage of the memorial service and reading some of the articles and such in the news and around the internet.
First, I want to make sure that those reading this know I am very, very sorry for the families and friends of those that lost their lives that day and in the next few that followed. The horror of the towers being struck and then falling, combined with the uncertainty of any attacks still to come made that day a hell for anyone old enough to realize what was going on, especially anyone with loved ones in harms way that day. I sincerely hope that all of those affected that day have gotten or will acheive some peace in their lives.
Those of you that have read more than a post or two of this blog know that is not all I have to say. So, here is what motivated me to write this post, other than the sadness of the memorial ceremonies -
I am VERY suspect and doubtful of the motives and emotions shown by a lot of the writers, speakers, presenters, performers, and commentators that I have watched and read on this day. I wonder how many of them would have been there had there not been national coverage on multiple networks? Again, not any family or friends of those directly involved, but the actual politicians, pundents, and performers that were there. Maybe I am too cynical in my outlook, but why do they not ask God to "Bless America" on March 4th, or October 7th, or yesterday? Why do they not wave American flags on the other days of the year and in the decade since the attacks? Why today, is America the "Greatest Nation on Earth" when it was not mentioned by these same people yesterday, a week ago, or last year?
Don't get me wrong. I am glad for any show of patriotism -even manufactured or read from a speech - from the elite media/entertainer/politico group that attempts to tell us what to feel, wear, eat, and believe. However, I do greatly doubt most of their motives. Like the adage goes - honesty is what you do when no one is looking. True patriotism is best demostrated unscripted and possibly even unnoticed. Or at least without drawing undue attention to ones self.
Although I do have grave reservations about the future of this country. I do believe it is the greatest on earth! The freedoms it offers to us that live hear and transfers to the world's population outside of its borders are a blessing for all. We should all demonstrate that fact every day, cameras - audience, or not.
for any of you with a question about the title - do the math.