Today, 10 years ago, I held my 3 month old daughter and cried as the news predicted the beginning of World War 3. I panicked when my husband was leaving for work, he would have to drive through downtown L.A. and everyone was saying we must be next. I sat, transfixed, watching the 24 hour news channels - getting more and more depressed and angry. I participated in vigils, I held signs on street corners, I wanted revenge!
Then our President, the man we are all suppose to be able to believe, lied to our Congress and to us and took us into a war with no purpose - except settling an old score for his daddy. A war we have been promised is going to end, but seems to have no end. A war that takes our service men and women away from their families, some never to return.
10 years later I'm still pissed off about 9/11, I'm pissed at the people who think that controlling by fear is ever an acceptable means to an end...both foreign and domestic.
So what does it mean to be a patriot? Are you a patriot if you follow along and never question the authority of the land? I don't think so. Our country would not even exist if our ancestors had gone that route. The way our Congress is behaving and the manner in which a certain past President acted toward the American people would have our founding fathers rolling over in their graves.
For those of you, readers, that are United States citizens - how do you feel about this dark day? And for those readers not residing in the United States, your perspective is so much more broad - what are your thoughts on this day?
I can't wait to read your thoughts...