Never forget? With all due respect, we have forgotten everything.
We have forgotten every important thing we learned in the aftermath of 9/11, except to post the obligatory patriotic pic on the anniversary.
We have forgotten that we are better off together, and instead have allowed ourselves to be divided along lines of faith, color, party, location, sexual orientation, gender and class.
Friend, we’ve moved way past the division that leads to awkward conversations over politics with a neighbor, and well into targeted aggression, harassment, violence towards the opposition, and presidential name calling.
We certainly forgot that civil wars are always costly and never civil.
We forgot that faith in God once sustained us, forgotten it is He who has provided the land we live on, the air we breathe, and the freedom we walk in.
We have forgotten that He sees all and knows all and will not be mocked.
We have forgotten that we have actual enemies. With actual weapons. And we cannot sympathize, negotiate, or buy our way out of their crosshairs.
We have forgotten that there is evil that will not be stopped by new laws, new language, or sensitivity training.
We have forgotten that the alternatives to Western Civilization are constant and warring pursuits of power.
We have forgotten that it was a good, even great, thing to be proud of our country, even though imperfect. We have been made to shame everything about ourselves: our past, our progress, our potential… our privilege.
We are ashamed of ANY and ALL privilege... the privilege of civil liberty, free speech, and every other benefit that living in our nation brings.
We are ashamed of our weakness and even more ashamed of our strength.
We have forgotten that symbols were once sacred—not because they had any power, but because they represented purposes greater than ourselves and the sacrifices of the people who pursued them.
Can you imagine the response the "CHOP/CHAZ" movement would have received in 2001? Can you imagine a September 12th, 2001 response to draping paintings of George Washington in 2019 or removing Washington statues in 2020?
Banning flags in schools, or symbols of patriotism, because they are “aggressive?” Kneeling during the anthem has become replacing the anthem altogether, and those dangerous Betsy Ross shoes, are now social justice jerseys.
Can you imagine a 9/12/2001 New Yorker putting up for one second with the corruption, crime, partiality, and elitism NY is being ruled by today? The people of September 12th, 2001 would be *actually physically aggressive* towards the people of 9/12 today. They would be so deeply offended by our new normals, deeply offended that we pay people like the squad to represent us and denigrate us from our Capitol.
How is “We will never forget” WORKING OUT AT OUR OPEN SOUTHERN BORDER? What would we have said about that 21 years ago—as we let drugs and unknown people pour in now?
In 2020 we lost over 20k to fentany|… in 2021 57k… in 2022 71k.
They do not have to hijack a plane. WE ARE LOSING A 9/11 WORTH OF PEOPLE 23 TIMES A YEAR because democratic leadership does not believe our country or its people are worth defending.
We forgot that our first responders and military are to be applauded and saluted, not assaulted and spit on. Our military and police are still being disrespected, alienated, undermined… but add to that, defunded.
We allow lawlessness to reign in city governments, state governments—who in turn allow lawlessness like Antifa, to rule their streets.
We have forgotten to defend ourselves, our laws, or our land from those who would destroy it from within. We have forgotten that our nation is worth protecting and defending, our rules are worth following—by those within and those who want to come in.
We have forgotten that life matters, that our creation is holy. Can you imagine explaining gender neutral pronouns, drag queen story hour, all the crap tv and abortion up to birth to yourself on 9/12/2001?
We have forgotten that strong leadership is good leadership. We should expect it, demand it, and hold it accountable.
What we learned on 9/12/2001 was that even death, destruction, and terrorism could not topple a nation whose spirit and unity remained.
What we know on 9/12/2022 is that it requires far LESS to do the job.
A nation at war and in poverty will still defend itself, if it believes it has value and is worth the fight. But a prosperous and blessed nation who has been crushed in spirit, doesn’t need enemies to attack... in time, it will destroy itself.
We allow the lawlessness and abhorrent behavior, the assaults we see, and people record it... but do not end it. The BLM and Antifa protests through neighborhoods and restaurants... we allow it because we have been convinced we deserve it. We allow it because radicals have banged the drum for decades that America is evil, freedom is oppression, disparity is racism, and opportunity is bad.
They didn’t even have to drop a bomb. They killed ideas, history, identity, and unity... through politics, curriculums, influence, and entertainment.
If we are not careful, we are about to have the equal (but worse) outcomes they desire.
We have forgotten that those who don't remember, repeat. And in our forgetting, many will look on this statement today and call it intolerant, racist, and harsh.
This is why the Lord commands His people, “Remember, remember... teach your children, impress upon your children, talk about it... stand stones to remember these things.”
Because it takes less than one generation (or just 20 years) to entirely forget.
Wake up. Wake up and realize that many of your leaders playing on sympathy and common bond today—were seeking to destroy you yesterday and will resume tomorrow.
Wake and remember—while you still have freedoms to defend and the freedom to defend them.
And truly—NEVER FORGET.
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I am Sara Johnson, aka Salty Lady... I/Am/Her #weddisexual #husbisexual (Super into the man I married.)
My husband, Andy, and I have served in churches for almost 20 years together. We have 2 teens and 3 dogs.
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