Have we become a nation numb to significant events in our history? Do our elected president, vice president, senators, and congressmen and women truly represent our ideologies? Do our schools ensure our children our history? So I ask you, do you remember the following dates and what occurred on those dates?
July 4th, 1776?
December 7, 1941?
September 11, 2001?
Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known as George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Two of his sayings should be remembered by all of us all the time:
1. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
2. Only the dead have seen the end of war.
As we go about our daily lives, trying to make it through the challenges of that day, we should take a moment to remember what we have, how we got it, and how we keep it.
I’m not talking about our car or our house or any of our belongings. I’m talking about our freedoms.
There exists in this world a group of fanatics that would take away what we have. Though the group has been in existence since the late 1980s, its defining moment came September 11, 2001.
The Twin Towers came down when hijacked aircraft slammed into them. Another aircraft hit the Pentagon. The bravery of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 prevented this hijacked aircraft from reaching its suspected target, the United States Capitol.
Where were you when the Towers were hit? Do you remember watching the devastation on TV? Almost 3,000 of our citizens were killed.
This group calls itself al-Qaeda. Do not be misled. The members of this group are terrorists, and their goal is a a complete break from all foreign influences in Muslim countries, and the creation of a new world-wide Islamic caliphate. According to Wikipedia, among the beliefs ascribed to Al-Qaeda members is the conviction that a Christian–Jewish alliance is conspiring to destroy Islam. As Salafist jihadists, they believe that the killing of civilians is religiously sanctioned, and they ignore any aspect of religious scripture which might be interpreted as forbidding the murder of civilians and internecine fighting. Al-Qaeda also opposes man-made laws, and wants to replace them with a strict form of sharia law.
In simpler words, this terrorist organization wants the world to become Muslim.
Why aren’t the videos of the Twin Towers coming down shown today? I’ve heard it said the videos offend certain segments society.
I say, if you are offended,don’t watch. But who are you to decide this historical event can be mentioned but not shown?
Each day we lose thousands who were alive for World War II, and who remember where they were December 7, 1941. One day we will lose thousands who were alive and who remember where they were September 11, 2001.
Our political leaders and our school systems that bow to the voices of a few might choose to ignore history, but that doesn’t mean the events did not happen.
As George Santayana said,”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Once our nation was ruled by another, and the laws of the land were those imposed by the ruling nation.
We must never let that happen. The future of our children, grandchildren, and the many generations to come depend on us.
One day we will have another president who believes in the principles of our Founding Fathers. You remember learning about them, don’t you? They pledged their lives, their fortunes,and their sacred honor to give us what we have today.
If we believe in ourselves and our country, we can only pledge the same.
As for the dates listed in the first part of this article, if you don’t know them, look them up. When you get the opportunity, share the history of these dates with your children and grandchildren. Share other dates as well. Teach those who come after us, for they will be the defenders of our freedoms.
Until next time, Ready or Not.