What happened to our country?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, especially today while reflecting on the nineteenth anniversary of 9/11. Our country was more united in the days and months following that horrific day than any other period in my lifetime. Those days seem like centuries ago, not 19 years.
Following that day our country came together during sporting events, at the workplace, and even in the halls of Congress. Republicans and Democrats sang God Bless America on the steps of the Capitol building, but it’s entirely unthinkable to imagine that would happen today. Would Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Donald Trump sing together in unison for any reason? I highly doubt it.
Politics has always been divisive, and it is designed to be. There has never been this mythical bi-partisan utopia from yesteryear that many people claim there was. “If only we could all get along again” is a refrain too often made without historical fact to back it up.
However, what is different today is the raw hatred that one group of Americans has for another group of Americans. Look at the streets of Portland, Seattle, New York City, and Washington D.C. in the past few months. Those people literally have lost grip on reality and are being driven by blinding rage. They won’t accept anyone who doesn’t believe the exact same things as them.
If it requires that monuments, churches, and whole city blocks be occupied, vandalized, or even destroyed, then so be it. The ends justify the means in their minds. The mob rules and their number one rule is that you must submit or be outcast from the group, shamed and cast off into the desert to think about your sins.
In a lot of ways, the modern-day mob is much like the Islamic terrorists who flew the planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Both ideologies say you must submit to them or die. Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote an excellent piece in today’s Wall Street Journal in which he described the similarities between the cockroaches who flew those planes into the Towers and today’s woke mob.
Ali wrote, “consider the resemblances. The adherents of each constantly pursue ideological purity, certain of their own rectitude. Neither Islamists nor the Woke will engage in debate; both prefer indoctrination of the submissive and damnation of those who resist.
The two ideologies have distinctive rituals: Islamists shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘Death to America’; the Woke chant ‘Black lives matter’ and ‘I can’t breathe.’ Islamists pray to Mecca; the Woke take the knee. Both like burning the American flag.
Both believe that those who refuse conversion may be harassed, or worse.”
Sadly, she is right. The woke Left shares eerily similar traits as radical Islam. They are even showing that they are willing to kill those who won’t bend the knee to them, like when recently a Trump supporter was murdered in cold blood on the streets of Portland, Oregon.
The truth is it’s hard to be united if we can’t even agree on a certain founding principle. Namely, the right to life, liberty, and property. The radical Left doesn’t believe in any of those three, or at least they only believe in protecting those rights for them and their fellow hooligans.
Americans on both sides of the political aisle at least used to agree on those three principles and revered the Constitution. Not anymore. The far-Left now seeks to obliterate the Constitution. If they could, they would steal the original document Nicholas Cage-style from the National Archives and put it through a paper shredder.
On this September 11th, let’s honor those who were massacred by an intolerant group of radicals and, at the same time, refuse to ever let it happen again, only this time by a group of thugs masquerading as philosophers in this country. If we don’t, we risk losing our country and what it stands for forever.