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On Saturday, President Obama urged Americans to reclaim the unity they felt on 9-11 – but what sort of unity does Obama have in mind? According to the President, on September 11, “Americans came together in candlelight vigils, in our houses of worship and on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Volunteers lined up to give blood and drove across the country to lend a hand. Schoolchildren donated their savings. Communities, faith groups and businesses collected food and clothing. We were united, as Americans. This is the true spirit of America we must reclaim this anniversary — the ordinary goodness and patriotism of the American people and the unity that we needed to move forward together, as one nation.”
True, but every nation comes together in the wake of tragedy. Every nation passes the hat for those who are maimed and the families of those who die; every nation holds candlelight vigils and urges schoolchildren to donate their savings.
The key to the American response to 9-11 is that it only partly about death and grieving. It was also about Americans recognizing for the first time in a generation that the American way of life is not everyone’s way of life and that there are people out there who seek to destroy our freedom and liberty each and every day. And it was a reminder that we have to come together as a nation to protect one another – and those values.
Many liberals will never understand that. President Obama’s op-ed never mentioned freedom or liberty. Paul Krugman never even thought of it. For them, 9-11 was a sad occurrence, to be sure, but it was not a moral call to recognize the evil that exists in the world and to fight it. That is why the chances of another 9-11 rise dramatically each time liberals take control of our terror-fighting infrastructure. They do not understand that freedom and liberty are worth defending, and they do not understand the nature of those we fight.
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