It is hard to believe it has been 9 years since that awful day. It is harder still to believe that we are considering building a monument to those who harmed us within the fall-out radius of the wreckage.
We have spent trillions fighting wars in foreign countries, yet millions pour over our borders each year, unknown, unquestioned and unable to be stopped. US citizens, legitimate residents and visitors endure absurd, even comical "safety precautions" at airports and legal immigrants are subjected to Kafkaesque bureaucratic regulations and procedures which seem to be more sadistic in nature than designed to perform any useful function.
At every level in society we punish those who play by the rules and reward those who blatantly subvert the rule of law. No matter how much evidence there is to the contrary, the political class maniacally cling to the delusion that every newcomer's motives are pure and intentions are good and chastise their citizens for having the audacity to question otherwise. Indeed, it is the citizen who is automatically presumed guilty.
Now feathers are flying amid bickering over new stimulus packages, wealth spreading and fair-share paying. Our leaders, possessed with the notion that the worst injustice in society is to allow those who make poor decisions to be burdened with their outcomes and regard success to be evidence of guilt rather than being something worthy of emulation and praise, should take note.
Those feathers are goose feathers of the golden egg laying variety. Once this goose has been plucked, dressed and eaten, said feathers are all that shall remain.
Many have said we are on the wrong track as a nation. I agree. It is time for us to stop looking to our government for answers and it is time for our government to have faith in its people.
PS: Tolerance is crap. Screw tolerance, toss it out the window. Tolerance implies putting up with something that is harmful or bad. When you tolerate, you turn yourself into a doormat and I am sick and tired of being a fricken doormat. What we want is respect, and respect is a two-way street.